David Small at Read in the Park on Sat., May 7th

Read in the Park Poster 2016Book Beat, Berkley Schools, and the Berkley Area PTA Council are proud to present the 9th Annual Read in the Park on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center (2325 Catalpa, Berkley, MI 48072. (11 1/2 Mile, East of Coolidge Rd)). This year’s featured authors are: Caldecott Award-Winner David Small (who will be promoting his newest book, Bloom), Sarah Stewart, and Ronnie Bachman. David Small and Sarah Stewart will be presenting their picture books for children and their families and Ronnie Bachman will be presenting his inspirational story for older students and adults. They all will be signing as well as reading from their work. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190. A poster for the event can be downloaded and shared here: Read in the Park Poster 2016

bloom-9781442406209_hrA glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out. But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevieve whose sole task until now has been to polish the Queen’s crystal sugar spoon—to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence—and some very messy hands—to accomplish the extraordinary.

“Small’s illustrations in this empowering story are sublime. His delicate yet energetic lines and warm colors on cream-colored pages pull the reader into this carefully constructed world. Cronin’s lengthy text, peppered with playful font sizes and typography, is precise and evocative. Don’t miss this utterly radiant tale, one of 2016’s early charmers.”Bookpage

gardenerLydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers’ faces with the flowers she grows. But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden — which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile. Sarah Stewart introduces readers to an engaging and determined young heroine, whose story is told through letters written home, while David Small‘s illustrations beautifully evoke the Depression-era setting.

“Late in the summer of 1935, Lydia Grace’s parents are out of work, and to help make ends meet they send Lydia Grace to live with Uncle Jim, a baker in the city…Told entirely through letters, the story radiates her utterly (and convincingly) sunny personality…[An] inspiring offering from creative collaborators”                                             Starred, Publishers Weekly


walkthiswayYou’re about to discover the proven message from life long double amputee Ronnie Bachman on how to live a great life and handle the rough times. Ronnie’s inspiring word are felt by live audiences and now his understanding about dealing with bullies and bad times is available in this fabulous book. The benefits of reading this will be life saving and life changing for young people and adults alike.

“Ronnie Bachman is truly one of the most amazing humans I have ever encountered.”                  -Joey Kramer [Drummer of Aerosmith]


davidsmall1David Small is the Caldecott Award–winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He also received Caldecott Honors for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo. He is the author and illustrator for the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Stiches. He’s illustrated dozens of other award-winning books, including That Book Woman by Heather Henson and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, and lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart. His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker.


sstewartSarah Stewart writes award-winning children’s books with her husband, illustrator David Small. Their books include The Money Tree, The Friend, The Journey, The Library, and The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor book and winner of the Christopher Award. Stewart grew up in Texas and studied Latin and philosophy in college. She has been a teacher, speechwriter, and ombudsman, among other, less notable, jobs. She has reviewed children’s books for The New York Times, has edited copy for The Texas Observer, and occasionally has a poem published in an obscure journal. Stewart and her husband, illustrator and author David Small, live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.

rbachmanFor over a decade, Ronnie Bachman has traveled the globe sharing his dynamic and inspirational insight into dealing with bullies and bad times. As a former radio personality, Ronnie has developed a special ability to connect, through his words, to young people and adults with a knack for inspiring them to change how they feel about themselves and others. In writing this book [Walk This Way] with co writer Conny Coon, Ronnie takes his life changing stories and now makes them accessible to readers everywhere. As a single parent, raising his daughter Alicia, has been his proudest accomplishment. Now Ronnie enjoys spending time with his two grand children.

Our mission for Read in the Park is to foster a love of reading by connecting students with Authors & Illustrators through the books they create. We thank you for your continued support in making these opportunities possible. Books will be available for purchase at the event or in advance at Book Beat. For more information or to reserve copies, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190. See you there!!

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