Join the Red Balloon Bookshop to Celebrate Three Books From Scarletta Press

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Sunday, April 14, 2013
3-in-1 Scarletta Kids Launch Party
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN. 55105

When my daughter was four, I had a really great idea to start her a signed book collection.  We were reading the Mercy Watson series and this seemed like a great place to start.  We got up very early (for us) on a Saturday morning and headed to The Red Balloon Bookshop to meet Kate DiCamillo — toy pig in hand.  It was a really fun day and we left with her first author-signed book.

I don’t believe in buying “collector” toys for kids; I don’t want dust-collectors in my house.  So, I didn’t expect these books to be re-sellable, but I also didn’t expect her to take my notary stamp and stamp every page.  She is 8 years old now and doesn’t even remember the Mercy Watson incident or meeting Kate DiCamillo or even that Mercy Watson was her first ever chapter book.  All of these are my special memories. My point here is that I probably should have waited until she was old enough to understand the excitement of getting an autograph before I tried this.  She has recently decided on her own she wants a “good” book collection.  Sunday may be a good place to start (if I can get past the Mercy Watson trauma):

On Sunday at 2:00, Scarletta Press will have a Launch Party for three of its kids books at The Red Balloon Bookshop with four authors:

Anne Sawyer-Aitch with Nalah and the Pink Tiger.  This is a really beautifully illustrated book that was also a puppet show last year at In the Heart of the Beast.  If your children enjoy it, you can print coloring pages for them to try their own artwork.

Stephanie Wallingford & Dawn Rynders will present A Day at the Lake, and Greg Bancroft with Betsy’s Day at the Game. There will be storytelling and a pink tiger puppet show, “lake-side” fun, and a giant baseball scoreboard! Refreshments and book signing to follow. Recommended for ages 2 and up.




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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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