Sunday, September 9, 2012

Room for the Baby by Michelle Edwards - Book Signing

At a tea and conversation event hosted by Claudia McGehee I saw Michelle Edwards - the author of the newly released Room for the Baby (Random House, 2012) and found out that on September 29th at Prairie Lights  Michelle will read from her book and sign copies of Room for the Baby.  Prairie Lights • 15 South Dubuque St. • Iowa City, IA 52240 • 319-337-2681 • 800-295-BOOK.  The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the upstairs room at Prairie Lights.

Room for the Baby A delightful book that follows the tradition of the Caldecott Award winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Talback (Viking, 1999); Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman (Scholastic, 1993); and Jim Aylesworth's My Grandfather's Coat (Scholastic, 2014).  In Edwards's Room for the Baby (Illustrated by Jana Christy; Random House, 2012), Mom - a seamstress who has collected many garments, cloth and so forth to create new garments, is faced with the task of finding room for the new baby.  How will she transform this room full of things into a room for the baby?

A reviewer in the School Library Journal says: "From the endpapers featuring quilt squares with menorahs, apples and honey, onesies, yarn and knitting needles, teddy bears, and spools of red thread with needles, readers will know they are in for a multi-layered story."  The story follows the family from Passover (when the impending birth of the baby is announced) to the the third night of Hanukkah, when Lily is born "and big brother and the neighbors bring Lily gifts created from hand-me-downs and leftover materials. Brightly colored, collage-like illustrations with detailed patterns accompany the lively text, delivering the reuse, recycle, repurpose theme. That the family is Jewish and the neighborhood diverse add texture to the story in a completely natural fashion."

This book is sure to be a winner.

If you are not able to get to Prairie Lights I know they would take orders for autographed copies and mail your copy to you.

Author appearances are very effective in promoting interest in reading and writing -- and can inspire many literacy related activities.  Anyone planning a major children's literature conference or just wanting to have an inspiring author visit your school/community for a day with readers might wish to invite check out other authors in the Midwest that are available to visit your school or library.
McBookwords has a dozen or more authors that speak with young readers.  If you would like to investigate having an author visit your school or library -- for an author appearance please contact us at McBookwords.  Each of these authors often speak  in schools with young readers, and at all types of groups that are interested in literacy and  books.


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