9:00 am09:00

Hallett Memorial Library

  • Hallett Memorial Library - Crosby, MN

A performance and presentation for the third through sixth graders!  Kindergarten through second grade to follow at 10:45am.  Come on down if you're in the neighborhood!  (Fun fact: One of the few independent libraries in the state.)

10:30 am10:30

Savage Library

  • Savage Library - Savage, MN

I'm kicking off the summer reading program at the Savage Library!  Which sounds like something that involves cutlasses and pirates, but will probably involve books and banjos instead.  But you never know...

8:00 am08:00

Highlands Elementary School

  • Highlands Elementary School - Edina, MN

Lucky duck me, I get to visit two classrooms at Highlands and then do an evening book fair at the Barnes & Noble at the Galleria.  Times TBA.  Stay tuned for details!

3:30 pm15:30

Leech Lake Tribal College

  • Leech Lake Tribal College - Cass Lake, MN

I'll be presenting on the joys of reading, what it's like to be an author, and how to incorporate books into your everyday life.  Joining me is Cheryl Minnema, bead artist, photographer, and fellow picture book author.  We'll be doing three family presentations for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

5:00 pm17:00

Hmong College Prep Academy

  • Hmong College Prep Academy - St. Paul, MN

Literacy Night at HCPA!  I'm doing 2-3 sessions for kiddos and their families, including Top Secret Special Activities™.  Banjos, airplanes, and bookish enthusiasm will abound.

9:00 am09:00

Irving Elementary

  • Irving Elementary - West Allis, WI

I'll be doing a full day of workshops for the students at Irving Elementary, including what goes into making a book and how they can write stories of their own.  Special thanks to Christina Steeves for making the connection!

9:55 am09:55

Lecture @ University of St. Thomas

  • University of St. Thomas - St. Paul, MN

I'll be donning my professorial robes as I give a guest lecture to the illustrious H. M. Bouwman's class on writing picture books.  Such erudition!  Such aeronautical consumption!  'Twill be glorious.

9:30 am09:30

Windom Reads

  • Windom Elementary - Minneapolis, MN

I'll be stoking the flames of reading in Windom Elementary's youngsters, along with other authors and presenters.  Stop on by!

1:00 pm13:00

Barnes & Noble

  • Barnes & Noble: Galleria - Edina, MN

The Barnes & Noble in the Galleria is getting a makeover, and I'll be there with a celebratory reading and even more celebratory banjo.

2:00 pm14:00

Monster Book Bash

  • Stillwater Public Library - Stillwater, MN

Looking for some liter-scary fun on Halloween? (Wait! Come back! No more terrible puns, I promise!) Ahem. Anyway, you'll probably like the Monster Book Bash, organized by the Minnesota chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. I'll be signing books and doing other spooky stuff. Maybe I'll haunt something. You never know.

4:15 pm16:15

St. Paul Saints Game!

  • CHS Field - St. Paul, MN

I'll be reading on the field during a St. Paul Saints game! Nothing like the ol' minor-league-baseball-airplane-consumption shtick.

2:00 pm14:00

Figgy Airplane Eucalyptus @ Wild Rumpus

  • Wild Rumpus Bookstore - Minneapolis, MN

Need to get your fix of books, cats, and chickens? Look no further than the Wild Rumpus. I'll be doing a joint reading with Marsha Wilson Chall (THE SECRET LIFE OF FIGGY MUSTARDO) and Daniel Bernstrom (ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE).

Fair warning: It's an official field trip of the Hamline MFAC program, so watch out for kidlit fanatics. There'll be more than usual.

10:00 am10:00

Story Time Trolley @ Valley Bookseller

  • Valley Bookseller - Stillwater, MN

Trolley time! I'll be reading aboard the Story Time Trolley in Stillwater, which is one of the best kinds of trolleys. Tickets are $5, and you also get a 20% discount off a children's book. Call 651-430-3385 to reserve your spot. See you there!

11:00 am11:00

Author Fest

  • Armory Square - Park Rapids, MN

I'll be teaming up with 25 other Minnesota authors for the Beagle and Wolf Author Fest (now there's a name for you). If you're spitting distance from Park Rapids, come on down. We can have a spitting contest. Or a more sanitary contest, depending.

11:00 am11:00

How To Eat An Airplane: Launch Party!

  • Flying Cloud Airport - Eden Prairie, MN

June 4th. Book launch. Actual airport. Real, live airplanes.

Come on down to the Wings of the North flight museum for a reading, airplane-themed treats, Special Musical Guests, and airplanes galore. You won't want to miss this one. Promise.

(Note: Musical guests and airplanes not for eating.)


Enter at Gate H on the north end of Flying Cloud Airport.  The gate should be open (with volunteers to direct you), but dial #006 if you come late.


Peter Pearson's debut picture book is an absurdist guide to eating an airplane without embarrassing yourself. (Hint: You will need a knife, a spoon, and a forklift.)

9:00 am09:00

Young Authors Conference

  • Bethel University - St. Paul, MN

What happens when you have 4 hours, 25 writers, and 900 kids? No, not pandemonium. The Young Authors Conference.