Happy Halloween!

what's in your cauldron
Here’s what’s in mine: What a Treat!

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Who Doesn’t Love a Costume Party?

I know I do—and I’m still recovering from all the fun I had doing a Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes scavenger hunt with the children who attended the Branchburg Sports Complex 2013 Halloween Party this past Sunday. The children searched for shapes in the fun-filled indoor football field, brought me their completed scavenger hunt sheets, and received prizes: a harvest pencil topped with a Halloween eraser, a Pick a Circle bookmark, and their choice of a sweet treat! And those who wanted a respite from the various games and activities stopped for a while to color and decorate some of my other activity sheets and chat.

I was busy! As busy as answering the front door on Halloween night! In fact, I was so busy meeting Incredible Hulks and fairy princesses and lobsters in strollers that I almost forgot to take a pictures. Here are a few adorable trick-or-treaters I met during the party. Their parents seemed game for having fun as well. It was really nice to see all these young families enjoying themselves.

Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party 2013

I want to say a special thank you to Mark, Lisa, Steve, and the Branchburg Sports Complex team for giving me the opportunity to participate in this fun event. I was able, amongst the festivities, to speak as well to the parents about my books and to hold a raffle for a signed copy of my second book when it comes out early next spring: Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting.

I’ll be emailing the winner of that raffle tomorrow afternoon!

Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party 2
May your Halloween be full of happy tricks and tasty treats!

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Here is a collage of photos from a family visit with my sister, niece, and nephew to Burjan’s Pumpkin Festival in Three Bridges, New Jersey. We took our annual pumpkin hayride to the patch for the perfect pumpkin. Yearly visits to Burjan’s are part of what inspired me to write Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. I gave the owner, who went to high school with my late father-in-law, a copy of the book. She posed with for a photo, as did the lovely ladies who were helping to make the busy festival run smoothly.  Not pictured: the corn maze, moon bounce, and other fun parts of our visit, including a stop at Dan’s Backyard BBQ for pulled pork sliders and a cup of hot cider. Why? Because they were gone!

Burjan's Collage

scream team

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Too Tired to Post More than One Adorable Photo

from today’s author signing at the Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market (posted with Mom’s permission). More to come tomorrow!

stangl farmers' market cutie-pie

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Hi Mom and Dad!

Barnes and Noble signingI was pretty nervous beforehand, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience speaking to the teachers attending the Fall Educator Reception at the Ledgewood, NJ, Barnes & Noble yesterday afternoon. It was thrilling to sign so many copies of Pick a Circle, Gather Squares, but I was even more excited that my parents were able to attend the reception (thanks, Mom, for these photos) and to be around a crowd of people who just LOVE books. It was wonderful to talk with the dedicated  teachers who stopped to chat or have a book signed, and to hear the thoughtful book recommendations of the B& N staff. A special thank you to Patty, Christina, and the Ledgewood B&N staff for the opportunity to share my thoughts about writing and my experiences in becoming a published author.  I look forward to returning to Ledgewood very soon for a B&N Storytime visit!

Barnes and Noble speakingTomorrow I’m off to the Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market in Flemington, for storytime, a scavenger hunt, other kids’ activities, and to sign copies of Pick a Circle, Gather Squares! I’ll also be raffling off a copy of my forthcoming Cheers for a Dozen Ears. I hope you stop by!

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A Few More Photos from Recent Signings

Here are a few more photos from recent author signings for Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. I’m looking forward to speaking at the Fall Educator Reception this evening at the Barnes & Noble in Ledgewood, New Jersey, and then doing a children’s activity and reading at the Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market in Flemington, New Jersey on Saturday! It’s also a nice time to celebrate the signing of the contract for the third book in this series: Sap, Tap, Maple Syrup! Collecting Winter Colors, which, like Pick a Circle and Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting (March 2014), is illustrated by Susan Swan.

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky Book Garden SigningEddie and Felicia in BaltimoreFrank Enjoys Pick a Circle!young fans in Baltimore

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Bittersweet October


Leaves bejewel while squirrels climb
the bearing branches. It’s a sign,
though daybreak birds still rise and shine.
October sighs invite this rhyme,
breathe slow adieu to summer’s clime—
within warm glowing noon sunshine
a growing chill begins to chime:
time it’s time it’s time it’s time.
Leaves tumble, crush like grapes to wine.
The pumpkin blazes on the vine.

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Bittersweet in October

Bittersweet Vine in October

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Bal’more Hon

Nicole Selhorst and I at the Rad Canoe Signing

A Wockenfuss treat after the Red Canoe signing: dark chocolate nonpareils in Baltimore Ravens purple and black!

A Wockenfus treat after the Red Canoe signing: dark chocolate nonpareils in Baltimore Ravens purple and black!

pumpkin ring fabulous!

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View from a Book Signing

New Hope-20131005-00176IMG_20131007_110146 IMG_20131007_110232New Hope-20131005-00173A few images from the front of Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA, this past Saturday, where I signed copies of Pick a Circle, Gather Squares. It was a sunny and sociable afternoon with lots of motorcycles and friendly dogs passing by (including a gigantic pair of St. Bernards and one tiny Yorkie wearing a Halloween tutu! A special shout-out to Jeanne the Bean and Pat K. for stopping by. Thanks, ladies! It was great seeing you.


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A New Event Added to My Fall Calendar

2014-Halloween-PartyI’m looking forward to the latest event added to my fall calendar: The Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party! I’ll be doing kids’ activities based on Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. Be there or be square—or scary!

But maybe you can’t wait until October 27…

Then join me tomorrow in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I’ll be signing books in front of Farley’s Bookshop from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.!

p.s. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares is popping up like October pumpkins. Look for a post next week with links to lesson plans posted by various educators that use the book in creative and exciting ways!

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