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A Trip to the Bookstore in Search of Our Book

The Artful Parent Book at Malaprops Bookstore!

Yesterday was an exciting day around here! As the official release day for my book, it was full of all kinds of fun. Lots of great Amazon reviews to read (Thank you, thank you!), an after school trip to our fave local bookstore, flowers, notes of congrats… 

The highlight was taking the girls to Malaprops Bookstore in search of "our book." We had to ask for help finding it—it wasn't on the shelves with the parenting books but rather up in the front window.*

The Artful Parent Book display at Malaprops

Three copies at kid level.

Three copies taken off their stands and admired anew (despite our home copies being well thumbed through already).

Three kids searching and finding their own photos in the books (our friend Stella, who was with us, is well represented too.).

We had to buy one of the books. Just because. It was our book on the shelf and we were there at the bookstore. And Maia said she really, really wanted to give a copy to her teacher.

The kids took turns carrying it to the cash register, to the car, home. It was clearly a special book.

The Artful Parent book and flowers

And when we got home? There were flowers waiting on the front porch along with a card from the folks at Roost Books who have put so much time and expertise into making this book a reality.

All in all, a good day.

*I'm doing a hands-on family art event at Malaprops Bookstore on Saturday, May 11th at 3pm.


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    April 10, 2013 at 6:31 am

    How exciting!!! You’re a celebrity.

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    The Orchard
    April 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations! I got a message from Amazon saying that my book has shipped! I can’t wait to get it in the mail! :)

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    The Orchard
    April 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

    P.S. I LOVE Maia’s sunglasses! Are they upside down? :)

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    April 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    That is phenomenal.
    I remember the first time I laid hands on an actual printed-and-bound book of a manuscript I’d worked on. (I was a copy editor in my life-before-kids.) I’m a little breathless thinking about how much *more* exciting it must be when it’s an actual printed-and-bound book of your *own* manuscript!
    I had a notification that my copy is shipping this morning. I can’t wait to see it in person! xo

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    April 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I love this post. It actually brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment. It’s so exciting that you can continue to spread your creativity through another medium. I fully intend to make this my go-to present for new parents.

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    April 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The excitement and pride in this post absolutely made my day. My artful parent book is here, right next to me!

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    Debbie Rosenkranz
    April 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    What a wonderful way to celebrate. Congratulations to you and your little artist’s!

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    April 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I live in The Netherlands in Amsterdam and I saw your beautiful book in 2 book shops yesterday.

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    April 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Same sentiments as Dena and Carly… this post brought tears to my eyes and made my day. It’s so nice to hear such a happy story of enjoying an exciting accomplishment with family and friends. I was just watching “The Voice” the other day wishing I see more happy people celebrating an accomplishment and how I only get to see it on these singing shows. So thanks for sharing!

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    April 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Congrats. You deserve this. You have shared so much with all of us, now its your turn to receive the wonderment.

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    April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Congratulations Jean – that is so awesome – and I bet super exciting to see it on display! I got an email from amazon earlier in the week to say that my copy of your book had been dispatched – and I can’t wait until I get to have a good look through – hopefully in a couple of weeks!! Super, super awesome – I’m so happy for you. xoxo

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    April 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Congratulations, Jean!! I received my copy today, it is fabulous! I have enjoyed following your journey and taken inspiration from you since I first read your article in Mothering many years ago, then from following your blog, and now the book – so excited for you!

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    jess - sunbeams and sanity
    April 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats! What an exciting and wonderful day – one I am sure you will all remember. Your kids must be so proud of you.
    Looking fwd to getting ours in the post

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    April 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations Jean! I just purchased it on Amazon last night! Looking forward to some art inspiration!

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Congrats! I can not even begin to imagine what it must feel like! Well deserved.

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    April 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I just received my copy today! So exciting! I’m thrilled for you, this huge achievement!

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    April 15, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Congratulations, Jean! I’m so excited for you, and thank you for sharing your love of creating art with children.

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    April 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    So cool that your book is taking off! I might have to have a little peek at it myself.

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    Luli Hernandez
    April 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Jean! congratulations on the release of your book!! is there any way I can get it shipped to Argentina? Amazon has too many issues related to legal import to the country, and I know other companies are by far more practical and organized, at least as for south american markets. Any data is useful, thank you! and again, ENJOY this wonderful moment!

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    November 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I just started a job doing activities with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and saw this book in a hobby/craft store. I have used it and your website and it is perfect! Thank you!

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