Magoon Tribune

🍂 FALL 2019 🍂
"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." —Leonard Bernstein
Greetings Everyone! Welcome to the Magoon Tribune. Its been a very busy Summer and Fall—I'm sorry I missed the summer edition but hey, I've got all that news here for you here in the Fall issue. Without further ado...

Linus Book Tour Draws to a Close

(Yes, Its a Headline About the Headliner Tour. So Meta.)
The Linus the Little Yellow Pencil Headliner Tour began with a splash at my hometown Whitelam Books and continued on to many more adventures. Highlights? There were many at the 14 stops. Like receiving a key to city of Winchester, Virginia. Or my first event in Canada—and that time we had a porch reading on Cape Cod. Perhaps the most memorable moment of all: meeting my first grade teacher for the first time in 40 years. Yep. Mrs. Horan came by the G. Willikers stop to wish me well. Thank you, Laura.
   It all drew to a close at the Princeton Book Festival with some of my dearest pals in the biz. Heartiest thanks to everyone who came out to meet Linus and me. I will never forget it. If you'd like, check out a photo gallery of tour. ✏️ 💛

The Latest News 🗞️

Front of the Line
Linus has been getting lots of love! He was an Amazon "Best Book" of June and enjoyed great back-to-school appeal. In fact, he was the focus of a convocation address given by Michael Wirtz, Head of Hackley School, Tarrytown NY. He said Each year—facing a blank page of the school year and in writing my Convocation talk—I draw inspiration from a children’s book, and this year, I chose Linus, The Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon." Thanks Michael. Full article. 
Rescue & Jessica News
At the American Librarian Association Annual Conference in Washington DC, authors Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, Rescue and I accepted the Schneider Family Book Award for our book, Rescue & Jessica A Life-Changing Friendship (Candlewick, 2018). I was so honored to accept this award along with Jessica and Patrick along with Schneider Award Honor winners Jessie Oliveros & Dana Wulfekotte for their book, The Remember Balloons (Simon & Schuster 2018).
The Massachusetts Center for the Book honored Rescue and Jessica as a "Must Read Book" for 2019 Mass Book Awards. I attended the ceremony at the Massachusetts State house last month. I am so fortunate to live in such a bright literary history, present and future! 

Where is My Ballloon? Honored.

Redbud Read-Aloud Award for 2020 committee nominated Where is My Balloon? by Ariel Bernstein and published by Paula Wiseman Books at Simon & Schuster. Books on this list build listening and analytical skills using quality, fun literature. The award honors an author (and illustrator) whose book has been enjoyed by children across Oklahoma. More here!

There will be much more to come—lots of news I can't divulge right now but its all very exciting and when the time is right I will share it with you!

Something ExSTRAWdinary 🥤

Spoon and Chopsticks fans rejuice! On February 4, its Straw by the great Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Straw always rushed straight to the finish. But when his speedy streak gets the best of him, it takes a friend to show Straw how to drink in the amazing world around him.

This delightful story celebrates the joys of taking it slow. You can learn much more about the making of this book right here on my website. 


Straw F&G Giveaway!

Its a special giveaway for readers of the Magoon Tribune! To enter, just forward this email on to someone you think would enjoy STRAW and reply to this email with "Strawstruck!" as your subject line. Boom. You're entered to win a FREE signed copy. Thanks and good luck! 

Random Drawing of the Month

Is it a riddle?

School Visits

Its shaping up to be another busy year for school visits! I've been booking for this school year and beyond. Last week I attended the always-fantastic Winchester (MA) AuthorFest. The pic at left is me with the logo I designed for the fest. I also visited with Illustration students at the Rhode Island School of Design where I talked about being an author and illustrator (those students are mega-talented). I'll be in Texas for a week of visits in the Houston area soon, too. I can not wait. 

I’ve got a few open 2019-2020 school visit dates and beyond. Check out my school visit page for much more info. Drop me a line; I’d love to visit your school!

 Upcoming Books 

It's Rover's five-year anniversary on Mars! Time to celebrate by throwing the best party this planet has ever seen. Rover hands out invitations all over town, but it seems like he's the only one around. Will anyone come to the party, or will Rover be all alone on his big day? By Kristin L. Gray  and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. I had a blast off drawing this one: space and robots—some of my favorite things. This one lifts off on March 31, 2020 but you can pre-order today.

Family 'Pupdate'

• We got a puppy! Meet Lucy, everyone. She’s our Australian Cobber Dog (“cobber” is a way of saying “friend” in Australia, making the Cobberdog a "dog-friend" and alluding to its friendly nature and its mission as a therapy and assistance dog.) Yes, Lucy's pretty great. Though she pees a lot.
• My oldest son is in marching band as a trumpet player, he'll swim for the high school team in winter. He's also on the high school robotics team. 
• My youngest son is running Cross Country and improves his time with each meet! He's also swimming for our local YMCA team.
• My wife Christy teaches Yoga and loves it. She's back to her work as a school librarian.

• Travel. This summer we visited Alaska—the legends are true: its a beautiful place. A highlight was a seaplane ride over the Mendenhall Glacier. We also visited Victoria, BC and greatly enjoyed the many anthropological treasures in the Royal BC Museum and archives
Yes, it's been quite another busy & exciting past few months. I've loved it all! And there's so much to look forward to. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Straw and Rover are on their way—along with new announcements soon. I hope you'll follow me along for the ride—please like and follow via social media links below. You can also share this link to send people to my Magoon Tribune subscribe page.

That's all for now! I'll be in touch again for the holiday edition of the Magoon Tribune. Thank you so much for your support; I wouldn't be here without it. Keep in touch & Happy Autumn!
Banner image from The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by A.W. Flaherty and illustrated by Scott Magoon © 2007 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. 
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