Monday, October 13, 2008
2008 Circle of Sisters Expo & Scholastic featuring Ruby and the Booker Boys
This weekend was the 2008 Circle of Sister Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. I had the wonderful opportunity to be apart of Scholastic's Showcase of their newest series Ruby and the Booker Boys. Derrick Barnes, the Author and I, Vanessa Brantley Newton the illustrator were on hand to get the word out about Ruby and have lots of fun doing it.
Scholastic created an inviting and fun filled space for all potential visitors. It was all decked out with computers for children to engage in a time of reading, games and activities from the Ezine Magazine of Scholastic’s Read and Rise Magazine, along with 3 tables of activities for young visitors to enjoy.
For my segment, I prepared paper-doll cutouts of Ruby and three outfits. Young visitors got to sit with me and color, cut out the outfits and dress Ruby up as we chatted about Ruby’s personality and her fashion sense. I also illustrated Ruby in approximately 10 different poses throughout the day. It helped to attract folks to the venue to chat and learn more. Derrick Barnes the author was also on the scene to do some readings periodically. Each time a group attended a reading they received a signed copy of one of the books in the series.
We met some fantastic folks on Saturday and they so graciously allowed us to take their photographs to share with you on the blog. So, Scroll through and enjoy the “Shout-Outs” to some of Ruby’s new found friends and fans!
SHOUT OUTS TO: Lydia and Booty Parlor Parties; Linda Lee & Friendly Day Care; Leilani her Mom-Keep being creative!; Tanya White & P.S. No. 4 Paterson; Cliff & JC Group; Marcia Matthews and Kajae; The Behind the Veil Dance School Crew and B.Bright Ministries; Charolette Farrar; Barbara Walker-B.A.S.C; Sheila Lee & Shyyanna Higgs a 6 year old Ruby Lover!; Taisha & Ta'Ja Ellington another 6 year old Ruby Lover; Emma Allotta & Pen Pals for Jesus; Jerry Craft-"Mama's Boyz"-A talented syndicated illustrator Big Ups to you!; Wendy Hall-Jack and Jill; Nicole Clarke-NYU Event Coordinator; Carolyn Robinson-P.S. No. 58 Bronx, NY; Allyson Parks-Young & Young Achievers; Shaunna Chesson-Ms. Birdie's Books; Nerissa Dyson & Brooklyn Street Fair; Gloria Lee-Girl Scout Troup 20499 & WLBS; Regina Brooks-Serendipity; Derrick Barnes-Author of Ruby and the Booker Boys! and the Entire Fantastic Incredible Scholastic Team, You are the Best!!!!! To all the visitors from the 2008 Circle of Sister Expo, Thanks for your support!!!
Love you tons of Purple and Orange (Ruby’s favorite colors)
Posted by Vanessa Brantley Newton at 5:38 PM