Festa Italiana + Frederick News Post + KeeKee Coloring Contest

This Saturday, May 30 is Festa Italiana of Frederick, MD…It’s a celebration of Italy all day in Rose Hill Manor Park! There’s tons of fun for the whole family and we’ll have KeeKee story times with Author Shannon and fun KeeKee activities!

The event benefits Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Maryland.

And there’s a KeeKee Coloring Contest in The Frederick News Post. Check it out and join us Saturday for a trip to Italy without the passport! >^..^<

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Children’s Book Week + KeeKee at EU Open House

It’s a great week for children’s books…the 96h Annual Children’s Book Week…May 4-10!

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Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! It also featured the coolest awards…Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Check out events taking place in all 50 states here.

We’ll be sharing KeeKee’s Big Adventures books with children on Saturday, May 9 as part of the Annual European Union Embassies’ Open House at the EU Delegation. Check out more on our events page and visit 28 countries in one day!! >^..^<

Happy International Children’s Book Day!

International Children’s Book Day is an annual event, held on April 2, the birth date of Hans Christian Andersen. It is sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention children’s books.

We’re celebrating by diving into KeeKee’s Big Adventures books (demonstrated by this great KeeKee animation from Illustrator Casey)! What are you reading?


Happy 2nd Birthday Paris!

Can you believe it!?! It’s been two years since our first book KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France landed!

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To celebrate, we’re giving away a signed copy of the book by Shannon & Casey, AND Casey will do commissioned sketch of their choice for the winner!

Enter on KeeKee’s Facebook page (see the Giveaway tab).

Thank you for being our Friend! >^..^<



It’s World Read Aloud Day!

Today we celebrated two great literacy events that happen in early March, Read Across America, AND World Read Aloud Day.

World Read Aloud Day

Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. It’s about showing the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. Learn more from LitWorld.

Author Shannon shared KeeKee’s Big Adventures at Sleepy Hollow Elementary to celebrate.

Make sure you read aloud today to a child and every day! >^..^<

KeeKee on World Read Aloud Day & Read Across America Week


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today is Dr. Seuss’s 111th Birthday. And as it is every year on his birthday, it’s Read Across America Day!

We couldn’t agree more with the quote below.


And here are 5 more Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss we found online…

  1. Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!
  2. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
  3. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
  4. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  5. Today I shall behave, as if this the day I will be remembered.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! >^..^<

Happy Chinese New Year, the Year of the Goat!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! That’s Happy New Year in Mandarin.

2015 is the Year of the Goat, Sheep and Ram…so it is said to be full of calm, renewal, creativity and kindness. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle.


Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, a lunar calendar, marking the end of the long winter and beginning of spring. It is also called the Spring Festival.

It is the longest and most important celebration on the Chinese calendar. The celebration last 15 days and each day has a different meaning and festivity.

Within China and around the world, customs and traditions for celebration vary. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is often an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.

Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

Learn more about Chinese New Year here and also find out what YOUR Chinese Zodiac Sign is based on the year you were born!

In celebration of Chinese New Year, enjoy this Special Edition KeeKee Coloring Page! >^..^<

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