Bring your family out for an afternoon to celebrate some wonderful local children’s authors and illustrators that include; Esperanza U. Ramirez-Christensen and Tracy Gallup – the author and illustrator of My First Book of Haiku Poems, Nancy E. Shaw the author of Sheep in a Jeep 5 Minute Stories, Deb Gonzales author of Girls with Guts and Deb Pilutti author of The Secrets of Ninja School. We will have stations step-up around the store for families to visit with the authors and there will be prizes for children that wear their sports uniforms.
Debbie Gonzales is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator, adjunct professor, podcaster and once served as a SCBWI RA for the Austin Chapter. Deb currently devotes her time to writing middle grade novels, producing The Debcast (a podcast dedicated to the tenacity of the female athlete), crafting teacher guides and various other freelance projects. She's the author of six “transitional” readers for New Zealand publisher, Giltedge, and the forthcoming non-fiction picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019) Deb currently serves as a member of the Michigan Reading Association. She earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen is an award-winning teacher and scholar of classical Japanese literature at the University of Michigan. She has written extensively on the subjects of Japanese poets and poetry and Buddhist philosophy.
Tracy Gallup is a children's book author (A Roomful of Questions; A Crazy Little series, Paint the Night), and illustrator (A Beastly Banquet), and a maker of whimsical doll figures. A portfolio of her work can be found on her website: tracygallupillustration.com
Nancy Shaw is the author of the eight stories in the Sheep in a Jeep series, now together in an anthology, as well as Elena's Story and Raccoon Tune. Her work has received the Horn Book Fanfare citation, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year citations, Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Award, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice listings, Parents’ Choice Awards, and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award. She lives in Ann Arbor.
Deb Pilutti is children’s book author and illustrator. Previous books include Idea Jar (illustrator), Bear and Squirrel are Friends…Yes, Really! and Ten Rules of Being a Superhero. www.debpilutti.com
My First Book of Haiku Poems introduces children to poems that speak of our connection to the natural world and of their own ability to see an entire universe in the tiniest parts of it. Each of these 20 poems by Basho, Issa, Shiki and other great haiku masters is paired with a stunning original painting that both portrays and inspires a child's inner life, and opens a door to a world of imagination.
The original Japanese versions of the poems (in script and Romaji) are included alongside the English translation as part of the cultural experience. Each haiku is accompanied by a "dreamscape" painting by award-winning artist Tracy Gallup. Commentaries offer parents and teachers a little ready-made "food for thought" to share with young readers.
Girls with Guts No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer.
A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.
Sheep in a Jeep 5-Minute Stories Join the five rambunctious sheep on their exciting adventures as they drive their jeep, take a hike, trick or treat, pick out a birthday gift--and much more. Each story can be read aloud in just five minutes, making this the perfect book for bedtime, story time, or any time!
The Secrets of Ninja School Ruby sets out to learn her own secret skill at Master Willow’s School for Ninjas in this charming picture book that celebrates confidence, creativity, and kindness.