Friday, November 18, 2011

Career Day with Mrs. DiLuigi's Class at Jamison Elementary

On Friday, November 18th, I made a special visit to my daughter Carly's 4th grade class at Jamison Elementary.  I was warmly welcomed by her teacher, Mrs. DiLuigi, and her fellow classmates for Career Day.  What a great day!!  I read Peacock Parade to the children.  We also talked about the career aspects of being a children's book author.  I gave the children a handout with some writing tips and passed around one of my favorite writing "tools," The Holt Handbook.  One of Carly's friends, Madison, gave me a copy of a play she wrote, "The Happy Hedgehog."  It was so exciting to see a classroom alive with the spirit of writing!!  I am thankful for such a great visit and also thankful to be doing a job I love.  Sending special "thanks" to Mrs. DiLuigi for agreeing to have the children help with my heart project for charity.  They will be preparing hearts with special "phrases of praise," just like Percy did in the story.  I will be sending their decorated hearts to West London Churches Homeless Concern's night shelter over in London, England for the holidays. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy 11/11/11!

Hello Everyone,

Wow, sorry my last post was over the summer!  I have a lot of updates.  I will very soon be posting some photos from my last book signings:  RSVP's Run Wild at the Elmwood Park Zoo and First Friday at the Central Bucks Family YMCA.  Had a wonderful time at the zoo signing books to support RSVP's program for children's literacy! Met with NBC 10's Lu Ann Cahn, check out the photo. Also had a special photo taken with Harvey, the peacock. Special thanks to RSVP, Lu Ann Cahn, and the Elmwood Park Zoo for a great day! Watch for more details in my blog update, coming soon!

Today I am getting ready to do a reading and have dinner with the children at Christ's Home in Warminster, PA.  My new book Toe Jam should be released sometime near the end of November or the beginning of December.  So, stay tuned!  Have a great weekend!