Celebrate "Come with Me" (with Us)!

” . . . though at the level of the individual our actions are as light as a cloud,

united they can change the color of the sky.”

—Yvette Pierpaoli, Refugees International


These beautiful words by my collaborator Pascal Lemaitre‘s mother-in-law, Yvette Pierpaoli,

a humanitarian who died in Kosovo while working for Refugees International, inspired Come with Me.


Here is a list of our upcoming launch events—

If you are in Boston or the New York area, we hope you can make it to one!


 Friday, September 1, at 11 a.m., Catching Joy / Lady Gaga #channel kindness event

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“The words and pictures work seamlessly to deliver a powerful message:

What we do matters.”

—R. J. Palacio, The New York Times Book Review



Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m., a conversation with us & launch event at Rizzoli Bookstore,

featuring Matt Dillon, Refugees International, Emma’s Torch, the Consulate General of Belgium,

& moderated by Julie Burstein



“Inspired by the 9/11 attacks in the States and the bombings in Brussels in early 2016, this book tackles a tough subject with honesty, gentleness, and a call to action.

Let’s all try to do the same.”

—PW ShelfTalker



Saturday, September 9, 11 a.m., Albertine Books,

a children’s French & English story & drawing hour



“The author and illustrator… present huge emotions and abstracts

with simplicity that makes them approachable.

—Susie Wilde, Raleigh News & Observer 


Saturday, September 9, 3:30 p.m., Maplewood Library & [words] bookstore,

global citizen / sidewalk chalk event



“This lovely picture book, set to be published in early September but available for pre-order, offers smaller children a gentle, encouraging, age-appropriate response to the disturbing news reports.”

— Maria Russo, The New York Times


Sunday, September 10, 1:00 p.m., Books Are Magic, SCBWI Back2Back with Barbara DiLorenzo



“[A]n emotionally rich proclamation about not giving into fear.”

Publishers Weekly


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