Ahoy Mateys! Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest Is the Pirate-tas-tic Best Party of the Year!

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There’s something wonderfully magical in the air at Coney Island’s Luna Park. Every time I go I feel like a kid again. And this year’s pirate-themed Halloween Harvest is spellbindingly AWESOME!

Hildie Bitterpickles and I had a blast doing Polly the Parrot’s story time and ARGGHS & crafts with the kids. I know you must be wondering but isn’t Hildie a witch? She is a witch but she also comes from a long line of pirates on her father’s side of the family.

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Halloween Harvest runs through October 29th with special author visits scheduled every weekend. And on October 14th don’t forget to bring your four-legged, furry best friend for the dog parade and costume contest. Click here for information on how to sign up! May the best dog win! Woof!

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Ahoy Mateys! Time to set sail for an incredible adventure at Luna Park.

 

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Upcoming Fall Events!

I can hardly believe that there’s little more than a week left of summer vacation. Where did the time go? On September 7th, I’ll be the crazy lady doing the happy-first-day-of-school dance! I am more than ready for fall and could not be more excited for these upcoming AWESOME events:

9/18 WANDA SYKES will be doing a recorded reading of The Case of the Missing Carrot for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online. For more information, click on SAG-AFTRA. Stay tuned for more information! (THANK YOU Wanda Sykes and SAG-AFTRA Foundation!)

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9/24 LUNA PARK’S HALLOWEEN HARVEST

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TIME: 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Luna Park in Coney Island, 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Come out for WITCHTASTIC, SPOOKTACULAR, BOORIFIC story time and crafts with Hildie Bitterpickles. For more information about Luna Park’s month-long Halloween Harvest celebration, click on LUNA.

9/30 SOUTHOLD FREE LIBRARY

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TIME: 11:00 AM

LOCATION: 53705 Main Road, Southold, NY

What do a mole and two mouse detectives have in common? Friendship, food, fun, and rodent camaraderie, of course! Listen to Nancy Armo, author and illustrator of A Friend for Mole, and Robin Newman, author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg, share their books and the stories behind their books. Come celebrate this picture book/early chapter book rodentfest palooza with mole-ri-fic, mouse-tas-tic crafts, snacks, giveaways, and more!

10/7 WARWICK CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL

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TIME: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Railroad Avenue, Warwick, NY

Bring the kids to beautiful Warwick, NY for this AWESOME event. Come meet your favorite author and illustrator, help support the Albert Wisner Public Library, and be sure to check out the EGGTASTIC swag Wilcox & Griswold will be giving away! For more information, click on WARWICK.

10/21 CRANFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY’S FIRST ANNUAL PICTURE BOOK PALOOZA

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TIME: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Cranford Community Center, Room 200

Could not be more thrilled to be participating in The Cranford Public Library’s First Annual Picture Book Palooza with the amazing ARIEL GORDON BERNSTEIN, ANNIE SILVESTRO, LAURA SOUTH SASSI, and ELIZABETH UPON. Story time, crafts, swag, and more! For more information, click on CRANFORD.

10/29 WORD Bookstore

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TIME: 3:00 PM

LOCATION: 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY

The witches are coming! Celebrate an early Halloween with Grimelda and Hildie Bitterpickles. It’s sure to be a most SPOOKTACULAR, WITCHARIFIC event! For more information, click on WORD.

11/4 NerdCampLI

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TIME: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Boyd Intermediate School, 286 Cuba Hill Road, Huntington, NY

Nerdy Book Club + Ed Camp = nErD Camp

If you’re a nerd or a nerd wannabe, Nerd Camp is for you! nErD Camp is described as the “unconference” edcamp. It provides a fluid forum for educators, authors, and illustrators to discuss “all things” literary; get inspired and give inspiration; and teach and learn from one another. For more information, please click on nErdCampLI.

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Lots of great stuff coming this fall. Hope to see you at one or more of these terrific events.

 

 

 

 

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.