September Hedge a gram
This is Jan Brett with your September hedge a gram. The next two months
are all about you, the readers! Although I am working on my book, Gingerbread
Pals, I am also part of the team that plans the October book tour. We (my
husband Joe and me) have a big bus that will carry us all over the U.S. to small
and medium sized towns and a few cities to talk about my book and sign copies of
The Three Snow Bears. I will be interviewed for the newspapers that are read in
each town we stop in. I am very excited about meeting some of the readers that
have written or emailed me. It means a lot to me that I can start each signing
with a drawing and description of Baffin Island, the place we traveled to that
give a setting for the story. We will be making a stop at the Brookfield Zoo -
it's about 1/2 way through the tour. Because of our close look at their polar
bear while it was asleep for a medical exam, I knew that a polar bear's tongue
is more grey than pink! At one point, baby bear sticks out his tongue, I could
have easily made a mistake and made it pink. I will be re-visiting some towns
that I've been to before. Amazingly I'll meet children that were toddlers last
time I saw them and they will be reading chapter books! I just heard from
someone who wrote to me with one of my first "author" letters. I've only heard
from her once in the last 20 years since she first wrote when she was six. I
can't wait to meet her, now she has two young children of her own. I still
remember her first letter said "I like horses better that my parents", which can
be taken in two ways.
If you haven't been to one of my signings, this is how it works. Everyone
is invited to my presentation and can have as many signed bookplates as they
wish. The bookstore gives out 275 free tickets to families and folks who would
like to meet me, many also would like to take our picture together. The bus
pulls up at the bookstore and Hedgie is there to greet everyone. I give a talk
and do a drawing, and we present 5 free books to librarians from the community.
The first 100 people in line receive a free signed poster from one of my
books. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and to talking about my new
book. It is very snowy and you see the snow bear family cozy in their parkas.
I did lots of research about Inuit clothes and I'll tell you all about it.
I will really miss working on my paintings while I'm on the bus. If feels
sort of funny to not have them by my side, but I'll be creating a new Arctic
coloring mural to share with everyone on my website. Please stop by and learn
about the creative field of children's book illustration and tell me all about
your interest in drawing, writing or reading.
I can't wait to meet you!