Books By the Banks Festival in Cincinnati

I spent last weekend in Cincinnati for a mixture of work and pleasure. I signed books and talked with readers at Books by the Banks, a festival organized by librarians and others interested in promoting literacy in the Cincinnati area.Family Examining Growing Patterns

boy examines pinecone

I woke up with a very scratchy throat on Saturday and proceeded to lose my voice over the course of the day. I had help from my table mate, author Julie K. Rubini, who greeted all-comers to our table, and from my Aunt Mary, who explained the Fibonacci sequence and helped kids and adults use the Private Eye magnifying loupes to examine a pinecone and a nautilus shell.

A girl examines a pine cone with private eye

I have many relatives living in Cincinnati and several came to see me at Books by the Banks.

john crosby and chrissy ayersHere I am with my Dad’s brother John and my cousin, Chrissy.

terry paul ann and sarah

Here I am with my mother’s cousin Paul, my mother’s brother, Terry, and my great Aunt Ann.

karen and sarahHere I am with my cousin, Karen, who teaches kindergartners. She used to teach older students and was delighted with the math content of Growing Patterns.

margaret ryanHere I am with Margaret Ryan, one of my mother’s high school classmates.

Earlier on Friday, I read Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature to several groups of third graders at Pleasant Ridge Montessori.

reading Growing Patterns

After we read the book, we made our own growing pattern, starting with 5 and 5.

making our own growing patternOn Friday evening, the Books by the Banks organizers hosted a very nice reception for authors at The Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati.
Sharon Draper and Sarah at BBTB

Here I am pictured with Sharon Draper, author of many books for young readers, including the most recent Out of My Mind. She and I crossed paths earlier this year at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg, MS.

reading room at the mercantile library
I enjoyed being in this reading room. The wooden tables reminded me of the library at Corpus Christi College in Oxford, where I studied politics and philosophy.

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