Read More and Read Local!

I had a great time last weekend at the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston, WV!  Thanks to everyone who came out to my workshop on Storybuilding and my Nita’s First Signs storytimes! Here’s a great photo of all my helpers with their masks on learning how to sign “Wake up, sun!” (This photo is also a minor miracle because it’s one of the few photos taken of me mid-sign that doesn’t feature a weird facial expression! Kudos to Chris Dorst of the Charleston Gazette-Mail for pulling that off!

I was thrilled to be able to spend time telling festival attendees about the READ LOCAL CHALLENGE, and now I get to tell you too!

The MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators invites all readers  to take the Read Local Challenge! Read as many books from participating local authors/illustrators as you can by May 31, 2019 and enter for a chance to win signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators! Our participating authors and illustrators this year live in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and the challenge features traditionally published books at 3 levels: Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult.  Individuals, schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size can enter! All materials are available for download at http://mddewv.scbwi.org/read-local/

This program was designed to be as easy as possible for teachers and library staff – so SCBWI is handling all the prize distribution, coordination, etc. All we ask schools and libraries to do is help spread the word and make program materials available! All the participating authors and illustrators are also offering discounts on their school and library visits if you mention the Read Local program.

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