THE STORE IS OPEN
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A BOOK?
4 OF OUR BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO BUY ON OUR SITE:
Where's Pumpkin? and Spring Babies
as well as two books by Nancy
Everyone's Child and God's Hill.
SIMPLY GO TO THE SHOPPING CART LISTED ON THE LEFT AND SELECT THE BOOK(S) YOU WOULD LIKE US TO SHIP TO YOU. It's that easy!
The wait is over, our 4th book together:
is finally here!
(The bees told the robin and
the robin told me!)
The newest arrival!
Spring Babies will
capture your heart.
Be careful! Once
you get our turtle's song in your head, you'll be singing it all day!
NANCY NEARLY RAN OUT OF THEM AT THE
FOREST PARK ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW AND BAZAAR ON 10/31
THE SPRING BABIES BOOKS SOLD SO FAST SHE LEFT THE SHOW WITH ONLY TWO BOOKS.
MADE A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS AND PLAN TO MEET MORE
NOVEMBER 7 AT
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY HOLIDAY SALE
ALL THE BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE ALONG WITH THE NEW
HANDMADE JEWELRY BY NANCY
SEE YOU THERE!
Nancy fell in love with Camp Springs Kentucky when she and Debbi read to St. Joseph School. The history of the area was so fascinating and interesting she decided to write their story. God's Hill tells the story of the German settlers who arrived in the early 1800's. It's a beautiful history of their triumphs, and heartaches. I will be presenting it at all the shows I have lined up.
This author/illustrator team
has a busy 2015 fall..
If you'd like to catch us at a show, or wonder where
we've been, here'swhat's on our schedule:
October 3-4 Lakota West Craft Show
October 10th The Spooky Pooch in Glendale
October 17-18 Petcasso in Amberly Village (Debbi only)
October 31 - Forest Park Craft Show (Nancy only)
November 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary Craft Show in Greenhills (Nancy only)
November 20-21 - Ryle High School Craft Show, Union KY
December 3-4, Hamilton Christmas gift Show at Butler County Fair Grounds (Nancy Only)
January 17 Fairy Tale Workshop in New Richmond (Debbi only)
We love our SPCA sponsored events!
Several of our events are SPCA sponsored, on those occasions it is our pleasure to donate a percentage of our profits to the SPCA to help with abused or homeless animals.
Tails on the Trails atOtto M Armleder Memorial Park
and Spooky Pooch at Washington Park in Glendale were two such events.
We meet a lot of animal lovers, sell books and at Tails on the Trails we held a raffle to give the proceeds to the SPCA. The Rolling back pack filled with our books with went to
Karyn R.of Cincinnati.
Our SPCA endorsed book....
is the story of Nancy's dog, Pumpkin who is a Cincinnati spca rescue dog.
We are so pleased that
the Cincinnati SPCA has endorsed Where's Pumpkin?
This delightful chapter book is so much more than the story of a lost dog.
What's the story behind being a rescue pet? What is the SPCA? Why is Pumpkin so afraid of thunder? The imagination of Nancy has run wild in this her newest book.
We are currently scheduling schools to read our books.
Feel free to contact us, our visits to the schools are free and we've been invited back to so many schools for second and third times, we figure we must be doing something right.
How exciting for us to have some "joint events" with the Cincinnati SPCA!
At the St. Bernard Library, two spca volunteers brought a few of their special animals for our young readers to pet.
In this photo, one lucky young man got to meet
Miss Lucy, the rabbit.
Also in attendance were Tiger the cat, and
Charlie the dog.
The children and SPCA volunteers with
Nancy and Debbi
at the ST. Bernard Library
It was raining "cats and dogs" on Friday the 13th, but these brave children made it to the St. Bernard Library. Two Cincinnati SPCA volunteers came and brought a rabbit, a cat, and a big fluffy dog named Charlie ~ all ready and waiting to be cuddled and loved. The children got to meet the spca animals, hear the story Where's Pumpkin? (read to them by the author/illustrator team) and they colored their own masks to take home.
A great time was had by all!
A big thank you goes out to Katheryn Toren-Jones, the wonderful branch manager of the St. Bernard Library for arranging this amazing event.
What a gift, when we find out we've impacted the life of a child. One of our youngsters in attendance, after petting all the animals and hearing Pumpkin's story, informed us when she grows up,
she wants to be a "Petinarian."
It's a hit with the kids!
Look at the smile Where's Pumpkin? put on the face
of this sweet St. Aloysius Gonzaga student...
(Could it be she's always this happy?)
Here's the story of how it all began:
The press release was sent out on 8/4,our official release date for Where's Pumpkin?. We are ready to set up readings and signings.
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. Pumpkin is truly adorable and Debbi has captured her charm and personality in the illustrations.
We are proud to announce the Cincinnati SPCA has endorsed our book and part of the purchase price of the book will be donated to them so they can help more lonely frightened animals.
*******READ ON FOR PICTURES And HOW IT ALL BEGAN *********
Visiting Schools and Reading
A Garden! A Garden! and Good Grief, It's Winter! has been totally amazing for this author/illustrator team. Once our first book came out
Debbi and I began visiting more libraries, schools and participated in more events than we ever imagined ....and our schedule keeps growing.
and growing, and growing.......
Our books are now available at the Cincinnati nature Center as well as all 5 of The Great Parks of Hamilton County
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.
Last year 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. We're scheduled
to return to CMA November 12, 2014.
We'll be reading Where's Pumpkin? this year.
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.
Our Moment of Fame !
Did you see us on Fox 19's Morning Extra 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.
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.
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.
I still marvel at folks from faraway places who check out my site. I do wish I knew a bit about you.
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.
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.
Nancy 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!