Children’s Book World, a wonderful children’s bookstore in Los Angeles, California, not far from where I live. I had an enthusiastic crowd of children with their parents as well of some of my personal friends.
And thanks also to my husband Art for taking the pictures!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019
|Jennifer Best, Kindergarten teacher at Haynes School for Enriched Studies|
As with the book about chicks, I realized that the best way to tell this story was with photographs. I had taken photographs for some of my other books, so I decided to do it myself. I embedded myself in Jennifer Best’s classroom, which enabled me to follow the process and get the photos I needed. (A challenge in taking the photographs was that neither the children nor butterflies stayed still for long!) Spending so much time in the classroom also allowed me to interact with the kindergarten students, which helped me to target my text at the right level. The children’s enthusiasm was contagious as they learned about butterflies and had the thrill of releasing them outdoors and watch them fly into the neighborhood. I am extremely grateful to Jennifer Best for her cheerful cooperation in this project and for being my expert reader. I couldn’t have done this book without her.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
|Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Best and Me in Room 6, Haynes Elementary, LAUSD|
|Mrs. Best's students in 2017, whose pictures are in the book|
|Cupcakes with sugar butterflies|
Sunday, March 17, 2019
|The Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival is held every year at Redlands University, in California|
|Signing books at the Festival|
|Samples of art and writing projects by Ramona Alessandro students that were displayed at the Festival|
|Joyce Sidman, Author|
|Dr. Marjorie Arnett, Chair of the Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival|
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.
Join award-winning local author Caroline Arnold for an introduction to her entertaining and informative new book, Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow. Kindergarteners raise butterflies from egg to adult in this close-up look at the insect life cycle. Follow a classroom of real kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity: raising butterflies. Astonishing photographs show the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult. Painted Lady Butterfly coloring fun will follow Caroline’s presentation.
Available for signing:
- Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow $16.99 To preorder your book, go to http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/ , scroll down and click on the order online link.
10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I thank all the people at Charlesbridge Publishing who helped make this such a terrific book–my wonderful editor Alyssa Pusey, Susan, Joyce and Sarah for the book design, Yolanda, Karen, Julie, Diane, Cathy and everyone else who contributed to making this such a special book.
I couldn’t have written BUTTERFLIES IN ROOM 6 without the help of Jennifer Best and her kindergarten students at Haynes Charter for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles, California. I thank them for welcoming me into their classroom and for sharing the wonder of metamorphosis with me. Their excitement was contagious as they watched the caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. I am also grateful to the children’s parents and the school principal, Barbara Meade, for their enthusiastic support.
It was great to work with Jennifer Best again. Two years ago I followed her class as they hatched eggs and learned about the life cycle of chickens. That experience became my book HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6. Now we have a sequel! I am excited that it is now available to the public. Look for it at your favorite bookstore or online.
BUTTERFLIES IN ROOM 6
Saturday, March 9, 2019
|FOCAL Panel: Caroline Arnold, Michelle Markel, Hope Anita Smith at the Los Angeles Public Library|
Some of the questions we fielded included:
- When did you first think about becoming a writer?
- What inspired you to write for children?
- Do you find yourself drawn to certain topics? Why?
- What is the most difficult thing and/or the most exciting thing about being a writer?
- What is the most surprising thing a child has asked you at a school visit or bookstore event?
Monday, March 4, 2019
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY from SCBWI! Celebrating BUTTERFLIES IN ROOM 6 and Other New Books Published in March
I am also the lucky winner of the Happy Book Birthday drawing:
This month's winner of the Happy Book Birthday drawing is Caroline Arnold for her nonfiction book Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow, which details the stages of butterflies raised in a kindergarten classroom. Ten copies of her book will be purchased by SCBWI and donated to Reading is Fundamental, an organization whose mission is to create a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to make an impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success.â€ To learn more about Reading is Fundamental, visit their webpage
The official pub date for my book is March 12th. Join me in celebrating all through the month and beyond!
(Please note that the formatting of the cover image on the SCBWI site is incorrect. The correct image is below.)