VOTE for SISTERS in the Children’s Choice Book Awards!

March 16th, 2015

I’m pleased to announce that SISTERS has been shortlisted for a 2015 Children’s Choice Book Award…and YOU can vote!

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Go to THIS PAGE, and vote for SISTERS in the 2nd Grade to 3rd Grade category. You can vote in all the other categories, too. Then, the winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week in May!

Voting goes until May 3, so please encourage your friends and THEIR friends to participate!

Thanks & happy voting!

SoCal Event! March 12, Montrose, CA!

March 2nd, 2015


On Thursday, March 12, join me, Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and James Burks (Bird & Squirrel) for an evening of fun and comics at Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose, CA! We’ll all be presenting and signing, and it’s free to attend!

Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, & James Burks!
Thursday, March 12
Once Upon A Time Bookstore

2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose Shopping Park
Montrose, CA 91020 (Where the 2 and 210 freeways intersect)
phone: 818-248-9668

Pre-Order the New, FULL-COLOR BSC Graphic Novel!

February 27th, 2015


I mentioned a few months ago that Scholastic was releasing full-color editions of my Baby-sitters Club graphic novels…and now, you can pre-order a copy!

If you’d like a signed copy, my local indie bookstore Astoria Bookshop would be happy to arrange it! Just go to their order page, scroll down to BSC Graphix #1, Kristy’s Great Idea, and be sure to specify who you’d like your copy signed to! I’ll also be doing an event at the store in May, so stay tuned for more info.

The book’s release date is April 28. Hope you guys like it!

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Hourly Comic Day 2015 + ALAYMAs!

February 2nd, 2015

My 2015 Hourly Comic Day comics. Some of these were done in a moving car. All were done straight-to-Sharpie in a notebook given to me by a Naperville middle school last fall with a parade of elephants along the bottom page trim.

Yesterday I was anticipating this morning’s ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, and while I was sure that SISTERS wasn’t going to win anything, I was holding out hope for some of my friends’ books, specifically EL DEAFO by Cece Bell. And we woke up today to learn that it did indeed receive a Newbery Honor Award — the most distinguished award in the children’s book industry, and the first time a graphic novel has ever done so. I didn’t want to name-drop in the hourly comic for fear of jinxing it, but that’s the book I was thinking about at 9:50pm last night. El Deafo is one of the most important books to come along in a long time, graphic novel or otherwise, and Cece deserves every ounce of recognition she is getting.

Today also happens to be the 5-year anniversary of SMILE in print. I was too busy making noise about El Deafo on Twitter to give it much thought, but Cece herself has told me that it was only after she read Smile that she decided to tell her story in graphic novel format. I could not be more proud or happy for her, and if I have contributed in some small way to moving both the worlds of comics and children’s literature forward, that’s all the honor I need.

Many congrats to my other friends who were bestowed with medals today, but especially Dan Santat, who took home Caldecott gold for Beekle, and Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, who collected both a Caldecott Honor and a Printz Honor for their graphic novel This One Summer.

Happy Anniversary, Graphix! + News!

January 30th, 2015

Hey, guys! Yesterday was Graphix’s Tenth Anniversary! My publisher (an imprint of Scholastic) is one decade old, and I’m pleased to say I’ve been working with them since the beginning! I signed my first contract in 2004, and my first Baby-sitters Club graphic novel was published in 2006. It has been a wild and wonderful ride, and we’re all looking forward to more great stuff in the future.

A few comics news sites broke the story about several upcoming Graphix books yesterday, and included among the news was the fact that…I’ve signed up to do three more books! That, plus the one I’m currently working on, means I’ll be publishing FOUR graphic novels between now and 2022.

While I can’t tell you any of the specifics yet, the press release teases that I’ll be doing (another) nonfiction family story (along the lines of Smile and Sisters), a collection of short stories, and a fictional graphic novel. I have lots of ideas and I’m looking forward to getting them out of my head and onto paper!

But for now, it’s back to work on my current project, which is a fiction story with a fantastic setting, slated for 2016. I hope to be able to share more details soon.

That’s all for the moment!