Pictured, from left: Eileen Pieczonka, Michael Hale, Kathy Peach, Barbara Renner and Carol Hageman.
Attention, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers and guardians!
Sibley’s West in Downtown Chandler will host a free “Peach and Friends” children’s authors event from 11 am to 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 6.
The event will feature storytime readings with six local authors, crafts projects and coloring, and snacks.
Also participating will be Jay Hanson of ArtiSands, who will work with guests on sand-art projects, and Tucson artist Julie Bonner, creator of the “Desert Dwellers” flash cards.
Participating local authors are:
- Kathy Peach. Our newest staff member, Peach developed the story of "The Tiniest Tumbleweed" as she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education.
In developing “The Tiniest Tumbleweed,” the Chandler author incorporated a method of writing children's literature whereby readers can believe in a life of limitless possibilities.
- Barbara Renner: A North Phoenix resident, Barbara has written two books about Quincy the Quail.
In the books we meet Quincy and his family. The stories capture the challenges and rewards of being a quail.
"It's OK to be clumsy," Barbara said. "You might think it's something that might prevent you from doing something, but you still can."
- Eileen Pieczonka: Seeing her reading therapy dog, Jamie, make a difference with young readers inspired Eileen Pieczonka to write her first picture book, "Blueberry Bear." A resident of Chandler, Eileen's passion is children's literacy and animal welfare.
- Carol Hageman: Carol is a children's author whose new book is "Bubby's Puddle Pond: A Tortuga's Tale of the Desert." The story follows Bubby, a desert tortoise, from the moment a young girl lifts him out of a shoebox and sets him down in his special grassy habitat for the first time.
- Dianne White: Diane is the award-winning author of Blue on Blue, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, and “Goodbye Brings Hello”. She holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential and a master's degree in language and literacy. After 25 years teaching students of all ages, Dianne now writes full-time from her Valley home.
Tina Charney, author of “Your Amazing Preschooler,” will also be on hand to talk with parents.
Michael Hale, author of “Bad Monkey Business,” will be unable to attend because of a death in his family.