Special Edition Literacy Café: Barbara Brauner & James Mattson

Today Roosevelt School hosted their first author visit.  When the librarian at the school approached me about inviting in an author, I immediately thought of authors, Barbara Brauner and James Mattson who have written two books in the Oh My Godmother series - The Glitter Trap and The Magic Mistake.

Barbara and James had never done a solo school event before, but I promised that I would make sure that both they and the students had a great time.

When Barbara and Jim arrived at the school, they were greeted by a sign outside and inside....

Previously, I had arranged for the school to receive 25 copies of The Glitter Trap.  The librarian, Ms. Cristina, held a book club and the students who attended the book club were invited to attend the author visit.

It was important that students have a chance to meet and interact with Barbara and Jim.  So, I met with them over lunch to discuss ideas.  They had made "glitter traps" before and thought that would be a fun activity to do with the students.  Barbara is a masterful shopper and must have a secret stash of glitter glue because she came prepared.

James led groups of students as they designed their own glitter traps on paper.

In another area of the room, Barbara had students working on a creative writing activity where they wrote about finding a magical moped and where it would take them. We provided each student with a blank journal which they used for the writing activity and also to redesign the cover of the book.

Another talent of Barbara that results from her resourceful shopping is amazing swag bags with magic wands, and frogs and bookmarks.  Since we always have a snack or food at a Literacy Café, I provided popcorn.  If you've read the first book, you'll understand the reference.

After the group work, students gathered around with their snacks and asked Jim and Barbara questions.  I loved when they asked if it was hard to deal with the paparazzi.  Yes, authors really are rock stars to kids.

After the question and answer time, we put Jim and Barbara to work signing all of the books.

Students also asked for their journals to be signed by the awesome writing partners. And of course, more questions were asked while in line.

All of the students had an amazing time visiting with our special guests.  And if anyone was wondering, yes, there were actually quite a few boys who participated in the book club and author visit.  They were just as excited about the book and the characters in the story and in meeting Jim and Barbara.

Thank you Barbara and Jim for such a fantastic visit and all of your wonderful goodies.  You are magical.

For more information about Barbara Brauner and James Mattson and their books check out their website: http://braunermattson.com/

The Magic Mistake (Oh My Godmother #2) Giveaway

by Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Disney-Hyperion, February 4, 2014

Description from GoodReads:
After becoming the most awkward fairy godmother ever, twelve year old Lacey Unger-Ware thought that her magical duties were done for good. In fact, she's just getting started. When Lacey is invited to attend the Godmother Academy it should be a dream come true. But to Lacey it means the total opposite: she'll have to be separated from her friends and family for a hundred years. Um, no thank you!

But this is an offer Lacey can't refuse. The fairy godmother Katarina knows that Lacey will be cursed forever if she doesn't complete the magical test. Now Lacey must find the true love for one special lady and arrange the perfect wedding before time runs out. With her best friends Sunny and Paige along to help, there's a glimmer of hope. But where's a fairy godmother to save the day when you need one? Oh, wait...

The second book in Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson's middle grade series is full of heart and charm, and Abigail Halpin's black-and-white illustrations are irresistible.

For a chance to win a copy of The Magic Mistake on GoodReads, enter here until February 17th.

Just for fun, I asked a few friends what they would ask from their fairy godmother:

"I would love it if my Fairy Godmother would help me keep me organized -- I used to be great at cleaning my room and staying on top of assignments (ok, maybe not really that last part--that was more my mother!) but now I am a complete disaster." - @frootjoos 

"That's a good one Alethea. Is this fairy godmother around all the time? Because I'd totally ask her to do my laundry every week if I could. Oh and do my dishes."  - @fishgirl182

"I think I would ask her to teach me how to ice skate. And sew and cook. I could go on......." - @kimberlybuggie

 "And make me a cake - preferably something with chocolate in it." - @fishgirl182

And a few more wishes...

"I would ask her to take me to the Bahamas and babysit.  By the way, does she have an assistant?" - Kathy, mom & social worker

"I would ask her where has she been all my life? And would she be my life coach, and personal assistant." - Myra, mom and drama educator

Here were the responses I got from my facebook page - a mix of light-hearted wishes to some very serious ones:

I then asked the resident kids at my house what they thought:

"I would ask for help with school work, and buying gifts for my family."  - Jax, Age 13

"I would ask her to help me clean my room and also, to find me some panda things." - KK, Age 7

In the comment section, let us know what you would ask of a fairy godmother.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, stop by Once Upon a Time this Sunday, February 16, 2014 at  2 p.m. for the Launch Party of The Magic Mistake

For more information about Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson check out the links below:

Enter to win one of two copies of The Magic Mistake (Oh My Godmother #2) by using the rafflecopter form below.  Winner must have an US or Canadian mailing address and be 13 years or older.
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Oh My Godmother: The Glitter Trap - Event Announcement and Giveaway

by Barbara Brauner and James Mattson
Publication Date: May 14, 2013 (Hyperion Books)

Middle school is far from a fairytale for adorkable misfit Lacey Unger-Ware. When Lacey ends up with popular girl Paige Harrington's smart-mouthed fairy godmother, Katarina, trapped in her hair, life gets more magical--just not in a 'prince charming' kind of way.

Katarina's wings are too damaged to continue her fairy duties, and Lacey must take over as Paige's fairy godmother. Distracted by her new responsibilities, Lacey's in danger of losing her best friend, Sunny. Can Lacey get the hang of magic, make Paige's dreams come true, and survive middle school?
Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson's debut novel is full of heart and charm. Get ready for the Oh My Godmother series to cast a spell on tween girls!

Today, Barbara Brauner and James Mattson stops by to share about a giveaway they are doing for Oh My Godmother: The Glitter Trap.  Stop by GoodReads to enter to win a signed copy of the book.  And for those of you living in Southern California, don't forget to stop by Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose on Wednesday, July 24th for Adventures Inbetween and meet Barbara and James.

As a special treat I asked them to answer a quick question: It's summer time.  Can you name 3 characters from books that you would like to go on a summer vacation with and where would you go? 

Professor William Waterman Sherman from The Twenty-One Balloons. He’s probably still got a stash of diamonds from Krakatoa, so we could balloon during the day and stay in the best hotels at night.

Nancy Drew from the original edition of the series. We’d like to visit her in River Heights because there’s sure to be a good mystery. And we’d look good in that blue roadster.

Claudia and Jamie Kincaid from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. They've already done the Met, so we’re thinking a couple of weeks at the Louvre would be nice.

The character we don’t want to go on a summer vacation with is Harry Potter, because we’d have to stay with the Dursleys, and that wouldn’t be any fun at all.

Check out this video from the Launch Party for OMG The Glitter Trap:

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