Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Great Time Had by All at our Kids Otter Read Day

Saturday, May 16th, was the first Kids Otter Read Day, when twelve independent bookstores all across the Bay Area hosted more than fifty authors. We were one of those lucky stores. The whole shindig was put on by the Northern California Children's Booksellers Association. We at the store all had a great time, so thanks for coming!

If you missed out on the good times, or if you just want to relive the experience, here are few pictures.

Betsy Franco, a long time favorite of the store, recited from her fabulous new collection of poetry, A Curious Collection of Cats! She also brought in pictures of her own silly kitties helping her write.

Store favorite, Jim LaMarche, sketches a member of the audience, after talking about how he got started as an artist. He showed us some original art from his story Lost & Found.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore drove all the way down from Fresno to share her book Cora Cooks Pancit. She also brought a pot of pancit for everyone to taste. Yummy!

Next up, Cynthia Chin-Lee treated us to a reading from her alphabet books Ameila to Zora, about amazing women who fought to make the world a better place, and Akira to Zoltan, about men who did the same.

Last up for the day was middle reader author Susan Taylor Brown, to read from her book Hugging the Rock, which is a novel writen in poetry. She told us all about growing up with a love for telling stories.

A huge thanks to all our authors for taking the time to come in. It was great fun! Hope to see you at our next event.


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