It’s just 7 days until my first picture book, The Dandelion’s Tale, is released. I’m kicking everything off with a story time reading in Brooklyn at Powerhouse on 8th on Sunday, March 16th at 11:30am. I haven’t been to Brooklyn in a loooong time. This is the perfect reason to make my return.
I’ll be reading the book along with my dandelions, aka my teenage daughters. The book was written for them when they were toddlers and I can’t think of a better way to do story time than with the most special girls in my life. We’re practicing every night and trying to awaken our inner actors. It’s been fun. Kind of like putting on a little play.
We’ll have crafts for the kids that attend and promise to have a lot of fun. Hope to see you all there!
What a cool thing to come home to on Valentine’s Day…a wall of pink and red balloons! Thanks to one of my dandelions for blowing up soooo many balloons. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
The importance of illustrations in picture books was never more apparent to me than when I sat down and wrote a little story for my daughters when they were 3 and 5. I was pretty proud of what I wrote and couldn’t wait to read it to them.
I gathered my girls around me on the sofa and proceeded to read a tale written just for them. You know what I got?
Yawns. A look that said can we go now?
Here is my expert artistic rendering of their reaction to a picture-less picture book.
Years later, when that little story was made into an actual picture book by one of the best publishers around, reaction has been very different. The illustrations make the story come to life. Rob Dunlavey took an idea and made it even better.
And those little girls of mine are now teenagers and ready to help read the story to other little kids. If they yawn now, I’ll assume they were up all night texting with their friends.
It feels like this is the 10th snowstorm of the season (actually, I think it’s only the fourth with accumulations over 5 inches) and all of the snow Grinches are grumbling. Not me. I even enjoyed shoveling. I should have been born in Alaska!
What’s your favorite thing to do in the snow?