World Read Aloud Day is February 5!

I’m so excited that Nita’s First Signs and She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised their Voices and Changed the World are featured in the Familius World Read Aloud Day Booklist!

 

World Read Aloud Day, founded by LitWorld, is an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. Check out the World Read Aloud Day homepage for free resources and activity guide! You can even sign up for a free Skype visit with me or another author to celebrate World Read Aloud Day!

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See you at MAGFest!

If you’re heading to MAGFest* at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD this weekend, be sure to visit the Nerd Girl Books table in the exhibit hall! I’ll be signing on Thursday and Sunday as part of this all-female, all-awesome collective of authors. We’ll be offering some sweet book bundle deals, swag, and more!

Our Nerd Girl Book bundles feature books by Meg Eden, Deborah Schaumberg, Lynn Almengor, Mary Fan, and me!

*Short for “Music And Gaming Festival,” MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community. The event runs 24 hours a day, and offers consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest speakers, and much much more. Find out more about here.

 

 

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Free On-Demand Webinar: Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission

I recently presented a free webinar for the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators on the nitty-gritty of readying your work for submission, and it’s now available free on-demand for anyone!

Fonts and headers and page breaks, oh my! Join Kathy MacMillan, author of 18 books and co-Regional Advisor of the MD/DE/WV Region of SCBWI, for a visual guide to all the nitty-gritty details of how to format your manuscript for submission using Microsoft Word. We’ll go over best practices for submissions, as well as how-tos for creating headers and footers, inserting page numbers, setting font and line spacing, and more. (AND there’s a special bonus for anyone who watches all the way to the end…just sayin’.) Watch the webinar here.

At the same link, you can find a treasure trove of free, on-demand webinars from SCBWI MD/DE/WV, including Creating Your Portfolio with Rebecca Evans, and Read Local Challenge webinars featuring picture book authors, middle grade authors, and young adult authors!

 

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Purchase Signed Books and Support a Great Cause!

Signed books make excellent holiday gifts! Order yours now from the Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore.  All proceeds go directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program.  Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

To have a book personalized, simply note name(s) in the comments section on the order form. Order now!

DCI Bookstore

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SHE SPOKE is a Bookstagram Choice Award Winner!

I am excited to share that She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World won Best 2019 Anthology of Women for Young Readers in the Bookstagram Choice Awards!  (I know this seems like a very specific category, but there have been many wonderful anthologies of women published this year, so it’s a real honor!)

Here’s what the judges had to say about She Spoke:

She Spoke is a unique anthology of trailblazing women that pairs their stories with their voices. (Remember those books with buttons on the side that play nursery rhymes or farm animal sounds? Like that, but WAY better.) To be precise, the book includes buttons that play actual clips of an inspiring speech by each woman in her own voice! She Spoke features 14 women who raised their voices to make change in the world, and it’s a perfect mix – well-known women like Malala or Jane Goodall, but also lesser-known but equally important women like Dr. Joanne Liu, Suzan Shown Harjo, and Leymah Gbowee.

The concept is brilliant and like nothing I’ve ever seen – to hear these incredible women’s voices saying their iconic words is truly magical. Young readers will be begging to read (and listen to!) this one again and again.”

Did you know you can purchase autographed copies of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World and benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program at the same time? Signed books make excellent holiday gifts! Click here to order!

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Upcoming Events

Signing at Barnes and Noble, Ellicott City, MD

Saturday, December 7 from 10 AM-11:30 AM

Long Gate Shopping Center
4300 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-203-9001

Come on in to purchase signed copies of NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, SHE SPOKE: 14 WOMEN WHO RAISED THEIR VOICES AND CHANGED THE WORLD, SWORD AND VERSE, and DAGGER AND COIN! Signed books make great holiday gifts! Children’s book authors (including my pal Veronica Bartles) will be appearing at the store all day, so stop in and say hi!

FREE Webinar: Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific Where: Online via Zoom                       Cost: FREE!

Fonts and headers and page breaks, oh my! Join me for a visual guide to all the nitty-gritty details of how to format your manuscript for submission using Microsoft Word. We’ll go over best practices for submissions, as well as how-tos for creating headers and footers, inserting page numbers, setting font and line spacing, and more.

Note: Tickets to attend this event live are sold out, but you can sign up to receive a free link to the recording here: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-formatting-your-manuscript-for-submission-with-kathy-macmillan/

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It’s UK Release Day for the DAGGER AND COIN paperback!

Dagger and Coin publishes in the United Kingdom today in paperback! Get your copy now:

amazon.co.uk

hive.co.uk

To celebrate, I am running a swag pack  giveaway on Twitter (open internationally) between now and December 5!

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Registration now open for Winter/Spring eCourses for Librarians and Educators!

Registration is now open for upcoming sessions of my popular eCourses through the American Library Association!

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse begins January 13, 2020.

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse begins March 2, 2020.

Purchase both courses as a bundle and save! See below for more information about each course.

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)

 

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)
Click here to register.

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“This has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now for Basic ASL for Library Staff

Register now for American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse bundle


 

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 2, 2020 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)

$250.00 (discounts available for ALA members and bulk registrations)

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this new 6-week eCourse, Sign Language expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of approximately 180 signs (introduced through video)
  • Create two storytime/classroom activities using the featured vocabulary that you can implement in your storytimes
  • Understand relevant aspects of child development and early literacy
  • Understand signing in a linguistic and cultural context

Feedback from past participants:

“One of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken.”

“Kathy is an amazing instructor. She made learning online very easy and comfortable. She replied quickly when students had questions and she responded with feedback with videos to help sign better.”

“I am amazed. It couldn’t have gone better. I came away learning many signs I can use and gained some helpful information for my storytimes.”

“The instructor was phenomenal, and I am already incorporating course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

Register now for Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Register now for American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse bundle

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Featured Programs for Summer Reading 2020

The Collaborative Summer Reading Theme for 2020 is: Imagine Your Story, featuring fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy

I’ve got you covered with programs for all ages that fit the theme!

For all ages: Once Upon a Sign

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Learn about Deaf Culture as we visit the land of Eyeth, where we use our hands and eyes to communicate. Bring the whole family – and your fairy godmother too! – for the hands-on fun with Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together.

 

This program can be presented as an all-ages program, or adapted to a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-age audience. (Program runs 40-60 minutes depending on audience.)

Cost: $350 per program plus mileage; discounts available for multiple bookings. Click here for complete rates and booking information.

 

For teens and/or adults: Storybuilding Workshop

No matter what your genre, a rich palette of details brings the world of your story to life.  In this hands-on workshop, Kathy MacMillan, author of Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin (HarperTeen), shows how to focus on the specifics you need at each stage of the writing process to build your characters’ world without ever losing sight of the story at its heart.

2 hour workshop: $400 plus travel expenses. Click here for complete rates and booking information.

 

And a FREE bonus!

Book either program and ask about a FREE same-day Meet the Author program for Kathy’s children’s nonfiction book, She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World (Familius Press) and/or her young adult fantasy novels, Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin (HarperTeen)! (Subject to scheduling availability.)

 

 

 

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Coming Up in November: The Great American Sign Language Mystery

 

 

 

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