Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

I was super-duper honored when I was told that Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen as the book for the 2nd annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island event. It is a one book-one state reading program and it is such a thrill to think so many RI kids will know the book!
So, of course, I was happy and eager to go to the big kick off event at the State House a couple weekends ago. It was a blast, but it was so busy that it went by way too fast! It happened so quickly that most of the day is kind of a blur.

First, there was a lion dance:

Someone told me it was in my honor, which I wasn't sure to believe. But I did get to feed one of the lions with lucky lettuce:

Which they spit onto the audience (always a crowd pleasing trick!):

I want to get these guys for my next book launch! Think that's too much for a bookstore?

Then I gave a talk:

to a lot of people in a really fancy room:

And then I signed books for a long, long time:

The Kids Reading Across Rhode Island program was giving away a copy of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon to every family for FREE! That explains the long line:

I felt like a rock star! Too bad I can't give away my books for free more often!

Thanks so much, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island!!!


Naomi Canale said...

You are a rock star Grace! This was awesome. Thanks for sharing :) Loved the dance too.

Charlotte said...

We had a lovely time, but alas, the line was too long for us to get to say hi in person (which was sad, because I'd done an interview with you when the book came out, and love the book!). But my son (the boy in the maroon top on the right) loved both your talk and the book (strangly, I had never given him my own pristine first edition to read), so it was a happy thing that we got to go. And perhaps we'll be lucky enough to say hi in person some other time!