Tomorrow we are going to the library because one of my most favorite people in the whole world is going to be there, reading aloud from some of our most favorite books in the whole world–books she writes and illustrates herself.
Recorded on half an envelope from 1987 in my mother’s agile script is one of the first dreams I ever dreamed. “Trina, age 5, says she wants to write and illustrate children’s books when she grows up.” The amazingly talented and equally mysterious people who were behind the creation of my favorite pastime–reading well-illustrated children’s books–were the heros of my childhood, and I wanted to be just like them when I grew up.
I guess I’m not *quite* grown up, ’cause I’ve not illustrated a book yet (only written one), but the people who create children’s books are still my heroes. And I’m never more delighted when I get to be in the presence of one of these creative, fun-loving people.
I met Suzanne Bloom nearly 10 years ago when we still lived on the homestead. I think she bought chickens from us. Or we met at the local library. All it took was one meeting, and my family was hooked. Suzanne is one of the most fun, creative people I know. And she writes adorable books. I read them to my siblings, to myself, and, eventually, to my own children. They have become family classics.
Last night I received an email from Suzanne telling me she would be presenting at our local library this Saturday morning. Needless to say, I cleared my schedule (which means I’m skipping Saturday chores – yipee!) and we’ll be there with bells on. 🙂 I wanted to put the word out in case any of my local readers have the opportunity to join us. Suzanne will be giving a short talk, signing books, there will be crafts and festivities, as well as giveaways of her book. It should be positively delightful.
If you want to join us, it starts at 10:00am and goes to 12:00 at the Seneca Falls Library.