Read Local and Win!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 2017/2018 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators! The Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.

Take the Picture Book Challenge, the Middle Grade Challenge, the Young Adult Challenge, or all three!  Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

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Summer Reading 2017: “Little Hands Signing: In My Neighborhood”

Just in time for 2017’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme, “Build a Better World”, it’s…

LITTLE HANDS SIGNING: IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

Library, store, hospital, and more!  There are so many places to see in our neighborhood!  Join signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan for stories, songs, rhymes, and American Sign Language fun. (40 minutes; available as a baby/toddler, preschooler, birth-6, or all-ages program)

$275 per program; discounts available for multiple bookings.  Click here for complete rates and booking information.

Book a program for Summer 2017 by December 31, 2016 and receive 15% off the program price!  Ask about a free same-day author program for Kathy’s Young Adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, 2016)!

“Let’s Move!” for Summer 2016!

Just in time for 2016’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set….Read!”, it’s…

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Wiggle, giggle, dance, and sign!  It’s time for American Sign Language stories, songs, and fun that celebrate all the ways we move. (40 minutes; available as a baby/toddler, preschooler, birth-6, or all-ages program)

$275 per program; discounts available for multiple bookings.  Click here for complete rates and booking information.

Book a program for Summer 2016 by December 31, 2015 and receive 15% off the program price!  Ask about a free same-day author signing program for Kathy’s Young Adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, 2016)!

Signing (in both senses) @ the Baltimore Book Festival

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Bring the whole family this weekend for the Baltimore Book Festival, an exciting 3-day celebrating books and readers!  The festival will take place at the Inner Harbor   There will be lots of great activities for readers of all ages, and you’ll get to meet lots of authors in person – including me!

Friday, September 25 11 AM-3 PM &

Saturday, September 26, 11 AM-7 PM:

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region Tent at the times below, along with a bunch of other great local children’s authors.  Come on down to purchase a signed copy of LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER, enjoy some hands-on sign language crafts, and learn about my young adult novel SWORD AND VERSE, which will be released by HarperCollins in January.  In addition, interactive author presentations will take place in the tent every half hour.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Events This Week

Sign and Dine at Peace a Pizza

image001When: Wednesday, May 13th, 4:00-8:00pm

Where: Peace A Pizza, 15 Mellor Ave, Catonsville, MD

20% of sales goes to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2015 scholarship fund!

In order for the Deaf Camps, Inc. to receive credit for sales, you must have a coupon. Print the coupon here.

For more information, visit Peace A Pizza at www.peaceapizza.com

Thanks for supporting Deaf Camps, Inc.!

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

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Gaithersburg Book Festival

thWhen: Saturday, May 16 10AM-6PM

Where: Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds (gaithersburgbookfestival.org)

With free admission and parking and lots of activities for the whole family, this is an event not to be missed!  Meet Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in the Children’s Area from 10 AM-12 Noon.

 

 

 

Little Hands and Big Hands in Connecticut this Weekend!

I’ll be hitting the road and taking my interactive “Little Hands and Big Hands” programs to Connecticut this weekend!

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Using sign language with young children can reduce frustration, stimulate language learning, enhance bonding, and raise a child’s self-esteem. Learn along with your child as Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, presents hands-on games, fingerplays, songs, and more that parents can use throughout the day to smooth transitions, calm a fussy child, or engage a stubborn one. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Schedule and locations:

Saturday, April 25: A Festival of Children’s Books

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Sponsored by RJ Julia Booksellers
Location: Davis Street Arts and Academics School
35 Davis St., New Haven. CT
Festival runs 10 AM-3PM; Little Hands and Big Hands Storytime at 11:45 AM
For all ages. FREE Admission!  Join us for a fun-filled day meeting your favorite authors! There will be author talks, book signings, photo opportunities and loads of other fun activities! Enjoy great music, delicious food, creative crafts (look there’s Clifford!) cool raffle prizes and more! Click here for more information

Saturday, April 25 at 2 PM: Little Hands and Big Hands at the Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street
Guilford CT 06437
203-453-8282
Breakwater Books is cosponsoring this program, and books will be for sale at the bookstore prior to the event, as well as that afternoon at the library. This program is free and open to all ages. Reserve your place by calling the Reference Desk at 203-453-8282 or by signing up online at www.guilfordfreelibrary.org

 

Saturday, April 26,  1-3 PM: Little Hands and Big Hands at Simply Baby and Kids

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228 South Main St
Newtown, Connecticut 06470
203-304-9400
For all ages. Join us for crafts, refreshments, storytime, and more!  Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  For more information or to register, click here.

 

 

Even MORE Signing Fun @ the Baltimore Book Festival

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Just added!  I will also be presenting a program about the myths and realities of signing with children on Friday afternoon!  See below for the complete schedule.

Bring the whole family this weekend for the Baltimore Book Festival, an exciting 3-day celebrating books and readers!  The festival will take place at the Inner Harbor this year.  There will be lots of great activities for readers of all ages, and you’ll get to meet lots of authors in person – including me!

Here’s where the signing fun will be going down:

Friday, September 26 at 11 AM: LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS storytime for children ages birth-6 and their grownups at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage (located near the Maryland Science Center).  ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Friday, September 26, 4:30 PM: LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS author talk at the Bicentennial Plaza Authors’ Stage.  Learn about the myths and realities of signing with young children in this interactive presentation!  ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Friday, September 26, 12 PM-8PM: Visit me in the  Bicentennial Plaza Authors’ Tent between to purchase a signed copy of LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER and enjoy some hands-on sign language crafts!

 

 

Little Hands Signing @ the Baltimore Book Festival

main_logoBring the whole family this weekend for the Baltimore Book Festival, and exciting 3-day celebrating books and readers!  The festival will take place at the Inner Harbor this year, and I am thrilled to be a part of it!  There will be lots of great activities for readers of all ages, and you’ll get to meet lots of authors in person – including me!

Here’s where the signing fun will be going down:

Friday, September 26 at 11 AM: LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS storytime for children ages birth-6 and their grownups at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

Friday, September 26, 12 PM-8PM: Visit me in the  Bicentennial Plaza Authors’ Tent between to purchase a signed copy of LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER and enjoy some hands-on sign language crafts!

Hope to see you there!

 

Why Sign with Your Baby or Toddler?

I’m happy to share this video, the first in a series I will be unveiling this fall sharing tips and tricks for signing with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Direct link: http://youtu.be/xrssJI-Ev5E

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I’m also excited to announce that I will be presenting a FREE program for children ages birth-6 and their grownups at the  Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival on Friday, September 26 at 11 AM!  You can visit me in the  Bicentennial Plaza Authors’ Tent between noon and 8 PM that day to purchase a signed copy of LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER and enjoy some hands-on sign language crafts!

 

Little Hands and Big Hands on the Eastern Shore

I am excited to announce that I will be visiting several libraries and bookstores on the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware over the next week (full schedule below)!  Join me for a free program to learn more about the benefits of signing with young children, and purchase a signed copy of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together.  The book was featured in a recent edition of the Cape Gazette:

“There are many great books out there about the basics of signing with babies,” says MacMillan. “In ‘Little Hands and Big Hands,’ I wanted to go beyond just the signs and give parents specific, age-appropriate activities they could use to make everyday life with their kids more harmonious while also enhancing early literacy. Many people assume that signing is something you do only until your child is speaking, but in fact there are tremendous benefits to signing with preschoolers as well – signing gives them more tools in their language and communication toolbox. That’s why the book includes activities for kids ages birth to 6.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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