Dan Santat

Celebrating Birthdays, Awesome Indie Support, and Getting Loud

One of America’s most treasured children’s book authors is celebrating her 95th birthday tomorrow: Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary! In addition to being her birthday, April 12 is also National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R). D.E.A.R Day is about encouraging families to make a commitment to reading together on a regular basis. Ramona Quimby became the spokesperson for the program after it was featured in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, which is why it is celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday. All you have to do to participate is drop everything and read for 30 minutes of your day. (Well okay, if you twist my arm.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Dan Santat

I imagine some of you regular readers may have wondered what happened to my interview with Dan Santat. I gave away his books in July as part of Book Cover Bingo, but then . . . no Dan Santat. Well, guess what?!? Today is Dan Santat Day! (Not officially, as far as I know. Although we could get a petition going on that if you’d like.) There was a minor scheduling hiccup and I couldn’t bring you this interview when I originally intended, but I’m very excited to share with you today a peek inside the creative space of the talented and hilarious Dan Santat.… Read the rest