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Book Launch

A debut book launch is an incredible moment in an author's journey. You may have many future book launches, but you only get one of these. 

It was a packed house at the Silver Unicorn Bookstore, full of my favorite people (book lovers!). Thank you to Paul Swayden for hosting. And to my editor and Ripple Grove Press publisher Rob Broder who drove all the way down from Vermont so we could meet and celebrate in person.

To all the friends and family who celebrated with me, thank you. It was truly my third-grade dream come true!  

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Photos: Paige Brown Photography. Cookies: Merry Confectionery in Southboro, MA. Swag design: Five Line Creative.  

Reading is Sacred Space

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This week Amazon unexpectedly started shipping pre-orders of Iver & Ellsworth, six weeks before its official "book birthday." Yesterday produced a flood of text messages and social media posts showing kids reading my book. Kids in jammies, snuggled up with siblings or lovies, looks of concentration on their sweet faces. I fell asleep last night with these images on a carousel in my mind. I fell asleep smiling.  

Reading space is sacred space. Reading books with children creates a place where they are safe to explore and tumble around in their minds all kinds of truths about the world. Kate DiCamillo says our job as book creators is to "tell the truth and make it bearable." Iver & Ellsworth may be a story about a man who is friends with a giant inflatable bear. But it is also a story about the comfort of companionship, the pangs of change and loneliness, and the unexpected thrill of new beginnings. My favorite picture books, the ones I read and re-read, always end up being the ones with emotional depth. I hope Iver ends up in your read and re-read pile.  

 

When the Box Arrives

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A box arrived today.  

I stared at the box for a solid half hour before I opened it. It sat on my kitchen table as I walked around it, much like a dog circles a suspicious object. I was trying to savor the anticipation of finally holding my first book in my hands.  

It is a miraculous thing, to spy one's name on the spine of a book. 

I pulled one from this stack, and ran my hand over the smooth cover. I cracked it open and breathed in the smell of its pages. I read the story aloud--a whole new experience now that the words are fully intertwined with the illustrations. 

Tomorrow I'll sit on the couch with my daughters and we'll read it together for the first time. Tomorrow they'll discover their names on the dedication page. Tonight, I'll enjoy the anticipation of that moment.