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Upcoming Appearances

May 19, 2013

KIDS DIAMOND RUN, Akron Aeros Stadium, Akron, Ohio

Fund raising event for the Oak Clinic for MS.


View PDF of fund raising form.

June 27-July 1, 2013

American Library Association Annual Conference

Chicago, IL


Recent Appearances

dashMay 11, 2013

Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus, Ohio

April 30, 2013

SCOPE Academy, Akron, Ohio

Presentation and book reading with Aeros mascot Orbit.

April 4 and 5, 2013

Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Book Conference

Kent State University, OH

December, 2012

Winners in the first ever VanitaBook’s
high school picture book contest.

We went to Buchtel High School and judged their 10th grade children’s picture book assignments. The winners will all see their books in print.

Third Place – Life in the Dark to the Light. By Brittnay Mosley, Jalen Bowens, Malcom Minter and Deonte Heard. Illustrated by Derrick Graham. We chose this because we consider it to have the most successful illustrations.

Second Place Journey Through Ellis Island. By Di'Maunn Flournoy, Kenyatta Smith, Mikayla Hammonds. Illustrated by Emmanuel White. We chose this due to it's good story paired with strong information on immigration.

Grand Prize Dnalsi Sille. By Johnny Gissendaner and Marnell Turner. Illustrated by Sharee Fields. This book was the full package. We loved the creative angle and feel that it would really appeal to the age group for which it was written.

October 12, 2012
Fundraiser to Benefit
St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti

August 4, 2012
Books and Brunch at Oak Lodge


Past Appearances
August 4, 2012 Books and Brunch at Oak Lodge

July 26, 2011 Kent State University, Summer Library Symposium, Brainstorm to Bookshelf

June 16, 2011 Akron Children's Hospital
Porcupette Finds a Family
book signing and reading

March 12-31, 2011 Akrona Galleries, Colors of Spring National MS Society

March 4, 2011 Janet Rhodes' Fair Trade
(Hudson's International Week)

October 15, 2010 Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Montrose, Ohio 44333

November 11, 2009 The University of Akron

October 21, 2009 CEU Class for Educators
Barnes & Noble 4015, Montrose, OH

December 6, 2008 Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Montrose, Ohio 44333

November 18, 2008 The Center for Literacy,
The University of Akron

November 1, 2008 Buckeye Book Fair, OARDC/OSU campus, Wooster, OH

September 23, 2008 Eric Carle Angel Award, New York City, NY

September 16, 2008 Oak Clinic Caregiver Conference, Akron, OH

June 19, 2008 Barnes & Noble, Fairlawn, OH

April 15, 2008 The University of Akron, Akron, OH
November 14, 2007 R.K. Mellon Elementary School, Ligonier, PA

November 7, 2007 Writer in Residence, University of Akron, Akron, OH

November 5, 2007 KSU Reinberger Preschool, Kent State University, Kent, OH
October 4, 2007 Angels in Adoption Award Ceremony, Washington DC
September 25, 2007 Oak Clinic Caregivers Seminar, Akron Main Library, Akron, OH
July 16, 2007 Video Interview with Diane Evans, from
June 12, 2007 Caregiver Connection, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville, OH
April 25, 2007 Bissler Elementary School, Twinsburg, OH
April 18, 2007 Fairlawn West Preschool, Akron, OH
March 28, 2007 Caregiver Conference, Considine Auditorium, Children's Hospital, Akron, OH


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