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Archive for September, 2003

Buy Autographed Books Online!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Finally! After lots of waiting, it is now possible to purchase autographed copies of my books online. Special thanks to my husband, Gabriel Serafini, for setting up the Pay Pal system that handles the orders. We now accept credit cards and will be shipping orders via UPS.

Waynesville Young People’s Literature Festival

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Yesterday I spoke at the 9th annual Wanyesville Young People’s Literature Festival in Waynesville, Missouri. (About 2 hours southwest of St. Louis, where I am) Hundreds of 3rd through 6th graders are bussed in to East Elementary from all over the surrounding area to hear authors, illustrators and storytellers talk about their work. There are usually about 10 authors that come to the conference, and most of them are from Missouri. It’s a fun day for me because not only do I get to talk with some fantastic students, but I also get to chat with other authors, which almost never happens, as we are all in our studios making our books. This conference used to be held at a school located on Fort Leonard Wood, but changes in security regulations required the coordinators to move it off post. I have been attending this conference since 1999.

XyzAnt Merchandise Now Available!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Rainforest Romper

Presenting the Rainforest Romper, the first in a new line of products featuring illustrations and text from my books! I hope this will make the reading experience even more engaging and fun. You can purchase XyzAnt merchandise at

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Balloon Race

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Forest Park, St. Louis, MO Balloon Race

Saturday was beautiful here in St. Louis. The oppressive summer heat and humidity – the kind that makes a person think the big muddy Mississippi River has somehow made the air part of its floodplain – is gone. The days are cool and sunny. The best tanning weather St. Louis has to offer, and it’s nearly October. Imagine that. A perfect day for a balloon race, an annual event here in Forest Park. Yes, the sky really was that blue. Needless to say, not a lot of work got done on Saturday.

Local Reading & Book Signing

Friday, September 12th, 2003

Come join me at Forest Park in St. Louis, MO for Arthur’s Picnic in the Park! Sponsored by KETC Channel 9, this family fun festival will feature your favorite PBS characters, and several St. Louis-based storytellers, authors and illustrators. As part of the Literacy Roundtable, I will be reading from my second book, A Swim through the Sea, from 12:40 – 1:10pm at the Share a Story Tent. All five of my books will be for sale in both hardback and paperback. See you there!