Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


…created a fabulous post *with* step by step instructions for these fantastic cat masks! Visit THIS PICTURE BOOK LIFE to see more.

Thank you, Creating Creatives for the jpeg!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting ready for kindergarten or camp?

Writer and teacher Susie Wilde has picture book recommendations to help parents with young children. (My book included.) 


Illustration from Lily's Cat Mask

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Bites: May 2017

Thank you, Houston Family Magazine!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lily's Cat Mask by Julie Fortenberry

Lily's Cat Mask

by Julie Fortenberry

Giveaway ends May 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

11th Annual Kids’ Literary Festival

 Big Blue Marble Bookstore 
551 W. Carpenter Lane 
Philadelphia, PA 19119

11th Annual Kids’ Literary Festival 
@ Big Blue Marble Bookstore
with special guests Frog and Toad
Saturday May 20th, 10 am – 6pm

For our 11th Annual Kids' Literary Festival, Big Blue Marble Bookstore is welcoming Two Very Special Guests -  beloved  children’s literature characters Frog and Toad will be at the store all day!

The kind-hearted best friends will be helping with story time, leading a parade, hosting a picnic, and helping us welcome 12 authors for our Afternoon Author Extravaganza.  There will be plenty of time for photos with fans, of course.

For this special event, Big Blue Marble is partnering with Mt. Airy USA. They will be hosting an 11 am story time and 12 pm picnic at Ned Wolf Park (7018 McCallum St, Philadelphia, PA 19119, the corner of McCallum and Ellet). The store and Mt. Airy USA are sponsoring a book drive to fill Northwest Philly’s Little Free Libraries with great kids books this summer. Please bring gently used books to donate!

Morning Planned Schedule
(if rain looks likely, check the store website for alternate locations)

10 am  Story Time at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

 11 am  Neighborhood Parade with Frog and Toad to Ned Wolf Garden. Costumes welcome!

11:30 am More Story Time @ Ned Wolf Park
co-sponsored with Mt. Airy USA

Noon  Picnic with Frog and Toad @ Ned Wolf Park
snacks and drinks provided – feel free to bring your own lunch
co-sponsored with Mt. Airy USA

Afternoon Schedule 2pm – 6pm

Author Extravaganza @ Big Blue Marble – 12 Philadelphia-based authors and illustrators will be in the store all afternoon talking with fans and signing books. There will be raffles and prize give-aways throughout the event.

Click the name of any author to be linked to our blog for bios, photos, and book information.

Amy IgnatowPopularity Papers, The Mighty Odds (middle grade)
Alex LondonThe Wild Ones (middle grade), Proxy, Guardian (young adult)
Judy SchachnerSkippyjon Jones (picture books)
Ame DyckmanWolfie the Bunny, You Don’t Want a Unicorn (picture books)
Mônica CarnesiSleepover with Beatrice and Bear, Little Dog Lost (picture books)
Sandy AsherChicken Story Time, Too Many Frogs (picture books)
Julie FortenberryLily’s Cat Mask (picture book)
Margo RabbKissing in America, Cures for Heartbreak (young adult)
Sonia BelascoSpeak of Me as I Am (young adult)
Justina IrelandPromise of Shadows (young adult)
Victoria ScottHear the Wolves, Titans (middle grade)
Tiffany SchmidtHold Me Like a Breath: Once Upon a Crime Family (young adult)


Signed books make GREAT gifts for teachers!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Birthday!

Lily's Cat Mask
Thank you to Viking Children's Books for the superb art and writing direction,
and thank you to my writing friends in NC!

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