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Weekend Plans – Princeton Children’s Book Festival

23 Sep

092317CBFSavedate3I’m hanging out at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival this weekend with a TON of authors, illustrators and book lovers! I’ve got Christmas and birthday gifts checked off my list for the next year or two for all the awesome kiddos in my life and I couldn’t leave without adding a few titles to my personal library! If you’re in the Princeton area, check out this awesome event!

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Mark Your Calendars: National Book Festival

23 Aug

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The National Book Festival is a really cool experience! I’ve been a few times when it was held on the National Mall, (never at the Convention Center) and it’s a great place to celebrate books, authors, illustrators and meet other booklovers like yourself.

The National Book Festival brings authors and illustrators to the stage, book sales and autographing areas and special activities just for kids. It’s a great event to attend as a family to show kids how important reading is, plus how cool is it to be able to have your favorite book signed by the author? It’s definitely a memory a child will cherish forever. With authors like Kwame Alexander, Kate DiCamillo Gene Luen Yang, Angie Thomas and so many more, I’m bummed that I won’t be there this year. But, if you’ve got the time, take it from me, you’ve got to experience this great festival.

The best part is the Festival is free for everyone and will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2019 from 8:30am – 7:30pm. Check out the website for schedule information and more!

Mark Your Calendars!

19 Aug

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I was able to attend the Princeton Childrren’s Book Festival last year and it was so much fun! Tents of children’s book authors and illustrators and books as far as the eye can see. And the best part? People everywhere excited about children’s literature.

I love that Brian Biggs designed the poster this year as I just recently reviewed is Tinyville Town books and fell in love with the fun stories and diverse characters. You can check out my review of Tinyville Town. Take a look at the Princeton Book Festival website to see the list of authors and illustrators attending this year. So if you live in the Princeton, New Jersey area, this is a must-visit festival if you want to meet tons of great authors and illustrators, get books signed and have an awesome day.

Books as Gifts

29 Jul

pexels-photo-264771.jpegIt’s no surprise that for every gift giving event, I purchase books. Now, I don’t always buy everyone on my list a book, but there’s usually at least one book per holiday that is bought. For my nephew and a few other little ones in my life, I started before they were born to give them a signed copy of a book. So, usually I’ll send out a book for a birthday and Christmas (which is what most of my friends celebrate) or another holiday and then if we get a chance to see them, they get another book. My close friends with kids don’t live close by, so when we do get to hang out, it’s a special event!

I started this practice when my good friend had her first baby girl. It was a special gift that I could give, that I knew the family would appreciate. Since then (6 years ago!), I’m now giving signed books to seven kids including my nephew and so-to-be new niece/nephew. Often, I’ll get the books personalized for each child, but I also keep a stash of just signed books for emergency gift giving.

The books come from conference, book expos, author events and more and at first with one child it was super easy, now I’ve got way more kids than books, so it’s becoming more difficult to get so many titles, plus I’m really starting to forget what I’ve given each child. But, even with the difficulties, I love that I can provide these kids with books just for them in a collection they’ll be able to treasure forever. So while my family’s in town this weekend, I’ve got to find the perfect little book for my nephew… which one will it be?

Book Review: Funny Girl – Funniest. Stories. Ever.

27 Jul

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My favorite picture books are funny picture books – ones that make you think and pay attention and are filled with moments where you can’t help but laugh out loud. And the other commonality? Many of them are written by men. It’s not a bad thing necessarily, but if kids read funny books mainly by guys, do they know that women can be funny too?

That’s the idea behind this anthology of stories edited by Betsy Bird from 27 women – many are children’s authors while others work in television, are artists, editors and more. The stories range from family disasters, friendship drama to growing up and many others that are just fun to read.

This is a great collection of stories to share with middle grade girls (and guys) who are looking for new authors to read and enjoy funny stories. It’s also a great book for reluctant readers as each story is only a couple pages long. I also want to point out that Betsy was very specific in collecting stories from a very diverse group of women, which is awesome. The book doesn’t have to scream DIVERSITY, it just is.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): “Girls are funny. Period. It’s time for the world to know it.” Funny Girl is a must-read book for funny-book-loving kids!

Title: Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.
Editor: Betsy Bird
Publisher:  Viking Press for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Page Number: 224 pgs.

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