Thanks so much to everyone who came to our launch party, bought books, sent well wishes, shared posts. My sister-friend Vanessa Brantley Newton and I felt the love. About 100 people partied with us. Quail Ridge Books sold out of copies. Yay! More are on the way. What a celebration and welcome to the world for our character Jada Jones.
We created this series to make sure all kids can see themselves in chapter books. Black girls and boys deserve to be the stars of stories too. The biggest joy for me was looking into the audience at excited children. Some had already read the books. Some looked forward to digging in. What a blessing to share the day with the kids we serve.
We started the event by sharing our children’s book journeys. I read excerpts from the books. Vanessa dazzled the crowd with her art demo. After the Q & A, it was time to eat cake and rock candy, do crafts and sign. It filled our hearts to see children and parents lined up with our books. We loved getting to talk to each person.
At the craft station, kids used paint markers and Sharpies to create art on rocks. They had fun with coloring pages Vanessa made.
So many people pitched in to make the launch party special. Thank you to our family and friends who came early, stayed late, pitched in wherever they could – our husbands and kids, Judy, Susan, Shelia, Dominique, Coy, Johnny, Virginia, Shawna. Thank you, QRB, for hosting us and Gem Wagon Miners for donating the door prizes.
A big thanks to all of you for being with us on this journey. We are grateful for your support.
Our next book parties are 2 p.m. Saturday, October 21 at Richard B. Harrison Library in Raleigh and 1 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at Park Road Books in Charlotte. Let’s keep the party going.