BULLDOZER and RACE CAR together under one awesome bookstore roof!

Thank you Bookmarks Bookstore for hosting a fun storytime for BULLDOZER DREAMS! And for inviting his good pal RACE CAR DREAMS to vroom alongside him! My family and I had such a wonderful time with the huge crowd of book loving kiddos!

 

The calm before the fun!

 

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I love this storytime section!

 

My adorable granddaughter, Sophia patiently waits for storytime to begin.

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Thankfully she had her equally adorable cousin, Sidney to share that waiting time with. Together the two of them enjoyed a ton of books. Bookmarks is FULL of awesome distractions!

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YAY! Finally, STORYTIME begins!! Where I shared both BULLDOZER DREAMS and RACE CAR DREAMS with a huge crowd of over 40 super smart kiddos, who asked some of the most clever questions! One little boy wanted to know why Bulldozer was so fat! lol My answer: He ate too many cookies! Ha, yes, I believe Christmas is still in my heart.

(Per the daycare rules that attended storytime, I’m not allowed to share photos of them online. But here’s a few of me reading to them. Thank you to such a wonderful audience!)

After storytime, coloring sheets and goodie bags were handed out to everyone!

Little Dakota wasted no time getting her BULLDOZER DREAMS and RACE CAR DREAMS buttons pinned on her. Isn’t she cute!! Thank you, Dakota for sporting the ‘vehicle dreams’ buttons so awesomely!

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Before leaving I signed lots of books! Autographed copies are available at Bookmarks Bookstore in Winston Salem, NC. And online through their website Bookmarks Bookstore

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Thank you to my daughter, Cherylenna, my granddaughter, Sophia, my mom, Charlotte, and my great-niece, Sidney for crunching along with me for a wonderful fun-filled morning! I love you all.

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And thank you to Jamie Rogers Southern for arranging my visit. We had a blast and can’t wait to return this fall with the third book in the series, FIRE TRUCK DREAMS! (Releasing October 9, 2018!) Be on the lookout for details about FIRE TRUCK DREAMS (including his super cute cover!) soon!

 

January 2018’s Picture Book Pick of the Month is up!

Let’s kick off a new year with a VERY special picture book for my Picture Book Pick of the Month.

Click on the link above (Picture Book Pick of the Month) then ABCs WITH SOPHIA! (which is January 2018’s pick) for some fun info about the book, the illustrator, and the publisher to this super cool concept in personalized Picture Books. Also included is a picture of the cover, interior cover, opening lines, and LOTS of favorite page spreads! And a link for ordering in case you’d like to order a personalized picture book just like this one for that special little one in your life.

From Maui to Wisconsin!

Crunch . . . Crunch . . .CRUNCH!!!

BULLDOZER DREAMS was spotted by a friend inside the Target store in Brookfield, Wisconsin!!

GO BULLDOZER!!! And I love that he’s in the same spot in every Target. This way shoppers will always know where to find him. 🙂

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Aloha, BULLDOZER DREAMS!

Ricky and I just returned from a fabulous trip to Maui, Hawaii! The weather was beautiful, the scenery was spectacular, and the ocean was gorgeous. We had a wonderful time!

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BUT! One of the most exciting sights we saw was inside. . .

 

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Target in Kahului, Maui!

TA-DAH!!! BULLDOZER DREAMS was proudly sitting on their shelf!!

 

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Isn’t he adorable!

Mahalo Target for picking up Bulldozer Dreams and for carrying him in one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited.

 

 

 

December 2017’s Picture Book Pick of the Month is up (PLUS a giveaway!)

Ho! Ho! Ho! This month’s Pick is brought to you by Santa, two rowdy puppies, and a very clever Gingerbread Cookie!

Click on the link above (Picture Book Pick of the Month) then A Cookie For Santa (which is December 2017’s pick) for some fun info about the book and the author, as well as a picture of the cover, opening lines, and Stephanie’s favorite page spread! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

A fun filled day at the library!

Crunch . . . vroom . . . tweet!!

Bulldozer, Race Car, and Sparrow ALL THREE joined me and lots of awesome book loving kiddos at Charles Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain, NC and we had a crunching, vrooming, tweeting good time!!

Like all awesome story times at a library, we began with story time! Since Bulldozer is the baby, he got to go first, because we all know that’s the way it works, right. 🙂

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After Bulldozer’s story time we sang The Tracks on the Dozer. I think the beep, beep, beep part of the song was their favorite. I know Bulldozer sure does love to beep his horn! So, it was a perfect match.

Next up was Bulldozer’s good pal, Race Car! And there were a couple of little ones who seemed to be big race car fans!.

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After Race Car’s turn, we sped up to the tune of The Teensy Tinsy Race Car, and it had the kids zipping and zooming all the way to first place!

To wrap up a fun filled awesome story time, Papa Sparrow joined me with his subtle message of kindness.

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Then, we sang I’m a Little Sparrow. Sparrow loved seeing the kids fluttering their wings (arms) like him.

What better way to touch a kid’s heart than with lots of books AND COOKIES!!

These weren’t just any cookies either! They had their choice of either a Bulldozer, a Race Car, or a Sparrow.

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Decorating them was a huge hit!

Yummo! So was EATING THE COOKIES!! (Disclosure: I am NOT at fault for the sugar rush your kids had once they left. 🙂 )

And of course, Bulldozer, Race Car, and Sparrow were more than happy to help me sign some books! (Thank you to all those who bought a book! I hope you and your little ones enjoy them!)

A huge thank you to Diane Blakemore for inviting me and my books to the Charles Stone Memorial Library. We had such a wonderful time!

 

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Wait, Sophia until we snap the picture before you topple Race Car over!!

 

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Hehe, nevermind! Over goes Race Car. 🙂

A special thank you to my adorable granddaughter (check her out with ALL three of her Nana’s books!) and to my mom for joining me for a wonderful event.

And thank you to The Cupcake Tree in Mount Airy, NC for baking the delicious cookies for the kids to decorate!

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Next up for Bulldozer, Race Car, and Sparrow is First Step Child Care Winter Celebration in Germanton, NC on Dec. 9th from 10 until 2. Hope to see you there. Also, check out my website for where I’ll be in 2018!

All three of my books are available online and in bookstores, AND BULLDOZER DREAMS is available in Target!

 

 

Vehicle Dreams Books meet Halloween Duck!

Vroom! Crunch! QUACK??!!

Race Car and Bulldozer spent their first Halloween together with the CUTEST duck there ever was!! And they had such a wonderful day!!

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Next year, Fire Truck will be joining in on the Vehicle Dreams/Halloween fun! Look out 2018!!

 

 

BULLDOZER DREAMS crunches into Barnes & Noble in Winston Salem, NC!

Thank you Barnes & Noble for hosting a wonderful BULLDOZER DREAMS event! Bulldozer, myself, and my family had an amazing time sharing my book and meeting book-loving people!

Packed up and ready to roll!

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Hi, little dozer! I see you peeping down at those cookies on the bottom!

Barnes and Noble! We’re here!! Crunch! Crunch! CRUNCH!

My adorable granddaughter, Sophia helps me settle into my table.

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Thank you, Sophia! Nana loves you!

And soon she’s distracted by her cousin’s Bentley and Sidney.

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They’re much more fun to play with than Nana. But shh…. I’m pretending she isn’t thinking that. 🙂

After meeting with some shoppers and having some great chats, it’s time for storytime. Everyone loves storytime, right! And Barnes & Noble’s stage is amazing! Check out that background!

The perfect way to wrap up an event . . . signing some books!

Don’t forget your cookies! Bulldozer and I baked them ourselves! CRUNCH!

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A sincere thank you to my wonderful family for joining Bulldozer and me and for always supporting me! I love you all!

And thank you to my agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, my editor, Julie Matysik, my publicist, Valerie Howlett, and my publisher, Running Press Kids for making BULLDOZER DREAMS a dream come true!
Next up for Bulldozer and I is the Charles Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain, NC on November 21st at 10:00 AM. I’ll be reading from ALL three of my books, singing fun songs, and bringing MORE cookies! Hope to see you there!

 

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