When I lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn, I used to love to drive up the Hudson River Valley, especially during the Fall. It's a city cliche, I know, but cliche for good reason. Fall is beautiful here in Sleepy Hollow Country and points north, and many valley villages fill every weekend with farmers' … Continue reading #littlecreeptakeover Split Rock Books!
Sunday afternoon I joined fellow Penguin Random House author David Neilsen at one of my favorite local bookstores here in Sleepy Hollow Country, Scattered Books. Repeat "family favorite" in Westchester Magazine, Scattered is a family business and a welcoming, spontaneous celebration of creativity. Down to earth book lovers of all ages are welcome. Yes, kids are … Continue reading Costumes! Puppets! Books! Bunnies! Scattered Books in Chappaqua, NY
A Maze in Pottery -- and yes, that is Olivia painting in the background with our friend Edith, one of the amazing artists and the manager of the business Sunday morning we instigated art and entertainment -- including some fine howling at the Moon -- at the first of two Spooky parties for young people … Continue reading UPDATED 10/25: Story and Art Parties with the Author in Briarcliff Manor, NY
Saturday, families braved early rain (which cleared off by noon) to enjoy a 5K run, a full run of athletic events and a Homecoming Fall Festival at The Harvey School here in Westchester. We were there to help keep the pumpkin patch humming -- many thanks to Bruce and Dale Osborne from donating all the … Continue reading Stories in the Pumpkin Patch at #HarveyHomecoming2018
"Sometimes the world can be a scary place," writes Jonathan H. Liu on GeekDad, "And it’s important for our kids to learn how to manage their fears." "One way to do that is through experiences that are just a little bit scary, but not too much. Laughter and curiosity can both make a scary situation a little … Continue reading This Guy Jonathan Sounds Like the Brother I Didn’t Know I Had…
Chinese School occupies Saturday mornings during this school year for the Quinns; Mom bakes treats for our breakfast club fundraiser, Dad volunteers as Co-Chair and Ke Ting (Olivia) works her eighth and final year of Mandarin language and cultural studies, including Art, Calligraphy, Dance and Kung Fu. When we adopted our daughter in China in … Continue reading Northern Westchester Chinese School Welcomes #gotosleeplittlecreep
We love Red Tricycle! A great resource for families that promises, "We believe the best memories are created when families do fun things together and we believe every day is an opportunity to create new stories." "We know you’re busy (we’ve got kids too), so we wade through the multitude of ideas to present a small, well-edited list of … Continue reading Thanks for the Honor, Red Tricycle!
In this bedtime tour of a spooky alternate universe, Quinn (the Not for Children Children's Books series) and Spires (the Binky the Space Cat series) show that monster and fiend parents face the same challenges getting their offspring to sleep as their human counterparts. As dawn threatens to break across the sky, a tired-eyed ghost … Continue reading Reviews: Buzz about the Toddlers of Terror
Lil G (Illustration: Ashley Spires) Sunday morning Diane, Olivia and I drove to Brooklyn to Powerhouseon8th, a gem of a bookstore, community hang, makers' gallery and book club. It's the creative spawn of DUMBO's famed Powerhouse Arena. Think of it this way: if Powerhouse Arena is Godzilla, Powerhouseon8th is Baby Godzilla. It's small but mighty. … Continue reading #brooklyntakeover with the Creeps!
Briarcliff Manor's A Maze in Pottery studio artists have rendered the creepy cute illustrations of Ashley Spires as a dinner plate fit to haunt your Halloween Feast Kids, do you enjoy Crazy Stories? Want to try your hand making your own spooky, fun art? Do you sometimes howl at the moon when it just needs howling? Well, my … Continue reading Halloween Art and Book Parties for Kids!