Monday, March 7, 2016

FRESH DELICIOUS Fun in Florida & Georgia!

Last week I traveled to north Florida, where I stayed with my mother and her family (which includes my 3 adopted siblings), to celebrate the impending release of FRESH DELICIOUS: Poems from the Farmers' Market! Official release is tomorrow, but I was able to share the book a bit early with readers of all ages at Aucilla Christian Academy. Thank you staff and students, and especially Debbie Love for making me feel so very welcome!
The whole group performing "Fishing for a Reader" with me!

I signed bookmarks during recess.

Me with little brother James' Kindergarten class.

Me with my beautiful mama.

my 3 young siblings ready to play with their big sis!
On Saturday we traveled to nearby Thomasville, GA, to the best little book store ever The Bookshelf for a special Storytime and Craft featuring FRESH DELICIOUS. Annie at The Bookshelf couldn't have made us feel more welcome, and I loved reading to the kids and sharing with them the cute watermelon and strawberry craft I adapted from a Paper Source Valentine's kit. :) AND as if all that wasn't enough special-ness, Poetry Friday friend Jan Godown Annino came, with friend Christine Poreba (who is also a poet!), and we visited and had lunch and enjoyed our time together so very much. Big thanks to all who came out and bought books and helped celebrate this new book.

Booksellers are the BEST!


Aren't they pretty?!

Everything feels more festive when it's written in chalk!

Me+Jan =Poet-Friends Forever!

Making a watermelon craft!

Now that's a happy strawberry....just like me :)


  1. Love this post! Thanks for sharing all the pics. Looks like a fabulous time. Happy Pub Day tomorrow :)!

  2. What a fabulous time you had traveling, Irene, back with family and friends, and making new friends with your visits.

  3. I want you to be my big sister too! What a beautiful beginning to this book's launch into the world! Congratulations...awaiting tomorrow...xx

  4. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun and I can't wait to get my hands on Fresh Delicious!

  5. Mama's should come first. I know she loved the whole vist. Looked like a busy trip!

  6. I'm with Amy, please be my big sister! This blog post was a bowl filled with wonderful.

  7. I'm with Amy, please be my big sister! This blog post was a bowl filled with wonderful.

  8. Aww. Love all the photos + especially
    with your sibs & dear Mom.
    Such fun, it was for Christine & me.
    And you are a peach, Irene.

    I agree with you about Annie & the treasure that is The Bookshelf.

    I am taking my time deciding which poem from FRESH DELICIOUS is my favorite. They are all so ripe & ready for enjoyment.

    I waffle between the cucumber & the blueberries. But then, I'm also partial to strawberry. The only sensible thing to do is read FD more. And to munch.

    Congratulations to you & to Mique Moriuchi & to WordSong!

    p.s. I'll let you know my pick, later!


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