Friday, November 20, 2015

Coverage of the 2015 Children's Book Fair


A place where readers, writers and illustrators come together to talk about stories. We're always inspired at this event, and if you love books, it does not disappoint. Here's part two of our day...


Pierre Collet-Derby, illustrator for Goodnight Selfie, was very nice, and it was cool to see photos of his studio. It's amazing how fast he's able to produce such vivid illustrations! 


After the star of this story gets her brother’s hand-me-down camera-phone and a quick lesson in the "selfie," there is no stopping her! Anything can be turned into a selfie, and a host of adventures and misadventures caught on camera... read more
Tommy Greenwald's presentation was interesting, and it was fun to learn about how his sons were the inspiration for his books. All three of them are awesome kids, but just weren't into reading, and so he wrote something he though they'd like. Voila! Charlie Joe Jackson was born as a character- a combination of Tommy's three sons, Charlie, Joe, and Jackson. Pretty neat! 


Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be... read more
Pamela Zagarenski was a lovely person to chat with. Her book, The Whisper, is beautiful, and the illustrations are simply magical! 

Step inside the pages of a little girl's magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story... read more!


That's it for this year! We're looking forward to the next book fair.
Happy reading!

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52 comments:

  1. Look absolutely beautiful !!!
    Really fun post!

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    1. Gloria- Thanks so much! It was a great day! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. Betty- Definitely! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  3. Looks like you had lots of fun.

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    1. Alex- We did! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  4. Some great books there indeed. Looks like a fun event was had.

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    1. Pat- Great books and interesting authors. Fun for sure! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  5. Sounds like a great event. Love the pictures.

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    1. Kelly- We had a blast. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  6. Hi Jess - it looks an amazing time ... so good to see everyone and the books ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- We have such fun at this event every year. We discover new books and authors. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  7. How fun. I am going to my daughter's book fair on Monday, and I can't wait! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Heidi- Hope your daughter's book fair was awesome! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  8. The book fair sounds...magical! It looks like you had a great time and these books sound wonderful for kids

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    1. Birgit- It really was magical. So fun to be surrounded by books. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. Brandi- Totally! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. Blogoratti- We had a great time! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  11. OMG I read that Charlie Joe Jackson book and thought it was pure brilliance. The way he managed to convey the message that you should read so subtly. It's the perfect book for a parent whose kid doesn't like to read. And the Goodnight Selfie book sounds like a great read!

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    1. Stephanie- How awesome that you read the Charlie Joe Jackson book! The author was so nice and it was great to learn where he got the idea from (his sons didn't like reading). :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. Elephant's Child- Glad you enjoyed the post! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  13. Looks like it was a wonderful event! Hope you both were inspired and encouraged. :)

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    1. Karen- We were definitely inspired and encouraged! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  14. How much fun are you having? Love seeing the photos!

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    1. Patty- It was a blast! Glad you enjoyed the photos. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. L. Diane Wolfe- Aren't the illustrations just beautiful. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  16. The book fair sounds like so much fun. So many books that I want to read. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of what it was like.

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    1. Beverly- Glad to share the event with everyone! We love book events. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  17. More awesome books! The Whisper's illustrations look so beautiful!

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    1. Meradeth- We were captivated by the illustrations right away! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  18. "...the most reluctant reader ever born..." - such a funny premise! I loved the illustrations here, especially the letters flying out from the book in The Whisper. :)

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    1. Lexa- So glad you enjoyed the post and we agree about The Whisper! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  19. I love these covers. They are so fresh and uplifting.

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    1. Sandra- Always fun to look at new covers! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. The Armchair Squid- It was! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  21. Aquele pó é muito maravilhoso! ;)

    Deve ter sido uma feira bacana. Adoro livros infantis - E ver eles me remetem a nostalgias.

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

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    1. Amanda- Glad to hear it! Aren't children's books awesome! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  22. The Whisper looks beautiful inside and out, I must look for a copy for my granddaughters. Thank you for sharing so many delightful books.

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    1. Barbara- So glad The Whisper caught your eye. It is a beautiful book. The illustrations are just magical. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  23. The Whisper does look beautiful. I love whimsical type illustrations like that. And how neat Tommy modeled his book after his sons!

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    1. Leandra- We like those kinds of illustrations too! It was an all around great event! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  24. I'm glad you two had such a great time! I've looked at The Whisperer as a possible gift for this little cousin of mine. The artwork is beautiful and I really love the story.

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    1. Adriana- How cool that you checked out The Whisper! It is a beautiful book! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  25. Ah and all the more good times! I have been reading a few picture book reviews from blogs that I know, and I have come to realise that you have met some pretty popular authors here! It must have been epic.

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    1. Olivia- Aren't picture books fun? Great for all ages! We are so lucky to have met so many authors at the book fair. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  26. Ooh, Pamela illustrated the cover of my favourite MG novel (The Song of the Whales) so I'm definitely checking out her book!

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    1. Claudine- That is awesome! We hope you enjoy it! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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