2 Super Summer Children’s Events with Book Beat!

Ellie McDoodle author Ruth McNally Barshaw at Huntington Woods Library, Thurs. July 18!

Book Beat and the Huntington Woods Library welcome children’s author Ruth McNally Barshaw to the Huntington Woods Library (26415 Scotia Rd  Huntington Woods, MI 48070) on Thursday, July 18 from 1:00-3:00pm to sign copies of her popular Ellie McDoodle series. She will also demonstrate the famous doodling which has made Ellie such a beloved character! Be sure to join us for an afternoon of doodling and delight!  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.

Ruth McNally Barshaw is the author of the Ellie McDoodle series (ages 7 and up). Ellie McDoodle: The Show Must Go On is the latest release in the series.

Ellie McDoodle is the new kid in school and nobody likes to read and draw as much as she does. The other kids tease her, and even the teachers can’t seem to get her name right. Join Ellie McDoodle as she takes pen in hand and chronicles the woes-and happy surprises-of being a new kid.

In her latest adventures, The Show Must Go On, Ellie  signs up to help with her school’s production of The Wizard of Oz, but never expected it to be so much work! There are sets to help paint, costumes to plan, and then there’s casting. When her best friend Mo gets cast as Wicked Witch–and not the coveted Dorothy–Mo and Ellie have their first big fight. As the student director, Ellie should have helped her get the starring role, right? Mo thinks so.

Ruth McNally Barshaw’s creative doodles take Ellie through her first big drama production at school. And just like the main characters in Oz, Ellie and her friends will find courage, heart, brains, and that there’s no place like home!

“Reminiscent of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid… Humorous and realistic.” –School Library Journal on Ellie McDoodle New Kid in School

Ruth McNally Barshaw grew up sketching and journaling life around her in little sketchbooks. Little did she realize she would do the same for her career. Today she has more than 300 little sketchjournals chronicling various events, trips, quirky discoveries, and times with beloved friends and family. Her Ellie McDoodle books borrow the same format, with writing and cartoony art on every page. If you hang out with Ruth, you might get added into one of her sketchjournals. If you read her books, you might be inspired to put your own life on paper. Share your beliefs, memories, dreams … keep a sketchjournal. Visit her website here.

3 Michigan Children’s Authors at Baldwin Public Library, Tues. July 30!

Book Beat and the Baldwin Public Library present an afternoon with three Michigan area children’s authors on Tuesday, July 30 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Baldwin Public Library (300 W Merrill St  Birmingham, MI 48009). The authors appearing are: Denise Brennan-Nelson, Rhonda Gowler Greene, and Shutta Crum. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.

Shutta Crum is the author of numerous children’s books- from picture books to young adult novels- including: Mine!, Bravest of the Brave, Thomas and the Dragon Queen, and her latest title, Dozens of Cousins. Formerly a librarian, she is still an author and storyteller. She was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, and now lives with her husband in Michigan. Visit her website here.

Dozens of Cousins is the story of  the annual family reunion, and the dozens of cousins are running wild like beasties. Like hungry ogres! They hug fluttering aunts and soft-spoken elders, play in the creek, shimmy up trees, take “double-dog dares,” and devour “the sweet juiciness of the world” along with hot dogs and watermelon. Hilarious side stories unfold in Catrow’s fantastically colorful, chaotic spreads that gambol and splash with comical caricatures of grinning kinfolk large and small. A lively, lyrical celebration of the sweet, sweet abandon of running amok among those who love you best.

Denise Brennan-Nelson is the author of numerous children’s books including: Willow, My Momma Likes to Say, My Teacher Likes to Say, Little Michigan, Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo, and her latest title, He’s Been A Monster All Day! Visit her website here.

After an especially “busy” day, a preschool-age boy overhears his mother say, “He’s been a monster all day.” So the little boy starts to fantasize about what life as a monster would be like. “I wonder why Mommy thinks that of me? / I guess if she does then a monster I’ll be! / I’m big and strong! / I grumble and growl / and scare people off / with a sneer and a scowl. / Being a monster is fun!” There are no rules to remember or manners to follow. And monsters can stay out as late as they please, scaring everyone away. As it turns out, being a monster isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. No one wants to be friends with a monster. And who will read a story and tuck a monster into bed? Maybe being a little boy isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over 20 children’s books. Her books have received various honors and awards.  Her titles include: The Very First Thanksgiving, When a Line Bends… A Shape Begins, This Is The Teacher, Mommy is a Soft, Warm Kiss, and her latest, No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou. She lives in Michigan. Visit her website here.

At Seabreezy Library, things were just right. / Booklovers were cozy. The sky was blue-bright / when–Shiver me timbers!–through Seabreezy’s door / stormed big Pirate Pete and his parrot, Igor! Argh!! Things are looking–and smelling!!–a little fishy at Seabreezy Library. When the big X on Pirate Pete’s treasure map leads him and his parrot-sidekick Igor to believe buried treasure is hidden at the library, the patrons are quaking in their shoes. But never fear! Library Lou, Seabreezy’s librarian-extraordinaire, is as cool as a cucumber and knows how to handle an irate pirate or two. She knows exactly where the treasure is buried. But first she needs to help Pirate Pete and Igor get a handle on their hygiene, brush up on library etiquette, and then tackle learning their letters. And that will lead them to the treasure that can always be found at the library.

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