Join us at Brookline Booksmith

Saturday December 13th at 10:30 am. I’ll be reading my book during Story Hour and doing a coloring activity for young children (and grownups who like to color). Co-sponsored by

Closing a circle

Monica and I have come a long way from our Puzzle Place trainings many years ago, and we both remain committed to welcoming and accepting people of all backgrounds. Thanks to Monica, who is a truly awesome person, for her kind words in this posting on her blog, Monica’s Tangled Web.

Heartland Fall Forum

Signing my books at the Heartland Fall Forum, an annual conference for independent book sellers based in the mid-West, was a positive and inspiring experience. My book was well received, and I especially enjoyed talks by children’s book authors Judith Viorst and Rosemary Wells.
I was pleased to see that the pendulum seems to be swinging back towards embracing and supporting independent local bookstores, recognizing that their book-loving staff can immediately recommend any type of book, and also that local bookstores contribute meaningfully to their communities. It was wonderful to be with so many people who love books of all kinds.

#1 Best Seller for a Day

It’s been a very exciting week for me and Eight Candles and a Tree. On June 17th, Amazon ranked the book as the #1 best seller in Children’s Books – Holidays and Celebrations – Jewish. By the end of last week, the book was ranked #20, and today it’s #13. The price has fluctuated from $14 to $17. The supply has gone from “only 2 left” to “only 20 left and more on the way.” So I’m learning that Amazon has a unique algorithm to rank, price and stock its books. It seems to be based on the number of sales per day, and clearly, if the book sells less one day than the day before, the ranking goes down. I wish I had photographed the banner proclaiming #1 best seller, and I hope I will see it again.

However, Amazon isn’t the only place that sells the book, so it’s not the most accurate way to measure the book’s popularity. The book is also available through the publisher and at Barnes and Noble. Independent booksellers and librarians order from the central distribution channels of Baker and Taylor or Ingram, or from the publisher, Beaver’s Pond Press.

People have told me that they love the vibrant illustrations and the inclusive message. It’s extremely gratifying to hear all this positive feedback. If you have already bought the book, thank you, and please spread the word to any families with young kids that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.