Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting

Bloom Where You’re Planted!

Today is National Underwear Day. If you live in New Orleans, you may be be getting ready for a parade. Instead of donning a fresh pair of bloomers, what I can offer you here this sunny August Friday is fresh air and blooms. Cheers!

Sunflower spread from Cheers for a Dozen Ears--A Summer Crop of Counting

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Summer Bucket List Includes Berry Picking, and Cheers for a Dozen Ears!

It’s so much fun to find out when young families are enjoying one of my books: “But wait, there’s more! In case you missed it, I mentioned in our Summer Bucket List, Booked Up, a fabulous book on this topic that we read after our berry picking adventure: Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting. A GREAT intro to a variety of yummy summer crops from the farmers’ market. It seriously makes me hungry every time I read it!”

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Meet Me at the Fair!

Cheers for a Dozen Ears Reaches New HeightsI’m returning to the Middlesex County Fair !

You can find me in the Hey, Kids, Want to Be a Farmer exhibit August 6, 7, and 8 conducting a shape scavenger hunt and other children’s activities. I’ll be signing and selling copies of my picture book series illustrated by Susan Swan and my forthcoming From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!which last year’s fair visit helped bring to fruition!

From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! coverMiddlesex County Fair Grandma and Grandson Cheers for a Dozen Ears Fans

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Books and Blueberries!

Blueberry-picking on the Fourth of July at Phillips Farms in Milford, New Jersey–a family favorite and one of the inspirations for Cheers for a Dozen Ears!

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One can never enjoy too many books—or blueberries!

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Tomatoes, Blueberries, and Peaches–Oh My!

Look at this gorgeous display of Jersey fresh produce from nearby Cervenka Farm! Visits here with my family helped inspire me to write Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting. Stop by Cervenka’s for blueberries, tomatoes, watermelon…and a copy of Cheers! Delicious!

Cervenka Farm Stand and Cheers for a Dozen Ears!

Cheers for a Dozen Ears Farmstand PageCervenka Farm Tomatoes

Cervenka Farm WatermelonjpgCheers for a Dozen Ears Watermelon Page

Cervenka Farm Patty Pan
Cheers Onion and Peaches, page 9

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Wind and Snow Bring Spring You Know

The Dream in a Snowflake 2, by Jeff Chernesky It may still be winter, but deep beneath the snow spring’s getting ready to bloom!

And I’ve been busy having bookmarks, stickers, and postcards made, booking dates for spring author visits and signings, so there are lots of updates to this website in the works as well.

In the meantime, maybe you’ll enjoy this nice Publishers Weekly review of my forthcoming

Sun Above and Blooms Below:A Springtime of Opposites

In their fourth seasonally themed, concept-driven collaboration (following Sugar White Snow and Evergreens and other titles), Chernesky and Swan allow readers to accompany an ethnically diverse class on a field trip to a farm. As in the earlier books, Chernesky’s upbeat verse puts the concept front and center (“From far away a weather vane/ led us down a crooked lane,/ past straight wood fences, squat red pens./ We parked near barns and clucking hens”), and Swan’s detailed, vividly textured collages invite close study of each page. Ages 4–7. Author’s agent: Susan Hawk, Bent Agency. (Mar.) Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, Author, Susan Swan, Illustrator


The appearance of Sun Above rounds out the series of books illustrated by Susan Swan that focuses on a season of the year, an early learning concept, and some aspect of a farm visit. I feel both happy and sad, to be honest. Happy to see the series comes to full fruit, and sad to see my collaboration with the wonderful Susan Swan come to and end. Hopefully, we’ll work together again!


For now, I leave you with one of my favorite spreads from the book!


Sun Above and Blooms Below Stop Go Spread
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Retweet to Win a copy of Sugar White Snow and Evergreens from Albert Whitman!

Retweet to win a copy of Sugar White Snow and Evergreens from the publisher:!



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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

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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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