We are happy to announce the book launch for (former) Amherst, NH resident MARYANN COCCA-LEFFLER of her new children's picture book, GROWING SEASON! The event will be held in our award-winning Bookside Cafe, where I'm sure some treats will be on hand to dazzle. Maryann will read from the new book AND lead the kids in a fun filled activity - coloring and cutting plant markers to use with their own plants - seeds provided! Can't make it? Give us a call and we'll gladly put a book aside for you.
About "Growing Season": El and Jo are the smallest students in class--and best friends, too. But in springtime, something BIG happens: Jo starts growing like a weed . . . and El doesn't. When their teacher asks every child to pick a plant to care for over the summer, poor El ends up with a tiny, flowerless aster. But slowly, the aster blooms--and so does El! A sweet picture book about the joys and challenges of growing up.
Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 60 children's books, including What I Love About Christmas (Sterling); Let It Snow, Let It Fall, Let It Rain, and Let It Shine (Scholastic), a series with combined sales of more than two million copies; and A Vacation for Pooch, which was a Best Children's Books selection from Bank Street College of Education in 2014. Maryann's book Janine was inspired by her daughter, and together they developed a corresponding website, janinesparty.com, with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. She now lives in Portland, ME. Visit her at MaryannCoccaLeffler.com.