Hey everyone! I’m taking my dandelion show on the road this Saturday, October 18th, to the Barnes & Noble in Stamford, CT. The fun starts at 11am. I’ll be reading my book, THE DANDELION’S TALE, along with my little bird and flower helpers (aka, my daughters). We’ll have giveaways and snacks for the kiddies. This B&N is part of the Stamford Mall, so the parents can shop and dine after the reading. Hope to see you there!
I just saw that my publisher, Schwartz & Wade, have a site where you can see the covers and selected pages of each of their books. Now, I thought that was cool enough. If someone is looking for a book for their child, this is the perfect place to go shopping without leaving the comfort of their chair, couch or bed.
Even better, I noticed that the banner for the page is from my book, The Dandelion’s Tale. Well, that just made my day!
Stop by the page and see all of the absolutely wonderful books and worlds that Schwartz & Wade has to offer.
Thank you to the staff of Womrath’s Bookstore in Bronxville, NY for being the perfect hosts for this past weekend’s book signing. This was the big local signing that a lot of my peeps (aka friends and family) were looking forward to attending.
There was only one drawback. It was an absolutely beautiful, warm day – the first since fall began! The normally bustling town was much quieter than usual. We writers love rain! Rain drives people to bookstores.
My peeps came, bought lots o books, and made it a very special day. As the guys from Ghost Hunters say at the end of every episode, “On to the next!”
I wanted to share some pics from the event. Hope you can be in the future ones!
I have to admit, I’ve been blown away by the reception The Dandelion’s Tale has received. Reviewers and readers have been so positive. When you write a book and have a chance to share it with the world, there’s always that voice in the back of your head, worrying what the feedback will be. Writers always assume the worst. 🙂
Booklist just printed the following review and I thought I’d share it with everyone.
Dandelion’s glory days are coming to an end. Her bright yellow flower has evolved into just 10 seedpods, and she is concerned no one will remember she ever existed once the seedlings blow away. When Sparrow learns about her fears, the bird suggests writing down Dandelion’s memories. The two happily collaborate: Dandelion reminisces about squirrels and meadows, and Sparrow pecks the memory in the dirt. The morning after a storm, Sparrow discovers Dandelion didn’t survive and neither did her story. But all is not lost. He can tell her story and finds the perfect audience: new little dandelions that started as 10 seedlings. The charming illustrations are in blues, browns, and greens when the bird and plant are conversing, and tinged in golden light when memories are related. The ink, watercolor, colored pencil, crayon, and digital media pictures have an old-fashioned feel and showcase the moving story of keeping memory alive. Although sophisticated in concept, this feels right for the age group and would be beneficial in helping children cope with losing a loved one.
It’s been such a thrill to walk into bookstores and libraries and find copies everywhere. Random House/Schwartz & Wade have been amazing every step of the way. I’m busy getting story time and appearances lined up throughout the rest of the year, so hopefully I’ll be in your neck of the woods some day!
If anyone is interested in a school visit (in-person or remote), just contact me through the comments here and I’ll be happy to see if I can accomodate. It’s been a while since I was in school. It will be fun to see how things have changed. Do they still give detention? Ah, the glory days.
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!