The December Countdown Begins!

It’s almost December and the countdown begins… National Maple Syrup Day is December 17! Celebrate with a stack of homemade pancakes and a delicious copy of Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color. Yummy for your eyes and tummy!

Sugar White Snow and Evergreens--Gold spread

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Clinton Book Shop’s Dickens Days Author Event

Clinton Book Shop at Dickens Days--Felicia and Robert 2I had a wonderful time today participating in Clinton Book Shop’s Dickens Days Author Event. I met so many lovely people visiting family from far away—and local people, too, like this cute little boy who is practically a neighbor! Also signing their children’s book, Little Lola, was couple Julie Saab and David Gothard, and I got to chat and exchange books with an old friend, Karen Romagna, who illustrated a book for poet Billy Collins! The book is called Voyage and it’s wonderful!

Thank you to Rob and Harvey of the Clinton Book Shop for inviting me back to participate. It was a great day, and I look forward to returning to the CBS to participate in events next spring, when Sun Above and Blooms Below appears!

Clinton Book Shop at Dickens Days--CarolersAfter the book signing we walked around town a bit before taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. It was COLD but wonderful Victorian fun! Then it was a quick cup of hot chocolate and time to head home for Thanksgiving leftovers with all the trimmings!
Clinton Book Shop at Dickens Days--Carriage Driver
Clinton Book Shop at Dickens Days--Felicia and Eddie
Clinton Book Shop at Dickens Days--David and MichaelClinton Book Shop at Dickens Days--Toby

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East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair Bonanza!

East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair mob 2

I had so much fun participating in the East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair on Saturday, and I just couldn’t believe how many granparents, parents, students, and teachers were in attendance! What a great job Cathy Genna and the staff of the East Brunswick Barnes & Noble do!

I enjoyed myself so much I’m going back for the South River Public Schools Bookfair on December 6. I’ll be there from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, before heading off for another signing at the delightful Book Garden in Frenchtown, starting at 2:00 p.m. It’s going to be another busy, book-filled day!

Here are a few pictures of some of the wonderful people I met on Saturday—from the lovely little ballerina, whose copy of Sugar White Snow and Evergreens was the first I signed

East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair first book signed East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair first book signed 2

to a thrilling moment with the Mad Hatter

East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair, me and the Mad Hatter 2
and other super-enthusiastic teachers such as Katie Yard of Lawrence Brook Elementary School, pictured with a super-enthusiastic student:

East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair Miss Yard and student

East Brunswick Education Foundation Photo with Another Miss Ava

Some of the best moments of the morning included watching all the children searching the shelves, their arms full of books! And I really enjoyed speaking with students, like this lovely young lady, about writing Pick a Circle, Gather Squares et al., and how this book series celebrates the seasons and farm life based on visits to farms, farm stands, and farmers’ markets in beautiful Hunterdon County, where my family lives.

Go New Jersey agriculture!

What’s up next? I’ll be at the Clinton Book Shop this Friday, November 28, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to participate in A Dickens Days book event. (Thank you, Harvey and Rob, for inviting me back!) If you’ve never visited Clinton, it’s a gorgeous town—and the Clinton Book Shop is a great place to browse and pick up holiday gifts.

And speaking of gifts, I just learned I’ll be working alongside the year’s best gift-giver at the Branchburg Sports Complex Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Santa will arrive by firetruck and a portion of all proceeds go to benefit the North Branch Fire Department. A light brunch will be served, so bring your Chirstmas wish list and I’ll bring the Sugar White Snow maple syrup!

 picture book series

Here’s wishing you a sweet and restful Thanksgiving!

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Tapping into the Holidays! Sugar White Snow and Evergreens Signings

I will participate in several book signings that focus on Sugar White Snow and Evergreens this coming weekend and next.
SugarWhiteSnowCover

First up: the East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair at the East Brunswick Barnes & Noble at the Brunswick Square Mall on Saturday, November 22. I’ll be there from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Nino the squirrel and I hope you can stop by!

Sugar White Snow interior page Squirrel

Next: The annual Hunterdon Land Trust Holiday Farmers’ Market on Sunday, November 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St,. off the Route 12 circle in Raritan Township.

Great for last-minute items for your Thanksgiving table—including a signed copy of my book for a host/hostess gift! 

Rainbow spread from Sugar White Snow and Evergreens

Finally: A Dickens’ Days Celebration of Children’s Books Event at the Clinton Bookshop, on Friday, November 28. I’ll be signing books from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Title Page of Sugar White Snow

It’s time to tap into the winter holidays!

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Pass the maple syrup!

Another colorful–and tasty–spread from my newest book, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color, illustrated by Susan Swan (Albert Whitman, 2014). Pass the maple syrup!
Rainbow spread from Sugar White Snow and Evergreens

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Pumpkins, Picture Books, and Chef Potiron

C'est servi!

Today, I’m especially thankful for pumpkins, picture books, and Chef Potiron—who served me and a writer friend an early morning breakfast yesterday halfway between Flemington and Frenchtown.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: I’m thankful for…

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Today (and every day) I am so thankful for the opportunity to write—a life-long dream—and to work with such gracious and talented people as illustrator Susan Swan and editor Wendy McClure.
picture book series

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Good Morning, Sunshine!

Good morning, sleepy heads, on this blustery Daylight Savings Time Sunday! I’ve been up with chickens–or should I say chicks? Since November ends with a focus on poultry, here’s a sneak peak from Sun Above, Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites, the fourth and final book in my Albert Whitman picture book series illustrated by Susan Swan, which comes out next March. I know it’s the thick of autumn, but it seems fitting!
Chicks page from Sun Above

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