Independent Bookstore Day at Bank Street Book Store



When I think about what makes my Upper West Side neighborhood so special at the tippy top of my list is Bank Street Book Store. Where else can you enjoy free story time, meet your favorite authors and illustrators, and help your children explore cultures and worlds far beyond the Upper West Side?


Nothing makes me happier than to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Bank Street.


Here are a few photographic highlights of this very special store on this special day.


Peter Ackerman, Chris Grabenstein, Bill Wurzel & Claire Wurtzel


Carol Weston 


Elizabeth Zunon



Me & Chris Ewald 


Chris Ewald



Chris Ewald sketching 



Bank Street Book Store is a treasured gem of the Upper West Side. It is one of two children’s bookstores in all of Manhattan. That’s right. Two.



The next generation of authors and illustrators

So, please be sure to make Independent Bookstore Day more than an annual event. At your next visit to Bank Street Book Store, don’t forget to buy lots of books and shout out a very big THANK YOU to this incredible bookstore for enriching both our children and community.



Bank Street Book Store

A Magical Celebration for Hildie Bitterpickles at The Corner Bookstore

On Thursday night, there was magic in the air at The Corner Bookstore as witches, warlocks, friends, family, and even my favorite French bulldog, Matilde, came out for Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep’s big launch celebration.

Here are some photographic highlights of this magical night:




Chris Ewald & me


Me, Liza Fleissig & Chris Ewald


My witchtastic niece & me


Another witch-a-ri-fic photo of my niece 


Early sketch of Hildie Bitterpickles by Chris Ewald raffled off during the party. 


Another early sketch of Hildie Bitterpickles by Chris Ewald raffled off during the party.










Donna Marie


Francoise Newman & Matilde 

Hildie Bitterpickles and I would like to shout out a very big THANK YOU to The Corner Bookstore for making this evening so special.





Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep Celebrates Her Book Birthday



Witches, warlocks, goblins and ghouls! It’s time to break out your dancing shoes because Hildie Bitterpickles is celebrating her book birthday on April 12th. (Technically, Hildie Bitterpickles was a preemie baby book since she warehoused early, but April 12th is a fine date to celebrate Hildie’s birthday. Every witch I know wants an October 31 book birthday. But, let’s be honest. It’s overdone and unoriginal.)

So cast your spells for fun, crafts, treats, giveaways, and more at these three witchtasticallly awesome upcoming events:

Southold Free Library, 53705 Main Road, Southold, NY, April 16th, at 2:00 pm 

The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue at 93rd Street, April 28, at 6:00 pm

Bank Street Book Store, 2780 Broadway at West 107th Street, April 30, at 11:30 am

Feel free to wear your witchiest and warlockiest pjs or Halloween costumes.

Wait! It gets even better. Chris Ewald, illustrator extraordinaire, will be at The Corner Bookstore and Bank Street Book Store to share his artistic talents. Can it get more witchtastic than that? I think not!

Happy Birthday, Hildie Bitterpickles!

One Witch, Some Noisy Neighbors, and a Real Estate Agent = Picture Book!

Please stop by Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s AWESOME blog today to find out how Hildie Bitterpickles got her start and introduction to the wonderful world of real estate.

Darlene Beck-Jacobson

Today’s post is brought to you by my author friend and fellow blogger, ROBIN NEWMAN.

How did Hildie Bitterpickles Need Her Sleep come about?

The idea for Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleepstarted with my neighbor’s wonderful witch weathervane.  HildieWeathervaneI kept staring at it from my bedroom window, and I kept thinking what if a witch had some real estate problems. (Of course, I’m sure this is what normal people think about when they see a witch weathervane. They think about real estate.) And so began the story of Hildie Bitterpickles. At first, it wasn’t just Hildie. There were three witches: Hildie, Marge, and Blanche. The three were house hunting and their real estate agent found them a cozy cottage at the tippy top of a mountain. And sure enough, during the stormy season the house along with all its furniture, books, potions, brooms, spiders, cats, dogs, and of course…

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Lights. Camera. Action! Hildie Bitterpickles and I Make Our KidLit TV Debut

A few weeks back, Hildie and I ventured down to KidLit TV to record a reading of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep. (Here’s a link to my previous post.) And I’m thrilled to finally say, voilà, here it is. Enjoy!*

THANK YOU, KidLit TV! You made my year—and then some! 🙂

*If you like what you see, please give it a big thumbs up, share it with friends, frenemies, witches, goblins, ghouls, and your favorite zombies on social media, and feel free to leave a comment. Be sure to check out all of the incredible programs KidLit TV has to offer.

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