I've been corresponding with author Kate Hosford recently for an interview, and she read on my site that one of my daughters is named Annabelle. Kate immediately and generously sent Annabelle a signed copy of her picture book Big Birthday (Carolrhoda, 2012), a charming rhyming story that features a girl named Annabelle who wants an out-of-this-world birthday party (but gets a little more than she bargained for!).
I don't think I told her that my Annabelle was 19, but I knew Annabelle would be tickled to see this book. (She still hasn't recovered from never being able to get personalized bike license plates at tourist shops!)
So when the book arrived, Annabelle and I were having drinks and brownies and I read the picture book out loud to both of us. Fun! And even more fun? Annabelle in the book gets a red-and-white polka-dotted dress (though some tragedy befalls it!), and my Annabelle loves red-and-white polka-dotted anything!
My Annabelle in her dress for 9th-grade formal
Thanks, Kate, for a lovely read-aloud with my daughter and a new picture book for her collection. She loves signed books and was thrilled to see a kindred, polka-dotted spirit in your book. Best of luck with Big Birthday!