Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I love kids

From a fan:

You made me feel great because I know a lot about books. It was the funnest day of my life.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Read Your Heart Out Day 2011

Deer Hill School in Cohasset, MA, celebrating Read Your Heart Out Day!!

(P.S. I know my video is backwards. Pretend like it isn't.)

EXPOSED blog tour starts

The blog tour for Kimberly Marcus's amazing new book, Exposed, starts today.

Adventures in Children's Publishing


Confessions of a Bookaholic

Ode to Winter

Pine Tree Reading Program; Day 4

My last day in West Bloomfield, Michigan, was definitely a day I'll never forget!

I spoke to the Pine Tree readers at Doherty Elementary School:

They made an amazing mural based on How to Steal a Dog:

They sang a song and danced for me!

They made fantastic projects, like dioramas and a whole clothesline full of info about me and my book!

Thanks so much, Doherty!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pine Tree Reading Program

Speaking to children and their families at the West Bloomfield, MI Public Library:

Pine Tree Reading Program; Day 2

Day 2 in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Green Elementary School

Roosevelt Elementary

Being interviewed for the Roosevelt School newspaper:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pine Tree Reading Program

I'm in West Bloomfield, Michigan, as part of their annual Pine Tree Reading Program.

How to Steal a Dog was one of the books chosen for the list, read by third to fifth grade students.

When the students have read the required number of books, they get to put their name on a pine tree chart:

These students from Ealy Elementary have read FIFTEEN of the Pine Tree books!

The West Bloomfield Public Library helps coordinate the program. Their children's department is amazing:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Matty!

My grumpy little Matty is 12 today!

Happy Birthday!

Some kids made him a great birthday card.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quote of the Day

Old authors never die. You can find them at a Comfort Inn.

-- Jack Gantos.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I'm not sure how to answer this letter:

You are the best author that I have ever talked to. In How to Steal a Dog I saw that you put a lot of excretion to the book.

Monday, February 7, 2011

How to Make a Yoohoo Boat

A student wrote to me asking how to make the Yoohoo boat from The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis.

Here is how:

How to Make a YooHoo Boat from Barbara O'Connor on Vimeo.

Thanks to the original Yoohoo boat builder, B.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

How I love you, Scrivener

Why I Love Scrivener, Reason #578

My work-in-progress has multiple points-of-view (point-of-views?).

It's getting complicated to ensure that they flow correctly along the timeline of the story.

In Scrivener, I can make "collections" - inserting each POV into a separate folder.

Then I can see how that POV reads on its own, without the others.

(Does that make sense?)

Where's the beef?

There's a barbeque grill under there somewhere!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

This music box from the Great Smoky Mountains.

It plays "On Top of Old Smoky."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thank you, Mrs. Wight's Class!

To all the students at Poland Community School, thank you so much! I read every single letter and loved every one!