Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Reading, Signing and Reef Fish Ornament Crafts at Kukuiula on Christmas Eve

Monika Mira will be reading and signing copies of Who Lives in the Sea? Ocean Animals of Hawaii on Christmas Eve from 3:30-4:30pm in conjunction with the Kauai Culinary Market. After the book reading a reef fish ornament making session will take place. Children of all ages are invited to come down and make special ornaments that they can take place on their tree.

This special event is hosted by Coldwell Banker Makai Properties and the Shops at Kukuiula.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Free Children's Holiday Reading Series at the Shops at Kukui'ula

Kauai Author, Mark Huff will be reading today at the Children's Holiday Reading Series, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Makai Properties and the Shops at Kukui'ula's. The Children’s Holiday Reading Series will coincide with the Shops at KukuiĘ»ula’s Kaua’i Culinary Market during the month of December. Starting at 3:30pm during market days, a local Kauai children’s author will read their books as well as their favorite holiday stories. There will be a time before and after the readings for book purchases and signings.

As a reminder, the Kaua'i Culinary Market and the Children's Reading Series will be held on Tuesday, December 24th next week, so both farmers and authors can spend Christmas with their families.

“CB Makai is excited to participate in this holiday season’s festivities at The Shops at KukuiĘ»ula. The holidays are a time to give and CB Makai has always supported child education and literacy. Our Children’s Holiday Reading Series allows us to give to back to our community and promote the humanitarian work of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild,” remarked Roberta Charles, Broker-in-Charge at Coldwell Banker Makai Properties, “in exchange for the guild’s participation in our reading series, CB Makai will be making a contribution go towards their upcoming “Read Across Kauai Day.”

Schedule of Events
-  Wednesday, December 11th (3:30-4:45pm): Carol Peacock, author of “Benny the Beetle.”
-  Wednesday, December 18th (3:30-4:45pm): Mark Huff, author of “King of the Beach” and “The
Sheltering Place.”
-    *Tuesday, December 24th (3:30-4:30pm): Monika Mira, author of "Who Lives in the Sea? Ocean Animals of Hawaii" and “The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book.” A special reef fish ornament decorating activity will follow reading. *Note that due to the XMAS holiday on Wednesday, the Kaua’i Culinary Market will move to Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kauai Author Carol Peacock-Williams Releases Two New Books

 One of our Guild Members, Carol A. Peacock-Williams had a wonderful time signing both of her new children's bedtime story books - Thwack Goes their Tails and My Kaua'i.  Both of these hard cover books are from a limited edition printing.  Thwack goes their tails was released to bookstores this summer in a cross country book tour from coast to coast on the U.S. mainland.  It was illustrated by Carol's mother over 50 years ago when Bessie M. Peacock was working as an illustrator in Downtown Memphis, TN.  One day she decided to do some illustrations for a couple of her own books, but did not know how to get these children's books published.  Bessie gave Carol her illustrations over 10 years ago to get them published in the U.S. as hard cover picture books.  This turned out to be a more challenging project than Carol ever imagined.  As a results, both sets of illustrations Carol's mother gave her have a very vintage look to them.  Teachers seem to be very drawn to Thwack Goes Their Tails  since it is about Beavers - an animal that some preschoolers have never learned about. 

My Kaua'i, which was released this past Oct. is filled with oil painting illustrations created by Carol of her favorite images around her home island of Kaua'i, HI along with the bedtime story which was edited by her daughter, Christy Jo Williams.  After many requests for a children's book that Carol had actually illustrated herself, she took the paintings she had done over the past couple of year in art classes taught by local artist Fred Tangalan and put them into a bedtime story book.  This book is about a mother and child talking about what they are going to do one day, starting on the North shore of Kaua'i and ending up on the West side watching the sun set and the moon rise.  The only oil painting created for this book is on the last page which is a map of the island of Kaua'i along with labels to show where each image is on the island.  Visitors and locals both seem to love this book.