Thursday, June 16, 2011

Westchester Reading Council Appearance a Hugh Success

For those of you who know me, it will come as to no surprise I arrived thirty minutes early for the Westchester Reading Council's end of the year annual dinner. Clara Kaplan, President of the Westchester Reading Council greeted me upon my arrival and we had the opportunity to chat for a bit and to get to know each other. And prior to member arrivals I setup my book display which included my media kit, book marks, postcards, and book trailer in the center of the display.

After a warm introduction by Clara Kaplan and Marcy Schickler, Treasurer of the Westchester Reading Council, I discussed my road to becoming a published children's book author and how important it is to teach our children about the Underground Railroad. Tying bullying into the theme. Bullying you may say? Consider this, the owners of slaves beat them into submission to suit their needs. Isn't the school bully on some level cruel like a slave owner? Seeking out an individual to tease and taunt and sometimes hit to make themselves feel superior? It's essential to instill in our children appreciation and tolerance of others and that it will not be tolerated on any level to be mean to others.

I also shared with the members that a teacher's guide covering Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Art activities is in the development stages at no additional cost to someone that purchases The Golden Pathway; and I would email or snail mail a copy to those that are interested. Every member in attendance expressed great interest in the teacher's guide and they all signed my guest book so that I can do so when available.

The Westchester Reading Council members are a delightful and welcoming group and the ease of conversation continued to flow with a Q&A session and then an open discussion on keeping our children interested in reading from the onset. Ideas and tips were exchanged. The hour prior to dinner flew and I completely forgot about showing The Golden Pathway book trailer and was elated to handout FREE cd's of the book trailer at the end of the evening.

To cap off the enveing, several teachers expressed interest in scheduling school visits for next fall and for Black History Month next February. Interest was piqued and the purchasing of books in hard cover, soft cover, and e-Book format flew off the tables. Yippee!

A heartfelt thank you to Marcy Schickler for arranging such a special evening!

Wishing you all a safe and happy summer!

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. Awesome that you had this opportunity and that you are filling your calendar now - lol. Before too long, you will be so busy with book stuff you won't have time for much else. Hope you continue to do well - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

    Where will the adventure take you next?

  2. Congratulations on a successful evening.

  3. Donna,

    Thank you, thank you for sharing such a tremendous post. I am so very elated the teachers responded so well to your presentation. Wow! I love the way you tied bullying to slavery. It is so very true. Great job! Your book is so very important and the message that it conveys, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Wishing you the very best in all of your endeavors
    Nicole Weaver
    Trilingual children's Author

  4. You're such an inspiration to all of us children's writers, Donna. It's always great to hear about your success. So glad you had a great event!

    All the best,

  5. I am so proud to know you. What a wonderful experience and an important subject. I envy your natural talent as a speaker. Blessings for more success.


  6. This is great. Very happy for you, Donna.:)
    The Golden Pathway is a book that should reach as many children as possible.

  7. Congratulations on the future school visits. Bravo!

    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
    Children's Author of Stella the Fire Farting Dragon (April 2011)

  8. Sounds like a super event all around, Donna. Thanks for giving us a rundown.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Kids Books With a WOW Factor!

  9. Congratulations! Good things going on!

  10. This is lovely news, and why am I not surprised! It's such an empowering thing to do, and you made a difference. You are going from strength to strength.

  11. Way to go, Donna. I'm sure you represented yourself and your book well.

  12. Hey, Donna,

    Congratulations! Wish I could have been there to hear you speak!

  13. Thank you one and all for your heartwarming words of support. You have certainly made my day and it's a terrific way to start the weekend.

    Wishing you all the best,

  14. Fabulous. Sounds like you had a great time. You've written a wonderful book, so I'm glad you received excellent response.

    Best of luck,


  15. Very impressive Donna, congratulations. It's great the way you tied in contemporary bullying to your story.

    Your book well deserves this type of visibility.

  16. Very nice, congrats. Stopping by & following back. Thank you for following. I hope you have a blessed weekend. :)

  17. What a great event! I hope the kids learn a lot from your book.

  18. I'm so happy to hear that you had a successful event. Selling books is great and even better is making the contacts for future visits. Congrats, Donna. It's going to be a busy year for you. :)


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