LuisPaintstheWorldI signed my new Carolrhoda Picture Book, LUIS PAINTS THE WORLD at the Lerner Booth at the  the American Library Association conference in Boston.  I met librarians and writers from all the places I’ve lived as I signed LUIS,   illustrated by Oliver Dominguez.  My favorite thing to do was meet people who asked me to sign a book for a child not yet born.

Just in from ALA-Booklist for LUIS PAINTS THE WORLD: “The story is inspired by an art program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a city of residents from all over the world, who share their stories and traditions through mural art. Its beautiful message will touch the hearts of readers and maybe inspire them to create art of their own.”

ALA The Library illusTo the left is an illustration by David Small from Sarah Stewart’s book, The Library. I got some notecards with this illustration at the ALA conference this weekend in  Boston and it makes me feel like a kid and how easy it would be to slip into this person, walking while reading with a stash as back-up.  That was me.