Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market Author Visit: A Sweet Farewell to Summer!

Hunterdon Land Trust Signing August 2014 Sugar White Snow FanYet again I had a lovely time during my author signing at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market today. It was sweltering—the crayons even started to melt!—but that didn’t seem to stop anyone from coming out to buy farm fresh produce, listen to some live music, feed a Monarch butterfly, and stop by to peruse the latest book in my picture book series published by Albert Whitman and illustrated by Susan Swan: Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of ColorHunterdon Land Trust Signing August 2014 barn roof

I was thrilled as always to chat and conduct activities with the visiting children, and to sign copies of the books for parents and grand-parents and grandparents-to-be! I think at this market especially people seem to appreciate that the books are inspired by family visits to farms in Hunterdon County.

One of my favorite things about the HLT market is its friendly and relaxed vibe. It’s also great for dog watching; so many patrons bring their canine companions along for the Sunday stroll. (We saw a particularly gorgeous husky today.) If you visit the market, be sure to order a breakfast flatbread from Fired Up Flatbread Company. One word: yum.

Hunterdon Land Trust Signing August 2014

A special thanks to the absolutely wonderful Catherine Suttle for inviting me back. I’m looking forward to returning again on the last market day of the season, just before Thanksgiving!

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From Ice to Snow

Sugar White Snow CoverWe spent our first and final Summer 2014 day at the Jersey Shore yesterday, Seven Presidents Beach, not too far from Monmouth University. It’s been such a busy summer with so many changes ahead for our household and everyone in it. We finished the day with a refreshing ice from Rita’s (mmm, mango!) and today it’s back-to-school clothes shopping and preparing for snow.

What?

By preparing for snow I mean tomorrow’s author visit at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market—one of my favorite places—at Dvoor Farm in Flemington. I’ll be featuring the release of the third book in my picture books series published by Albert Whitman and illustrated by Susan Swan: Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color

Since it’s a bit early to focus on winter itself, the children’s activities will focus on color, with beading and stamping craft fun—and of course I’ll have plenty of coloring activity sheets on hand that are related to the other two picture books in the series that are already in circulation: Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes and Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting. (I’ll also be signing and selling copies of the books, for anyone in the mood to get a jump on holiday shopping!)

Sugar White Snow Snowman-Cardinal Spread

And while I’ve been preparing all summer for the appearance of my winter book, the first signs of fall have accompanied the last edits and proofing of the fourth and final book in the series, on spring, which arrives next March. That book now has an official title: Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites, and takes a class field trip to see eggs hatch at a local farm. The lively teacher in the book is Miss Ava, named after my delightful and unstoppable niece. I can’t wait to give her a copy!

As for now, tomorrow is an opportunity to enjoy the delights of winter without the foyer puddles from piled up winter boots and snow shoveling. If you’re home for the (Labor Day) holiday, I hope you stop by the HLT market for some awesome August corn and to meet my Sugar White Snowman!

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Open Your Eyes to the World Around You

Open Your Eyes to the World Around You

I recall learning in ninth-grade English class that someone once asked a famous French writer—I believe it was Guy de Maupassant, because I remember we, like every other freshman English class across America at the time, were reading his famous short story, “The Necklace“—how one becomes a writer. His answer went something like this: “Go into the village square, sit on a bench, and watch the people passing by—for three years.” From this I learned that the writer’s first and most important job is to sit quietly and observe.

I was reminded of this first lesson when my husband sent me this photo of something he and our son found scrawled beneath a bridge’s beam during a recent Scout recycling regalia. It’s an unusual spot for such a heartfelt burst of self-expression, or maybe not, since from this vantage point the treetops are what supports the writer’s perspective. In any case, it stopped my husband in his tracks long enough to take and send me the photo, which I in turn share, hoping it will inspire you to pause and enjoy the view.

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Cheers and Ears

   Cheers for Ears        Cheers for a Dozen Ears

Jane 2Final Cover for Cheers for a Dozen Ears, by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

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Pals

Pup Pals
It’s always a good thing to stop and spend some time with a friend.

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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Stepping stones
will strengthen my bones
for words will never
desert me

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A Few More Fair Photos

Well, the Middlesex County Fair is over…until next summer. I had a wonderful time chatting with everyone who stopped by my table to look at my books and participate in the Pick a Circle, Gather Squares scavenger hunt. Here are a few more photos of some of the fun and lovely people I met:
Middlesex County Fair Fun Family Middlesex County Fair Grandma and Grandson Cheers for a Dozen Ears Fans Middlesex County Fair SWS fan mom and daughter

I’m looking forward to returning to the fair next summer! By then I’ll be able to share all four books in my picture book series: Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color, and Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites (March 2015)!

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Cheers for a Dozen Ears Reaches New Heights

Cheers for a Dozen Ears Reaches New Heights

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A Few More Fair Photos

Felicia Chernesky with Middlesex County Fair Fans August 8 2014Garden State Promise
County Fair Fries

A few more Middlesex County Fair photos. Go New Jersey!

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View from the Author’s Seat, Middlesex County Fair Hey Kids You Want to Be a Farmer? Exhibit

View from the Author's Table Middlesex County Fair Hey Kids Want to Be a Farmer Exhibit

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