Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rochester Children's Book Festival
Nov. 8, 2008

This was my first experience as author/illustrator at this event. I was a volunteer for many years and loved being part of the excitement.  But, this year was different for me. What a thrill to sign books! This year topped them all for the number of people who attended. I was delighted to see many people that I had worked with years ago.  My camera was out for repair, so I don't have my own photos to post-- I have linked some other authors blog sites who have a marvelous record of the day---Vivian Vande Velde and Michelle Knudsen.

Thanks to all for organizing, setting up and attending to my every need. What a treat to be so pampered!
I did a reading and also a presentation. I brought paint and the kids mixed all different intensities and values of PINK.  Many participated in a group flamingo painting and did individual art pieces.  Two examples below.  One by Sydney, age 5, Pittsford, NY and the other by Sumaya, age 6, Clarkson, NY. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Upcoming Events

11/6  - Appearance on R-News in an interview with Virginia Butler.  
Opportunity for me to talk about the Rochester Children's Book Festival
at M.C.C. this Saturday and my excitement in participating for the first time
as author/illustrator with the debut of Marco Flamingo.

11/8 - Rochester Children's Book Festival, 10am - 4pm.  I will be reading 
my book at the Read-to-Me-Corner at 11:40am.  My friend Maria Boyle 
will be reading the Spanish edition Marco Flamenco.  From 2:30 - 3:00pm 
I will be giving a demonstration on drawing flamingos and engaging kids 
in color mixing.

11/12 - I will reading at the Macedon Library, 30 Main St., Macedon, NY 
(315) 986-5932 ext 3) at 4pm for kids ages 3-7 and providing a few craft 
projects related to the book.

11/22 - Book signing event from noon-4pm at The Bird House, 
3035 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14618 (585) 264-1550
Signing also on 12/21 from 11-2pm.

12/4 - Participating at the Pal-Mac Elementary School's "Literacy Night"
from 7-9pm. Also visiting K and 1st grade classrooms from 9-11am to
read my book and engage the students in discussions about the book.

12/6 - Holiday Book Signing event (9:30-1pm) at Explore The Book Store
in Clifton Springs, NY with other local authors and illustrators.12/13 - Barnes & Noble (Pittsford, NY) Holiday book signing event with other local authors and illustrators from 1-3pm.

12/22 - I will be reading at the Victor Public Library, 15 W. Main St. 
Victor, NY 14564 (585) 924-2637 at 11am for kids ages 3-7.

Past Events

10/15 - Did four presentations at the Kindercare Learning Center in 
Farmington, NY.  The wee ones really enjoyed the puppet show!
Also participated at their Open House on 10/22.

10/16 - Presentation to 4 Classrooms at Rochester City School, 
Nathaniel Hawthorn School #25, 965 Goodman St., Rochester, NY.
The puppet show was a hit again and I loved the flamingos the students 
drew in the interactive illustration event. (Photos to come)

10/26 - Article in the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
Author Spotlight.  I was thrilled that it happened on my birthday!

10/17 - Day long event at Penn Yan Academy in Penn Yan, NY.
I discussed the development of my book from first manuscripts to 
the final edit, plus the illustrative process from dummies to final art.  
The high school students were very engaged and had many questions.
Having an author/illustrator in the classroom motivates students to see 
the results of effort and creative problem solving as it relates to their 
high school art classes.  My friend, Sherry Lutzen, is the art teacher
and I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the lunch she provided!