1/21/2014 Anyone ready for baseball? ODD BALL: HILARIOUS, UNUSUAL, AND BIZARRE BASEBALL MOMENTS is out in paperback, published by Two Lions. This graphic look at strange events in baseball history was named a best nonfiction book of 2013 by Bank Street College. It is also nominated for the 2014 Garden State Children's Book Award. If you like to laugh, you will enjoy ODD BALL.
1/10/2014 Today the Saturday Evening Post began a new on-line feature. Each Friday, the magazine will post original fiction at saturdayeveningpost.com. I am happy to announce that my story, "Unauthorized", is the initial offering. This humorous tale should be of interest to anyone who loves books and writing. Read part one now, and watch for the conclusion which will be posted on January 17th.
Chappaqua Children's Book Festival - I hope you were among the 4,000 people who made this first annual event a smashing success. More than 150 volunteers ensured that the day ran smoothly despite the huge crowd. Parents and children enjoyed meeting such luminaries of the children's book world as Jerry Pinkney, Wendell Minor, Peter Sis, Nicky Bruel, Gail Carson Levine, and more than 60 others. Thanks to everyone who stopped at the sports themed table manned by myself and Richard Brenner. Lots of good conversation. I was even treated to a visit by a young lady who was in my third grade class in 1994. How gratifying to learn that she now writes and performs her own music! If you missed the fun this year, mark September 27, 2014, on your calendar. I don't know how the organizing committee could top this year's affair, but I know they will be trying.
Welcome to Timothy Tocher's website. Here you will find recommendations for books that I have enjoyed - crossing the spectrum from children's literature, to YA, to adult. There is also a bibliography of books that I have written. I hope you will share your opinions in a family friendly manner.
ODD BALL: HILARIOUS, UNUSUAL, AND BIZARRE BASEBALL MOMENTS has been nominated for the 2014 Garden State Children's Book Award in nonfiction. Thanks to all the librarians for this honor! Watch for the paperback edition of ODD BALL, available January 21, 2014, from Two Lions.My latest short story for adults is now (May 2013) available. Visit www.spitball.com to order issue #71 and read "Diamond Dilemma", a gilded age tale in which a skirmish in the battle of the sexes takes place at the ballpark.
Meadowbrook Press has reissued my first two chapter books, Long Shot and Playing for Pride in both paperback and electronic editions. Meet Laurie Bird Preston, a sports loving middle school student, as she tries to harness her athletic talent and contend with off court problems. Raised in a single parent household, Laurie must make friends in a new school where her father is her coach. A strong anti-bullying theme makes these novels even more timely than when they were originally published more than 10 years ago.
Do you read e-books? A free download of my take on a classic fairy tale, "Little Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood" from Newfangled Fairy Tales, Book 1 has proven popular. This story recently (12/25-1/3) enjoyed a 10 day stay in Amazon's top 100 free kindles.
Thanks to the students at Eastford Elementary School in CT for making a hilarious video of my poem, "Help Wanted." View it at: www.schooltube.com/video/3a8a5249402152f1599e/Help-Wanted. If, like me, you always mistype those long URLs, google my name and the poem title.
1st Annual Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, October 5, 2013 With a high energy planning committee, an impressive guest list, and a beautiful community, this promises to be an exciting event. Put it on your calendar now, or risk missing Jerry Pinkney, Wendel Minor, and dozens of other award winning authors and illustrators.
2013 Hudson Children's Book Festival Saturday, May 4, 2013 Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table at this year's event.
Millbrook Literary Festival After 5 consecutive years, we are on hiatus. Watch this site for information on our 2014 event.