After several months of limited availability due to the quick sellout of the first print run, copies of Nita’s First Signs are again available!
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Saturday, November 10, 11AM-1PM: Read Local Kick-Off Party at Winchester Book Gallery (Winchester, VA)
Come help us kick off the Maryland/Virginia/Delaware/Washington D.C. Read Local Challenge! Join us for an all-ages storytime at 11 am, featuring American Sign Language stories and songs, followed by games and crafts featuring the 42 books in the Read Local Challenge and a book signing for both Nita’s First Signs and Dagger and Coin. You can win great prizes just by participating! Find out more about the Read Local Challenge here.
Check out the complete calendar of upcoming appearances for more information!
Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 10 AM
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21209
To preorder your copies (or order signed copies if you can’t attend the event), call (410) 377-2966
I’m looking forward to celebrating the launch of Nita’s First Signs with stories, songs, crafts, snacks, and more! This event will be appropriate for all ages and accessible in American Sign Language and spoken English.
I’m thrilled to be participating in the 2017/2018 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators! The Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.
Take the Picture Book Challenge, the Middle Grade Challenge, the Young Adult Challenge, or all three! Click here to learn more.
I am excited to announce that I will be visiting several libraries and bookstores on the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware over the next week (full schedule below)! Join me for a free program to learn more about the benefits of signing with young children, and purchase a signed copy of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. The book was featured in a recent edition of the Cape Gazette:
“There are many great books out there about the basics of signing with babies,” says MacMillan. “In ‘Little Hands and Big Hands,’ I wanted to go beyond just the signs and give parents specific, age-appropriate activities they could use to make everyday life with their kids more harmonious while also enhancing early literacy. Many people assume that signing is something you do only until your child is speaking, but in fact there are tremendous benefits to signing with preschoolers as well – signing gives them more tools in their language and communication toolbox. That’s why the book includes activities for kids ages birth to 6.”
Click here to read the entire article.
Schedule of Events:
- Tuesday, July 15 at 10:30 AM: Storytime for ages 0-6 with parents at the Ocean City Library (10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842)
- Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM: Meet and Greet at Bethany Beach Books (99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930)
- Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 AM: Storytime for ages 0-6 with parents at Bethany Beach Books (99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930)
- Wednesday, July 16 at 2:00 PM: Storytime for ages 0-6 with parents at the Ocean Pines Library (11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811)
- Thursday, July 17 at 2:00 PM: Storytime for ages 0-6 with parents at the Berlin Library (220 North Main Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811)
Part storytime, part book-signing event, and ALL fun!
Join Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013), as she shares hands-on activities that parents and caregivers can use every day to improve communication, reduce tantrums, and promote early literacy in children ages birth to six. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Children of all ages are welcome at these family-friendly events!
Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 AM
Marilyn J Praisner Library
14910 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Saturday, January 25 at 3 PM
Happy Baby Company
558 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
**Registration and fees apply. $15 for one person; $20 for a couple. Children in laps free. Each party will receive a free copy of the book. Register online.
Monday, January 27 at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 AM