Night Becomes Day: Changes in Nature arrives in less than a week–on October 5! I received my author copies in the mail this week, and the printed pages are even more vivid than the digital images on my computer screen.
As the book launch nears, I’d like to tell you about some upcoming events. First, on October 5, at 5 pm, I am joining forces with the Zionsville Nature Center to host a book-birthday bash at the Zionsville library! Kids in grades preK-3 are invited. I’ll read my book, plus there will be stations where kids can see and interact with rocks & minerals, seeds & fruits, amphibians, and crystals. We will have a short game, and since it’s a birthday party, there will also be a treat to take home–a gift from the author!
A few days later, on October 8, I’ll partner with the library again. We will meet at Elm Street Green park and have science activities for preschoolers. Plus, we will experience Night Becomes Day as part of the StoryWalk installation along the trail! Anyone is welcome to this outdoor event. Register for either event by clicking the date in the online library calendar here: https://hmmpl.org/evanced/.
On Saturday, October 9, at noon ET, I’ll be part of a virtual book launch hosted by The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. I have been to a workshop at The Barn, and Bethany Hegedus, the director there, helped mentor another project of mine. I am partnering with another debut picture book author named SK Wenger for this event. We met online through a Writing Barn program last year, and we’ve discovered we have a lot in common! We will fill you in on that and share more about our new books during the launch. It’s free via Zoom! You may register by clicking here.
On November 6, I am presenting a webinar through the Indiana chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The title is “Nonfiction: A Vast, Vibrant Genre from Board Books to Middle Grade.” It’s not specifically about Night Becomes Day, but if you are interested in learning more about writing nonfiction or identifying interesting titles for your students or kids, you’re more than welcome to join us. Here is a link to that event: https://indiana.scbwi.org/events/pal-presentation-cynthia-argentine/.
On November 9, I’ll be reading at Westfield Washington library’s story time at 10:30 am. We will have nature crafts to complement the book. Think leaves, pinecones, and acorns!
Several bloggers will be sharing the inside story on how Night Becomes Day came to be over the next few weeks. You may check the “Media Mentions” section on my Resources page to find links to these online interviews and book reviews. The first one ran yesterday on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, Tuesday Debuts! Here’s a link in case you’re interested: https://susannahill.com/2021/09/28/tuesday-debut-presenting-cynthia-argentine/.
Last but not least, if you would like your own copy of Night Becomes Day and have not ordered one yet, please consider ordering before October 5. All pre-orders help boost my first-week sales numbers. And if you’d like for your school or library to purchase a copy–which would be awesome!–consider sending them an email to request it. There’s a promotional flyer on my resources page (here’s a link, see photo right or below), which you may attach to your email to provide them with helpful information.
Thank you for reading this far! If you know of a child, parent, grandparent, teacher, librarian, or author who would be interested in any of these events, feel free to share this post. I hope to see or hear from you soon!