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Upcoming Events 2017

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Minnesota Book Awards Events

March 21
Meet the Finalists
Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m – 9 p.m.
Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis
Click here for more info. Free and open to the public.

April 8 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony
"This Is NOT a Cat!" is one of four finalists in the Children's Literature category. Click here for more info.

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Art-A-Whirl 2017

Northrup King Building, Studio 423, NE Minneapolis
Friday, May 19th
- 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 20th - Noon-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21st - Noon-5:00 p.m.

Click here for more info

 

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Authors in April 2017

Mike had a wonderful week visiting schools in Michigan for Authors in April. He visited with the kindergarten and first grade students at fifteen different schools. Mike was welcomed at every school with beautiful artwork that the students created based on his books.
Here's Mike with the authors that visited the older grade levels: Neal Shusterman, Cynthia Lord, and Lenore Look.

See more photos at authorsinapril.org

 

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Minnesota Book Award Finalist!

Mike was very excited to learn that This Is NOT a Cat! is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in the Children's Literature category. This is the fourth year in a row that one of Mike's books has been a finalist. Mike will find out at the award ceremony gala in April, whether he and author David LaRochelle will take home the cheese!

 

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KARE11 Sunrise with Bel

Mike and David LaRochelle were recently interviewed by Belinda Jensen on KARE11. It was a live show, so it was a little scarry, but they enjoyed talking about the creative process behind This Is NOT a Cat!. Belinda is also a children's book author. She has a great new series about weather.

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Board Books!

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Minnesota, Moo!, and Just Like My Papa are all now available as board books!

 

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Red Balloon Poster

Mike was honored to create the 30th Anniversary poster for the Red Balloon Bookshop. Thank you Holly Weinkauf and everyone at the Red Balloon for selecting Mike as the illustrator!

 

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A great day!

Mike had a wonderful crowd at his launch party for "Dad's First Day" at the Red Balloon Bookshop on August 15th. Here he is with the real Oliver, his son, Franklin.

Thank you to everyone that was there to help Mike celebrate his second book as both illustrator and author!

 


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'Moo!' is first selection for Once Upon a Reader!

Over the past year Mike, David LaRochelle, and Cow traveled to every corner of Minnesota and visited 59 libraries with their presentation/puppet show for preschoolers. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show and thank you to Once Upon a Reader for choosing MOO! as their inaugural book!


Once Upon a Reader is an early literacy program designed to encourage young children and adults to read together.

See the videos: Creating MOO! and MOO! The Moo-vie!

 


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Mazza Museum

In July, Mike was honored to be a keynote speaker at the Mazza Museum Summer Conference in Findlay, Ohio. What an amazing conference!

Photo from left to right: Jarrett Krosoczka, Ben Sapp (Director of Mazza), Mike, David Shannon, and Loren Long.

 


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Harvest Party

Mike recently illustrated a wonderful story by Jennifer O'Connell titled "Harvest Party!". This book will be available through the Fall 2015 Scholastic book club catalog.

Click here to look inside!

 

 

 

 


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MOO! is a Star in the North!

Mike and David received the Star of the North Picture Book Award for MOO!, an award that was voted on by 38,000 kindergarten to 2nd graders across Minnesota. Also on hand were Marsha Hayles, author of BREATHING ROOM, and Stu Gibbs, author of BELLY UP, winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace award voted on by older students.

 

 


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MOO! Wins!

Mike was thrilled when, on the evening of April 5th, MOO! won the Minnesota Book Award in the Children’s Literature category.

Here are David LaRochelle (the author) and Mike at the Awards Gala held at the beautiful Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 


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Hanukkah Bear Wins!

In March, Mike traveled to New York City to accept the National Jewish Book Award for Illustrated Children’s Book for HANUKKAH BEAR.

Here are Mike and Eric Kimmel (the author) at the ceremony.

HANUKKAH BEAR was also recently selected by the Bank Street College of Education as one of "The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014 Edition!"

 

 
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New Editions of Mama's Little Duckling!

 

Mike is very happy to announce Mama's Little Duckling has two new editions. To the left is the cover of the Korean edition. Also, the english paperback edition is now available.

Click here to see more of "Mama's Little Duckling"

 

 


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2017 First Thursdays in the Arts District

 

Thursday, April 6th    5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4th   5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 1st   5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

Studio 423 in the Northrup King Building.
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Get directions to the building.

Join us for First Thursday in the Arts District as a multitude of painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramists, textile and fiber artists, jewelers, furniture showrooms and more open their studios at the Northrup King Building located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

 

Mike will have many of his books and prints available.

 

 


 
Awards and Honors
   

More MOO!velous News!

MOO! was named an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book!

MOO! won the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Award in the Talk category. This award is “an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.”

 


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The Original Art Show

 

 

Mike was so happy to learn that his picture book, Jack's House written by Karen Magnuson Beil, was selected to be a part of The Original Art Show. This annual exhibit, at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City, celebrates the fine art of Children’s Book Illustration.

 


Click here
to look inside Jack's House.

 

 

 
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How Magazine and 'The Show' Awards

 

Mike created seven pen and ink illustrations for Olive and Company's “Olive Marketing Book”. This beautifully designed book received the Bronze award in the Direct Marketing/Single category from the Minnesota Advertising Federation (AdFed). It also won a Merit award from HOW Magazine. Mike is so proud to be a part of this project.

 

Olive and Company is a creative service agency specializing in design, interactive, brand development, strategic marketing consulting, communications, and advertising.

 
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"Davey's Blue-Eyed Frog" won the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award

 


The purpose of this award is to encourage reading by highlighting good quality literature (fiction and nonfiction) written on the second - third grade reading level, taking into account text, format and the illustrations of the books.

 

The Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award, sponsored by Oregon Educational Media Association, (OEMA).


 
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