Exciting News for Race Car!

My husband, Ricky and I are starting on a fun new project for Race Car Dreams release this fall!

Click on the Race Car’s Transformation to learn about what we are working on and to follow along with us on this fun new adventure!

 

One Year Later!

April 1st may be April Fools to most people, but not to this writer. April 1st is a special day for me!

Last year, my dream came true with the official sale of RACE CAR DREAMS to the fantastic house, Running Press Kids, by my amazing agent, Jessica Sinsheimer.

This year, I have a photo that my super awesome husband, Ricky took of me holding none other than that very same picture book that Jessica sold one year ago today! And alongside Race Car is his wrench in my other hand because every good Race Car needs his trusty wrench.:)

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A Long Overdue Thank you!

Last fall when my picture book, THE SPARROW AND THE TREES released, a wonderful friend read my book to her kindergarten class. They enjoyed my book so much that they made me a keepsake book that I will treasure always. On the outside of the book is a photo of all of them with their binoculars (which was my event craft thanks to Sue!) to their eyes and a copy of my book front and center. Inside the book is the sweetest note from the kids and the most adorable illustrations from them featuring Sparrow and many of the Trees.

I did tell my friend, their teacher to give them a huge thank you from me and to tell them that I love my keepsake book and will cherish it forever. But I wanted to thank them personally here on my blog and share a couple pictures of my book made by the hands of these amazing artists.

Sue's class with Sparrow

 

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Thank you to all of the children in Mrs. Sue Gagliardi’s class at Upper Moreland Primary School! Keep reading and drawing! Your artwork is beautiful.

PS… there is a special package coming to you soon!

Sparrow’s First Award!

I am excited to announce that my picture book The Sparrow and The Trees is a Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog Selection.

Way to soar Sparrow! I hope many, many children enjoy reading about your struggles and how important kindness is to all those around them.

SPARROW visits Mount Airy North Carolina

 

Thank you Pages Bookstore for hosting Sparrow and I for a jammed pack afternoon full of fun! We had a blast!

Saturday, December 5th 2015 was a perfect day for a visit to downtown Mount Airy’s very own bookstore. Downtown Mount Airy is also known as Mayberry to those who are familiar with The Andy Griffith Show. As shoppers filled the streets to get some Christmas shopping done and visit with Santa and his reindeer, many of them stopped by to join Sparrow, myself, and my whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts and story time.

A look back at our afternoon of fun in a very full bookstore event:

Outside on the street and in front of PAGES BOOKSTORE.

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A nice lady walking by was kind enough to take a picture of my daughter and me.

 

My book signing table filled with books, binoculars making activities, coloring pages, and chocolate suckers. The train track in the background was perfect for adding to the fun!

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Book events are a family event for The Chriscoe’s! I consider myself one of the luckiest writers in the world to have such a wonderful, supportive family. My family enjoys these events as much as I do and I love them all so much!

The five Chriscoe's!

The five Chriscoe’s!

Our kids all grown up.

Our kids all grown up.

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We started off the afternoon this time with some coloring and binocular making to get the kids excited before story time. I think it turned out very well. They were a super fun group.

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And I even got many souvenir coloring pages to take home with me. Thank you Mason, Levi, Kamryn, Alivia, Rylan and even the older kiddos Lexi and Amber. I will cherish them always.

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Kamryn is one very talented little girl. She made this purse and adorable hair bow out of duct tape!

Kamryn is one very talented little girl. She made this purse and adorable hair bow out of duct tape!

Sparrow and I had a wonderful group of kids and adults for story time! And the atmosphere was so kid friendly. Lots of books and toys all around!!

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After story time, I had fun signing lots of books. Many of the kids even climbed on my lap for pictures.:) I hope everyone enjoys them!! One of the signings was even for a library in Texas! Happy traveling Sparrow!

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This time Bentley brought his sister, Sidney and Carson, a friend.

This time Bentley brought his sister, Sidney and Carson, a friend.

Which Ricky and I quickly snatched Sidney. I still think I can fit her in my pocket when Bentley isn't looking. :)

Which Ricky and I quickly snatched Sidney. I still think I can fit her in my pocket when Bentley isn’t looking.:)

Oh no! No one is looking. Now is a good time to sneak away with her. :)

Uho! No one is looking. Now is a good time to sneak away with her.:)

And at the end of the day, Sparrow, myself, and my family fluttered home feeling warm, sheltered, and full of kindness that had been given to us.

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A special thank you to Sandy (owner of PAGES BOOKSTORE) for hosting, my husband for always supporting my dreams and making the binoculars for the kids. My three kids, who are the best kids in the world( yep, I am impartial:)) I am so glad that my two sons, Ricky II and Richie got to make it to this event. It made the day complete. Thank you to my son’s girlfriend, my cousin, my brother and sister in law,  my mom, my great nephew and great niece (wish their mom, my niece could have made it but glad their dad brought them), the wonderful ladies and their kids  from ChickFilA, families from Foothill Ford, my daughter’s Maid Of Honor and her family, and to all of the others that stopped by to join in on the fun, Sparrow and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And of course, books would not be possible without publishers and editors. Thank you Arbordale for believing in me and Sparrow. Thank you Katie (my editor) for working with me to make this book the best it can be. And thank you Heather (my publicist) for all that you do and helping to get the word out about Sparrow. Speaking of! If anyone reads ALASKA AIRLINES magazine, Sparrow in on page 37 thanks to Heather!

Until the next event, Sparrow and I wish you warmth, shelter, and kindness.