I’ve always believed in putting positive energy into the world. I cheer on my friends when something wonderful happens; their joy is my joy. I try to be encouraging when they are facing challenges. Sometimes just letting someone vent or have as much time as they need to talk about what’s bothering them, is a gift.
This is also my habit on social media and with people I don’t know. You never know when your smile, your kindness, your acknowledgment of someone will make a difference.
Last week, after a successful day of two school visits that included seeing children who used to be my students and their families, I was driving in Chicago to meet a friend for dinner. I saw a man spreading out newspaper on the wet street so he could kneel and change a flat tire. I had an empty box that had been full of books that morning. I stopped and offered the box to the man and the woman whose tire he was changing. They were grateful and I was happy to be able to help.
I mentioned that I would appreciate it if they would recycle the box when they were done because it had my name and the title of my book on it. They asked to see the book and each of them bought a copy! When I stopped, selling books wasn’t even on my mind. I just felt like I could spread a little joy after a wonderful day.
photos of the wonderful families who I used to teach who came to see me.
I spent a fantastic Saturday morning at The Book Stall in Winnetka, a wonderful independent book store with 75 years in the community. Author events and book clubs fill their calendar.
It was a dream-come-true feeling, reading ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and answering questions from the crowd which included babes in arms, engaged children sitting on the floor, longtime friends in the area, and a lovely elderly woman from the neighborhood who attended with her caretaker. While signing books, I was able to have some wonderful moments with the attendees. The perfectly dressed older woman asked if I’d come home with her and read again later.
I’ve created an entry for #50PreciousWords This contest is offered by Vivian Kirkfield. I’ve been lucky to be part of Vivian’s debut year, she has three books coming out and I have one, but who’s counting? We met through Picture Book Buzz which is a fantastic group of authors and illustrators. The contest runs through March 6, if you’d like to enter.
Sitting Atop the World
Together. Like a team. We climb.
Feel the strength underfoot.
My hand waits, if you need it. Reach for blue sky.
The branches are like stairs. We climb.
The tree holds us, hugs us, loves us.
Lean my way. Feel the sun’s warmth. Beauty surrounds us.
Sitting atop the world.
Independent Bookstores are the best way to celebrate a book launch!
Yesterday I was the featured author at a wonderful new location of a beloved Denver bookstore, Second Star to the Right.
If that name sounds familiar but you have never been to Denver, Colorado, it’s probably because of the song from Peter Pan. These opening words from the book sum up how I feel about the past week launching Aliana Reaches for the Moon.
“The second star to the right shines in the night for you. To tell you that the dreams you plan Really can come true”
I’m over the moon to have such wonderful friends help me celebrate the launch of my new book!
Second Star to the Right 🌟🌟🌟song
ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON is out today!
Here are the countdown illustrations from the past two weeks.
I hope you want to buy this book for the children in your life or for a gift if you don’t have children.
Aliana Reaches for the Moon
It’s also helpful if you ask your library to buy the book so that many readers can have access to it.
And reviews online (Amazon, Goodreads) make an important difference for new books.
Michelle Obama has a beautifully written memoir and is on a multi city (21 cities on her calendar to date) tour promoting the book. But more importantly, bringing her message to so many of us who miss the dignity of the 8 years her husband was the president of the United States.
I was lucky enough to be in the audience for her Denver stop. She spent part of the day in Denver visiting a children’s hospital which aligns closely with her mission as a mother and First Lady. Her personal campaign fighting childhood obesity changed school lunch programs across the nation. She raised two daughters in the harsh spotlight of public scrutiny in an admirable way with amazing results. Both Sasha and Malia are impressive young women.
She spoke about her childhood, getting into Princeton, meeting Barack, and about how hard marriage and children are in a candid way that had Reese Witherspoon laughing beside her on stage and the crowd at the Pepsi Center laughing and cheering. For me personally, as a girl from the same neighborhood in Chicago, I was mesmerized.
I spent a couple of hours with my 18 month old neighbor today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching a little one explore recently, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Everything fascinates him and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watching a wheel spin, trying to pick up rocks that are too heavy, finding one that’s not and testing the sounds it makes is all part of being a scientist.
This song has been a favorite of mine and countless other parents since it was released 12 years ago.
While our country is in the aftermath of yet another school shooting, and parents are holding their children a little bit tighter this weekend, I am celebrating my daughter’s marriage.
I know how fortunate I am to have my children and to be here surrounded by her friends and a community of people who love her.