Good Company

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares on page 2 of September 2014 Scholastic Firefly Flyer!Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, the first book in my picture book series, is keeping good company with the likes of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Johnny Appleseed, and Amelia Bedelia in Scholastic’s September 2014 Firefly flyer!

My sister posted this image on Facebook the day my niece and nephew brought the flyer home in their backpacks. I remember being their age, thrilled to pore over and pick a book from the flyer myself.

The first picture book I remember selecting: The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. A few other favorites that come to mind: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Happiness Is a Warm Puppy, and Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (“because it might make life hard for a chicken”).Sugar White Snow interior page Squirrel

It was such a busy summer and the beginning of autumn is proving equally bountiful. I’m scheduling author visits for the newly released Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color and am anticipating the appearance of Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites (March 2015), which takes a class field trip to see chicks hatch, under the guidance of the energetic Miss Ava—named after my energetic niece. This will be the fourth and final book in the series. Also in the works, my first prose picture book, Nonsense, inspired by Ava’s brother, my beautiful above-mentioned nephew, who is autistic.

Finally, I just signed my sixth picture book contract with Albert Whitman yesterday! The book-writing sideboard is groaning, and I’m truly grateful.

Here’s looking forward to a hearty, healthy harvest and holiday season for one and all!

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    Icicles, by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

    Icicles, by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky


    is on the radar
    there’s no doubt.
    We’re trapped in February.
    Let me out!

    Saint Valentine
    this short month’s grown
    too demanding.

    Icicles growl
    like dragon’s teeth,
    the snow-shovel’s mangled,
    there’s no relief

    from east to west
    and north and south.
    You heard it from
    Cantore’s mouth:

    Winter’s Won!
    That’s our gestalt.
    I’d lick my wounds
    but there’s no salt—

    we’re sandbagged.
    Watch icy asphalt
    and clear your steps!
    It’s no one’s fault.

    Snow happens.

    Mr. Groundhog,
    that’s not quite true.
    I’d like to have
    a word with you.

    Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

    Snowy Prison by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

    Snowy Prison by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

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      Whew! It’s Been So Busy…

      Red Mill Harvest Festival Fan 2I’ve hardly had time to post, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos from my author signing at the Red Mill Harvest Festival in Clinton, New Jersey, this past Sunday. It was a windy day, but the locale and the company were truly lovely. A number of the children attending the festival stopped by to do my scavenger hunt, but the girls below enjoyed it so much they came back to do it again!
      Red Mill Harvest Festival SuperFans 3
      And while I’m sharing photos, here’s another from a Storytime I was invited to participate in last week at the Ledgewood, NJ, Barnes& Noble, where I read Pick a Circle, Gather Squares. A lively and fun crowd!

      Visit if you’d like to see and read more!

      B&N Storytime with Felicia, Ledgewood, NJ 11-5-13

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        Who Doesn’t Love a Costume Party?

        I know I do—and I’m still recovering from all the fun I had doing a Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes scavenger hunt with the children who attended the Branchburg Sports Complex 2013 Halloween Party this past Sunday. The children searched for shapes in the fun-filled indoor football field, brought me their completed scavenger hunt sheets, and received prizes: a harvest pencil topped with a Halloween eraser, a Pick a Circle bookmark, and their choice of a sweet treat! And those who wanted a respite from the various games and activities stopped for a while to color and decorate some of my other activity sheets and chat.

        I was busy! As busy as answering the front door on Halloween night! In fact, I was so busy meeting Incredible Hulks and fairy princesses and lobsters in strollers that I almost forgot to take a pictures. Here are a few adorable trick-or-treaters I met during the party. Their parents seemed game for having fun as well. It was really nice to see all these young families enjoying themselves.

        Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party 2013

        I want to say a special thank you to Mark, Lisa, Steve, and the Branchburg Sports Complex team for giving me the opportunity to participate in this fun event. I was able, amongst the festivities, to speak as well to the parents about my books and to hold a raffle for a signed copy of my second book when it comes out early next spring: Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting.

        I’ll be emailing the winner of that raffle tomorrow afternoon!

        Branchburg Sports Complex Halloween Party 2

        May your Halloween be full of happy tricks and tasty treats!

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          Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

          Here is a collage of photos from a family visit with my sister, niece, and nephew to Burjan’s Pumpkin Festival in Three Bridges, New Jersey. We took our annual pumpkin hayride to the patch for the perfect pumpkin. Yearly visits to Burjan’s are part of what inspired me to write Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. I gave the owner, who went to high school with my late father-in-law, a copy of the book. She posed with for a photo, as did the lovely ladies who were helping to make the busy festival run smoothly. Not pictured: the corn maze, moon bounce, and other fun parts of our visit, including a stop at Dan’s Baryard BBQ for pulled pork sliders and a cup of hot cider. Why? Because they were gone!

          Burjan's Collage

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            Thanks, Mom!

            Barnes and Noble signingI was pretty nervous beforehand, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience speaking to the teachers attending the Fall Educator Reception at the Ledgewood, NJ, Barnes & Noble yesterday afternoon. It was thrilling to sign so many copies of Pick a Circle, Gather Squares, but I was even more excited that my parents were able to attend the reception (thanks, Mom, for these photos) and to be around a crowd of people who just LOVE books. It was wonderful to talk with the dedicated  teachers who stopped to chat or have a book signed, and to hear the thoughtful book recommendations of the B& N staff. A special thank you to Patty, Christina, and the Ledgewood B&N staff for the opportunity to share my thoughts about writing and my experiences in becoming a published author. I look forward to returning to Ledgewood very soon for a B&N Storytime visit!

            Barnes and Noble speakingTomorrow I’m off to the Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market in Flemington, for storytime, a scavenger hunt, other kids’ activities, and to sign copies of Pick a Circle, Gather Squares! I’ll also be raffling off a copy of my forthcoming Cheers for a Dozen Ears. I hope you stop by!

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              Upcoming Visits and Signings for Pick a Circle, Gather Squares

              Toby in front of Farleys


              Last week, I did an author signing for Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes in New Hope, PA. This week, I’m heading for visits with the preschool program at the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University, an author signing at the Red Canoe Bookstore Café in beautiful Baltimore, and finally a scavenger hunt and storytime hosted by the Book Garden in Frenchtown.

              Maybe I can hitch a seat on a harvest hayride along the way!

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