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Updating my last post, (How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans winning a Read Aloud honor award) I just got a letter about the award and two sample book seals that can go on the book. They are awesome! They are embossed, I love embossed books seals. They are like 3D relief sculptures on your book. I will pull a copy of Martha off my shelf and put one of these seals on it. Than I’ll make some tea and sit and admire it. Run my finger across it. Embossssssed…I’ll say.

Anyway, I am thrilled that a book  I worked on was horned as a great book to read out loud because from my earliest classes about kids books it was stressed to me by Marla Frazee that a great picture book NEEDS to be read aloud.  And this book is great fun to read out loud, even if just to yourself.

By the way, the award is named in honor of native Minnesotan Wanda Gág. Her book, Millions of Cats is instantly recognizable to me. It’s actually one of the earliest books I remember. Along with Blueberries for Sal.



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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans was selected as a Wanda Gág ‘Read Aloud’ Honor Book for 2014! This award is given out by the Curriculum Materials Center of the Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State Universuty, Moorehead, Minnesota.

Martha is a terrific read aloud book for story-times. I’ve seen the results! And that last page turn is always terrific. Congrats to Mr. LaRochelle again on penning such an inspired tale or goofiness!


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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans written by David LaRochelle has been named one of the finalists for the State of Wyoming’s Buckaroo Award.

That’s cool! I drove through Wyoming last September. Perhaps rolling my window down and yelling EVERYONE SHOULD READ HOW MARTHA SAVED HER PARENTS FROM GREEN BEANS worked.

And ‘Martha’ has also been named a Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education!

Very awesome accolades for a terrific book by Mr. LaRochelle!

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wantedThe Green Beans are always WANTED!


Just a few of the amazing cards I got. Wow!


And this one had a surprise on the inside!

detail_insideA POP-UP!! How cool is that!?

bnsMore beans hanging around looking for trouble…

zapsEven some Very Witchy Spelling and Spells going on! So much work that involved every book I’ve worked on. Very inspiring!

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I had a great time visiting Warrenton Grade School in Oregon! I spent time with hundreds of kids across two days and answered so many great questions about writing, drawing and even animation, that I left totally inspired. Thanks for a great visit!

And thanks for the teachers and librarians and everyone up there who made the visit possible.

I have lots of great photos that I will post across the next few days. I received some really neat cards, and the posters and bulletin boards they made were the best I’ve seen yet!



Great welcome poster, and look at what’s inside the letters! Green Beans!


And another first – those bad green beans finally meet their match! The Book That Eats People!



I have plenty of more posts of the amazing creativity on display at the school!

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I just heard from David LaRochelle that How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans was nominated for the 26th annual Minnesota Book awards in the Children’s Lit category. David has TWO books nominated in that category one illustrated by the awesome Mike Wohnoutka.

Congrats to David and Mike!

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Are the green beans bad? They are if they make noise after midnight.

beanbean2If you are unlucky enough to be having green beans tomorrow you better keep a close eye on them.

Thanks for the mention on the What is ML Reading blog!

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VBA (Very Busy Author) David LaRochelle was at the Minnesota State Fair reading and conducting activities as part of the  Children’s Literature Network. He showed off How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans and found out what other foods kids love to hate. (Corn dogs and mini donuts were NOT on the Don’t Like list I’m guessing)

I miss the Minnesota State Fair!

Here in Oregon it’s impossible to explain how big-a-deal the fair is back in Minnesota. I tried to explain that the State Fair is sort of like the Super Bowl and a few Holidays tossed together. In all my years in Minnesota I never missed one and many times I attended nearly every day.

Here in Oregon the State Fair just isn’t a big deal. There’s no radio stations based there for the week. No TV newscasts taking place from the fairgrounds. Nike, one the biggest employers in Oregon and a homegrown fortune 500 company has no presence that I can see. Intel (The biggest employer in Oregon) also has no obvious presence. In Minnesota almost everyone I knew went to the fair. Here in Oregon it’s the rare person who even knows about it.

It’s too bad. It’s a great place to build camaraderie and mix-it-up with the other members of the state where you live. And eat food on a stick. They don’t even have a chocolate cookie stand at the Oregon State Fair! No bucket of cookies to take home. So I probably eat healthier here in Oregon in August, but it’s far less fun.

Congrats to David for working the fair! It’s the best State Fair, don’t miss it or even be late.

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David LaRochelle reading How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans at the St. Paul Saints game!

Martha at the Saint Paul Saints game

That’s a big book cover.

Martha on scoreboard

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Great  piece in Publisher’s Weekly on how indy bookstores are having scavenger hunts during the summer. And how one bookstore has kids searching for Green Beans. Especially the ones with mustaches! Click here to read it.


Of course you ALL know about the bad green beans that take parents captive. That play dice. That dance and make … well, if you don’t know get a copy of David LaRochelle’s wonderful book. And I’m not just saying that because I did the illustrations! Really.

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