BSB: Janet Lawler (Celebrate!: A Happy Book of Firsts) Author Signing

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Bank Square Books presents an author signing with Janet Lawler for the book Celebrate!: A Happy Book of Firsts.

celebrate book coverAbout the Book

Celebrate! A Happy Book of Firsts is a heartwarming romp in rhyme that shares the joys of early childhood milestones while imagining how animals might celebrate their “firsts”. Celebrate! also gently encourages confidence to try new things. Colorful, textured illustrations by Brittany Baugus beautifully complement the text of this upbeat book for young families.


About the Author

Janet Lawler is an award-winning children’s author of more than 30 fiction and nonfiction picture books and early readers. Her work has appeared in Scholastic Book Clubs and the Children's Book of the Month Club and has been translated into several languages. She is a Connecticut Book Award finalist, winner of the Connecticut Press Club 1st place Award for Children’s Books–Fiction, and her work has received starred reviews.

Janet's just-released Oceans of Love (Viking, 2022) is a tender and humorous poem that imagines how ocean animal mothers show love to their little ones. Other titles include nonfiction titles Walrus Song (Candlewick, 2021) and National Geographic’s Rain Forest Colors and Ocean Counting.

Janet is a lifelong Connecticut resident. She was born and grew up in Milford, attended Connecticut College in New London and UConn Law School in West Hartford, and resides with her family in Farmington. She loves how words make music, and she marvels at the way illustrators add depth and detail her stories. Janet is fascinated by the natural world and enjoys finding humor and hope in everyday life. Visitors to her backyard include rabbits, hawks, bears, foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, turkeys, deer, and many birds.

Visit to learn more about Janet and her books, sign up for her blog, and download free curriculum and CCSS guides and craft activities.

Celebrate!: A Happy Book of Firsts By Janet Lawler, Brittany Baugus (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Janet Lawler, Brittany Baugus (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250806864
Availability: Currently On Hand In Store
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 25th, 2022

Our first words, our first steps, these and so much more are things we celebrate!

But when a bird flaps its wings for the first time, or a kitten makes its first climb—do they also celebrate?

Celebrate! is a sweet and joyous rhyming picture book about life’s milestones, how we celebrate, and wondering what else we might accomplish in our lives as we grow!

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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