November 7, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the loss of the USS Albacore during World War II, when the submarine hit a mine in the Sea of Japan during a war patrol. And so on this Veterans Day, 2019, we remember the lost crew.
How appropriate that I will be at N.C.T.E. November 21-24 in Baltimore, not far from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
At N.C.T.E., I will be speaking on a panel with Trevor Bryan, Tanny McGregor, and Ralph Fletcher on Friday, November 22 at 3:30 pm: MAKING IT VISUAL.
The same week that I finished a revision for a forthcoming book, FULL SPEED AHEAD, the Washington Nationals won the World Series!! On my birthday! Hurray Hurray! Bravo to each and every player! What a fabulous team! I wore my Howie Kendrick shirt during each post-season game.
On September 10, I visited Spaulding Elementary in Goshen, OH where I spoke to students in grades 3, 4, and 5.
The following week, I was at John Eaton School in Washington, D.C. (in their temporary library as the school is being remodeled) to celebrate H. A. Rey’s birthday with fifth graders who were reading THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE. And met with first graders to read OFF TO FIRST GRADE in the school library.
Also in September, I spoke with various grade levels of young writers at Cumru Elementary in Reading, PA and talked about being observers and research detectives.
Ski Soldier a Junior Library Guild Selection
Ski Soldier is a Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2018. Read the true-life adventure story of Pete Seibert, a ski soldier severely wounded in World War II, who went on to found the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.
- The Blue Marble Bookstore in Ft. Thomas, KY on October 16. 4:30 p.m.
- BOOKS BY THE BANKS book festival on October 20 in Cincinnati, OH.
- The Bookworm Edwards, CO on October 25. 6 p.m.
- The Buckeye Book Fair Wooster, OH on November 3. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- National Council of Teachers of English annual convention Houston, TX. Sessions and signings on Nov. 16 and 17
- The Bookshelf Cincinnati OH on December 1
Visit to Cumru Elementary
I had a spectacular October 1st in Shillington, PA.
Cumru Elementary has a stellar school library — and a monarch butterfly hatched the morning I arrived. How lucky I am to have moved among such amazing teachers and enthusiastic young readers all day.
Click here to view a photo gallery of my visit.
Presentations at Exeter Community Library
Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Reading who sponsored my talks to children and adults about The Journey that Saved Curious George at the beautiful Exeter Community Library.
Visit to Candles Museum
I had the honor of meeting Eva Kors after she spoke about her survival from Auschwitz and the Holocaust. Eva founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, IN, where I gave a talk about Margret and H. A. Rey's escape from France.
Such an inspiring and remarkable lady!
Speech at Allan Drummond Exhibit
Louise Borden spoke at the exhibit of Allan Drummond's fabulous illustrations at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Curious George
On Sept. 6, there will be a new readers’ edition of The Journey That Saved Curious George in both hardcover and paperback. This new edition will include an author interview, activities for students, and a section titled BECOME A DETECTIVE about my research for the book.
The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 75th Anniversary Edition will also be released this year, including a retrospective that I’ve written about Hans and Margret Rey.
2016 AppearancesI will be appearing at many schools and conferences this year, including the National Book Festival in Washington in September. Check back soon for more dates!
Great News About Kindergarten Luck
It's been a busy year. View photos of two really fun and meaningful events:
The ceremony for Raoul Wallenberg winning the Congressional Gold Medal
and Throwing the first pitch at a Reds game.
National Council of Teachers of English
I'm looking forward to attending N.C.T.E. in Boston in November. Maybe I'll run into Curious George when I zip over to Cambridge to visit one of my favorite Indies, The Harvard Bookstore. Boston Strong!
I'm now living back in Cincinnati, OH, full-time after living in the Washington, D.C. area (MARYLAND!) from 2007 until the winter of 2013. I'm enjoying my Ohio desk on West Street but do return often to Washington to see friends, spend time at the Library of Congress, and go to my favorite place: Dumbarton Oaks Garden. I spend time every summer in Leland, Michigan. If you can find Leland on a map, you will notice that it is on the 45th Parallel. Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole!
In September, I did Skype visits with students in Boston and Philadelphia. I sat at my desk and we discussed books and how writers work. In early October I will be skyping with third graders in Arizona.
Ohioana Book Award
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg will receive the 2013 Ohioana Book Award on October 11. From the press release: "His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg is the remarkable story of Raoul Wallenberg, whose name may not be familiar, but his impact was immeasurable. Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. The 2013 Ohioana Book Award marks Borden’s third Ohioana Award. The Greatest Skating Race, set in the Netherlands during World War II, was chosen for a 2005 Ohioana Book Award and in 2002, Borden received the Ohioana Alice Louise Wood Memorial Award for Children’s Literature for the body of her work and her contributions to children’s literature. Included among her many other awards are the 2002 alumni citation from Denison University; and two Sydney Taylor Book Awards, in 2006 for The Journey that Saved Curious George and in 2013 for His Name was Raoul Wallenberg."
The new Louise Borden website is underway! Please check back often for updates and additions.
Baseball Is. . . will be released in February 2014. It is illustrated by Raúl Colón and will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books/S&S. Kindergarten Luck will come out in 2015. It is illustrated by Geneviève Godbout and will be published by Chronicle Books.
Sydney Taylor Book Award
His Name was Raoul Wallenberg has been named winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The Sydney Taylor Book Awards are given annually to those outstanding works that authentically portray the Jewish experience.