I had such a lovely time tonight at illustrator Aino Anto’s and writer Shelley A. Leedahl’s booklaunch

I had such a lovely time tonight at illustrator Aino Anto’s and writer Shelley A. Leedahl’s booklaunch for THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL, held at indie Toronto children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables. Shelley read the entire book to us while Aino showed us the illustrations, and it was such a powerful, moving book about loneliness and not fitting in, moving to finding each other and chosen family. It felt so good to be read to, the words and illustrations wrapping around us to create a vivid story world.

I got my copy signed by both, connected with #kidlit & #YAlit writer & illustrator friends, and of course Petal got a ton of love from people and gave it to them as well. It was a beautiful evening, and I am so proud of Aino and Shelley for their new book.

Pictured with me and Petal are illustrator Aino Anto (pics 1—4), Shelley Leedahl (pic 3); YAlit and kidlit writer Lena Coakley (pic 5), and Red Deer editor Peter Carver (pic 6), whose writing critique course I took for ten years before SCARS was published, giving me encouragement, community, and greater confidence in myself as a writer. (I should have taken more pictures; I saw so many good people I truly enjoy – but I forgot!) @aino_anto_illustration @mabelsfablesbookstore

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#petalrainfield #chinesecrested #hairyhairless #dogstagram #ilovemydog #ilovemychinesecresteddog #dogmom

for THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL, held at indie Toronto children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables. Shelley read the entire book to us while Aino showed us the illustrations, and it was such a powerful, moving book about loneliness and not fitting in, moving to finding each other and chosen family. It felt so good to be read to, the words and illustrations wrapping around us to create a vivid story world.

I got my copy signed by both, connected with #kidlit & #YAlit writer & illustrator friends, and of course Petal got a ton of love from people and gave it to them as well. It was a beautiful evening, and I am so proud of Aino and Shelley for their new book.

Pictured with me and Petal are illustrator Aino Anto .

#ainoanto #shelleyaleedahl #kidlitillustration #kidlit #picturebooks #themoonwatcheditall #picturebook #bookrecommendations #bookrecs #bookstagram

#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

#petalrainfield #chinesecrested #hairyhairless #dogstagram #ilovemydog #ilovemychinesecresteddog #dogmom

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