This past weekend I had a book signing at my local Barnes & Noble (thank you Kelly for all you do for me!). I decided to do a little something different. Come on, I’ll show you.
I pulled up to the store with my family. As always, I was thrilled to see posters about my books in the window. Talk about dreams come true. You spend so much time reading and writing and wishing, seeing your name in a book store window and on the cover of a book never grows old.
To gear up for story time, I did a little practice run. This time last year, I didn’t need glasses to read. Those days are over! Funny how the angle of the picture makes the book look HUGE.
I asked everyone who came by my table to help build a dandelion. Kids had fun sticking the dandelion’s seedpods everywhere they could. I have to admit, they did a pretty good job.
After story time, we all sat down and started drawing and coloring. I have some pretty nice artwork to share. Thank you to the kids who took the time to show us what incredible artists they are!
I’ve been busy working on a poster to post in the window of Womrath’s bookstore in Bronxville, NY, the location for my next signing. After I was finished with the poster, I started looking for crafts for the kids. So far, I’ve bought flower pinwheels to hand out, but I’m still looking for any ready-made crafts that involve dandelions or sparrows.
Does anyone have any suggestions? For the authors, what has worked best for you to make a signing a fun time for your young fans?
Oh, and if you’re in the Bronxville area in 2 weeks, stop by and say hello!
I squirreled myself away in my daughter’s room while she was at school to read the book aloud to my cat. I’ve done plenty of story times, but only to my daughters or nieces or nephew. Sunday will be the first time I get to read any kind of book to kids not directly related to me. I have a few surprises and treats in store for everyone who comes.
Now excuse me while I go through the book again. Maybe this time, the cat will be awake.
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!