Third Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival

Website-2018-header.jpgRecovering from surgery has caused me to be a “tad” behind on work. But as the saying goes, “better late than never.”

On June 16, 2018, I had the privilege of participating in my Third Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival with all of these incredible authors and illustrators.

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In a nutshell: it was AWESOME!

Check out these photographic highlights:

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David Lubar, Timothy Young, and Nancy Viau

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Julie Segal-Walters

Jonathan Roth and Jackie Azúa Kramer

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Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Laurie Wallmark, and Chris Robertson

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David Neilson

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Maria Gianferrari and Jia Liu

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Suzanne Bloom 

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Members of the KidLit Authors Club (left to right): David Neilson, Timothy Young, Colleen Rowan Kosinski, me, Nancy Viau, and Laurie Wallmark 

For more information about the KidLit Authors Club, please click here.

I would like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Timothy Young, the staff of the Talbot County Free Library, the sponsors, and to all of the volunteers who made this event extra special.

Can’t wait for next year’s festival!

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Amelia Island Book Festival 2018

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I wrote this post while on the plane flying back to glorious Newark, New Jersey.

Something doesn’t seem right about leaving Amelia Island’s beautiful sandy beaches, not to mention the 70-80 degree weather, for the snow-covered, flu stricken east coast.

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I visited the island for the Amelia Island Book Festival. The festival also runs the Authors-in-Schools Program, whereby authors visit selected public schools and the festival purchases a book for each and every student through sales of ticketed events, generous donations, and sponsorship. This year the festival purchased over 11,000 books for students at 16 public schools across Nassau County.

I spent the day at Hilliard Elementary School speaking with second and third graders. The students had incredible questions, and I could hardly contain my glee when one student came up to me and asked if I was going to talk about figurative language.

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Hilliard Elementary Artwork (Love it!) 

One recurring question at 99% of my school visits is: how old are you? Not sure why this is so important, but I used to give the students the answer. Now I make them do the math. And this was one of the best parts of my visit to Hilliard: one of the second graders got the right answer. It was a first!

And speaking of age, the Amelia Island Book Festival happened to fall on my birthday this year. I could not think of a more wonderful way to celebrate it than with books and literary friends.

Here are a few photographic highlights:

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Check out the lovely birthday balloon from Nancy Viau! 

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And this was the most delicious chocolate cupcake!

Thank you Nancy Viau for making my birthday so special. 

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Nancy Viau 

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Evelyne Holingue, Jennifer Swanson and Heather Macht

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Eileen Meyer

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Linda Seymour Carr and me 

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Mike Maihack

I’d like to shout out a HUGE thank you to Danna Crump, librarian extraordinaire at Hilliard Elementary School for making me feel so welcome. Hilliard Elementary School is a very special place and I’m thrilled to have had a chance to visit with their students. I’d also like to thank the festival organizers, volunteers, and the terrific group of authors and illustrators that I met. I can hardly wait for next year’s festival.

 

THREE CHEERS FOR THE COLLINGSWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL!

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Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the excitement at The Collingswood Book Festival. It was AWESOME!

Here are some photographic highlights:

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Kat Lindsey

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Colleen Rowan Kosinski

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Traci Dunham

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Nancy Viau

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Artie Bennett

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E.B. Lewis

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Laurie Wallmark and Timothy Young 

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Allison Gutknecht

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My wonderful tablemates!

Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Jodi Moore, me and Kat Lindsey 

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Sara O’Brien and The Community Rocks Kids! 

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A very big THANK YOU to the incredible Sidra Hobbs-Fernie and her amazing crew of dedicated volunteers, as well as to Barnes & Noble, for making the day extra special.

Hildie Bitterpickles, Wilcox, Griswold and I have already packed our bags for next year’s festival. We can’t wait!

Princeton Children’s Book Festival

Celebrating its 9th year, the Princeton Children’s Book Festival provides children, and bigger children like myself, the opportunity to meet some of their all-time favorite authors and illustrators, to learn about their craft, and to pray that their credit cards won’t exceed their credit limits because they’ve bought so many books. 🙂

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And here are some photographic highlights of this year’s festival:

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John Bemelmans Marciano

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 Laurie Calkhoven

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Ammi-Joan Paquette

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Floyd Cooper 

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Me & Leeza Hernandez 

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Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen 

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 Zachariah Ohora

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 Peter Brown 

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Corey Rosen Schwartz

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Dave Roman 

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Sophie Blackall

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Dan Yaccarino

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Brian Floca 

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Tad Hills

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Lauren Castillo

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Adam Lehrhaupt

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 Shhh! You didn’t see me.

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Ame Dyckman

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Donna Marie 

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Charise Harper 

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 Debbie Dadey 

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Nancy Viau

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Matt Phelan 

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Michelle Knudsen 

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Jon Scieszka

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Maryrose Wood

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Alison Ashley Formento

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Tommy Greenwald

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I had an awesome, amazing, super, wonderful, very, very good day at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival! And I’m looking forward to next year’s festival—especially as an author with my own books on the way in 2015! Woo-hoo! 🙂