NEW BOOK COMING!
Debbi is busy putting the final touches on the illustrations for our new book, "Pumpkin's Lost". I saw the rough drafts and they are adorable(as always). I can't wait to see the completed project.
Our new chapter book is about my Shihtzu, Pumpkin. She is a rescue dog that was picked up by the SPCA in Cincinnati and discovered by the Shihtzu rescue group. They moved her to a foster home until I adopted her.
I wrote of what might have happened to her before I found her. Pumpkin tells her OWN story in a book geared to middle grade readers but it is a story anyone can enjoy. We are really proud of the book and hope you will enjoy it as much as our first two books. Watch for it! Coming Soon!
My book, Everyone's Child is now available at Joseph-Beth bookstore in Cincinnati. Read about it in the page listed on the left. A view of war from an American child it is a social history of this very important time and a great book for any age. Be sure to see it at Joseph Beth, 2692 Madison Road in Cincinnati.
Be sure to watch the video for Everyone's Child.
Visiting Schools and Reading
A Garden! A Garden! and Good Grief, It's Winter!
has been totally amazing for this author/illustrator team.
Debbi and I have been to more libraries, schools and events than we ever imagined and our schedule keeps growing.
and growing, and growing.......
Our books are now available to purchase at the Cincinnati Nature Center as well as all 5 of the Great Parks of Hamilton County gift shops (Winton Woods, Sharon Woods, Woodland Mound, Miami Whitewater and Glenwood Gardens.)
On 11/1/2013 we read to the kindergarten through third grade at Bethany School. We were so impressed by the delightful children and the beautiful school. It feels like the campus of a small university. How lucky those children are. We enjoyed sharing A Garden! A Garden! with them.
Recently we had an all day event at the great school of
Central Montessori Academy. What an amazing group of students we had the privilege of spending the day with. Ironically that morning the weather forecast was calling for snow and ice (which we did not get, fortunately) so reading Good Grief, It's Winter! seemed very appropriate.
Here Nancy and Debbi are having a little fun entertaining the children during the reading of Good Grief, It's Winter! What fun we all had.
The children were so polite and well behaved! A big thank you goes out to Ms. Dubay for the invitation to be with the children at CMA.
Many of our new friends there purchased books from us. Please
don't forget to use the instructions on the last page to download an audio version of the book. Debbi and Nancy read the audio version just the way we read it to the children in person~the audio even has the
same instructions for the interactive parts where the children help read. (Just listen for the animal to take that breath.)
Here's Debbi with one of her special friends from Central Montessori Academy.
This wonderful young artist did an exceptional job coloring her mask of Mama Bear.
In Good Grief, It's Winter! we learn that bears hibernate in
the winter. The book also talks about migration and animals that store food for the winter.
BIG NEWS FLASH!
Hopefully you were watching Morning Extra on Fox 19 the morning of 1/11/2013. We were interviewed by Tracey Johnson and talked about the release of our second edition of A Garden! A Garden! We were so thrilled to have this opportunity. If you missed us, you can go on the Fox 19 website, do a search for Nancy Orlando and you should still be able to watch our interview.
If you're interested in buying a book from us....
We are unable to mail out of the country at this time, so this service is for the 50 United States only. The cost for shipping and handling is just $3.00 Get all the details on the BUY MY BOOKS NOW! page.
Or...if you are local
you can call us. If possible we will arrange to meet you somewhere to bring you a book in person. (avoid the shipping costs!)
We will gladly personalize your books for you!
Nancy Orlando 513-851-5069 or
Debbi Kern 513-553-4211
Nancy and Debbi had the honor of spending an entire day at
Amelia Elementary on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. We introduced our newest book "Good Grief, It's Winter"
and had a ball! The kids are an important part of our reading, as they have to join in as the animals
chant "Good grief, it's winter!"
We had assembly sized groups of
130 children at a time...and their behavior was amazing! What a joy they were.
After our reading sessions, we had a signing party for those children who bought books. We had music, punch and cookies. Nancy had written a special poem for these children and Debbi had some drawing tips. A special time with young book enthusiasts.
Amelia Elementary, Oct. 24, 2012
Sept. 18, 2012
We had our first official reading of "Good Grief, It's Winter! at the Deer Park Library on E. Galbraith. We had a blast, what a wonderful group of preschoolers we had! Thanks so much to the wonderful children's librarian there, Mary Beth!
It's done! We have now recorded the audio for both our books~Good Grief, It's Winter! and A Garden! A Garden! It was really fun and we learned so much about recording. Just think - Debbi and I can read our book to your favorite child in the comfort of your own home! And it's interactive....we'll instruct your child how to chime in as we read. (just listen for the animal to take a breath.)
Our first order of books for signings has arrived! Can't wait to get started. We have another exciting project too. With the new book, you can download an audio version of the book and guess who's voices you will hear reading? Yep! We have talked to the recording studio. As soon as we have a practice session we will set up the recording. Sounds like fun. It's a really nice addition. Now your favorite child can hear the story when you can't read it.
We are making progress. We can order books to sell before the book actuallly goes into production to be available on line and in retail stores. That means we will have books for our local buyers for Christmas. That will make our customers who bought A Garden! A Garden! very happy. By September we can start reading to the schools. We really look forward to that. We have as much fun as the children do.
I'll be doing some readings with Everyone's Child too. The new paperback book is perfect for book clubs and high school readers. It's much more affordable that the hard back. I still have customers who prefer the more permanent hard cover but the price on the paperback is very appealing.
In the middle of all this excitement, my husband and I are going to Alaska for 12 days in August. Seven days of the trip are on a cruise. I can't wait. The food is fabulous and the cruise is so relaxing.
We are so excited. Our new book is going into production. We are hoping to have Good Grief! It's Winter! available by November. Keep your fingers crossed. We have a wonderful new publisher. Just saw the first proof today. It's going to be an adorable book. We'll keep you posted on the progress. We'll be anxious to be back in the classrooms with our new book.
Have a new shop that handles my books. It's called - Just What I Want by M.E.T. at 971 Kenton Station Road in Lick, KY. Grant's Lick is an easy drive from Cincinnati. Take 471 S to US 27. Go through Alexandria. There is quite a bit far but it is well marked and not a problem at all....just a nice country drive.
The shop is a delightful mix of antiques and collectibles, including in unique containers, vintage jewelry, and original repurposed items created by the owner (who happens to be my very creative daughter!)The shop is also a distributer for Scentsy products. The site for the e-store is under construction but very promising. www/justwhatiwantbymet.com
If you are in the Cincinnati area you should plan a visit. There really is something for everyone. I know you won't be disappointed.......and be sure to pick up a brochure for my books. They describe the events available for schools and groups.
I still marvel at folks from faraway places who check out my site. I do wish I knew how you found me and a bit about you.
I am really sorry I haven't made an entry in such a long time. I am working on a book about my dog pumpkin. She is a rescue dog so I decided to try to write about what I think happened to her and how she got to me. I adore this little dog so much but if she was a stray for a time I have write that she was cold, tired, hungry and oh so frightened. That's a very painful thing to do.
Just arrived home from a trip home ( That's Galion Ohio) Our class - the class of '52 has a lunch get together twice a year. We met yesterday (Wednesday) to enjoy each other and plan our 60th reunion next year. Can we be that old???
While I was there, I stopped at The Evergreen Company at 117 Harding Way East. The owner, Susan, carries my books. I left some of the new paperback copies of Everyone's Child with her. With Christmas coming it will make a great gift for anyone who would like to know what Galion was like during WWII in the 1940's. It also shows how war affects the life of a child living through a war. It's my story but it could be the story of any child and any war.
She also has A Garden! A Garden! available. It is a great gift for small children who like to be read to or beginning readers who like a story they can read by themselves.
Susan is holding a Holiday Open House from Thursday November3 through Sunday November 6. There will be refreshments, drawings and store specials. I wish I could be there. Susan has great talent in choosing items to sell in the store. Every step takes you to something new to consider. Plus, I remember the refreshments she had for my book signing. Yum! Yum! If you are fortunate enough to be able to attend, I promise you, you won't be dissappointed.
I just signed up for a show I found out about from another vendor at Mercy Fest. I will be at the 6th Annual Gift Bazaar at Sibcy Cline at 8145 Beechmont Avenue on Saturday November 19th from 11AM to 4PM. It promises to be a great show with wonderful gifts to get an early start on Santa Claus, plus a way to be part of Sibcy Clines' support of St. Joseph Orphanage. I'm really excited to be a part of it. Debbi has a previous commitment at Ryle High School in Union Kentucky, so I'll be solo on this one. Hope to see you there!
Debbi is busy with the illustrations for our sequel to A Garden! A Garden!. Each new drawing she shows me is cuter than the last. The new book tells about our animals who are now heading into winter, appropriately titled "Good Grief, It's Winter!" This will be a chapter book dealing with hibernation, migration and the winter survival of a variety of adorable animals.
To introduce the new softcover edition of Everyone's Child , I will be speaking to groups in the Cincinnati area with a very special offer. If you need a speaker for your group and would like to earn money for your treasury at the same time, contact me. My softcovers have been delivered! Check the new page "special event for your group" to get details on this exciting offer.
NancyNancy and Debbi at the Marimont Library for a
A Garden! A Garden!
Hi, Debbi here.
Nancy and I have had an amazing 2 years visiting schools from Cincinnati to Dayton reading A Garden! A Garden! We've done crafts, story times and I've had the chance to be an art teacher again. All thanks to A Garden. At this point, things are getting busy again. Nancy is in the midst of writing a second story, much like Garden, more adorable animals, the same easy reading, rhyming prose...but this time it's all about winter survival of the animals. I'm having a blast drawing bears, humming birds and a variety of other animals. At this point, we're still in the writing/drawing phase, so there's no release date. But when ever it's out, we'd love to start visiting the schools, libraries and book stores again!
And now, thanks to Nancy, I have been contacted by another author who has written a children's book called The Little Red Frog. She asked me to illustrate her story, and how could I turn down a children's book with animals? It's an adorable story with a great message at the end. The publishing house for this book is Briona Glen.
If you'd like a sneak peak at some of the pages, the website is www.littleredfrog.net Have no fear, I'm still working with Nancy on more of our woodland animal books! She has so many ideas, I may be drawing animals for a long time!