Author Visit

Local Children’s Authors–Reading and Book Signing

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I had so much fun reading story hour at Hyde Park Books on December 7th! I will be back to read, my own book this time, with four other local authors this Saturday.

I am also giving away an 18×24 Imagination poster! The illustration is one of my favorite illustrations in Mama’s Purse 🙂

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Please bring the kiddos!

3-5pm Saturday – Enjoy 5 different local children/YA authors read from their books. Don’t be late, we’re starting with the picture books first! Hot Cocoa/coffee and friends!

Featuring: Joel Lund, Jane Freund, Nancy Buffington, AJ Irving, and a new comer to the bunch Jessica Lund with sneak peak into her YA fantasy novel coming out very soon!

Come visit, listen, and do some Christmas shopping at Hyde Park Books on 13th St in Boise. This Saturday, December 14, 3-5 pm. Several children’s book authors, readings and refreshments!

Author Visit · Hyde Park Books · Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

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“Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 7th, 2013, take a child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow.” —Jenny Milchman, Founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

I am excited to participate in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day this Saturday at Hyde Park Books. I am reading my very first story hour at a bookstore! And I get to decide what to read! What are your favorite children’s books? I’d like to have a nice variety to read to the kiddos 🙂

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I think Hyde Park Books is doing something pretty cool for this special occasion: A children’s/YA book exchange. In honor of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, Saturday Dec 7th they will be hosting a book exchange all day. So, bring a book, and you can select another used children’s/young adult book for free! That’s right, free!

So, come exchange those old stories for some new ones!

Author Visit

Pierce Park Elementary Author Visit

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I did my first author visit at an elementary school today. To be honest, I was pretty nervous. I always get anxious when I speak in front of a group of people. But really, what could be so terrifying about addressing a class of kindergarteners? I’ve done countless book signings, so this should be a piece of cake, right? For one thing, I know this age group can catch you off guard with outrageous questions and comments. I know this first hand because my son is five years old and he was actually in the class that I spoke to today.

I was immediately put at ease when I sat down in the kiddo-sized chair and looked at my son, Mason. He was bursting with pride. I looked around the room at the other children and I couldn’t help but notice their expressions of wonder. As I explained what it was like to be a children’s author, I could tell these kids thought I was pretty special. When I started reading my book, 22 pairs of eyes popped wide with excitement and curiosity. As I turned each page, they smiled and laughed, oohed and aahed.

Then came the part I had been dreading: the question period.
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They asked me a few questions like:

“How long have you been an author?” and “How long did it take you to write your book?”

But mostly, they wanted to share things with me:

“I love horses. Have you ever been to the horse races?”
“I made my own book with my mom.”
“I really like your book.”
“My name is London. I’m Mason’s best friend.”
“Mrs. Irving, you should write a book about cats!”
“My dad works at a tire store.”
“I want to be an author.”

After this very interesting conversation, the kids colored Mama’s Purse coloring sheets and I gave them each a bookmark. I am so proud of their artwork!

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Now that I have one author visit under my belt, I can’t wait to do more! I left the school feeling completely content and inspired about future opportunities to get kiddos excited about books.

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Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ