Costco Book Signing, Leesburg VA on April 12

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!!

Costco Book Signing

Hope to see you there!! >^..^<

Holidays Around the World: UK

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.

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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.

Happy Christmas!

Don’t miss all the Holidays Around the World articles. Merry Christmas! >^..^<

Holidays Around the World: Italy

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World is a great way to learn how different cultures and countries celebrate holidays.

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Our second stop was the same as our second KeeKee’s Big Adventures book…Italy!

La Befana

In Italy, La Befana shared with us the Italian Christmas traditions…considered the most intimate Italian holiday. La Befana is a good-hearted witch who climbs down chimneys to fill good children’s shoes with treats on eve of Epiphany, January 5.

Holidays in Italy

Buon Natale!

Don’t miss all the Holidays Around the World articles. Merry Christmas! >^..^<

Holidays Around the World: France

Over Thanksgiving, we visited Walt Disney World and Epcot in Orlando, Florida. Epcot was featuring a really cool Holidays Around the World exhibit throughout the World Showcase!

We thought we’d share some of the highlights of how other countries celebrate the holidays.

Epcot Holidays Around the World-1Our first stop was the same stop as our first KeeKee’s Big Adventures book…Paris, France!

After the French Christmas Eve feast called le révillon, children set out shoes around the Christmas tree for le Pére Noël to fill with goodies!

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Epcot Holidays Paris

Joyeux Noël!

Don’t miss all the Holidays Around the World articles. Merry Christmas! >^..^<

Picture Book Partner: Our Printer Lehigh Phoenix

It’s the last week of November’s Picture Book Month. We’ve been celebrating all month by getting our next book, KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Rome, Italy, ready to debut on Thursday, December 5th. One of the key partners to do that? Our Printer!

We are lucky to have our printer, Lehigh Phoenix, only 90 minutes away in Hagerstown, MD. We were able to make two trips to their facilities this month…first to work with their team on color proofing, and second to print check the book’s jacket, cover and pages physically on the printer.

The HUGE Printer

On our second visit, it hit me how important having an attentive and caring printing team is. As each file went on the printer, the Pressman took the time to run tons of samples to check against the approved proofs to ensure color and placement. Then they brought us out to give the okay before the full run.

As the last Signature (what you call the poster size piece of paper with 8 pages on each side…then combined and cut to turn into book) was prepping, the Pressman saw a few things he wanted to bring to our attention…a line on a page and some dark coloring. It turned out the page was the wrong file, so we fixed it. And you should have seen him analyzing the Signatures to ensure the pages fit together perfectly. Their attention to detail is incredible.

Art Director Paul comparing proofs to printed pages

Lehigh Phoenix not only has an amazing team (including our helpful sales and production team, Trudy and Shannon), they have state-of-the-art equipment. We were thrilled to see KeeKee’s pages stacked up next to Fancy Nancy, Pete the Cat and Sophia Grace & Rosie books. We know our books are getting the best attention AND we’re printing in the United States.

Rome Printed Signature Pages

Thank you, Lehigh Phoenix, for ensuring we give our customers the best KeeKee’s Big Adventures books!

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