Thursday, July 18, 2019

Happy Birthday, Philip Stead - July 13

Happy Birthday, Philip Stead - July 13

If you search, "Philip Stead Born" or "Philip Stead Birthday," Google will tell you that Philip was born on December 27th. is incorrect!

I met Philip Stead at the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio and as I do with all authors and illustrators, when I meet them, I asked him his birthday.

His birthday is July 13th, not December 27th.

December 27th is his wife, Erin Stead's birthday. Philip believes that someone copied and pasted his wife's information to a wikipedia page about him.

So, adjust your author birthday calendars! I added his birthday to mine! Happy Reading!

Check out some of Philip's books:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy Birthday, Kate McMullan - January 16

Happy Birthday, Kate McMullan - January 16

10 years of birthday cakes for Kate McMullan.

I can't believe it!

My kids, especially my oldest son, have grown up looking forward to baking a birthday cake every January for Kate McMullan inspired by one of her books.

This year's inspiration was her new book, I'm Tough!. The red pick-up truck may not be the biggest truck but it shows its toughness as it completes three important jobs. Long Lumber, heavy gravel, and tall hay stacks are no match for this tough truck! The newest creation from Kate and Jim McMullan will delight the fans who loved their other books I Stink, I'm Mighty!, I'm Dirty!, I'm Bad!, I'm Big!, I'm Fast!, I'm Cool!, I'm Brave!, and I'm Smart!. (All of which have been featured as birthday cakes on our blog!)

What was our favorite part of the book? Load #3. The Hay Ride! This load is a "whopper" and we loved reading and acting out ---

the wiiiiiide curve (Whoooooooa!),
the sharp curve (Ooooooh!!),
and the corkscrewww!
Plus, how fun is it to say, "HEY, HAY! Take it away!"

So, are you ready to see this year's birthday cake? It turned out amazing. My boys did it all on their own with just a little help from their sister.

They aren't the biggest bakers in the house, but their big enough, 'cause guess what -- THEY'RE TOUGH!
And strong -- cake batter is pretty heaveeeeeeeey!
He measured and cut out the shape of the pickup truck.
Little sister always shows up when she hears the word --- frosting!
For us, the most anxious part of the whole process is getting the first layer of frosting on the cake.
My son confidently said, "Don't worry, it always works out."
He was a confident decorator.
He captured many of the little details from Jim McMullan's illustration.
Well done, my man!
Here is a close up of the cake!
It warms my heart that they still enjoy listening to me read picture books after 10 years.

The whole crew! (well, not the whole wife, Lisa is taking the photo!)
The cake tasted as good as it looked!

Thank you, Kate McMullan for 10 years of family fun!

Buy I'm Tough today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Happy Birthday, Scott Magoon - August 31

Happy Birthday, Scott Magoon - August 31

This birthday celebration is brought to you by the power of Twitter. 

Last year (2017), I tweeted Erica S. Perl to wish her a "Happy Birthday" and she replied back that she shares a birthday with Scott Magoon.

Scott Magoon is the author-illustrator of Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! and Breathe. He has also illustrated books for Kate DiCamillo (Spoon and Chopsticks) and Ame Dyckman (Misunderstood Shark). 

Upon, finding out that Erica S. Perl and Scott Magoon were birthday buddies I tweeted Scott to congratulate him on his book, I Have a Balloon.

I asked Scott if we could add his birthday to our growing author and illustrator birthday calendar.

Let's fast forward to this year (2018)...I thought it would be fun to have a Twitter-inspired birthday celebration for Scott who illustrated the 2018 New York Times Best SellerRescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

We would be meeting the authors of Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, on September 1st at the National Book Festival 2018 and I had a quick and fun way to let Scott know we were thinking of him.

Rescue and Jessica is a courageous story about Jessica and her service dog, Rescue. Rescue learns he is more suited to be a service dog despite be trained as a guide dog. Jessica learns she will be an amputee after suffering a tragic injury at the Boston Marathon in 2013. They are both worried about what the future holds but their perseverance leads them together. Together Rescue and Jessica form a friendship like no other.

Before leaving Ohio for Washington D.C. I had everything I needed for our Twitter birthday celebration.

Upon meeting Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, I explained our blog and asked if they would share their birthdays with us (Jessica's is March 1st and Patrick's is June 8th). Then, I asked if they would help us celebrate Scott Magoon's birthday right there in the autographing line!

I tweeted the photo to Scott and he replied right away! Yay! Our first ever Twitter birthday party!

A huge thank you to Jessica and Patrick (and Rescue) for helping out and for signing our book. 

I hope to add Scott Magoon's autograph to our book when he visits the Mazza Museum for the Weekend Conference on November 8-9, 2018!

1. Scott Magoon's Website
2. Follow Scott Magoon on Twitter

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