I’m pleased and proud to say that my debut picture book WHY AM I ME? has received four starred reviews! One each from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly. This book for all ages, celebrates the big questions in life. It doesn’t have answers, but there are lots of opportunities for dialogue and discovery. Sean Qualls and Selina Alko’s exquisite illustrations are intimate, yet expansive, and altogether wonderful!
⭐️Universal questions combine with richly layered, captivating compositions, presenting opportunities for careful examination and stimulating conversations. Perfect for classroom or one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal
WHY AM I ME? will officially be released on August 29, but is ready for pre-order right now!
Every year the Texas Library Association has an extraordinary conference full of the best people on earth — book lovers! This year’s conference is in San Antonio, April 19-22. I’ll be there attending various events and participating in a few myself. Come by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:
A real live F&G of WHY AM I ME?
Wednesday, April 19
12:15pm-1:15pm / Room 221CD – Panel: What’s New With Texas Children’s Authors & Illustrators
4:00-5:00 / Room 007A – Speed Dating & Librarian Meet & Greet
Thursday, April 20
12:00-1:00 / Author Area / Aisle #5 – Signing F&Gs of WHY AM I ME
In addition to being a writer, I’m also a meditation teacher. I find a profound and enlivening connection between contemplative practice and the creative process.
This May 5-7, I’ll be offering a yoga/meditation retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin. I’ll be teaching alongside yoga instructor and musician Cindy Novelo. This will be a time for both meditation and movement, silence and song. Here’s a taste of the music that inspired the retreat: Hard Times Come Again No More
To learn more and to register, please visit the event website: http://paigebritt.com/hoperetreat
Mention reading about the retreat on my website and receive the early-bird discount. Hope to see you there!
WHY AM I ME? Scholastic Press, Fall 2017
When I was little, I was captivated by the question of why I was me and not someone else. Did anyone else wonder about this? I hope so, because I wrote a picture book about it!
I’m super excited to show everyone a sneak peek of WHY AM I ME? brought to life with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. It will officially hit the shelves in September (although you can pre-order it now). Until then, enjoy this gorgeous cover!
I’m so pleased to be included in the Writers’ League of Texas Meet the Members series! In this interview I talk about my fantasy coffee date and where I think writing will take me in the future (hint: Georgetown Public Library). Here’s a taste of what I have to say . . .
When I’m in a library, I feel like I’m in a place where anything is possible, where magic can happen and the people around me are fellow believers in the wonder of the world and the power of language. It’s my favorite place to be!
Want more? Read on . . .
It’s that time of year, y’all! November 5-6 is the Texas Book Festival. I’ll be signing books at 12pm on Saturday the 5th at the Writers’ League of Texas booth. The booth is located in Tent 1.
Come on by!
Summer is for reading! And for road trips! Put them both together and you get the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip.
The Scholastic Reading RV will be cruising through Texas and making several stops along the way. I’ll be joining them for the following events in Austin and Dallas:
* July 10 – BookPeople 2-4p I’ll be there along with Varian Johnson & Jennifer Ziegler.
* July 12 – Half Price Books (5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas) 4-6p Come see Jennifer Ziegler, Eric Barclay, and me!
There will be costume characters, giveaways, a photo booth station and lots of fun activities — all to celebrate summer reading. I hope you and your kiddos can join us!
I’m pleased to be featured on the Austin Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) website this month. I’ve been a member of this international professional organization for over ten years. As a child, I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but had no clue what that actually meant. SCBWI gave me more than a clue—it gave me practical skills, valuable information, and wonderful friends.
Here’s a taste of what I have to say in the interview:
Your work is like a gift for your readers. When they open it, what do you hope they find?
That’s easy! When readers open my books, I hope they find themselves. I hope they see their own story reflected in its pages. Maybe the details are different (I doubt anyone has actually fallen through a hole in their schedule), but the message and the meaning they discover are ones they recognize from their own life.
Want more? Keep reading . . .
I’m so excited to be interviewed on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog today! I answer a few questions about writing, moodling, and the radical act of doing nothing. Check it out and be sure and sign up for the giveaway!
Here’s an excerpt:
As a fantasy writer, going in, did you have a sense of how events/themes in your novel might parallel or speak to events/issues in our real world? Or did this evolve over the course of many drafts?
From the beginning, I knew THE LOST TRACK OF TIME was intimately connected to real-world issues. When I started writing it, I was working for an internet startup. I was constantly on the clock, from morning until night and over the weekends, trying to make the company a success. Everyone was fighting for more time—but no matter what we did, there was never enough. And what time we did have, had to be spent Constantly! Achieving! Results!
If You Want to Write
Not surprisingly, THE LOST TRACK OF TIME is about a girl who likes to do nothing. Doing nothing seemed to me like a radical and counter-cultural act. I’m not talking about the nothing where you lie around flipping through TV channels because you’re too exhausted to engage in life.
I’m talking about moodling.
I learned about moodling from Brenda Ueland in her book, If You Want to Write. She writes:
“The imagination needs moodling–long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.”
I agree. When you moodle, you’re quiet, still, and (horrors!) unproductive. You let your mind wander until it becomes calm and curious and open. It’s a space of quiet contemplation and intense creativity.
Want to read more? Check out the full interview here.
I’m excited to announce that THE LOST TRACK OF TIME will be available in Spanish on December 31! May I present . . . EL REINO DE LAS POSIBILIDADES!
My Spanish publisher, Ediciones Urano, has offices in Spain and Latin America, which means kids in many Spanish-speaking countries (!!) will get to read my book. I’ll never get over how happy that makes me.
I’ve gotten emails from a few readers in Spain, so I believe it’s already available there, but if you want to get a copy here in the States, you can preorder it from all the major booksellers (Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes).