For parents, teachers, librarians.....

Hi folks,
I've got coloring pages, activity sheets and a teacher's guide available for my picture book, STAR OF THE SHOW. I'm happy to mail these enrichment activities free of charge for your children or students to enhance their enjoyment of STAR OF THE SHOW. (They're best suited for ages 4-8.) Plus I'll include a signed, personalized book plate. Just contact me through my website:

Happy Holidays!

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Pink Glove Dance

This was passed along to my by my sister in law....
Emily (MacInnes) Somers,created, directed and choreographed
this in Portland last week for her Medline glove division as
a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This was all her
idea to help promote their new pink gloves. I don't know
how she got so many employees, doctors and patients to
participate, but it started to really catch on and they all
had a lot of fun doing it.
When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making
a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering
free mammograms for the community. Please check it
out. It's an easy and great way to donate to a
wonderful cause, and who hasn't been touched in some way by breast cancer?

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Historic Sites in Hyde Park, NY offer holiday family fun

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Sites will host a series of free holiday events for families. The Roosevelt Library will be decorated for the holidays and open to visitors free of charge Dec 5 from 9 am to 6 pm. There will be refreshments and activities beginning at noon at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. The fourth annual Children's Book Festival in the Wallace Center runs from noon to 5 pm. Children's authors will read from and sign copies of their books:

*Iza Trapani, 12:15 "Jingle Bells," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
*Susanna Hill, 1:00 "Punxsutawney Phyllis," "Not Yet, Rose."
*Della Ferreri, 1:45 "Star of the Show," "How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed?"
*Doreen Rappaport, 2:30 "Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt," "Lady Liberty: A Biography."
*Hudson Talbot, 3:15 "River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River," "United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds, Their Stories, Their Glories."

Family-friendly musicians, Dog on Fleas, will perform at 4 pm at the Wallace Center. There will be free photos with Santa from 1-3, and children can make holiday cards for sailors on the USS Franlin and Eleanor throughout the afternoon.

The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-kill, will also be free and open to visitors from 4-7 pm on Dec 5. Visitors to Val-kill are required to take a shuttle from the Wallace Center. There will be no on-site parking at Val-Kill.In Addition, there will be a holiday open house with free admission at Vanderbilt Mansion from 9 - 5pm on Dec 5.
Call Cliff Laube at 845 - 486-7745 for more information.

If you'll be visiting Hyde Park,NY please stop by and say hi!!!
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Windy day in NY

I'm getting ready to catch the 8:40 train to Grand Central, then off to the Holiday Market at Union Square, 14th and Broadway.
I'll be at the Shenanigan Books Booth today signing Star of the Show from 10:30 to 3:00. Can't wait to meet Mary Watson, Creative Director of Shenanigan Books. If you're up for some cool shopping, and don't mind braving the wind, stop by Union Square, and say hi!

Here's a sneak peek at Shenanigan Books stall:

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If my little guy were a CYBILS judge....Top 5 from a 5 yr old...

I've been checking out tons of Cybil nominated books from the library. Here are my 5 yr old son's top 5 favorites from the CYBIL PB Category:

Abigail Spells by Anna Alter- a charming story of friendship, with added appeal for teachers and parents because plot centers on practicing for a spelling bee. My little guy likes to spell out loud all the words interspersed in the story.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas- hilarious, off-beat story about 3 dust bunnies who like to rhyme, and 1 who tries to warn of impending cleaning danger. My little guy likes to make up his own rhyming words to go with the story.

Muriel's Red Sweater by Dara Dokas- a duck invites her fellow animal friends to her birthday party, and along the way, her sweater unravels. Simple story, and cute illustrations. My little guy likes to watch the sweater lose more and more yarn, page after page.

Almost by Richard Torrey
- an 'almost' 6 year old can 'almost' do anything. A humorous read about striving to take on the world.  My little guy likes the sports scenarios - playing baseball and 'almost' hitting a homerun, 'almost' riding a bike, etc.

Put it on the List - by Kristen Darbyshire - depicts a relatable family problem - running out of various foods and household necessities, and making a shopping list to try to keep it all straight. My little guy now says, 'Put it on the list' when we need something.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: He also enjoyed Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer, Martha Doesn't Say Sorry by Samantha Berger, I Need My Monster by Amanda Knoll, Me With You by Kristy Dempsey, Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban, Please Pick Me Up, Mama by Robin Luebs, Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard, Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith, and Star of the Show by Della Ross Ferreri, but he doesn't ask for repeated readings like top 5 above. So I listed them as 'honorable mentions.' :)

Happy Reading!


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B&N Educator Appreciation Event & An Invite to K-2 Teachers/Librarians

Last Saturday I had a booksigning at my local B&N for Educator Appreciation Day. I sold a bunch of books, handed out teacher guides and activity sheets for Star of the Show, and had the pleasure of meeting Lucienne Diver, author of Fanged. Here's a link to an interview with Lucienne, and more info on her cool teen novel:

And here's a photo Lucienne passed along:

All in all, a FUN day!

***If there are any K-2 teachers or librarians who have my latest picture book, Star of the Show, and want the activity/coloring sheets and teacher's guide, just contact me through my website and I'll be happy to pop them in the mail. I worked on these activities with two first grade teachers and a Library Media Specialist, and they're gotten very good feedback. It is my hope that you'll use Star of the Show with your K-2 classes, and enjoy the accompanying activities that focus on such areas as  ELA - alliteration & creative expression, MATH - telling time, SCIENCE - researching an animal, LIFE SKILLS - conflict-resolution & role-playing, SELF - ESTEEM - 'Everyone's a Star' Bulletin Board, and suggested activities for a CULMINATING EVENT -"Star of the Show Talent Show' with fun ideas for talent show, refreshments, hula hoop contests, stuffed animal toss, pin the nose on the clown, face-painting, etc. ***

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Are you in the New York area???

I've been setting up some author events in New York to promote 'Star of the Show.' If you're in the area, I'd love to meet you!

Friday, September 25 'Turn off the TV Week' Party Barnes and Noble, Kingston, NY 6:30 Storytime, fun and refreshments! And - I just found out Denise Brunkus (Junie B. Jones illustrator) and Dave Keane (author of 'Sloppy Joe') will be there, too! Yay!

Saturday, October 10 Educator Appreciation Day Barnes and Noble, Poughkeepsie, NY 12:00 and 1:00 Educators get 25% discount on all purchases.

Friday, October 23  Putnam Hospital Center Pajama Party - storytime charity event for the birthing center at Putnam Hospital. Michael T . Weber Auditorium
Sponsored by the Mothers Club of PHC Putnam Center 670 Stoneleigh Ave, Putnam Valley, NY 6-8
Bring your pillow and teddy bear!

Saturday, November 21 "ABC's of Writing for Children" - Free class for all adults interested in writing for children and getting published. Instructors: Della Ross Ferreri and Karen Orloff. Poughkeepsie Library, Arlington Branch, 504 Haight Avenue.  1:30 -3:30 Call to register: Debora Shon   (845) 485-3445 x3313   

November 28 or 29 - Date TBD - Union Square Holiday Market, New York City - Shenanigan Books Stall

Thursday, December 3  Saint Peter's Catholic School Book Fair/Fundraiser - evening - Barnes and Noble, Poughkeepsie, NY

Saturday, December 5 Historic Hyde Park Holiday Open House, Wallace Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Library, Hyde Park, NY 1:00 
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