Sunday, October 3, 2010

Store event debrief: My Name Is Not Isabella

Our event with Jennifer Fosberry for her first picture book My Name Is Not Isabella went fabulously! We had multiple rounds of a few groups of families who each heard an impassioned reading (Fosberry stamps her feet and shakes her head at Isabella's every repetition of "My name is not Isabella!") and had great discussions about why Fosberry wrote this book. She has a daughter who loved to play pretend as a princess, and she wanted her daughter to have a book with more imaginative possibilities; as Fosberry says, "a life beyond the tiara."

Not only preschoolers will like this picture book: elementary schoolers through adults will, too: it's empowering and funny. I am so happy that there's a book like this out there now. Girls and boys (and men and women) need books like Isabella to remind them just how big they can dream. We still have some Dream Big! cards in the store, so when you come by to check out the book, be sure to share your dream and we can post it here on the blog.

In March, you can look for My Name Is Not Alexander, a corresponding book starring a young boy who also has a big imagination.

Thanks so much to Jennifer for coming out here! She's going to be an author to look out for. Thanks to everyone (especially Heidi and Kay) at Sourcebooks for their enthusiasm and help with planning this event. Because of all of you, and our great customers, we've completely sold out of the books! We'll be reordering and hope to have the author swing by to sign stock before she heads back to California.

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