Yesterday I had the honor of meeting a wonderful group of American Girl fans at the beautiful public library in Verona, WI.
It was a joy to talk with so many avid young readers (some of whom are also budding writers) and the adults who clearly love and support them. 

Kathleen Ernst speaking with American Girl fans at the Verona WI Public Library on March 26, 2013.

In my program I explained how American Girl asked me to create their newest historical character, Caroline Abbott, and how I approached writing the (now) seven books about her childhood and events 200 years ago. I spoke about the research I did so that the books would be accurate, and showed maps, photos, and artwork about the historic places, objects, and activities that are important to the Caroline stories.  
The Caroline Abbott doll and Meet Caroline book combination, winner of 2012 Mom's Choice Gold Awared for Ages 8+.

It wasn't all show and tell though.

There were door prizes, including a full-size Caroline Abbott doll and Meet Caroline book. The lovely girl who won was barely taller than the doll!  
Traitor In The Shipyard cake

And there were refreshments, including a vanilla, chocolate, raspberry cake
decorated with the cover of my newest Caroline story, Traitor In The Shipyard.

That's my 25th published book, and I'm busy celebrating with a "25 books in 25 weeks" giveaway!
For details on how to win, click HERE

Author kathleen Ernst and American Girl fans at the Verona WI Public Library Tea Party March 26, 2013.

Afterwards I met with lots of wonderful readers, and happily signed their books. Their enthusiasm for Caroline's stories was heartwarming! My thanks to the library for hosting the party, to American Girl for donating the doll, and especially to all the great girls who came to hear me. I wrote the Caroline books for you.

On The Road

My next American Girl events are at the Annapolis Maryland Book Festival on April 13th and the Washington DC American Girl Store on April 14th.

I'll be back in Wisconsin giving my Meet Caroline program at the Lake Mills Public Library on April 18th and the Fox Valley Book Festival on April 20th.

Check my Calendar for details on these and other upcoming events. If you know someone who might enjoy one of these, please let them know.

Warm regards,

Kathleen at the Swiss Village Museum in New Glarus WI
Kathleen is an award-winning, bestselling author of mysteries and historical fiction for adults and children.

Over the years her work has earned numerous honors, including multiple Edgar and Agatha national mystery award nominations and an Emmy for children's educational programming.

To date, readers have purchased over 750,000 audio, electronic, and printed copies of Kathleen's 25 books.

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