Seize the ‘Day’

Winter 2014 seems never-ending, but the atmosphere was cozy at Macy’s in downtown Brooklyn late last month when storyteller Shirley Johnson read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to a group of young readers. The event was part of Macy’s Reading Circle, which invites New York-area children to participate in literacy-related activities at various department store locations throughout the year.

In a Class of Their Own

Twelve middle-grade authors flocked to Naperville, Ill., last month to share their love of reading and writing with fourth and fifth grade students in Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204. The events were part of the Naperville Reads 2014 initiative, sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop and the Class Acts literacy program, through HarperCollins. Among the authors on tour were (l. to r.) Jeramey Kraatz (the Cloak Society series), Tim Green (Perfect Season), and Peter Lerangis (the Seven Wonders series), pictured here with an enthusiastic crowd of students from White Eagle Elementary School.

Breakfast Buddies

Anderson’s Bookshop also recently held its 12th annual Children’s Literature Breakfast in Woodridge, Ill. This year’s breakfast featured presentations by authors and illustrators Jon J Muth, Laurie Keller, Aaron Reynolds, Maggie Stiefvater, and, shown here, actor-author Henry Winkler (co-author with Lin Oliver of the Hank Zipzer and Here’s Hank series) and Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere, Engineer.

What’s the ‘Rush’?

Mark Huntley Parsons (seated) used to spend a lot of time on the road while playing drums with bands in his 20s. But for the launch of his debut novel Road Rush (Knopf) – about a 17-year-old who similarly travels cross-country with a band – he stuck closer to home, with an appearance at his local Barnes & Noble in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The event was sold out, drawing a crowd of friends, co-workers, and fans (of the two and four-legged variety, as shown here).