Author Visit to Goosehill Primary

I had such a FUN day doing three presentations to the kindergarteners and first graders at Goosehill Primary in New York. I was greeted by two walls filled with adorable book-inspired art made by the children. And, yes, that is a finger-leg on the crazy character the kinders designed! :-O

Photo courtesy of Goosehill Primary

Photo courtesy of Goosehill Primary

Hamilton Park Montessori School Visit

Thank you to students and teachers at Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City! I had the pleasure of spending the morning with all of their kindergarteners. We read A HOP IS UP and played my favorite drawing game -- I start with a prompt, and then the kids call out what we're going to add to our characters. The results are always super creative and funny!

A HOP IS UP at Powerhouse on 8th

Thank you so much to Riley at Powerhouse on 8th! This special little store in Park Slope is such a neighborhood gem. Our reading of A HOP IS UP was followed by a drawing game... which resulted in a dog with an orange (!!) mohawk drinking a pumpkin spice latte near the subway.

Love using movement during this readaloud

Love using movement during this readaloud

We shared the secret case cover art!

We shared the secret case cover art!

Orange mohawk dog

Orange mohawk dog

Doggie crafting!

Doggie crafting!

Photo courtesy of @powerhouseon8th Instagram

Photo courtesy of @powerhouseon8th Instagram

Princeton Children's Book Festival 2016

What a picture-perfect fall day in Princeton! This book fair is bustling and oh-so-much fun to attend. Every last one of our board books of A HOP IS UP went home with adorable kiddos. Thank you so much to Princeton Public Library and JaZams for a wonderful day!

On the Hinds Plaza at the beautiful Princeton Public Library

On the Hinds Plaza at the beautiful Princeton Public Library

My best helpers!

My best helpers!

Team Rodeen! The fabulous Vesper Stamper, Lauren Castillo, Lori Kilkelly, n' me

Team Rodeen! The fabulous Vesper Stamper, Lauren Castillo, Lori Kilkelly, n' me

Piles of books, ready to go home with readers

Piles of books, ready to go home with readers

A surprise visit from my triplet cousins

A surprise visit from my triplet cousins

A HOP IS UP at BookCourt

I've been going to BookCourt as a customer for the past 11 years. To be there for my own book event was so, so amazingly FUN (and mind-blowing!) Thank you to Aubrey and the rest of the BookCourt team for being such lovely hosts to me and A HOP IS UP. Friends and family, you are amazing.

Introducing A HOP IS UP (with my trusty sidekick!)

Introducing A HOP IS UP (with my trusty sidekick!)

Packed house of kiddos and grown-ups.

Packed house of kiddos and grown-ups.

We shared the secret that I hid our family in one of the drawings!

We shared the secret that I hid our family in one of the drawings!

Our interactive drawing game, where the kids and I spontaneously created a dog sporting a mohawk and sitting in a hair salon. Big laughs all around!

Our interactive drawing game, where the kids and I spontaneously created a dog sporting a mohawk and sitting in a hair salon. Big laughs all around!

Line of friends waiting to have books signed. (Whaaat?!)

Line of friends waiting to have books signed. (Whaaat?!)

My dearest former co-workers and work children. I love all of these women!

My dearest former co-workers and work children. I love all of these women!

A HOP IS UP at Books of Wonder

I had the pleasure of being part of September Picture Book Bonanza alongside Jon Agee, David Soman, and Todd Kessler at the iconic Books of Wonder in Manhattan. It was a fun surprise to top off our panel presentation with CUTE PUPPIES (!!!) from R.E.A.D., a literacy organization that uses therapy dogs to help children with reading. The kids got to share our books with these adorable, furry friends.

Even sweeter is this note that just came to my inbox: 

"My son stayed up late last night and I couldn't figure out why. This morning, I discovered he was drawing the dog from your book! He was practicing it over and over. I've never seen him do this before ... You inspired him!"

You can order signed copies of A HOP IS UP from the Books of Wonder website.

A HOP IS UP Goes to Kindergarten

It was a super-fun dream come true to bring proofs of A HOP IS UP to my son's class for a visit! His gracious teachers let me take over the class for 45 minutes. We started out with a show of hands to see how many authors and illustrators are in the class... looks like a lot to me!

Holden, my trusty assistant, got to wear the special dog cap I made to match the book.

We shared a couple of easter eggs hidden in the book (shhh... don't tell anyone.)

Sometimes the pencil sketches can look different from the final art in the book. Holden is showing one of the sketches for this page, and I asked the kids to spot the differences!

Next up - doggie drawing demo. 

Then we got to work creating our very own dogs! It was inspiring to see what designs the kids came up with: yellow dogs, striped dogs, rainbow dogs, dogs with spots, dogs with names on their collars... SO fun!

While getting ready for a group photo, the kids showed off their adorable dogs for my friend and photographer Tory Williams and we all made our best doggie 'woof' sounds!

Remember to look for A HOP IS UP (by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by me) in both hardcover and board book in stores September 13. You can also pre-order now!