BITTY BOT Book Launch Events in October

If you're in the Bay Area, I hope you will join me for one of my upcoming events celebrating my new picture book, BITTY BOT (Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books), with illustrations by Tad Carpenter. 
Along with the book reading and signing, there will be robot crafts, music, and a dance-like-a-robot contest! (I just might bring my accordion along, too...)

Dates include:
Oct 4 @ 3pm: Hicklebee’s in San Jose
Oct 8 @ 10:30am: Linden Tree in Los Altos
Oct 16 @ 11:00am: Reading Bug in San Carlos
Oct 29 @ 3pm: Books, Inc. in Mountain View
For more details, visit the EVENTS page.

BITTY BOT Official Book Trailer

The official BITTY BOT book trailer is live! Featuring music and words by Tim McCanna with illustrations by Tad Carpenter. BITTY BOT is available for pre-order now and will land in stores October 4, 2016.


Read About Robots Day is Oct 11, 2016!

The Read About Robots Day countdown has begun! If you're a parent, teacher, librarian, book store manager, author, illustrator, or robot fan, I hope you'll read a robot book or two with your friends on Read About Robots Day. Whether you do something small at home, or organize a public event, this video will help kick things off.

Read About Robots is a free online gallery of over 100 robot books for kids spanning 150 years. We provide links to picture books, middle grade and ya novels, craft books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and comic books. We also have articles, interviews, and a robot drawing contest. OCTOBER 11, 2016 is Read About Robots Day! Learn more at readaboutrobots.tumblr.com or facebook.com/readaboutrobots.



I'm so excited to share the cover of my first book with Abrams Appleseed--BARNYARD BOOGIE! Music has always been a big part of my life, and as soon as I got into children's publishing I knew I wanted to write a book about music.
With pitch perfect illustrations by Allison Black, BARNYARD BOOGIE! introduces young kids to the sounds musical instruments make while telling the tale of a Cow who just wants to be in the band. BARNYARD BOOGIE comes out May 2017 and is available for pre-order now.


BITTY BOT's Kirkus Review

BITTY BOT received its first review this week, and it came from Kirkus! I'm happy (and so relieved) that it was resoundingly positive:

"What happens when robots wind down? Do they actually sleep? Yep, they do, according to this charmer with a mechanical twist. Told in jaunty, rollicking rhymes that are enlivened by colorful, humorous digital illustrations, this robot version of a bedtime story demonstrates that, no matter how energetic a little “bot” may be, there inevitably comes a time when batteries are running low!"

"Young techies may or may not want to zoom into bed right after listening, but they’ll be more than a little “bitty” ready for repeat readings."

You can read the entire review, which includes a neat little nod to Star Wars (Woo!) at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/tim-mccanna/bitty-bot/.