Celebrate With Books.
Books are great gifts for kids. But books signed by Michigan authors and illustrators are awesome gifts. With that in mind, twenty-eight Michigan children’s authors and illustrators are teaming up with six Michigan bookstores for a one-of-a-kind event: A Merry Mitten Holiday.
What it is: Bookstores across the state are hosting Merry Mitten signing events, each as unique as the store hosting it, whether the authors are greeting customers, strolling around the store helping out, or at a table answering questions. It’s a great opportunity for parents and children to meet favorite authors and illustrators, while purchasing a truly original gift: a signed book. Books for kids from preschool through young adult will be available for sale and signing.
Who it is: All participating authors and illustrators belong to The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), one of the world’s largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.
The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. For more information, click here.
Merry Mitten Artwork: Merry Mitten artwork was created by Kyle M Stone, an author-illustrator PAL member of SCBWI. He has illustrated the picture books, PLEASE BURY ME IN THE LIBRARY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), I LOVE MY PIRATE PAPA (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (Disney Hyperion) as well as numerous educational titles.
His work has been recognized by the Society of illustrators NY and twice selected for inclusion in their “The Original Art” exhibit, an annual exhibit to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the U.S. He currently live and work in Canton Michigan with his wife, 3 kids and 1.5 dogs. His work can be found here.