Kentucky Girls Books

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First Kentucky Girls Book debuted in December 2009.

       Public distribution began in the village that inspired it.

Kentucky on the US map
book cover

First edition book signing at Shaker Village
launches book sales

Marie, Rebecca & Pam

Pleasant Hill;
Dec. 5, 2009 -
Co-authors Marie and Rebecca and illustrator Pam (left to right above) celebrated the official release of their new novel by autographing books for visitors to the Shaker Village where the story takes place. The book signing, a part of Shaker Village's "Simple Gifts of Christmas" festivities, was a rousing success. It was a wonderful time to meet both young and mature readers and personally sign their books.

reviewing illustrationssurpriseco-authors with woman


Rebecca reading

Sharing new books and good food
at the 2009 MotesBooks Literary Dinner

Dec. 10, 2009 -
The authors were among the special guests lauded at the 2009 annual literary dinner hosted by MotesBooks at the Rudyard Kipling Restaurant. It was a wonderful opportunity for Rebecca, Marie and their husbands to meet and mingle with Kentucky authors and editors. During the recognition program following dinner, Rebecca read the first chapter of Road to Pleasant Hill.

reading on stage


signing for Carol A

Signing books at The Blue Marble
in Northern Kentucky

Fort Thomas;
Dec. 12, 2009 -
Christmas decorations and tasty treats added a festive air to The Blue Marble the afternoon co-authors Rebecca and Marie along with illustrator Pam stopped in to sign copies of their recently released Road to Pleasant Hill. The Blue Marble has long been the premier children's bookstore in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area.

guests at the Blue Marble signing


Visiting third-graders in their classroom
at Model Elementary Laboratory School in Richmond, Kentucky

students at Model School

March 26, 2010 - Rebecca and teacher Jennifer Green pose with her third-grade class which was reading and studying Road to Pleasant Hill at the time Rebecca and Marie came to their class.

In addition to talking with the class about this book and answering their questions about Betsy's adventures, Rebecca and Marie discussed the general process of writing and publishing a book and carefully highlighted the distinctions between novels and non-fiction books.

Spring brought a Celebration of Reading to Irvine, Kentucky

Bek and kids at Estil Countyauthors at Estill County

Estill County Middle School;
March 27, 2010 -
Rebecca and Marie joined other Kentucky authors to sign their books and chat with readers of all ages on "Authors Row" at Estill County's Celebration of Reading. The annual event attracted scores of young readers, teachers, and families who came to meet the authors and discuss their books.

This year's theme was "If you give a mouse a book ...," a tongue in cheek tribute to the ever-popular children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ..." Rebecca was particularly delighted by this theme because she used to read that book to her own daughter.

Above left: Rebecca shows readers wearing event-themed t-shirts a scrapbook prepared by Pam, the book's illustrator. It compares actual photos of the Shaker Village with the illustrations she drew for Road to Pleasant Hill. Above right: Marie and Rebecca stand at their assigned table.

festival sign

Helping Harrodsburg celebrate its first
Festival of Books and Arts

June 26, 2010 -
It was beautiful, bright and sunny, but oppresively hot and humid, when Rebecca, Marie and Pam joined some 50 other Kentucky authors and artists on Main Street in Harrodsburg. Tents and tables spanned two city blocks in the downtown business district, for the city's first Festival of Books and Arts.

It was nice to sign and sell some books, but it was even nicer to visit with eager readers and interested teachers and discuss mutual concerns with other aspiring writers and artists.

man at booth woman in orange


Signing books at a conference for the Kentucky Library Association
& the Kentucky School Media Association

Galt House, Louisville;
Sept. 17, 2010 -
The book signing was only one of many activities included in this four-day conference for Kentucky librarians and school media specialists. Titled "In These Extraordinary Times: Libraries Now More than Ever," it drew hundreds of participants from schools and public libraries all across the state. They came to learn, exchange ideas, share experiences, and socialize.

For Rebecca, Marie, and Pam, who were among the invited authors and illustrators, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers and school librarians who have daily contact with potential readers and to explore the possibilities of future school visits. At right: Pam and Rebecca get contact information from one of the many participants who stopped by their table in the book signing area.

Rebecca & Pam with a KLA/KMSA attendee

Wow! -- The World Equestrian Games!
Our book was chosen as an example of Kentucky arts and crafts.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington;
Sept. 25 - Oct. 10, 2010 -
This was the first time the World Equestrian Games -- an Olympic-style event for horses and riders -- were ever held in the United States, and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington was the host. Tens of thousands of people and hundreds of champion horses from around the world attended the two weeks of competitions. It was a marvellous chance to showcase Kentucky to the world, so it included an on-site sales outlet for selected Kentucky-made products and artistic creations. We were thrilled that Road to Pleasant Hill was among the books chosen to be sold here.

Books for sale at Equestrian Games.

authors' table at KRA meeting

Meeting educators at the Kentucky Reading Association Fall Conference

Oct. 30, 2010 -
Hundreds of K-12 educators from across the state gathered in Lexington for this annual three-day conference devoted to improving the reading skills of Kentuckians. Saturday's sessions focused on authors and their books. During the morning, Rebecca, Marie, and Marie's husband Mason Smith shared a display table where they met and talked with conference participants and promoted the Kentucky Girls Books and the additional children's titles co-authored by Marie and Mason. Then, at the special "Meet the Authors Luncheon," they served as table hosts and led informal discussions.


Rebecca & Pam at signing table
3 girls with dolls

Sales of `Tis a Gift kicked off at the
2010 Kentucky Book Fair

Nov. 13, 2010 -
Kentucky's grandest and most popular annual book event -- The Kentucky Book Fair at the Frankfort Convention Center -- was a wonderful place to start selling `Tis a Gift. It attracted almost 200 authors and an estimated 4,000 visitors. The all-day event was an exciting and stimulating chance for authors and readers to meet and discuss their favorite topic -- books.

Rebecca, Marie, and Pam all had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and meeting lots of new ones. Among them were several girls who brought their American Girls dolls to the Book Fair to attend a special American Girls tea. These girls love reading American Girls books but hadn't even known there were Kentucky Girls Books until they came to the book fair. They seemed delighted to learn about them and eagerly bought copies so they could read about the adventures of Betsy Johnson and her new Shaker friends.

We also met some boys who were happy to learn that our books aren't just for girls but also include some strong male characters. `Tis a Gift, for instance, pays particular attention to Betsy's younger brother Tad who saved her life when she became trapped in the woods.

Marie with rapt young girl mom thumbing through a book boy and girl reader

sign outside the Blue Marble

Pre-Christmas book signing at
The Blue Marble

Fort Thomas;
Dec. 5, 2010 -
Northern Kentucky's premier children's bookstore welcomed us back for another pre-Christmas, Sunday afternoon book signing. Last year we introduced Road to Pleasant Hill; this year, Rebecca and Pam presented `Tis a Gift.

We were set up in the store's delightful "Goodnight, Moon" room, and the entire store was decked out with holiday decorations. We also had tasty treats for visitors, including a delicious apple cake and special brown bread made from authentic Shaker recipes.

It was great meeting new friends, especially some young readers who had already read and enjoyed Road to Pleasant Hill. And, it brought us particular joy to have some of Pam's relatives and some mutual friends from our children's writers and illustrators group stop by to see us.

Nick with Pam & Rebecca writer friends visiting two girls and their mom at signing

Signing books at the Kentucky Artisan Center

patrons seeking signatures

Dec. 11, 2010 -
The Kentucky Artisan Center hosted a special book signing for Rebecca and Marie to mark the publication of `Tis a Gift.

The Artisan Center currently stocks the works of 650 Kentucky artists and authors including both books in our Shaker series. At the recent World Equestrian Games in Lexington, the Center featured Road to Pleasant Hill among the selected Kentucky arts and crafts in its special sales area.

by The
Artisan Center

Rebecca Marie

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