Author Archives: Aaron Reynolds

Last blog post on this site!

Hi gang,

Just wanted anyone poking around here to know…I’m shifting my blogging activities over to a Tumblr page, which will allow me to micro-blog in a more “Facebook updatey” way. Hopefully, that will make it a much more active place. You can access it and get all the newest info about my writing and my books by hitting the News page on my website: You can also subscribe directly from the Tumblr page, once you land there.


It’s a Book!

In support of (print) books and indie bookstores, a group of authors gathered together in New Orleans earlier this fall to make a video where they all read aloud from Lane Smith’s It’s a Book. The project was devised by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and once it was confirmed that Lane Smith and the book’s publisher Macmillan supported the project, the taping began.  Authors graciously (and often gleefully)  stepped into a makeshift studio to read their lines with little notion of what the final outcome would look like, but nevertheless believing in the good cause the project was designed to highlight: the benefit of print books and indie bookstores.

Here’s the result! Bottom line…nothing can ever replace the printed book! Long live the book!

Congratulations Patricia Ballard!


Announcing the winner of the “I’ll Be Your School’s Best Friend!” Contest!


Patricia will receive SEVENTEEN of Aaron’s children’s books signed to her, SEVENTEEN of Aaron’s books signed to the Elementary School of her choice, and a free Skype Author Visit for the Elementary School of her choice! WOOT and SQUEEE to Patricia!

Thanks to the tons of people who entered the “I’ll Be Your School’s Best Friend!” Contest!

Stay posted to Facebook for upcoming contests, news, and events, including a possible fall contest where you and your students can compete to create the official book trailer for Aaron’s next book! More details coming soon!

Announcing The “I’ll Be Your School’s Best Friend!” Contest!

Want to win a huge stack of signed books for yourself and your school, not to mention a free Author Visit for the school of your choice? It couldn’t be easier! Enter Aaron Reynolds’s “I’ll Be Your School’s Best Friend!” Contest. Here’s how:


What do I do to enter? Simply click HERE and “Friend” Aaron on Facebook. That’s it! You’re entered to win.

What’s the deadline? Anybody that “Friends” Aaron between now and April 15 (tax day) will be entered to win.

What’s the prize?

1) SEVENTEEN of Aaron’s children’s books, personally signed just to you, including the Caldecott Honor book CREEPY CARROTS! and Aaron’s newest picture book PIRATES VS. COWBOYS. That’s right…I said seventeen different books!

2) Another set of SEVENTEEN books signed by Aaron and donated to the Elementary School of your choice!

3) A free Skype Author Visit for the Elementary School of your choice!

The Winner will be selected randomly from all new Facebook friends that “Friend” Aaron between now and April 15.

Any restrictions? Only new “Friends” are eligible. No fair unfriending and refriending Aaron. He’s onto your tricks!

So that’s it! Aaron wants to be your school’s new best friend…and yours too! So what are you waiting for? Click here and “Friend” Aaron now!

Creepy Carrots gets the Caldecott Honor!

In a thrilling and unexpected surprise, Creepy Carrots has been awarded the Caldecott Honor for Peter Brown’s magnificent illustrations.


This award, which is like the Oscars for children’s books, is awarded each year for outstanding illustration in a children’s book. I remember reading books as a kid with this little silver medal on them, but never dreamed that one day, one of MY books might have it emblazoned across the front.

Peter tells a delightful story on his blog about the morning he got the call. Check it out here.

Very exciting news!!!! Thanks to all who have made this book a success, to teachers and librarians who continue to put this book into kids’ hands, to parents who believe in buying books for kids in the e-crazy world, to the incredible Peter Brown for gracing my goofy little story with his award-winning artwork, and to the Caldecott Committee for recognizing funny quirky books and not just serious mushy ones!

Creepy Carrots hits New York Times Bestseller List!

Great news this week! I just found out that my newest book, Creepy Carrots! (illustrated by the brilliant Peter Brown) has just debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at number 7!

Creepy Carrots! is out and available!

The wait is over! Creepy Carrots! are out!

RUN!!! – don’t walk – to your nearest bookseller!



Already, Creepy Carrots! is collecting some nice buzz:

“…a spot-on parody of a paranoid thriller,” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Delicious suspense…” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Hilarious!” – School Library Journal

But these carrots won’t be satisfied until they HAVE…IT…ALL!!!

(What can I say? They’re creepy carrots.)