It feels wonderful to receive a review from a seven-year old boy living in UK. "It’s really nice, very entertaining. People at my age would love to read it."
Thank you, Amshuman! :-)
Last June 29, I witnessed the graduation of several Filipino-American students at Eskwela Natin's summer class. I watched them with pride and joy knowing that their lives were now enriched with new learnings about their Filipino heritage.
During the program, they played the maracas which they made themselves two weeks ago.
They performed a couple of folk dances which greatly entertained all the parents and the rest of the audience in the room.
I was also so pleased to present the winner of my free book giveaway. Who else but Ely? In this picture she is now holding her very own book. She kept telling me, "You are my favorite author!" :-)
Some went home with my books, either as a raffle winner or an eager buyer.
The afternoon wasn't complete without a photo taken with the former mayor of the City of Davis, Hon. Ruth Asmundson.
I look forward to being back again next year for more book readings and free book giveaways! Hopefully, my goddaughter will be able to join in too.
This was my second time to participate as one of the California authors. Though I consider myself fortunate enough to be included, I have something to comment about the new signage. I think I prefer the signs and posters last year. It was bolder, larger, and more visible. As you can see below you can hardly read the MEET THE CALIFORNA AUTHORS signs. I heard a few people walking by asking what our booths were all about.
We were also asked to make new posters which was smaller than the ones last year. That meant I had to spend again for another poster and my new poster from last year was rendered useless. One more observation - they added library books to the FOR SALE books on display which distracted the attention of the buyers.
These unique ways of stacking books were an attention grabber, though. I saw numerous fairgoers talking pictures of them.
Of course, I will never forget to mention the most important element of the author's booth - the people who admired and/or purchased my books. Even though my sales expectations for 4 days were not met due to the excessive heat (#1 factor for the state fair low attendance), I was still very grateful that several of my books had found their homes.
Here's a collage of some of the loving and thoughtful mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and teachers who bought my books.
And here are some adorable pictures of kids who look like proud owners of my books.
I included those two girls reading The Magic Paintbrush because they both read the book from cover to cover. Thanks to the mothers who patiently waited for them.
It was great to see a familiar face this year. I was pleasantly surprised to see Alena again! She just didn't buy another book but she also came back another day to submit her manuscript. As of the present, we have negotiated a book contract! Yes, this is my second contract to publish another children's books and I'm looking forward to its success. Stay tuned for more details!
Eskwela Natin has been conducting free classes every Sunday on 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento. I was so thrilled when I was asked by Ms. Dolores Diaz to come today and read one of my children's books. "Zoobooloo" was my choice to read to the kids because before that one of the teachers read a Filipino fable entitled "Ang Pagong at ang Matsing" (The Turtle and the Monkey). I had a feeling that they would have a good laugh hearing what happens at night when the gates of Zoobooloo are closed.
It wasn't a mistake! I heard them laughing all throughout my reading! And the biggest surprise was that when I asked what was the moral lesson of the story, a little kid, who raised her hand each time I asked a question, answered, "You have to like you!"
After my storytelling this little kid told me that she loved "Zoobooloo." It made me smile from ear to ear! Little did I know that later on she still had something to tell me and it was the most wonderful thing I ever heard from any kid that had heard me read my book. I had to ask her to say it again so I could take a video and treasure that moment forever! You can see her video on Purple Cotton Candy's Facebook page. Here's the link ~ https://www.facebook.com/purplecottoncandyarts/videos/2175002692745435/
Here she is on the left holding my book. Her name is Ely. As you can see on the right side of the picture, the girl on the right is Aniela. She went home with two of my books. I hope she also enjoys "Another Afternoon in Julia's World."
It wasn't a disappointment to do a book exhibit last Sunday, June 10, during the opening day of Eskwela Natin.
After the program, I was able to interact with several mothers and their children.
I will be back on July 15 for some storytelling time for the kids. Teacher Lilibeth and I will be working together to encourage the kids to write their own books. I'm am really looking forward to that!
Last April 22, I was invited by Susie, owner of Gift from the Heart in Elk Grove to participate in their celebration of Earth Day. I was able to come as a vendor for a couple of hours, but I didn't have extra time to read to the kids. As soon as I showed a copy of my two books and gave a short background about them, I was in a mad dash for my next event, the NCPA Book Awards.
I have nothing else going on on July 15 so I am sure the kids at Eskwela Natin will have ALL of my time.
It felt so good being connected with my roots as hundreds of Filipino shoppers gathered together at the Rizal Community Center last June 3 to enjoy Filipino culture and food. Fortunately, several shoppers stopped by my booth to see what I had to offer. Most of them were happy and proud to find out that there is a "kababayan" (countryman) author residing here in Sacramento.
Look at the pictures that I managed to take in between book signing and selling my crafts. Aren't they adorable?
All these three girls are showing off their purchases - notepad, children's book, and snap necklace. The one on the left came back to my booth after
a few minutes to make sure that she also had my autograph like her cousin in the middle. I found that so cute!
All of the kids were willing to pose for me except for this little girl on the right. lol
Here's a photo of a couple who just bought a book from me for their daughter. I asked for their picture after rambling on about what inspired me to write my first book.
While I was there as a vendor, I also had a chance to meet some people connected to Eskwela Natin. They invited me to exhibit my books on their opening day. I felt so honored!
You can tell that several good things came out from this event. Even when I got home, my mind was still churning with exciting things. Thanks to a lovely lady who suggested that I publish some books with Filipino translations. Since then, I've been working on two of my books. ;-)
This boy melted my heart. I can clearly remember the warm hug he gave me when I first met him. Because he is a charming, unforgettable boy, I gifted him this book. I heard from his grandmother that he loved reading the book.
Janella was just about 5-6 years old when I first met her in the Philippines. She has been close to my heart since then because I tutored her every day during school days for several years. Being a small part of her childhood years was the one of the most memorable teaching experiences I had, but I had never guessed that one day, her first born would be learning how to read through books which I had written. How touching!
Finally, Gillena from Trinidad and Tobago sent me a picture of Zuri! I've been dying to see her cute granddaughter who now owns two of my books, Mud Spots and Candy Sprinkles & The Magic Paintbrush. I am so thankful to Gillena because she has thought of this idea of book swapping. Because of her, I have made a child smile through my books and I have received two of her children's books which are immensely enjoyed by my goddaughter. Last month, I had posted a picture of my goddaughter holding one of her books.
Last April 28, I was at Rancho Cordova Library with a few authors from the Northern California Publishers and Authors for a book signing event. I only sold two books, but it was enjoyable interacting with fellow indie authors.
It was also wonderful to find out that there are more opportunities for book signings. I will soon post under Events the places where I will be participating, including the dates, of course.
I’m Christine L. Villa, the creative explorer who eats, sleeps, and breathes everything creative from children’s books, Japanese short-form poetry, to arts and crafts.
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