UP!–Some PICTURE BOOK Fun & A GIVEAWAY!

Every so many weeks I head to Barnes & Noble and allow myself some time to catch up on recent picture book releases. I can easily load two or three dozen books into my basket per visit (thank goodness they now have ones on wheels!), then Continue reading

UP!–“Come With Me” to Glen Rock

Over a month ago (yes, that’s how busy life can be) I was fortunate to catch a tweet about a book signing at a bookstore in northern New Jersey, my “neck of the woods.” The tweeter? The lovely Holly M. McGhee, gifted author of a variety of children’s books. The book? Come With Me, Holly’s newest picture book release (a smash hit, by the way!). The place? The Curious Reader, an independent children’s bookstore in Glen Rock, NJ, one I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit.

I was looking forward to the event, for sure. It was a “win-win-win,” right? You bet it was! But it turned out to be even more of an afternoon than I’d expected. Not only was the book signing a “gold/silver/bronze” event, but I even ended up with an unexpected, celebratory “closing ceremony,” all of which I want to share with you ๐Ÿ˜€

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UP!–Princeton Children’s Book Festival 2017!

OK, it’s my guess you didn’t know that the Emerald City is actually made up of Big White Tents and the yellow brick road happens to be flagstone. Well, take it from me โ€” it is! On my FAVorite “KidLit” day of the year, I “fly over the rainbow” to the Princeton Children’s Book Festival to take in everything this “Oz” has to offer ๐Ÿ˜€

Each September as the date approaches, I await the beautiful poster art (this year by Brian Biggs), and I wish upon a star in anticipation of the list of authors and illustrators I’ll see when I peer through that “crystal ball” on the site. I am always elated because, without fail, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion are there, along with other treasured friends and many new ones I hope to meet ANDโ€”their books! Continue reading

UP!–Winner of My 3rd Blogversary Giveaway

Isn’t it amazing how, whenever we mark milestones, we can’t believe how “time flies,” right? It seems that way to me, it being 3 years since I launched my blogs. I don’t think it warrants BIG celebration, but I do like to acknowledge them with little giveaways ๐Ÿ™‚ There were a few comments by dear friends, and the one who randomly won my little “package of goodies” is… DRUM ROLL, please… Continue reading

UP!–Int’l DOT DAY 2017 is Here! (plus a Giveaway)

Wow, it’s yet another year we can all “make our mark” on the absolutely FABulous day we celebrate CREATIVITY โ€” International Dot Day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Since I’ve been able to post my own dots here on my blog, this is now my fourth year as a proud participant ๐Ÿ™‚ I was able to create special dots for years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and of course wanted to do so this year, but life has been quite full as of late (I have a beautiful granddaughter now <3). But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to participate! Continue reading