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Favorite 15 of 2015: #KidLitFaves

1) Favorite Storytime Spot in Los Angeles

Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA 

Photo by the amazing and talented Alex Crawford. 

Photo by the amazing and talented Alex Crawford. 

2) Favorite Storytime Spot on the West Coast

Green Bean Books, Portland, OR

Photo by incredible Portland-based illustrator Zoey Abott Wagner. Follow her on twitter @zoeyAwagner

Photo by incredible Portland-based illustrator Zoey Abott Wagner. Follow her on twitter @zoeyAwagner

3) Favorite Storytime Spot on the East Coast

 The Blue Bunny Books & Toys, Dedham, MA 

4) Favorite KidLit Festival Performance

Wordstock, Portland, OR

Had the pleasure of musically introducing the following authors and illustrators: Carson Ellis, Karl Edwards NewsomeEmily Winfield Martin, Rilla Alexander, and Christian Robinson

5) Favorite Picture Book Character

Louise @KellyLight

 from LOUISE LOVES ART (Balzer + Bray) by one of favorite humans ever Kelly Light @kellylight (we're sisters obvi)

6) Favorite KidLit Tune I Wrote

I Wish You More Song 

Inspired by the book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal @missamykr and Tom Lichtenheld @tlichtenheld. Song co-written with my dear friend/musical genius Eric Leva.

7) Favorite Video to Create

I Am Yoga - Susan Verde & Peter H. Reynolds - video coming soon!

Author Susan Verde flew out to Los Angeles to be featured in the video with me! I AM YOGA Book published by Abrams @abramskids. Special thanks to videographer Nick Goldston.

8) Favorite Advance Copy Received

BE A FRIEND - Salina Yoon @SalinaYoon

Can't wait to sing at the book's Lauch Party this month at Vroman's Bookstore! BE A FRIEND was written and illustrated by Salina Yoon @salinayoon (Bloomsbury @Bloomsburykids)

9) Favorite Photo with an author

The one and only Samantha Berger. @BergerBooks

The Samantha Berger miracle! Thanksgiving dinner buddies!!

The Samantha Berger miracle! Thanksgiving dinner buddies!!

10) Favorite Photo with a Fan

Performing the MAX THE BRAVE Song at Once Upon A Time Bookstore @onceuponatimebk. Song inspired by the book by Ed Vere @ed_vere (@JabberwockyKids)

Storytime at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA

Storytime at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA

11) Favorite Photo with my awesome booking agent Jen @japino.

Pizza with Pino. Follow her on twitter @japino

Pizza with Pino. Follow her on twitter @japino

12) Favorite KidLit Meet Up

Portland Brunch

Organized by illustrator Zoey Abott Wagner @zoeyAwagnerI got to meet the most welcoming and creative PNW folks! (Left) Nichole Roberts @NoKHoo, Deborah HawkingMeredith Crendal Brown @secondpine, Zoey Abott Wagner,  Erica Edwards @quotablecontent  (Right)

13) Favorite Video Location

Griffith Park Observatory

YOUR ALIEN Song inspired by the book YOUR ALIEN (Sterling @SterlingKids) by Tammi Sauer @sauertammi illustrated by Goro Fujita. Big thank you to my wonderful videographer Alex Crawford. He made this video my favorite one of the year. 

Videography by Alex Crawford.

Videography by Alex Crawford.

14) Favorite YouTube Video Comment

Watch Amy Maiden's students singing The Dot Song here!

15) Favorite Musical Moment

Winning the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Finding out I won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition for "The Curious Garden Song" inspired by the book by author/illustrator Peter Brown. Song produced by Nick Goldston who also produced my entire upcoming album "STORYTIME SINGALONG VOLUME 1!"

And a huge huge thank you to my amazing agent Kelly Sonnack @KSonnack. She's inspiring, creative, and knows how to tame my crazy.

Kelly Sonnack and I at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency Big Sur Retreat! 

Kelly Sonnack and I at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency Big Sur Retreat! 

Emily Arrow