Events

I’ve been thrilled to present FREE PERIOD to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN), the American Library Association (ALA) LibLearnX, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA), the California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA), the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) and the Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA). I am currently booking 2024 appearances for bookstores, festivals, libraries, schools, and the like.

FREE PERIOD Upcoming Events

Texas Library Association (TLA) 2024
San Antonio, TX
April 16-19, 2024

Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Hudson, NY
May 4, 2024 from 10am-3pm

Possible Futures Bookstore – Reading, Signing, & Crafting!
New Haven, CT
May 5, 2024 at 2pm

Author visit at the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, NY
May 14, 2024 at 4pm

Period Poverty Awareness Week Kickoff Event with free. Hingham
St. John the Evangelist
172 Main Street, Hingham, MA
May 19, 2024 at 2pm

The Bronx Book Festival
Fordham Plaza – Bronx, NY
June 8, 2024

Event Day!
Details to follow
June 15, 2024

Event Day!
Details to follow
July 13, 2024

Event Day!
Details to follow
October 5, 2024

NCTE – National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention
Boston, MA
November 21-24, 2024

The Cuterus Uterus Road Trip Crew!

Past Events

Past Events

The Book & Nook – FREE PERIOD Signing and Crafting!
24 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Warwick, NY 10990
April 6, 2024 at 2pm

Books of Wonder Great Middle Grade Reads
Virtual via Crowdcast
March 23, 2024

Children’s Book World Virtual Visit
Virtual via Crowdcast
March 13, 2024

International Women’s Day Signing Tour
Various Cities
March 6-10, 2024

FREE PERIOD Book Launch with Writers LIVE!
Enoch Pratt Free Library at Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD
March 5, 2024

Radio & TV Tour
Virtual
March 4, 2024

FREE PERIOD Book Launch with Craftivism Workshop!
The Curious Reader
Glen Rock, NJ
March 3, 2024 at 4pm

NAIBA and NEIBA Book Buyers Summit
Rhinebeck, NY
February 25-26, 2024

Middle Grade Debut Panel hosted by Utopia State of Mind
Virtual
February 11, 2024

I had the best time chatting with Lili on her Utopia State of Mind Youtube channel along with some of my favorite middle grade authors to discuss what it is like to debut today:

COURTESY OF CUPID by Nashae Jones
THE CURSE OF THE EELGRASS BOG by Mary Averline
OLIVETTI by Allie Millington
DAUGHTERS OF THE LAMP by Nedda Lewers

We covered everything from our books, writing craft, paths to publication, as well as topics like difficult family situations and activism in children’s books. I love Lili’s incisive questions and enthusiasm for sharing literature with the world. Click on the event link to see a recording of this panel and follow her channel for all the upcoming events she has in 2024.

World Read Aloud Day (WRAD)
February 7, 2024

My first school visits! Ahhh! What an amazing day reading with students in Vermont, New York, Ohio, and Michigan. Look at that super cute graphic one of them made me! It was incredible to hear how much they picked up on after only a few pages of the book. Not only about the period issues, but also the relationships between the characters. And it was great to see what everyone loved their friendship bead bracelets and bookmarks that I send in the FREE PERIOD swag packs ahead of time. I am so grateful to the schools and non-profit after school programs for including me in their WRAD experiences and can’t wait to volunteer again next year.

ALA LibLearnX 2024
Baltimore, MD
January 19-22, 2024

I am home from ALA in Baltimore, and had such a great time! It was an amazing weekend of connecting with librarians and hearing how they are on the front lines of period equity along with so many other basic needs issues. They are truly the heart of our communities 💗 And yes of course I talked about maxi-pad cupcakes while everyone was eating and showed Ute tossing Drop to Maxi at pretend Camden Yards!

It was thrilling to see FREE PERIOD at the gorgeous Scholastic booth. Also thrilling to hear people negotiating over the 20 crochet cuterus uteruses I passed out. I hope everyone shares pictures of them in their new hometowns. And being supported by a Scholastic team that has put ending period shame front and center over and over again this past year made this all possible. THANK YOU!

Finally, I achieved Automatic Hero Status for bringing home art goodies from Jonathan and Booki. The spring line-up is truly amazing. There is a great group picture somewhere that I have to get! I’ve already mentioned on my Instagram how much I love all these books and you can see my grid for graphics and recommendations on all of them:

⭐ MEET ME ON MERCER STREET by Booki Vivat
⭐ ULTRAVIOLET by Aida Salazar
⭐ TIMID by Jonathan Todd
⭐ THE LIARS SOCIETY by Alyson Gerber

Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) 2023
Columbus
November 20-21, 2023

My heart is full after the ALAN Workshop, which stands for Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE, where I got to share FREE PERIOD and its period equity message with hundreds of teachers. And my TBR is now completely out of control!

First, we had an authors’ reception which was a bit of speed dating. Join a group of teachers for five minutes, pitch your book about chaos monsters and maxipads, chat about periods and other basic needs experiences, fling a crochet uterus into the middle of the table, and repeat. It was so much fun and meant I got to have personal connections with everyone from experienced teachers to those still in training.

Then there was the general session, including author panels, readings, and conversations. WOW. I’ve never seen anything like it – there were no concurrent sessions, you got to hear about ALL THE BOOKS. I was super lucky to present “Blossoming into Adolescence,” with Beth Shaum, the K-8 Librarian at St. Francis of Assisi School, and R.L. Toalson, the author most recently of THE FIRST MAGNIFICENT SUMMER. Do not miss any chance to talk with Beth—her questions taught me new things about my own book that I never considered before! And I loved being in conversation with R.L. as her story not only deals with a first period experience, but focuses on the central theme that we are enough, we are born magnificent, and worthy of love as human beings. I felt that over and over again through the presentations—how children’s literature can show us that we all matter and deserve to be heard—and am really excited for FREE PERIOD to be part of that movement.

Finally there were so many books—all the teachers get a box of books but they’re not all the same so there was intense swapping going on—I didn’t understand it all but it was fascinating to watch and now I wish I could go as an attendee! The workshop had even more than that going on – this is just what I saw from the author side!

Thank you so much to @thealanorg and @scholastic for this wonderful opportunity!! And happy 50th birthday!!

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2023
Columbus
November 16-19, 2023

I had the most amazing morning at #NCTE23 meeting educators and loved hearing about how they’re breaking down period stigma! First up was a signing with Ann E. Burg whose next book is FORCE OF NATURE, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, a novel in verse about the life of Rachel Carson. You can see from the mini-review on my grid that I love this book! We were supported by the most amazing team from @scholastic throughout the conference. Lizette Serrano, Maisha Johnson, Katie Dutton, Daisy Glasgow, Jennifer Rivera, Sabrina Montenigro, and Meredith Wardell are the best!! I have to find a picture with Katie!

Then it was time for the Scholastic Literary Brunch emceed by Lizette and organized by Maisha. Yes I talked about maxipad cupcakes while everyone was eating and yes it was the best time ever 🙌🩸🧁😎 Ann and I joined Alan Gratz, HEROES: A NOVEL OF PEARL HARBOR, and Joanna Ho, WE WHO PRODUCE PEARLS, illustrated by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. The review on my grid does not do this book justice – just get it on your TBR please. I’m even more in awe after hearing about Joanna’s writing process. And I can’t wait to read Alan’s latest historical and shout about it next!! Sounds like a story kids will love. Plus there was an intro video with more books on the topic of finding your voice that I can’t wait to read and share.

AASL 2023 Conference
Tampa
October 19-21

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I had the most amazing time in Tampa meeting with school librarians at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2023 conference. It is hard to put into words the excitement we shared over ending period stigma, and I am simply in awe of how they are able to help students through the library on this and other equity issues. First up was a signing with Perma-Bound who has one of my all-time favorite taglines: “The strongest books you can buy.” Grrrr! The entire team was so great, and we had a really fun time signing FREE PERIOD arcs, giving out friendship bead bracelets with phrases like pads-for-all, cuterus-uterus, squee!, and of course free-period, and chatting with librarians about how they’re planning to use the book in schools. Bonus: I met my “Fight Evil, Read Books” twin. Tampa it was meant to be!

Next was a panel on conflict in kidlit and how it can be addressed in respectful and engaging ways. Becky Calzada, the AASL president, Leander District Library Coordinator, and all around champion for the rights of children to read, Chris Barton, (GLITTER EVERYWHERE!, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat), and Kerry Cerra (HEAR ME) were amazing to work with in the months leading up to the panel and we had such an engaging discussion with the librarians in attendance on how literature can not only help kids feel seen, but also about how storytelling can help them resolve disputes. I put a lesson together on this topic that you can find here and will be highlighting Chris and Kerry’s books in my next newsletter. Can’t wait to work with Becky and Chris again at the Texas Library Association Conference scheduled for April.

Finally, it was a party at the Follett booth for my final event where I signed FREE PERIOD, learned about librarians leading period clubs and running basic need banks out of their spaces, and gave out a record number of Crochet Cuterus Uteruses. So thankful for Follett’s support and the way they are out in front on period equity. Inspiring!!

Attending AASL gave me such a better appreciation of the wonderful and challenging work our school librarians are doing to ensure students not only have access to great books, but also are developing the critical thinking skills necessary to understand and evaluate what they’re read. So much hope for the future!! And FREE PERIOD is available to order through Perma-Bound and Follett for your library or classroom right now!!

Debutiful Lunch at MPIBA
Denver, CO
10/4-7

The MPIBA Fall Con was an incredible experience. I talked with booksellers about how we can break down period stigma with humor and heart! Hearing that some stores are planning their own period parties and bracelet crafting events made my year!!! Thank you so much to the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, their kind and expert volunteers, and Scholastic!!

At the Debutiful Lunch emceed by Adam Vitcavage I shared FREE PERIOD, one of my fave lines from the book about using what is unique about each of us to create change, and the message that advocacy doesn’t have to be fancy or formal, it can be fun…and full of maxi-pad cupcakes. My TBR is toppling after learning about so many exciting books at that event, including from fellow MG debut author Davaun Sanders whose novel KEYNAN MASTERS AND THE PEERLESS MAGIC CREW is out in a week (Oct. 17, 2023)!!!

I was lucky enough to spend time with RozHilden (and Paula!) on the floor and that is like taking a master class in books for young readers. Congrats on your retirement Roz but also don’t go lololol And I got to meet fellow Scholastic author Kazu Kibuishi. What? Yes! For real! Can’t wait to see how the Amulet adventure concludes in WAVERIDER (Feb. 6, 2024).

Authors Reception at NEIBA
Providence, RI
10/3-5

I had the most amazing time sharing FREE PERIOD at the New England Independent Booksellers Association Authors Reception!

It was so much fun to sign books, help crochet uteruses find new homes, and squeeee! with everyone as they picked out their favorite friendship bracelets. But what really floored me was to hear so many people share their enthusiasm for breaking down period stigma in fun and engaging ways.

Meeting these incredible booksellers dedicated to children’s literature gives me such hope for the future! As does this absolute rock star of a sales rep Nikki Mutch!!

Bonus: I got to meet fellow Scholastic authors Jonathan Todd (TIMID – 4/2/24) and Ann E. Burg (FORCE OF NATURE illustrated by Sophie Blackall – 3/5/24) and can’t wait to dive into their stories. Thank you so much to Nikki, the Scholastic team, and the New England Independent Booksellers Association for this wonderful opportunity!

Look at those gorgeous books and crochet uteruses! All gone by the end of the night!

Scholastic Lunch at CALIBA
South San Francisco, CA
9/27-9/28

CALIBA Scholastic LunchMy heart is full after California Independent Booksellers Alliance‘s Fall Fest where the booksellers celebrated Roz Hilden’s 30 year career with Scholastic! I am so thankful for her support and dedication to young readers, and for the chance to present FREE PERIOD during the Scholastic Lunch moderated by the incredibly generous and insightful Brein Lopez with Children’s Book World in West Los Angeles.

Can you believe this pic of amazing kidlit? Don’t miss these titles in the coming months:

⭐️ OKAY, CUPID by Mason Deaver (1/2/24) is a YA romance where a cupid breaks a big rule – they fall in love with a person! The voice is as incredible as the premise. I am loving it so much and can’t wait to finish reading.
⭐️ MEET ME ON MERCER STREET by Booki Vivat (4/2/24) follows a young artist as she navigates big changes in her friendships and community. It is full of fun, energy, and hope, and of course Booki’s amazing illustrations—I know middle grade readers everywhere will love it!
⭐️ ON THE TIP OF A WAVE written by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Catia Chien (10/31/23) is a stunning picture book that shares how Ai WeiWei has created art, often on a monumental scale, using everyday objects to help people feel the plight of our fellow human beings – a beautiful way to get young readers thinking of how their own art can make a difference in understanding each other and improving human rights.(Bonus: we got a sneak peek of WE WHO PRODUCE PEARLS written by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (4/16/24) – excited to read!!)

And of course there was all the bestie banter, wildly weird crafts, and delightfully disgusting desserts of FREE PERIOD as we discussed using humor to break down period stigma and fight for a future of menstrual equity. Yes, I talked about Maxi-Pad Cupcakes while everyone was eating again 😉

Thank you again to CALIBA and their super supportive volunteers, Scholastic, and Roz for this wonderful opportunity!

CALIBA Book Haul
CALIBA Free Period pile
CALIBA Author Photo

Period Equity at PNBA!!
Portland, OR
9/19-21/2023

group photo of authorsPhoto credit to Teagan Tigani

Dinner at the Kids Table was such a joy! I got to talk to a huge room full of incredible booksellers, librarians, and reviewers from the Pacific Northwest about FREE PERIOD and using humor to break down period stigma and work with people who are different from you to take action. Oh yes we connected over pranking for change, maxi pad cupcakes, and uteruses riding skateboards while everyone feasted on scrumptious pasta and garlic bread! A dream come true thanks to the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and Scholastic. And bonus! Everyone who attended got a signed book, FREE PERIOD friendship bracelet, Maxi-Graham recipe card, and the Pads on Parade bookmark designed by Bev Johnson—all connected to fun activities that can be used to break the ice and extend the reading experience.

But it wasn’t just me! Lily Taliaferro who manages the Children’s Department at Eagle Harbor Book Co. on Bainbridge Island, WA was our fantastic emcee as these legends took the stage:

Suma Subramaniam – THE RUNAWAY DOSA
Rosanne Parry – A HORSE NAMED SKY
Nisi Shawl – SPECULATION
Ryan La Sala – BEHOLDER

And Nisi and Ryan brought down the house with a rendition of the Miss Mary Mack clapping game. It was all captured with photos by Teagan Tigani, the brilliant and hilarious Children’s Book Buyer at Queen Anne Book Company (hearing her and Chris talk about read alouds has totally changed the way I look at picture books!).

Huge thank yous to PNBA’s welcoming staff and volunteers, especially Aspen who got me through my first signing ever. And finally to Chris Satterlund, Scholastic’s district sales manager and the best book champion an author could hope for. Her kindness, enthusiasm, expertise, and humor made this an amazing experience.

cuterus uterus
scholastic table at pnba
books collected at pnba
river in Portland
booksmarks, bracelets, and recipe cards
Ali at pnba
kids table authors speaking

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