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Release Date: October 01, 2015



Received an e mail from two seniors are senior citizens who are worried about the possibility of a hurricane hitting Greenburgh. they would d like to explore if the possibility of 'manpower' exists to help them prepare should there be the impending hurricane.  They have sandbags on their property on Babbitt Court and they would need to be placed accordingly, as well as lifting, etc.  Any volunteers?  Please e mail me.  If you are a senior or disabled resident and think you might need help please reach out to me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com
The Chappaqua book fair is easily one of THE BEST BOOK FAIRS AROUND ( I admit---I'm jealous that the festival is not in Greenburgh but we can consider sponsoring a similar fair in the future). This book fair deserves support. As one of the authors highlighted in his letter to me..."I'd love to see it get as much support as possible. Especially since, and I say this with great sadness, there are very few bookstores left in Westchester, and even fewer for children."
 (if I left anyone out please advise)


Her book: We Dare You!    


This classic, best-selling book full of hundreds of irresistible, easy-to-perform science tricks and bets is back, and it's better than ever! If you'd like to know how to throw an egg across the room without breaking it, how to burn a candle underwater, how to light a fluorescent lightbulb with a balloon, or how to make fireworks from a grape, this is a must-have book.  
What makes this edition of 
We Dare You! different? Throughout the book there are QR codes that will instantly connect kids to highly entertaining videos on all devices, showcasing various experiments throughout the book, and directed by author Vicki Cobb. Best of all, Cobb invites readers to make their own videos of these tricks and publish them on the official We Dare You! videos website. Readers can now do science and show business together—an unbeatable combination! 
Behind it all is solid science. Principles of gravity, mechanics, fluids, logic, geometry, energy, and perception are presented in a way that shows these principles in action. And it's all written on good authority. In 2012 Vicki Cobb received a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  


Vicki Cobb, the “Julia Child” of hands-on science, is a former science teacher with a M.A. in secondary school science. The publication of her classic book, Science Experiments You Can Eat, (an updated, revised edition to be released in 2016 by HarperCollins) established her as an innovator in hands-on science. Take a look on her website www.vickicobb.com at the hilarious one-minute videos from her book We Dare You!  


Her  most recently published children’s book is ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS, a celebration of modern-day grandmas and the reciprocal love between them and the children they love.


          “They come in different shapes and sizes.

           Silly ones wear disguises. . . .

           And  if you need to know more,

           about whom they adore,

           look in their eyes.”


ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS is Roni Schotter’s 29th book. Her 30th is due out this February.  Her books, particularly MAMA, I’LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD and THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS and NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, are well known in schools, because they encourage children to recognize their OWN story ideas,and to write about them.  F IS FOR FREEDOM, a chapter book. is about the power of friendship and literacy, set at the time of the Underground Railroad, in a town patterned after Roni’s current hometown, Hastings-on-Hudson.




Eric has  illustrated over thirty children's books, three of which he had authored. 

Children's literacy is very important to me, therefore I take great pride in participating in the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival annually.

In addition, I have had the pleasure of being a Greenburgh resident for 19 years now.

My most recent books are NEW SHOES by Susan Meyer, and BEAUTIFUL MOON by Tonya Bolden.

If you are interested in learning more about my work please visit my web-site EricVelasquez.Com





By Susan Lynn Meyer

Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

* Starred Review 
“It isn’t easy to make a story seem as if it’s telling itself, but this gripping piece of historical fiction does just that. Meyer’s (Black Radishes) prose is vividly precise in its detail. . . . Velasquez, working in oils, cleverly combines warm, earth-toned settings with the bright pastel dresses. . . so that his heroines literally and unequivocally shine through.” –Publishers’ Weekly




One of the authors who will be signing is Ardsley resident Leslie Kimmelman, whose more than 25 books include Trick Arrr Treat!Everybody Says Shalom; and Hot Dog!: Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic.




Jason's book, How to Train a Train came out in 2013 to four starred reviews and went on to become a national bestseller. The sequel, How to Track a Truck, as well as a board book version of the original title, will both be released Fall of next year. The book itself is a "How to" guide for young readers who want to track, catch, and train their very own pet train!


I've attached a few of the book's awards below.


Best of 2013 List by the American Booksellers Association

Best of 2013 List by the San Francisco Public Library

2013 New York Public Library’s list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

2013 EBSCO Core Collections Star Title

2014 Texas 2x2 Reading Award List

Ladybug Award for Picture Books nominee

K-2 Magnolia Award nominee




SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER Summary: How many ways can you say "I love you"? This personally inspired poem celebrates the trials and triumphs of unconditional love. Using an innovative mix of cut paper, photographs, and calligraphy, Should You Be a River takes the reader on a breathtaking visual journey through love in its many forms.


ED BIO: Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of over eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Born and raised in China, he came to the United States as a young man to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art. Young began his career as a commercial artist in advertising and found himself looking for something more expansive, expressive, and timeless. He discovered all this, and more, in children’s books. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Caldecott Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to children's book authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.




Helen's  book series is Candy Fairies and aimed at 7 - 10 year olds. The series now has 19 books and is published by Simon and Schuster. The stories are about five Candy Fairy friends who live in Sugar Valley. Their adventures are about friendships and making candy in Candy Kingdom. You can find out more about the series at www.candyfairies.com and more about me atwww.helenperelman.com. Below is her bio:


Helen Perelmen worked in a children’s book store and was a children’s book editor, but sadly never worked in a candy store. She has written numerous books for young readers — and not all about candy! She writes full time in Westchester, NY where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at www.helenperelman.com





Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, an 11 year resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, will be signing copies of her books at the Chappequa Children's Book Festival this Saturday, October 3rd.


Jacqueline is the author of the classic YOU CAN'T TAKE A BALLOON INTO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, illustrated by her sister, Robin Preiss Glasser, the renowned illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series. In this wordless romp through the streets of New York City, a guard from the Metropolitan Museum and a crowd of well meaning New Yorkers all chase after an errant yellow balloon which he has promised to watch for a young girl who is visiting the museum with her grandmother. From Central Park to the Plaza Hotel to a production of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, reproductions of famous works of art, as viewed by the girl and her grandmother, are a reflection of whatever action is going on arounalloon. YOU CAN'T TAKE A BALLOON INTO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM is a joyous way to introduce young readers to the treasures of both the Metropolitan Museum and the delights of Manhattan, as well as the chance to let them "read" the story all by themselves.


In addition, Jacqueline has written both SUPERHERO JOE and its sequel, SUPERHERO JOE AND THE CREATURE IN THE HOOD, both illustrated by Ron Barrett of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS fame. Our hero is a young boy who professes to be "afraid of everything." Unwilling to accept his fate, Joe takes matters into his own hands by donning his Cape of Confidence, Shield of Invincibility, Superpower Gloves, and Anti-Glare Goggles ("which protect you from evil glares") and other accoutrements which give him the courage to face that which he fears the most, be it the deepest darkest depths of the basement or meeting the new boy next door.


Paul Feiner









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