Press Release for Event at Annie’s Book Stop in Worchester, MA


Worcester Needs Diverse Books–Authors, illustrators, and editors are making children’s and YA literature more welcoming to all.


Visit ABSW for an afternoon of readings, discussion, and Q&A about diversity for our students.


Worcester, MA, June 22 – On Saturday, July 25, authors, editors, and illustrators of diverse children’s and YA literature are spending an afternoon, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, sharing their work and talking about the importance of diversity in literature. More than ever, there is a demand for more books that reflect the diverse collection of children and teenagers in our schools.  Not only do students want to see and “meet” characters like themselves, but making sure all students see diversity is critical to our children’s and teens’ empathy development. There are books out there, but are they getting into our kids’ hands?


Come and find some beautiful new books to introduce children and teens of all ages to—and meet the diverse folks who create the words, draw the pictures, and develop these books. Learn how all of us can make steps to promoting a more diverse, equal, and empathetic world for our children and teens!


The afternoon will begin at 2:00 PM with a panel discussing the importance of diversity and ways we can make diverse books more available to the children and teens who want them.  Then, at 3:00 PM, the authors and artists will share their specific works. The afternoon will close out with a Q & A session with all the authors, artists, and editors.


The guest list includes:


Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung are a tag-team writing duo from Canada. They recently released their debut middle grade super-villain-themed novel Little Miss Evil, and are proud members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.


Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty picture books, including With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School and Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.


Cindy Rodriguez was a newspaper reporter for the Hartford Courant and a researcher for the Boston Globe before becoming a public school teacher. She is now a middle school reading specialist. She lives in Plainville, Connecticut with her daughter and rescue mutt. When Reason Breaks is her debut novel.


Terry Farish is the author The Good Braider, an ALA Best Book for young adults, a novel that follows a young girl’s escape from war-torn Sudan to Cairo to New England.  Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a Cambodian American story, will be released in October.


Rhea Ewing is an artist and illustrator who has been making LGBT+ comics for over 10 years. Rhea works in both fiction and nonfiction on a variety of stories, including the science fiction comic “Bioluminescent Lisp” and the nonfiction graphic novel “FINE: a comic about gender”.


Kimberly Long-Ewing is the author of the graphic novel series “Bioluminescent Lisp.” Zir short stories have appeared in Crossed Genres and New Myths, as well as in a variety of anthologies. Zir first novel, Curse of the Goblin Travelers, will be released by Spencer Hill Press in 2016.


T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J. Wooldridge, former president of Broad Universe. Her novels include The Kelpie, Silent Starsong, and The Earl’s Childe. She’s also a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Middle Grade.


Jennifer Carson is the author of Hapenny Magick, Tangled Magick, and multiple non-fiction articles. Her first book, To Find a Wonder, and Hapenny Magick have both been produced into musical theatre. She is also the managing editor for Spencer Hill Middle Grade.


Join us for an afternoon celebrating diversity for children and teens on Saturday, July 25, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM



Contact: Patty Cryan

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Children’s Author Tea, tonight!

April 22, 2015 – Author’s Tea, Laconia, NH 5-7pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Children’s Authors Tea.  This wonderful, free event is organized to promote the importance of early literacy.  Come celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” and “Strengthening Families and Communities Month” with us!

Evening Events: Book signing and sales by authors, local libraries will offer information about their services, story telling, music, and raffle drawings. For more information please call Child Care Resource and Referral at the Family Resource Center at 524-1741 x21

Belknap Mill
25 Beacon St. East
The Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH

Hope to see you there!

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Happy Book birthday to Tangled Magick and Any Way You Slice It–Plus a giveaway!

AWYSI_FINALNot only is it Tangled Magick’s book birthday today, but I happen to share this special book birthday with my friend and fellow critique partner, Kristine Carlson Asselin! Her book, Any Way You Slice It is also available today!!

I met Kris over 6 years ago at an SCBWI conference. She has come so far, with many non-fiction books published, and now her first YA! I’m so excited that I’m giving away a kindle copy!


Enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway

for autographed copies of Tangled Magick, a Kindle copy of any Way You Slice It, blue orb pendants like the one Maewyn wears (photo coming soon!), a download code for the album Music From the Wedge, and if we get 1000 first week sales (including pre-orders) of Tangled Magick, I’ll raffle off the Huldfreyja doll I made for the sewing pattern cover!IMG_7314

Be sure to help spread the world!

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Music From the Wedge, now available!

Various Artists: Music from the WedgeYou can now buy the music based on my children’s book, Hapenny Magick from CD Baby. Soon it will also be available on I-tunes as well. To get a free listen to three of the songs on the album check out this post.
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New Sewing Pattern, Huldfrejya, the troll queen from Tangled Magick!

IMG_7314From my new children’s book, Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick, comes Huldfrejya, the troll queen in the tale. She captures the happennies and turns them into slaves…but is she really the villain?

She’s about 14″ tall with a face only a mother could love. I’ve made her from hand dyed wool but she can be made from many doll making fabrics. Eyes and fangs are needle felted, fingers are wired, thread jointed. Pattern is written and illustrated. Best for intermediate sewing levels. $14.00 and available in my Etsy shop, Patternmart or Craftsy.

Huldfrejya, the troll queen, PMRT

Huldfrejya, the troll queen, PMRT

From my new children’s book, Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick, comes Huldfrejya, the …

Price: US$14.00

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New sewing pattern , Avril, the Goblin Traveller

IMG_7300Avril, The Goblin Traveler. I caught this guy trying to steal eggs from our chicken coop! Luckily he only got away with one and a nice black feather from the rooster. I don’t think he’ll be back, but I’ll be on the lookout for those red boots!

Avril is made from hand-dyed wool, but you can make him from many different doll making fabrics. Suppliers list included. Needle felted eyes, wired fingers. Shirt is made from a pair of children’s tights, boots are infant size 6-12 months. Thread jointed. Avril is 17″ tall.

Best for intermediate sewers.

Available in my Etsy shop or at Patternmart.


Avril, the Goblin Traveller, PMRT

Avril, the Goblin Traveller, PMRT

Avril, The Goblin Traveler. I caught this guy trying to steal eggs from our chicken coop! Luckily …

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Think Spring! New pattern for an easy to sew felt bunny

Inspired by a wood carving of a rabbit I just had to have! Now I have a soft version too! He’s easy to sew, no joints, with a cute as an Easter bunny embroidered face, nose and tummy. You could even put your own Easter or Spring message on his tummy. Directions are written and illustrated. Find the download link to purchase this pattern below the pictures or visit my Etsy or Craftsy page!

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Think Spring! Felt Bunny PMRT

Think Spring! Felt Bunny PMRT

An easy to sew felt bunny to invite spring into your home! He is free standing at 11-1/2″ tall and …

Price: US$8.00

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The making of a musical, take 2!! Hapenny Magick

Courtney working with Will on "A Storm is Coming"

Courtney working with Will on “A Storm is Coming”


Making a musical is a lot of work, but how can I complain about something that I love so much? I can’t! It was wonderful getting to work with William Ogmundson  on this project and we have a show that we can be proud of.

Not only did I get to work with Will, but I got to work with some very talented local performers as well.

Courtney is a sophomore and wants to pursue a career in musical theater. She has been in the junior intern program at our local summer stock theater with my son Aaron for several years.

You can hear Courtney singing “A Storm is Coming” by pressing play in the media bar below!


My oldest son Colin in the recording studio.

My oldest son Colin in the recording studio.

Not only did I get to work with talented rising stars like Courtney, but my own boys also recorded the music with me. Colin took the role of Callum and helped teach us what being a Hybilia Froedlicker is all about. Check Callum’s song out by pressing the play button on the media player below!

And I couldn’t help myself but share a bit of “A Troll Has Got To Eat” sang by husband and wife duo, Linda Altson-Lambert and Jay Lambert.


And of course, I couldn’t stay away from all the fun! So I let Will talk me into singing the parts for Maewyn.

Here is the song I co-wrote with Will, “Come Back To Me”. It  has a special place in my heart.

If you would like to produce the musical of Hapenny Magick in your community theatre, contact me!! We’d love to see it on a stage in every town! If you are a teacher and would like a copy of the script for a reader’s theatre in your class drop me a line! I’ll share the music with you and your students and even schedule a skype session to chat with your class.

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The Digital Human Library

Did you know you could find me in the Digital Human Library? What’s the Digital Human Library? I’m glad you asked!

The Digital Human Library (dHL) is a free educational resource that connects Canadian teachers and students with organizations and experts from all over the world. K-12 teachers registered with the dHL can search for meBook experts like they would search for books in a library. dHL meBooks can then be borrowed to collaborate with classroom teachers on an activity, lesson, or presentation that would later be shared with students using videoconferencing solutions like Skype, FieldTripZoom, H.323 technology, or Google+ Hangouts …  So now, in addition to the use of books and other classroom resources, students can now engage with real people, in real time, using videoconferencing technology to learn curriculum-based concepts and skills in new and exciting ways. The Digital Human Library brings the field trip experience into the classroom!

Today there are hundreds of meBooks registered with the dHL, like the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Botanical Gardens, and Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. meBooks are experts in a variety of subject areas who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students to help enrich our classroom programs and provide support for teachers.  Field trips and guest speakers are expensive, and in many cases the distances are far too great for students to travel.  As a result, teachers can offer only a few of these exciting opportunities for learning over the course of the school year.  The Digital Human Library is a resource that provides teachers and students with unlimited access to these unique learning opportunities not otherwise available from any other type of classroom resource.

Videoconferencing makes it easy and affordable for teachers to bring the field trip experience into the classroom.  Imagine your child sharing stories of adventures to museums, archaeological digs, art galleries, and festivals, or explaining what the class learned from an optometrist, farmer, and musician! The possibilities are endless . . .

The Digital Human Library creates opportunities for teachers and community members to work together to inspire student inquiry, increase student engagement and participation, improve student learning and achievement, and strengthen relationships between communities and schools.  These partnerships enhance learning opportunities for students, as well as incorporate 21st century content, global perspectives, learning skills, resources, and technologies into our classroom programs to create resources for students that are relevant, current, accessible and inclusive.

We always talk about how we need to make the world better for our kids. We also need to make the kids better for our world.                                                   ~ Martin Molata

Get involved! Try something new. Together we can transform learning in ways that will inspire our students achieve success.

If you would like more information about the Digital Human Library, please visit their blog, or contact Leigh by email.

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Any Way You Slice It, Cover reveal and giveaway!

AWYSI_FINAL My good friend, Kris Asselin’s new book is coming this April!! You can win a free copy by entering here.

Here’s what the book is about:

Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away…

Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.

The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.

She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT will be available HERE from Bloomsbury Spark on April 7, 2015.

Any Way You Slice It – Bloomsbury Spark –April 7, 2015

About the Author:

Kristine Asselin lives in Massachusetts and writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. In addition to ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, she is the author of fifteen children’s books for the elementary school library market. The most recent, DANGEROUS DISEASES, was published in 2014. Kris is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and loves Harry Potter, Doctor Who, classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s, and anything with a time travel theme. She is a proud member of SCBWI-New England, the Fall Fourteeners (a group blog of YA debut authors), Sporty Girl Books blog, and #MGLitChat.

Kris presents writing workshops at schools and libraries all over New England and loves talking with kids and adults about their favorite books. ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT is her debut Young Adult novel. Learn more about Kris on her, Website, Facebook, Twitter or Blog


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