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Charlie & Meadow’s Engagement Photos

Charlie and Meadow have been friends for most of his life. Often people ask if they’re related, brother and sister?

We always say no, and I usually follow up with, “I hope they’ll get married some day.” This week Charlie took the next step and #putaringonit 🎩👰🏼💍

Bookstore Magic

The picture book community is full of supportive people who help each other in a variety of ways. We are an interconnected web of authors and illustrators who may have never met in person, but truly are friends. The photo above, taken last Friday, has two of the most supportive members of this community. Julie Hedlund who is the force behind 12×12, part of Picture Book Summit, and other great resources.

The reason for our gathering, Vivian Kirkfield was in Colorado reading FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN at Second Star 🌟 to the Right in Denver, for a wonderful story time.

In the KidLit community, Vivian is one of the shining stars ⭐️ who most people know, not because she had three books released this year with more on the way in 2020. It’s because she never passes up the chance to share her wisdom, support another writer, or act as cheerleader to the many people she meets along the way.

Here she is enjoying a game of peek-a-boo with a little one before reading.

After we left the bookstore, some of us were fortunate enough to extend the time by having lunch with Vivian’s son, daughter, and son-in-law. When everyone else had left to do some shopping or go back to work, Vivian and I enjoyed visiting on a bench before it was time to leave for the airport. While we were there, an adorable little girl with both of her parents stopped to tell us something important, “It’s my birthday!” she announced.

Could she sense that we were the perfect audience to share this news with? How did she know there couldn’t have been two people more excited to hear her news and celebrate with her?🎉 🎂We told her we’re both authors of children’s books and Vivian gave her a coloring sheet.

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Charlie and Meadow

What’s your definition of a perfect day?

Running and romping with a friend, punctuated by a cool beverage and even a little dip in the water? Maybe a snack? These boxes were all checked yesterday when Charlie and his sweet friend Meadow got together.

The Book Stall Storytime

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.

Second Star to the Right 🌟

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