This past Saturday I was delighted to participate in Cranford Public Library’s first ever PICTURE BOOK PALOOZA which featured six picture book authors sharing their books through readings, crafts, and a Q&A. Despite the glorious fall weather and many, many other fun events scheduled in Cranford on the same day, we had a nice gathering of families. I hope the pictures below give you a sense of the joy and love for reading that were celebrated at the event.
Before the event began, each author set up her craft table.
After a little browsing time, it was time to read our stories. And how did we decide the reading order? The children picked our names out of a hat! Cranford’s wonderful children’s librarian also provided a little song/movement time which added to the fun and author Elizabeth Upton taught the children a catchy action song based on her picture book MAXI THE LITTLE TAXI. (I’m still singing it, Elizabeth!)
Here are some of the readings:
After the readings we had a brief Q&A.
Then it was time to do some crafts and sign some books!
A special thanks are in order for Anne Laird, owner of The Town Bookstore, for providing books for sale and signing. I’d also like to thank volunteer Michelle Howlett and her sweet daughter, Jane, for enthusiastically overseeing the book table. Aren’t they darling?!
Finally, a special thanks to the Cranford Public Library for hosting this event, with extra special recognition given to Lauren Antolino for making this program a reality. She really went above and beyond in thinking through all the little extras that made the event extra special – like original Picture Book Palooza book marks for each child, fantastic promotional flyers and outreach, terrific coordination and communication with the authors, and little details that made the atmosphere in Room 200 extra warm and inviting – including colorful table cloths, a kid-designed mural, and a nice big, colorful and comfy rug for the kids to sit on during the story time and Q&A.
And now I can’t wait for NEXT year’s PICTURE BOOK PALOOZA! Stay tuned for details…