After being interviewed by the Library of Congress, and SiriusXM Radio's Book Channel, I signed stacks of Caroline Abbott books at the Barnes & Noble tent before heading to the Target-sponsored Family Storytelling Stage.
There I spoke about Caroline Abbott
and did a reading from Meet Caroline
, the first book in the series. Then I answered lots of questions from the audience.
Afterwards I met lots of patient fans and signed their books. One girl told me she had used the time in line to read, and was already into the third chapter!
My thanks to the Library of Congress for their superbly organized festival, and to the Target Corporation for their generous sponsorship of my participation. Thanks also to Don Delauter of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Alexa Rubin of American Girl, and my husband Scott Meeker, who were my volunteer 'entourage' for the day. They made sure I was where I was supposed to be, on time, with whatever was needed.
Sunday found me signing books at the American Girl store in McLean. As a special treat, store staff had arranged for me to have lunch with Caroline, and for a sweet group of girls to come sing patriotic songs in honor of the War of 1812.
These events afforded me the great joy of meeting lots of young readers, and
the adults who encourage and support their love of reading.
Their enthusiasm helps explain why the six-book Caroline boxed set with game
and the Meet Caroline
paperback have, since their release three weeks ago, been consistently ranked in the top one percent of sales out of the eight million books tracked by Amazon.
Next Stop Boston
Next stop on my American Girl fall tour is the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, which has invited me to do an AG Fans tea and Caroline Abbott presentation
at the museum on Sunday, October 7th. I am enormously excited about this! If you have friends in the area, I invite you to let them know about it.