Entries tagged with “A is for Alliguitar

Signing at Cooks and Books on Hilton Head Island

Signing at Cooks and Books on Hilton Head Island

The Book Loft, Sunday, November 26, 2017 – Signing 1-4 p.m. at 214 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL

Holiday Market, Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Signing 9-4 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2801 Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA.

Amelia Island Book Festival, Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Signing 10 – 6 Saturday at Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Hope you’ll make one of these fun events and say hello!


Nancy Raines DayFlorida’s Amelia Island is beautiful in April, and folks really turn out for its annual book festival. This year, Elizabeth Kostova (The Swan Thieves) and Debbie Macomber are among the author/stars who will be on hand.

I will be visiting Yulee Primary on Friday, April 26, sharing A is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts as part of the Authors in Schools program. I’ll be on hand Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to meet people, talk about, and sell all my books. Come visit at the Atlantic Rec Center. I’ll also be reading at the Kids Fun Zone there at 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Nancy Raines Day with On a Windy Night

On a Windy Night time is coming....

I’m looking forward to these fall events!

Tues., Oct. 9

Speaking and signing On a Windy Night and A is for Alliguitar with Savannah children’s author Phyllis Tildes for Literary Guild of St. Simons at St. Simons Public Library, 530 Beachview Drive, Room 108, at 10:30 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 25–Reading and signing On a Windy Night with illustrator George Bates at The Strand Book Store,  828 Broadway at 12th Street in Manhattan at 3:30 p.m.  Event details here. Or pre-order a signed copy.

Sat., Oct. 27–Reading and signing On a Windy Night while illustrator George Bates sings his original Skeleton song and spearheads an art project. At Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland) in Brooklyn, 11 a.m.

Sat., Nov. 10–Signing all my books at Georgia Literary Festival,  at the brand new Jekyll Conference Center, Jekyll Island, GA 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 1–Signing all books at Holiday Market at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2801 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

A is for Alliguitar Final PageRead my newest interview on middle-grade author Kami Kinard’s blog here.

Also, here are Joan Broerman’s fun activities to try when reading A is for Alliguitar with a child, perfect for summertime.

Robyn Hood Black posted a characteristically fun interview here for Poetry Friday.

Alliguitar and Banjaguar

The first two musical alphabeasts


Many early readers of A is for A is for Alliguitar commented that the illustrator did a great job. So I asked Herb Leonhard to share his process.

First I gather visual research materials to help me create the various elements, in this case the animals, instruments and places that will need to be represented. Then I can begin to develop the characters themselves through more detailed pencil sketches. This is where the personalities of the animals are born! I do the entire book as pencil drawings and present that to the other people involved for suggestions and feedback. Then I redo the drawings as acrylic paintings.

Once it gets to the painting part, it becomes more “play” than “work”. Next I scan each painting into the computer and add additional painting, effects and corrections digitally with Photoshop. Sometimes I also paint several of the elements in a scene separately and bring them together digitally, so my work is very much a marriage of traditional and digital techniques.

Click on the “Fun Stuff for Kids” page to print a coloring page of alliguitar and banjaguar that Herb has prepared.  Many thanks to the illustrator!

A is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts should be available everywhere now. If you’d like a book label signed to someone special (including yourself!), contact me at nancy@nancyrainesday.com.

You can also get your copy hot off the press from the publisher here. Enjoy!