Authory-ness # 3

Wellesley Books is an attractive, vibrant bookstore, and my author partner Ellen Mayer and I had a great afternoon there in December. We met lovely employees and customers, displayed our books, and ran crafts activities. See for yourself…Two authors are better than one!








Authory-ness # 2: Book Fair at An Unlikely Story

For the second year in a row, An Unlikely Story hosted the Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar and Bookfair. Really fun! I got to meet other authors and check out their varied books, met the wonderful Kathy Carroll of the blog Celebrate Children’s Books. And I got to try out the craft she created to go with What’s Up with This Chicken?
Kids loved it!

Ellen Mayer and moi at our table

Making chicks is absorbing work!

Thank you, Kathy Carroll, for the adorable craft idea!



Photos From End of 2016 Authory-ness

Yes, I’m aware that “authory-ness” is not a word, but I figure that being a children’s book author gives me a license to make up a word now and then.
November and December had a bunch of author-y activities for me. Now that 2017 is here, I figure it’s time – or should I say, it’s about time! – to report on them.
In November I went out to the Central Massachusetts Children’s Book Festival, where I signed books and participated in a lively panel discussion of picture book authors, meeting several panelists for the first time. The festival was well-attended and well-run, and I had a great time meeting people of all ages. Thanks to chapter book series author David A. Kelley for snapping this photo!

Enthusiastic young readers checking out my books at the Central Massachusetts Children’s Book Festival. What’s not to smile at?

Author Panel Discussion in Lexington

I’m hoping not everyone in the Boston area will be busy drinking egg nog or chowing down on latkes at holiday parties this Saturday night…Because a lively local arts organization is hosting an authors panel discussion for its Munroe Saturday Nights series. And–you guessed it–yours truly will be the token children’s book author.

I’ll read my picture book about a poetry writing pig, Don’t Call Me Sidney, and other panelists will share a variety of excerpts from their adult fiction and non-fiction. We’ll answer questions from the audience about our inspiration, writing process, whatever people are curious about!


“Pen to Paper: An Exploration of Writing with Five Authors”

Hosted by Munroe Center for the Arts
Location of Event: First Parish Church
7 Harrington Rd., Lexington, MA
7:30 PM
Free Parking behind church
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Hanukkah Story Time at Jeff Kinney’s Store!

Yesterday I had a great time at the Writers’ Loft Holiday Book Bazaar, held at Jeff Kinney’s store, An Unlikely Story. Photos of that in an upcoming post–because I want to share the news that I’ll be baaaaack at the store this Wednesday, December 9th for a Hanukkah Story Time.

janesutton2I’ll read the story of a certain well-meaning but shopping-challenged purple gorilla and run interactive games based on the story! Can’t spend too much time at this wonderful store in Plainville, Massachusetts!

My Book Sale Holiday Season Begins this Weekend!

Yep, it starts off like a reindeer kick with this Saturday’s event at Jeff Kinney’s magical store, An Unlikely Story, in Plainville, MA! Meet local authors (including me)! Buy some signed books for holiday gifts, do some crafts…should be, here comes some alliteration: festive and fun!

writers_loft_2016   Then on Sunday my talented author friend Ellen Mayer and I will be part of the Wellesley, MA Holiday Stroll. From 3-4 PM we will be at…watch out…here comes more alliteration…wonderful Wellesley Books, chatting with shoppers and signing our books. The store will host local children’s book authors from 11-4. Stroll in and say hi!tapestry_logo

Hats Off…

…to the wonderful teachers at the Beethoven School and the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury, MA. What a pleasure to witness teachers who are doing such a great job promoting literacy. Thank you to the Parent Council for inviting me to be a Guest Author! 
At the Beethoven School (K-2) I read my book What's Up with This Chicken?
      At the Beethoven School I read my book What’s Up with This Chicken? to groups of K1, K2, first and second graders. They laughed at all the egg puns.


When I explained my writing process, I was blown away by how familiar the students – even the 4 year olds! – were with writing terms! I asked a group of 5 year olds, “Are you sure you’re not really 12 years old?” They assured me they were not.

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The next day, at the Ohrenberger School, I did interactive sessions with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders about how to convey character and how to revise. So many students volunteered enthusiastically to share their responses to writing prompts.

In both schools students were attentive, polite and engaged. Teachers had read students my books in advance, which made a positive impact on eagerness to participate.
Hats off to the teachers, principals and parent volunteers!

My Dad

My daddy, Milton Sutton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 5, 2016 at age 102. Until a massive stroke the week before, he retained his characteristic optimism and wit. He was still active, even enthusiastically participating in a weekly Zumba class. We will miss him, but we are so very thankful for his long, full life and for his special enjoyment in recent months of visits from his newest (fourth) great-grandson, Caleb; the sweet reenactment in his apartment of the wedding of his grandson Adam and his wife, Kristin; learning of his granddaughter, Becky’s, engagement to Dan; and his joyful 102nd birthday party.

102nd Birthday Party

102nd Birthday Party


In recent days, employees at his residence in Cambridge, Cadbury Commons, have shared with us how much they loved our dad—from his beloved aides to the chef, who plans to rename my dad’s favorite lunch, Milton’s Lentil Soup.




Milton Sutton had a distinguished creative career in advertising, which you can read about here.

My dad's advertising for Dannon Yogurt helped popularize it

His ground-breaking advertising for Dannon Yogurt helped popularize it.






Due to his love for and facility with words, my dad was a major influence on my writing. He would read over my homework and suggest eliminating unnecessary words–in advertising, you  need to be succinct.

Sharing my books with my dad was a special thrill.

Sharing my books with my dad was a special thrill.











My dad and I shared a sense of humor and never failed to find something to chuckle about. He never lost the twinkle in his eye. I loved the sound of his laugh.

My Daddy and I share a laugh at his 101st birthday party

My Daddy and I share a laugh at his 101st birthday party

Central Mass Children’s Book Festival!

This Saturday, November 12th, I’ll be returning to the Central Mass Children’s Book Festival in Gardner, MA, from 10 AM-4 PM. I’m looking forward to being with over 20 local authors and illustrators who will be sharing their wonderful and varied books.


It will be a free fun-filled day with authors and illustrators doing book signings, presentations, readings, and hands-on activities. Books range from fiction and non-fiction picture books to young adult novels.
There will be music, storytelling, and panel discussions, making it an engaging event for adults and children. Oh…there will be food, too!

From 10:30 to 11:30 I’ll be part of The Young Children’s Authors and Illustrators Panel, along with Laura Eckroat (The Life of Bud), Sarah Lamstein (Big Night for Salamanders), and Paul Czajak Monster books).

The event is presented by The Village School.

The event is presented by The Village School.