Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bears

Yesterday I visited the famous children's bookstore The Blue Bunny Books and Toys in Dedham, Massachusetts for a Teddy Bear Storytime Party. The Blue Bunny is owned by Peter Reynolds, bestselling author-illustrator of THE DOT and illustrator of the Judy Moody series. His charming shop is every bit as magical as you might have heard. 

I had the pleasure of reading and dancing along with author and friend Anika Denise, who also wrote a story about bears. I read my picture book, The Coziest Place, and Anika read her adorable new book, Baking Day at Grandma's. Children brought their own bears, made a teddy bear craft, and snacked on teddy treats. 
Here are some photos of our big day. Thank you, Margie and Cheryl, for being such warm and welcoming hosts!

You can't miss the big blue bunny outside the shop! 

Reading books about bears is serious business.

Anika's teddy, Eddy, and my forlorn bear, Bear.
Pretending it's a cold, winter day and reading THE COZIEST PLACE, illustrated by Jon Davis.
Marching to Grandma's house. (From the BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S song.)
Dance party with the littles!
Hey, look! It's the dot from THE DOT by Peter Reynolds! "Make your mark."
Thank you, The Blue Bunny, for a beary fun time! (Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Teddy Bear Book Party!

Like bears . . . and books . . . and treats? On Tuesday, November 11th (Veteran’s Day) at 10:30 a.m., I'll be joining author and fellow Cottager Anika Denise at the famous Blue Bunny Books & Toys for a Teddy Bear Book Party. 

I'll be reading my picture book The Coziest Place and Anika will be reading her delicious new book, Baking Day at Grandma’s. Children will be invited to make a teddy bear craft, bring their own stuffed bears, and enjoy teddy bear treats.  

Drop by for some fun!

The Little Crooked Cottage

Mr. Pig, illustration copyright by Christopher Denise.

"Who's the pig?" you ask. He's part of the reason I haven't updated my blog for a loooooong while. (Although I plan to update a lot more this year.) 

Meet Mr. Pig, star of the The Little Crooked Cottage, a children's book blog I created with friends and fellow authors Anika Denise, Kara LaReau, and Kristen Tracy. This portrait of the dashing Mr. Pig is by bestselling illustrator Christopher Denise.

Please stop by the Cottage for interviews with favorite book characters (guests of Mr. Pig's hit talk show, "Mr. Pig LIVE!"), studio tours, Literary Lunches by the talented Nina Holstead of Mamabelly's Lunches with Love, book recommendations, and more!

Hope to see you there!