Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cat the Cat, Who DAT? post-Mardi Gras edition

Thanks to all y'all who came to the New Orleans Children's Museum to hear a seasonally appropriate Cat the Cat, Who Dat? We had great fun!

While I've been in the thick of Mardi Gras, throwin' beads, catchin' beads, and generally creating mayhem in my hometown with team Willems and pals, the good news and fun stuff has been pouring in like a parade with too many beads.

Elephant and Piggie have snagged another CYBILs award for easy readers, this time for Watch Me Throw the Ball! The CYBILs are chosen by a cadre of devoted fans of two things: children's books and the internet. Consequently, they write about the books they love and have become a valuable resource for those who want to keep track of the industry.

So being recognized by these folks is about as great as it gets. Thanks, bloggers!

Frankly, it's almost as cool as being recognized by actual children who read the books. Luckily for me the kids in New Jersey have just done that as Elephant and Piggie's Today I Will Fly! has been named a recipient of the 2010 Garden State Children's Book Award, an award voted on by real, live, kid readers!

It's just been announced that old Sesame Street, Sheep in the Big City, and Avenue Q pal, Stephanie D'Abruzzo will lead the cast in DC, playing Trixie in the upcoming Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. She rocks! (ps: tickets are selling out!)

My week-long take-over of pal Hilary Price's comic strip, Rhymes With Orange, continues.

And the Cat the Cat tour starts in earnest today.


Want mo'?

Check out this fun article from the Austin paper, and this Q+A from the Houston one.

And for a final cool thing, check out this awesome float from either the Bacchus or Orpheus parade:

(and, no, it wasn't the camera that was blurry. It was me)

See ya on the road!