Bookman Photos

SCBWI-Michigan's Merry Mitten event at The Bookman in Grand Haven:  We braved the snowy roads for the cozy bookstore along the lakeshore. 

                                                                                       Heather Meloche, Erica Chapman, Kenneth Kraegel and Wendy BooydeGraaff

                                                                                       Heather Meloche, Erica Chapman, Kenneth Kraegel and Wendy BooydeGraaff

The YA authors had a cozy fireplace (you can see the snow piling up outside).

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We picture book makers had a cozy corner surrounded by local books.

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Thanks to everyone who came out, and to The Bookman, for a beautiful store and lovely welcome! Happy Holidays, everyone.

Bookman Merry Mitten Signing

Join Erica Chapman, Heather Smith Meloche, Kenneth Kraegel and me this Saturday at The Bookman where we'll be signing our books for you! Thank you, SCBWI-Michigan and PAL coordinator Jodi McKay, for putting together this annual event.

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Frenchtown-Dixie Meet and Greet Photos

   (photo credit: Maggie and Paula Sanders Sandefur)

   (photo credit: Maggie and Paula Sanders Sandefur)

Saturday, I went to the Frenchtown-Dixie Library in Monroe County, Michigan, for the 5th annual Children's Author Meet and Greet. What an event! I was greeted at the door by Maggie, a local middle schooler, reader and event photographer, and then, I saw this picture book display:

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Amy Nielander and I shared a table, full of picture books and activities.

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From picture book to YA novels, there were many Michigan authors and illustrators to meet.

Of course, Frenchtown-Dixie library patrons had great ideas for their Salad Pie recipe:

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                           And a few important garnishes for Frenchtown-Dixie Salad Pie!

                           And a few important garnishes for Frenchtown-Dixie Salad Pie!

And in closing, the whole group with books, posing for a photo. Thank you to everyone at Frenchtown-Dixie Library for a warm and welcoming event!

Back row: Charlie Barshaw, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Heather Smith Meloche, Kelly DiPucchio, Denise Fleming, Jordan Scavone, Timothy Dziobak, Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, Sierra Masson, Amy Nielander      Front row: Dena Albergo Jayson, Wendy BooydeGraaff, Kristin Bartley Lenz, Debbie Diesen    (photo credit: Maggie and Paula Sanders Sandefur)

Back row: Charlie Barshaw, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Heather Smith Meloche, Kelly DiPucchio, Denise Fleming, Jordan Scavone, Timothy Dziobak, Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, Sierra Masson, Amy Nielander      Front row: Dena Albergo Jayson, Wendy BooydeGraaff, Kristin Bartley Lenz, Debbie Diesen    (photo credit: Maggie and Paula Sanders Sandefur)

5th Annual Children's Author Meet and Greet

On Saturday, November 4 from 12 - 3 pm, a host of Michigan authors will be at the Frenchtown Dixie Library in Monroe County. Come and meet us all! Buy books and get them signed!

Enjoy an Autumn afternoon with 12 amazing authors of books for
children of all ages! Come meet and greet our authors, buy some of their books and spend a couple of hours with us.

Our Guest Authors Include:
• Ruth McNally Barshaw
• Wendy BooydeGraaff
• Kelly DiPucchio
• Debbie Diesen
• Tim Dziobak
• Kathy Higgs-Coulthard
• Dena Jayson
• Kristin Bartley Lenz
• Sierra Masson
• Heather Smith Meloche
• Amy Nielander
• Jordan J. Scavone

Frenchtown Dixie Branch Library2881 Nadeau Rd, Monroe, Michigan 48162

Kerrytown Bookfest Photos

Last Sunday, the 15th annual Kerrytown Bookfest took place in the market space in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The crowd was impressive as were the many vendors. We saw books, new, used and rare; a retro-looking ice cream truck serving treats; made-in-Michigan artwork, paper cutouts and cards. 

I stopped to look at some beautiful handmade paper and ended up making some myself. Here I am dipping a screen into wet pulp marked with paper wasp's at Karen Koykka O'Neal's Out of Hand Papermaking booth.

I stopped to look at some beautiful handmade paper and ended up making some myself. Here I am dipping a screen into wet pulp marked with paper wasp's at Karen Koykka O'Neal's Out of Hand Papermaking booth.

Next, we pressed the screen with the pulp onto cloths, and prepared the paper to be pressed in a big hand cranked paper press. I took my paper home to dry. 

Next, we pressed the screen with the pulp onto cloths, and prepared the paper to be pressed in a big hand cranked paper press. I took my paper home to dry. 

Pretty Bookish had handmade bookpage jewelry, aka bookmarks and other items made from repurposed books.

Pretty Bookish had handmade bookpage jewelry, aka bookmarks and other items made from repurposed books.

Last stop was the SCBWI booth, where lots of Michigan authors and illustrators were signing books (including me!). 

Kerrytown Bookfest

Kerrytown Bookfest is this Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Ann Arbor. Several Michigan authors and illustrators will be signing books at the SCBWI tent, and Nicola's Books will be selling our books. Below is a selection of the titles we'll have there. Click on the book cover to find more out about the author and/or illustrator.

East Leonard Salad Pie

One special class in Grand Rapids read HUNDREDS of books in March for reading month, and I got to visit them. We talked about what we love, and how that gets to be part of the stories we write. I love the outdoors, imagination, books, and food. All of those elements can be found in SALAD PIE. 

Then we made East Leonard Salad Pie. Everyone wrote down what they would put in Salad Pie, and we put it into a big bowl, and mixed it up.

Here's the recipe for East Leonard Salad Pie, up close. Good thing it's a pretend pie!

Keep reading and writing, East Leonard!

 

Spring is in Full Swing

Spring is the perfect time of year to get outside and play. While I highly recommend making Salad Pie with all of those twigs and blossom petals blowing around, I also recommend reading several books about the outdoors. I wrote this post about going outside no matter what the weather, season, or time of day on Nerdy Book Club a few months ago, and it features some of my favourite picture books. Have a look!

TOP TEN PICTURE BOOKS THAT ENCOURAGE US TO GET OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE BY WENDY BOOYDEGRAAFF POSTED BY CBETHM ON NOVEMBER 12, 2016 IN AUTHOR POSTS, TOP TEN LISTS | 8 COMMENTS Reading seems like an indoor thing, or maybe an outdoor activity if there’s a hammock or a nice chaise lounge nearby. These picture books, though, encourage a whole lot more than that. They inspire kids and adults to get outside and interact with nature, the weather, the wide, wide world, no matter what season or time of day...

TOP TEN PICTURE BOOKS THAT ENCOURAGE US TO GET OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE BY WENDY BOOYDEGRAAFF

POSTED BY CBETHM ON NOVEMBER 12, 2016 IN AUTHOR POSTSTOP TEN LISTS | 8 COMMENTS

Reading seems like an indoor thing, or maybe an outdoor activity if there’s a hammock or a nice chaise lounge nearby. These picture books, though, encourage a whole lot more than that. They inspire kids and adults to get outside and interact with nature, the weather, the wide, wide world, no matter what season or time of day...

Hopkins School Visit

On March 16, I visited Hopkins Elementary to share presentations on how I became a writer, the writing process, and SALAD PIE with grades K through 5. Each grade level had a slightly different focus. Here is the third grade class:

The younger elementary grade levels learned about imagination and applied their imaginations to creating a pretend Hopkins Salad Pie.

We mixed up all of their contributions in this big salad bowl and came out with a lovely concoction. Here is the recipe for Hopkins Salad Pie:

Grades four and five discussed the writing process and we came up with the idea for some creative stories, complete with the beginnings of a plot so they could run back to class and write a first draft about. . . Eating Asparagus Ice Cream while in a museum at midnight? Brussel Sprout Brownies while contemplating turning into a unicorn? Tomato Donuts on the roof of the school? I'd love to see how some of these stories end up after revisions.

Thank you for inviting me, Hopkins Elementary, and may your imagination lead the way to many more exciting stories.

Read Across America

March 2 was Read Across America. I celebrated with two classrooms via Skype. Here I am reading and chatting with K- 2nd grade students at Avalon Elementary in St. Clair Shores, Michigan (near Detroit).

The students had some great questions at the end of the reading, such as "Will Herbert and Maggie stay friends?" and "Is Herbert always there to catch her?"

Thank you, Mrs. Decker for sending along the photos of the students and Skype session. Avalon Elementary has reading activities and challenges planned all March long, and Mrs. Decker is going to raffle off a copy of SALAD PIE for one Avalon reader at the culmination of the reading celebration.

I also read and answered questions with Mrs. Maldonado's 1st grade class in Lorena, Texas.

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(I Skyped with Mrs. Maldonado's class last year, too) We read SALAD PIE, and I told them all about my favourite Dr. Seuss book, MARVIN K. MOONEY WILL YOU PLEASE GO NOW! They had some great questions that really made me think. I could tell they did some research on me before I talked with them. Thank you, Mrs. Madonado!

World Read Aloud Day 2017

On February 16, I participated in World Read Aloud Day. I skyped with students in Wisconsin, Georgia and New Jersey. What fun! After reading SALAD PIE (and singing along with me--one group in New Jersey had a great new tune. I wish I had recorded it!), students had a chance to ask me questions. They asked me all sorts of interesting things: if Maggie was just like me, why I loved MARVIN K. MOONEY (a favourite childhood book of mine), if I would write a book called Sandwich Stew, and what the weather was like here in Michigan. I had a blast!

Thank you to LitWorld for creating this event and to Kate Messner for giving authors a great way to connect with schools for this event.

Flashback to Book Beat signing in Oak Park, Michigan

On December 18, 2016, I was at Book Beat near Detroit for book signings with Deborah Aronson and Amy Goldman Koss. Good thing I arrived a little early because this bookstore was packed full of all kinds of goodies (mostly books).

The three of us sat at an antique table surrounded by books and art and artifacts.

And...a young reader, Bridget, from the blog Bridget and the Books, arrived to say hello.

Reader Review

Reader reviews are important because they highlight what the reader takes away from the book. And every reader sees something slightly different. Here's a recent review of SALAD PIE on Amazon:

Salads and Pies

My bio on the back flap of Salad Pie reads "Wendy BooydeGraaff grew up making mud pies on a fruit farm in Ontario, Canada. She now lives in Michigan with her family, where she whips up all kinds of salads and all kinds of pies. Visit her at wendybooydegraaff.com."

So, as proof for the skeptics, I am posting some things I whipped up:

Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

 Peach and blackberry pie

 Peach and blackberry pie

Of course, these are edible creations, and they'll never live up to those imaginative concoctions kids make outside. Happy cooking, everyone!