Pick a Circle Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes

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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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is Here!Enjoy the pageantry and peanut butter cups!

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A writer is always becoming

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up

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Grins and Jack-o-lanterns!

New and old friends I met at the Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party yesterday!

2014 Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party
2014 Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party Cutie!

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Love his serious expression!

2014 Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party Serious Trick or Treater

Thanks to Lisa Sepulveda and BSC for inviting me back. I had a blast visitng with the trick-or-treaters, signing books, conducting a shape scavenger hunt, and handing out bookmarks, stickers, and Halloween erasers!

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares--Scavenger Hunt! with x for posting

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Pumpkin Minded

Pumpkinhead, by Felicia Chernesky

The Bigger the Better.

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Bring Your Little Pumpkins to the Branchburg Sports Complex for Some Halloween Fun!

Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party 2014I’ll be part of the Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party again this year, conducting a Pick a Circle, Gather Squares shape scavenger hunt and other children’s activities as well as signing copies of my books, so please consider stopping by with your costumed little ones. It’s a fun event and free for the whole family!

P.S. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bags and glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth!

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East Brunswick Barnes & Noble Thank You!

Insert from Pick a Circle, Gather Squares--A Fall Harvest of Shapes This post comes the day after I planned to post. Isn’t that often the way?

First, thanks to Cathy Genna, community business development manager at the East Brunswick Barnes & Noble for allowing me to participate in a Fall Educator Appreciation Event this past Wednesday. It was lovely to speak with the teachers who attended about my rhyming picture book series publisher by Albert Whitman and illustrated by Susan Swan, and particularly on how poetry has played an important role in the developments of the texts.

The discussion focused on Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes and Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Countingand I spent some time talking about how the books celebrate agriculture, inspired by family visits to local farms in New Jersey, as well as the opportunities to discuss mathematical concepts these books provide.

I’m looking forward to returning to the East Brunswick B & N for the East Brunswick Education Foundation Bookfair on Saturday, November 22. I’ll be chatting with visitors and signing books from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a focus on the third book in the series: Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color.

This post is also meant to be an invitation to the teachers who attended the event to participate in my ongoing Pinterest Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere! Contest:

Pumpkins and More PumpkinsSend photos of the pumpkins you pick in October 2014 and on November 1 I’ll choose my favorite pumpkin in my Pinterest patch. The winner receives a signed copy of my picture book Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, illustrated by Susan Swan (Albert Whitman), which takes a hayride with a family searching for the perfect pumpkin!

Teachers, if your class participates I will send you bookmarks and stickers for your students!

Visit http://www.pinterest.com/fchernesky/pumpkins-pumpkins-everywhere-contest/.

Send photos to info@feliciachernesky.com.

There are lots of doings underway this fall. Anyone interested can consult my calendar of events for details. I’m also delighted to have worked with my web designer, “Joe the No,” on site updates—and I’ll be adding links to lesson plans and book-themed activity sheets this weekend—as well as information about forthcoming books. So teachers and other readers, stop back again soon!

And send me photos of your best pumpkin hayride picks!

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Good Company

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares on page 2 of September 2014 Scholastic Firefly Flyer! Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, the first book in my picture book series, is keeping good company with the likes of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Johnny Appleseed, and Amelia Bedelia in Scholastic’s September 2014 Firefly flyer!

My sister posted this image on Facebook the day my niece and nephew brought the flyer home in their backpacks. I remember being their age, thrilled to pore over and pick a book from the flyer myself.

The first picture book I remember selecting: The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. A few other favorites that come to mind: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Happiness Is a Warm Puppy, and Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (“because it might make life hard for a chicken”).

Sugar White Snow interior page SquirrelIt was such a busy summer and the beginning of autumn is proving equally bountiful. I’m scheduling author visits for the newly released Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color and am anticipating the appearance of Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites (March 2015), which take a class field trip to see chicks hatch, under the guidance of the energetic Miss Ava—named after my energetic niece. This will be the fourth and final book in the series. Also in the works, my first prose picture book, Nonsense, inspired by Ava’s brother, my beautiful above-mentioned nephew, who is autistic.

Finally, I just signed my sixth picture book contract with Albert Whitman yesterday! The book-writing sideboard is groaning, and I’m truly grateful.

Here’s looking forward to a hearty, healthy harvest and holiday season for one and all!

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