Sophia is a huge bookworm. I couldn’t be prouder.
My heart burst with happiness to see Sophia meet Shannon Hale. Even better, Shannon Hale was amazing with all the children at her reading! She even dressed up as the character in her new book The Princess in Black (affiliate link).
Living in a the DC metro area means that lots of cool authors visit for author talks and signings. Shannon Hale spoke at the Takoma Park Library last week and we rushed to make the talk. I met Shannon Hale briefly during Book Expo America when signed two books from Sophia’s favorite fantasy series (book titles are affiliate links):
Sophia loves these books because fantasy is her favorite genre. I love these books because they feature diverse characters and strong female characters. I started to follow her on Twitter after meeting her and learned that she’s a huge supporter of We Need Diverse Books.
Shannon Hale was there to read from her newest book (beginner chapter book) The Princess in Black, which is about a princess super hero. She wears black and fights monsters. I love this book! I wish we’d had it when Sophia was younger and in her princess phase. However, it’s also good for Jaxson to read too. Girls can be superheroes too! We bought a copy of The Princess in Black and Rapunzel’s Revenge, a fractured fairy tale graphic novel she co-wrote with her husband Dean Hale.
Sophia was thrilled to meet one of her favorite authors. She and Shannon chatted about the different characters in her Ever After series. It made me so happy to see the two of them chat. Shannon was amazing with every child she spoke to, whether they had read her book or not.
Thanks Shannon Hale for writing such great books for my kids!