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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

School Visit with Fort Island Primary School

I had the pleasure of speaking to all the students at Fort Island Primary School in Fairlawn, Ohio this past Friday.  When I first walked into the school I was warmly greeted and knew immediately this would be a great visit.  And then I saw the artwork...I mean wow these kids are talented.  Personally I think their illustrations of the polar bear's adventures are better than the ones I created for my book, Please Bring Balloons.  Check out their amazing artwork below:









Thank you to all the teachers and students at Fort Island Primary School for sharing your beautiful artwork, celebrating my book, and such a wonderful visit!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HENRY FINDS HIS WORD Book Launch Party

Huge thank you to everyone who came out this past Saturday to celebrate the release of my new picture book, Henry Finds His Word!  Special thanks to Main Street Cupcakes and the Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson, Ohio for hosting and selling books on my behalf.  It was a truly wonderful event filled with books, cupcakes, crafts, and face painting.  Check out the photos below courtesy of my step-dad, Mike Haley (thanks Mike!)



My best Vanna White.


My husband Frank, the first to get his face painted.
He's pretty awesome.


Getting a "bunny" painted on my face.



My husband and I with our "dog" and "bunny" faces.


Frank working on a word bubble.


My friend Kate and the owner of the Learned Owl Bookshop.
Thanks for selling books Kate!



Signing books for my favorite librarians (Annie, Tina, and Chris)


This little girl went with the "bird" face painting option.


My mom rockin' it with the face painting skills!


Love this photo!


Reading Henry Finds His Word aloud.



The beautiful and delicious cupcakes made by Main Street Cupcakes for the party.


My nephew Nicky...cute as a button, getting a "dog" painted on his face.



The Kessen Family.  If you open a copy of Henry Finds His Word,
you'll noticed it's dedicated to Tyler. 
I love that Tyler is wearing stripes in this picture just like Henry.



Tyler.


My dear friend Jen with her baby Audrey.


Main Street Cupcakes in Hudson, Ohio.

Thanks for having me and Henry!!