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Ballyhoo Bay is in Cheerios!
Pick Up a Copy in Specially Marked Boxes Today!

It's that time of year again, and the fine folks at General Mills have selected Ballyhoo Bay as one of their featured books in boxes of Cheerios. The tale of Mira Bella, an art teacher who loves the beach, her students and Ballyhoo Bay challenges builders who come in and want to develop condos and high-rise apartments on the beach. Appearing as a part of the hugely successful Spoonfuls of Stories program, Ballyoo Bay is being distributed in more than a million specially marked boxes of Cheerios.

Derek is honored to once again have his work included as a part of this amazing reading program. Many thanks to the folks at General Mills! Thanks also to First Book for all of their great work, and to Simon & Schuster who helped make it possible.

If you're interested, your family can make a donation to First Book using special donation forms included on Cheerios boxes. One hundred percent of the funds will be used to buy books and the donations will be sorted by zip code, with books going back to the communities where the donations came from.

If you would like to learn more about Spoonfuls of Stories, click HERE.



Derek is Tweeting this Tuesday?
Come join the fun!

Attention all Twittererererers (that's a lot of ers) Or is it Tweeters? You know what we mean. Derek will be joining a Twitter panel to Tweet about the world of children's literature, or whatever you want to talk about. Sponsored by Cheerios (we haven't announced it here yet, but Derek's book Ballyhoo Bay is included in more than a million boxes of Cheerios this fall as a part of Spoonfuls of Stories).

Derek, along with author Karma Wilson and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will be in a forum thingy where you can write in, ask questions and generally communicate about writing, illustrating and enjoying children's books. And it's all done live! In living TechniTwitter!

Hosted by the fabulous Mom It Forward website, this forum will take place on Tuesday, October 13 from 8-10pm Central Standard Time.

So come join the fun! You can find a link with much more info by clicking HERE.




The Hot Rod Hamster Book Trailer!
Check it Out!

Our little Hamster Man has a book trailer of his own! Produced by the fabulous folks at Scholastic, we've posted it on the Doodles & Splatters page of this site for your viewing pleasure. It's not the whole book, of course. Just a little taste of what will be speeding into bookstores in February.

So head on over to the Doodles & Splatters page and hold on- this is one crazy fun book!



LQ Spanish Cov

Little Quack Spanish Edition?
Sí, Mi Amigo
Coming in Spring 2010!

You've helped them jump into the pond for the first time, you've played hide and seek with them, you've introduced them to a new friend, you've even put them to bed. Now Mama Duck, Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle and Little Quack are speaking Spanish!

Our good friends at Libros (an imprint at Simon & Schuster) will be publishing Cuaquito in a classic board book edition in spring 2010.

Muchas Gracias to Little Quack's many readers out there. Olé!



30 and Beyond

Derek Exhibiting in
College of Design Alumni Show

The College of Design at Iowa State University is turning thirty this year! And to celebrate it's birthday, they're exhibiting 30 pieces of artwork from their many creative alumni.

The show is curated by David Revere McFadden, chief curator and vice president for programs and collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. McFadden selected the works from 362 submissions by 206 alumni, and an original illustration from Derek's book, BALLYHOO BAY, was one of the selections.

The show will be open August 3 through September 26 and is being exhibited in Gallery 181 in the College of Design at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. A reception and a lecture by McFadden will be on Monday, August 24th beginning at 6pm. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public, so stop on by and check it out!

For more information, click HERE.

Come Along, Come Along

Nothing is too good for our guests! We only want the best for our visitors. So Derek has acquired a new domain name to add to his growing website. Don't think of it as a replacement, it's more of an addition. This won't take the place of Derek, it's one more address that you can plug in to get here. We want our readers to find us any way they see fit. So go ahead, plug in Derek, come on into the site and click around awhile.

Many, many thanks to Steve Palmquist for his assistance with this. Steve is one of the founders of the fine literary organization, Children's Literature Network, and an all-around good guy. You can visit their website below...

Children's Literature Network