We went to a balloon festival in Iowa tonight and think we saw your balloon! Harrison recognized it right away from your books, so we took a couple of pictures (when your balloon landed, it was hiding behind a few of the others!). If you were there, KeeKee, we hope you liked Iowa! We can’t wait for your next book!
Amy & Harrison
Thank you Amy & Harrison! Sorry we missed the Iowa Festival but thank you for looking out for us! Love all the colorful balloons…it’s a great way to travel! >^..^<
Author Shannon accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! On behalf of KeeKee’s Big Adventures, we donated and got a little chilly!
KeeKee asked we challenge Fancy Nancy, PETE the CAT and Dora the Explorer! >^..^<
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Shannon Jones on Vimeo.
We just received this awesome journal from Dex, who lives in the Netherlands, about his trip to Paris with KeeKee. Take a tour as Dex brings to life all the spots in KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France!
Hi KeeKee, can you guess where I am in this picture? Love, Dex
Hi KeeKee, Did you guess Paris? You’re right. I went with my mom for a weekend to Paris. We visited Aunt Carole and I decided to see if I could find you too. First stop, Eiffel Tower. I went to the very top, but didn’t see your balloon. Did it float away? Yours truly, Dex
Hi KeeKee, Next stop: Notre Dame. I looked inside but couldn’t find you. We had to be quiet because there were lots of people listening to a man in black dress. I wanted to climb up all the steps to see the gargoyles up close but there was a long line of people and it was hot and my mom didn’t want to wait. Instead we bought ice cream across the street. I hope I didn’t miss you there. Best regards, Dex
Hi again KeeKee, Woohoo! I got to ride on the boat on the big river. Just like you did with your friends. That was fun. Hugs, Dex
Hi KeeKee, Last stop: Montmarte. I got to ride the funicular! And I could see the Eiffel Tower in the distance all lit up with sparkling lights! I still didn’t see your balloon though. We went inside and walked around the little village. And finally stopped in a tiny restaurant for my first ever crepe. I had a banana and chocolate crepe. There was even a man playing the piano. I was very tired and I still didn’t find you. But I had lots of fun. I guess I’ll have to look for you again sometime soon in Rome. A bientôt! Dex
Merci beaucoup Dex, Mom Jenna & Aunt Carole for sharing your Paris adventures with us!! >^..^<
BookExpo America 2014 starts next week in New York City at Javits Center and we’ll be there!
Book Expo America is the #1 book and author event that offers the book and education/librarian industry access to new titles, authors, and education about the publishing industry.
We’re kicking off the Expo attending the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2014 26th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards! KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France already has Silver and we’re nominated for Gold in the Best First Book (Children’s/Young Adult) Category. The Awards Ceremony is from 7 to 8:30pm at NYU’s Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion. All are welcome! There are 143 books nominees including 39th U.S. president Jimmy Carter, actor Jim Carrey, musician Art Garfunkel, and author Garrison Keillor! We’re in good company!
Thursday, May 29 we’ll be in the Mom’s Choice Awards Booth #2767-2768 at noon for a special interview with Mom’s Choice and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
We’ll be back in Mom’s Choice Awards booth on Saturday, May 31 at 11:30am. Author Shannon will be giving-away and signing 140 KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Rome, Italy books! We’ll also be giving away our brand new KeeKee badge buttons!
And if you’d like to check out our books at any point during the show, you can find KeeKee in:
- Mom’s Choice Awards Booth #2767-2768
- Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA) Booth #2352
Hope to see you there! >^..^<
In appreciation of our Fans support over the first year, we gave away FIVE Author & Illustrator signed copies of the book AND a Special Edition KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris First Birthday Sticker Collection!
And the winners are…
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you! Merci! Grazie! for helping make our first year a huge success! >^..^<
We have our first Costco Book Signing scheduled!
It’s taking place on Saturday, April 12 from 2 to 4pm in Leesburg, Virginia…Shannon’s hometown.
If you’re in the area, please stop by to see us and pick up KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris! Even if you have a copy, it makes a great birthday or Easter gift!!
Hope to see you there!! >^..^<
It’s the perfect time to tell you how much we like you! >^..^<
Don’t miss out special KeeKee Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages in the Activities section.
And enjoy this article from Italy Magazine about some of the history of St. Valentine.
WAHOO!! This week we spotted Paris on the top shelf at Barnes & Noble under New & Noteworthy!! 2014 is off to a great start!
Add YOUR colors to 2014 KeeKee with this coloring page! Click to download.
May your 2014 be filled with adventures!
Our look next stop at Epcot’s Holidays Around the World is the United Kingdom.
Many of the Christmas traditions used around the world originated in the countries of the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Well-known Christmas carols like “Deck the Halls” were first sung in the UK. The tradition of Christmas cards began here. And the hanging of mistletoe is one of their oldest and most popular traditions.
Also Boxing Day is celebrated in the UK December 26th. It is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. Today it is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and other Commonwealth nations.
Don’t miss all the Holidays Around the World articles. Merry Christmas! >^..^<