KidLit TV Celebrates National Reading Awareness Month

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Did you know that there’s magic in the air during the month of March? March is National Reading Awareness Month and to celebrate KidLit TV is having a READ ALOUD LIVE STREAM of picture books read by your favorite authors and illustrators on March 3rd from 12 pm to 3 pm. Hildie Bitterpickles and I, along with with our bats, rats, snakes, and grouchy cat, are tapping our heals three times, grabbing our brooms, and heading down to KidLit TV to celebrate the magic of reading.

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Please join us for the festivities!

 

 

BEWARE! Two Witchtastic Spooktacular Events Are Flying to Morningside Heights

If you’re looking for WITCHTASTIC, SPOOKTACULAR fun, have I got the events for you!

On Saturday, October 29th, Hildie Bitterpickles and Grimelda, The Very Messy Witch, will be at Bank Street Book Store on 107th Street and Broadway at the 1:00 pm bewitching hour. Creepy crawley story time, crafts, slimy snacks, and BOO-RI-FIC giveaways await witches, warlocks, ninjas, and princesses of all ages. Be sure to dress up in your favorite costume and be very prepared to be tricked or treated!

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A dream come true to see my book in the front window of Bank Street Book Store.

Thank you, Bank Street! 

On Monday, October 31, come celebrate a SPOOKTACULAR, SCARETASTIC Halloween with A.C.T. at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on 112th St. and Amsterdam Ave. at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, followed by an outdoor Halloween Parade from 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Hildie Bitterpickles will be on hand for a BOO-RI-FIC story time.

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Happy Halloween! 

 

 

 

 

Luna Park’s SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Harvest

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Witches, aliens, super heroes, and ghouls were out in force yesterday at Luna Park’s SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Harvest in Coney Island.

Hildie Bitterpickles and I had a WITCH-A-RI-FIC story time and blast making paper dolls during creepy crawly craft time.

Here are a few photographic highlights:

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Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest continues through October 30th. Be sure to bring your princesses, ninjas, ghosts, and warlocks-in-training. They will have a BAT-TAS-TIC time painting pumpkins, monster mashing, and jamming to the latest kooky spooky karaoke hits.

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Upcoming Events and a Witchtastic Limited-Time Offer!

Hildie Bitterpickles, Wilcox & Griswold and I have a super-fun fall lined up. Please stop by and catch us at one of these incredible events!

October 1 – Collingswood Book Festival, Collingswood, NJ, 10 am – 4 pm

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http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com

October 8 – The Warwick Children’s Book Festival, Railroad Avenue, Warwick, NY, 11 am – 4 pm

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http://www.warwickchildrensbookfestival.org

October 15th and October 16 – Luna Park in Coney Island, NY, 3 pm

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http://www.lunaparknyc.com

Don’t miss a spooktacular story time with Hildie Bitterpickles at the 3 pm bewitching hour.

October 29 – Bank Street Book Store @ 107th Street and Broadway, NY, NY, 1 pm – 2 pm

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http://www.bankstreetbooks.com

http://www.bankstreetbooks.com/event/witch-tastic-halloween-bank-street-book-store

Author extraordinaire, Diana Murray, and I have planned a witchtastic story hour with Hildie Bitterpickles and Grimelda, the Very Messy Witch. There will be spellbindingly fun crafts, snacks, giveaways and more! Feel free to wear your witchiest and warlockiest outfits! Be prepared to be tricked or treated.

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November 12 – 13 NJ SCBWI Fall Craft Weekend, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ

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https://newjersey.scbwi.org/events/fall-craft-weekend-november-12-13-2016/

Craft-related workshops with published author/illustrator presenters.

I will be doing my first workshop on writing character-driven picture books. I will also be doing some picture book critiques. It’s always a terrific weekend! I highly recommend it!!!

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Now for the Witchtastic Limited-Time Offer!

Buy five or more copies of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep books, email me your proof of purchase and address, and I will mail your witches and warlocks-in-training a spooktacular, witchtastic goody bag! Note this offer applies ONLY to residents in the United States and the offer expires midnight on Halloween 2016.

 

Independent Bookstore Day at Bank Street Book Store

 

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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?

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

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

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Peter Ackerman, Chris Grabenstein, Bill Wurzel & Claire Wurtzel

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Carol Weston 

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Elizabeth Zunon

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Me & Chris Ewald 

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Chris Ewald sketching 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Chris Ewald & me

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Me, Liza Fleissig & Chris Ewald

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My witchtastic niece & me

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

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

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

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Cupcakes! 

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Cookies!

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Donna Marie

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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.

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THE CORNER BOOKSTORE

 

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep Celebrates Her Book Birthday

 

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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!

There’s No Place Like KidLit TV

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If you’ve ever wanted to go to Oz, all you have to do is click your heels three times, take the #1 train to Franklin Street, and ring the doorbell at #112. As soon as you enter, you will realize there’s magic in the air. It’s the home of KidLit TV.

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Julie Gribble and me (photo by Kassia Graham) 

I had the chance to spend the morning in this wonderfully magical place as I waited to record a reading of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

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Hildie and I enjoying our KidLit TV debut.

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Hildie closeup (Photo by Kassia Graham) 

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Kassia Graham

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Art by Kelly Light

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I would love to take home each and everyone of these loveys. 

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Painting of Franklin Street by Roxie Munro 

It was so much fun having my make up done by the incredibly talented Mable Pang. I so wish she could do my make up every day. How fun would it be showing up at school pick up looking like Cinderella rather than my usual Wicked Witch of the West in sweat pants. I wonder if my own son would recognize me.

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Mable Pang reading Hildie Bitterpickles

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Signing a copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake for Maple Pang’s daughter.

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Rocco Staino 

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Steve Light (photos by Kassia Graham) 

Unfortunately, I missed catching up with Joyce Wan. But here are some photographs Kassia Graham took of her visit to KidLit TV.

On my way out, all that I could think of was “There’s no place like KidLit TV. . . . There’s no place like KidLit TV.”

 

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