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My first appearance was at Books of Wonder!


Somerville Public Library
35 West End Avenue, Somerville, NJ

Followed by Reception with Refreshments
October 12, 2017 at 6:30pm


Whether speaking at a school, library, or conference, I truly love talking about the bookmaking process. I enjoy speaking from the heart, sharing my failures that eventually led to published work, and inviting participation through interactive drawing demonstrations. After years of teaching, I'm comfortable speaking in front of crowds of all ages. When presenting, I like to emphasize that every artist and/or writer is capable of learning their craft. No one is born with perfect talent. We all need to develop our skills, to learn how to endure ups and downs in our careers and stick with it no matter what. I focus on how mistakes are a vital part of the creative process. It means we are learning, experimenting and growing.

I also focus on how important it is to follow our instincts with art making. By using our imaginations and coming up with silly or bizarre ideas, we break through to new ideas. If we are afraid of outside judgment, we remain rigid and our ideas don't become as exciting as they could be. I invite kids to help me create characters–I draw what they suggest, and we have a fun time putting our fearlessness to work.

For visits with adults or older school children, I also enjoy talking about the research and history involved in RENATO AND THE LION. I purposefully layered the story to give the older audience something extra regarding art preservation during World War II in Florence, Italy. There are Easter Eggs hidden in the book, which I explain at length. I also discuss the long journey for RENATO AND THE LION–from concept to publication. For talks involving authors and illustrators, I discuss the tips and tricks I've learned over the years–mostly from doing many things exactly wrong.

When visiting classrooms, it's fun to give kids a chance to draw and paint their own characters at the end of the talk. I'm happy to supply the paints, brushes, cups, paper towels and paper to paint on. If the classroom has a table to use, we can cover it to protect it–though the clean up is very easy and washable.


Books Are Magic with
Holly McGhee/Pascal Lemaitre

September 10, 2017 at 1pm
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 246-2665 

Barnes & Noble Storytime
September 12, 2017 at 10:30am
Princeton/Market Fair
3535 US Highway 1 Suite 400 
Princeton, NJ 08540 
(609) 750-9010 

Princeton Children's Book Festival
September 23, 2017 from 11am - 4pm
Hinds Plaza 
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 
(609) 924-9529

Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) Author's Corner
October 7, 2017 from 11am - 2pm
Bucks County Community College - 1,
Newtown Township, PA 18940

Somerville Public Library Book Talk & Art Exhibit of Original Illustrations
October 12, 2017 AT 6:30pm
35 West End Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
Tel: 908-725-1336

Arts Council of Princeton Lecture
To Be Determined
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-8777

Princeton Library Lecture
To Be Determined
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-8777


To enhance a book signing experience, I enjoy sharing my love of watercolor painting with children and adults of all ages and abilities. As an art teacher at the Arts Council of Princeton, I have years of experience working gently with artists new to the medium. As a volunteer at the local library, I enjoyed reading to wee ones and painting with them afterwards as well. I've learned how to keep my young audience engaged just long enough to make it to painting time. Once at the painting table, we use non-toxic paints friendly to all painting styles. (What I'm trying to say is that if they eat the paint, they will be safe. And it's washable.)

I'm happy to supply the paints, brushes, cups, paper towels and paper to paint on. If the book store has a table to use, we can cover it to protect it–though the clean up is very easy and washable. If this bonus activity doesn't fit in the physical space, or outside, I'm happy to keep things simple too. A reading with explanations about hidden Easter Eggs in the books or about the process is fun. I'm flexible.

I am currently planning for the 2017-2018 school year.
Call or text 347-577-2921, or email me at to plan something with your organization. I am open to Skype visits as well.

Look for RENATO AND THE LION At The Princeton Children's Book Festival, September 23, 2017!

Books of Wonder Author Panel, July 16, 2017

Painting With Young Fans at the Arts Council of Princeton - June, 2017

Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature, October 2016

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