Some Happy Holiday News About LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY

Okay I promised you some really exciting news about LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY and here it is.

We not only met our goal for LIBRARIES FOR LIFE – PEACE CORPS UGANDA but we’re joining forces with another Books for Africa Uganda project called MORE THAN PAGES. Together we have the necessary funding to now send a 40 FOOT CONTAINER of books to Uganda. That’s right – double what we previously planned. I am overjoyed and as always so, so grateful for the generous support of my family and friends. This certainly is a blessed holiday season!


And finally if you’d like to learn more about Light Up the Night, maybe buy a copy and receive an autographed book plate CLICK HERE!

Happy Holidays and I’ll see you back here in the New Year!

Light Up the Library a Success … But We’re Not Done Yet!

As most of you know over the past several months I’ve been working on a project near and dear to my heart – LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY

an auction benefiting the library at Musana Children’s Home in Iganga, Uganda and celebrating the release of my latest book Light Up the Night.

The auction is now officially closed …
… and it was amazing. The auction winners have been notified and, as of today, the auction has raised $5800 for libraries and literacy in Uganda. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated items, all who bid and all who won. I am so very grateful.

But our work isn’t finished. We need to raise approximately $4500 more in order to send that 20 foot container of books to all those kids who need them. The Peace Corps workers there in Uganda, who are partners in this project, are ready and anxious to receive, sort and distribute thousands of books. But they won’t be there forever. So if you missed the auction or would like to still make a tax deductible cash donation, here’s the link:

Donate directly to Light up the Library!

As you’ll see, we take credit cards and checks. It couldn’t be easier to help. We’re going to fill this library. I just know it. And if you donate, please forward me a copy of your donation receipt, so I can thank you personally!

In the meantime, if you’d like more information on LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY, LIBRARIES FOR LIFE UGANDA or MUSANA CHILDREN’S HOME CLICK HERE!
And finally if you’d like to  Learn more about Light Up the Night, maybe buy a copy and receive an autographed book plate CLICK HERE!

With deep gratitude,

Reading and Signing at the Tattered Cover

 A truly fun morning!

Thank You Booklist and Library Lady for These Stellar Reviews of LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

 This charming bedtime book plays off of the “This Is the House That Jack Built” cumulative classic. A little boy tells of his universe, starting from the farthest point he can imagine and ending up in his bed, just in time for sleep and dreaming. Reidy’s rhymes are so lively and appealing, however, that the child being read to may feel rejuvenated rather than lulled (“This is my continent, far and wide. / It kisses an ocean on either side, / on half the Earth, / which circles the sun, / which hides its face when the day is done”). Likewise, Chodos-Irvine’s illustrations reveal a boy who, after being kissed good night, gets up from his bed and wraps himself in his red-and-white quilt in order to narrate this grand tour. The quilt becomes a jet, a rocket, a flying saucer, and other red-and-white forms of transportation. From the swirling galaxies and the woodcut-style sun to the color-coded map of the U.S. and the retro feel of the boy’s bedroom, it does seem like a wonderful world. Booklist

Simply outstanding. In a cumulative,”house that Jack built” narrative, a young boy folds his blanket around himself and sails out over the Earth, into the stars and then all the way back till finally snuggling down in his own bed, ending each verse with “in my own little piece of the universe”.
The concept is lovely and comforting, the rhymes are PERFECT and the art colorful, child friendly and has just the right amount of details. Wonderful at bedtime or any time of the day.
The Library Lady

Light Up the Library Auction Items Still Under $25

As of the date and time of this post, the highest bids on the following items were still under $25. Stop on by to put in YOUR bids on these screamin’ deals. 

Skype Visit and Autographed Book from Author of WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Signed Print from artist and author Melissa Conroy – “Juliette in the Snow”

THIS TREE COUNTS! Book and Picture Book Critique

Future Sports Star Quilt

You Are the Sunshine of My Life Quilt

College Application Essay Review and Edit from an Expert!

Gorgeous, Handmade, Pink Turquoise Necklace and Earrings


Autographed Books and Bling from Blubaugh! Fantasy Bundle

TOO PURPLEY! T- Shirt, Bag and Autographed Board Book


Signed Copy of NOT YET, ROSE!

Autographed copy of Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind by Jennifer J. Stewart

In-Depth Critique of College Application Essay!

Middle Grade Novel Manuscript Critique from Author Mary Bartek

TOO PRINCESSY! Pink Hat and Scarf

Cozy, Cuddly Teddy Bear Quilt


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