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D.A. Jennings at
        A Taste of Harford

May 19, 2024 - Vignon Manor Farm hosted A Taste of Harford, a fund raising event for the Harford County Library. The proceeds play a vital role in generating funds to help replace the Rolling Reader, a bookmobile that brings library programs to children living in Harford County's under resourced communities. D.A Jennings eagerly accepted an invitation to sign and sell her books at this event to help promote children's literacy.

 

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May 18, 2024 - The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra welcomed author D.A. Jennings to sign and sell her books at their "Celebrate our Community!" event. The evening included a performance by pianist Matthew Bachman, a premiere piece by Harford native Jennifer Hutt, and inspiring Gospel music from local high school and church choirs. Held at Bel Air High School, many attendees hailed this as the symphony's best performance to date.

A Night of Community and Music

Share the Cheese Book Launch
 

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April 20, 2024 - Adventure was in the air at Broom's Bloom Dairy Farm as D.A. Jennings gave the first public reading of her latest book Share the Cheese. The enthusiastic crowd also enjoyed face painting, games specifically designed for the event, coloring pages from the book (available for download on the media tab), a challenge to draw Kip, a number of give-a-ways and of course scenic photo opportunities with one of the farm's calves, cheese props, goofy glasses, and mouse ears. And who wouldn't be tempted to some of the farm's delicious food. (The cherry chocolate chip ice cream is the author's favorite.) Additional thanks to the Maryland State Arts Council for their generous grant in support of this book! 

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Inspiring Young Writers at SoMLA's 2024 Conference

April 3, 2024 - The State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) hosted its 2024 Conference at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, MD, where award-winning author D.A. Jennings delivered an inspiring keynote address to the state winners of the middle and high school writing competition. The event, brimming with students, families, and educators, celebrated the aspiring authors and their passion for writing. Jennings not only handed out awards but also shared motivational insights on maintaining joy and purpose in writing.

Additionally, Jennings conducted a special session for teachers, offering valuable perspectives from her own writing journey. The conference drew a strong turnout from teachers statewide, all committed to fostering a love of reading in their students. A special thank you goes to Sandra Keaton, Cheryl Monk, and everyone who contributed to making this event a success.

Meet the Author - Harford County Public Library - Bel Air

March 23, 2024 - Rain or shine, the Meet the Author event at Harford County Public Library in Bel Air was a hit! D.A. Jennings inspired attendees of all ages to embark on their own 'Ticket to Ride.' From discussing inspirations to future plans, the presentation was a journey through creativity. Huge thanks to hosts Annie Kovach and Theresa Stephens for their impeccable preparation  and assistance on the day!

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The Magic of Reading
Youth's Benefit Elementary School

March 19, 2024 - Magic circulated in the Youth’s Benefit Elementary School gym as wizards, magicians, and an exciting array of costumed children and teachers gathered to hear D.A. Jennings read her books. The school’s celebration theme was the Magic of Reading, and the author shared her love of writing by reading her books and inviting all present to use their imaginations. Over one thousand children participated in the three assemblies. Big kudos to Christy Lylo and Stacy Lane for their teamwork in putting this event together and also the YBES PTA & Ed Foundation for ensuring that all students would have access to reading the books in their classrooms.
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Forest Hill Elementary School Presentation

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March 14, 2024 - Author D.A. Jennings sparks imagination at Forest Hill Elementary with presentations in two assemblies. From kindergarten to 5th grade, students were captivated as she shared her tales. With insightful questions D.A. ended the event with a challenge for students to create their own stories about the reason(s) for the bite out of Kip’s ear and why his tail is knotted. The air buzzed with creativity as Amy Cook ensured the event flowed flawlessly.

Kip goes to Ring Factory Elementary School

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January 25, 2024 – Cheese? Yes, Please? was presented to four classes of enthusiastic first graders at Ring Factory Elementary in Bel Air. The story highlights the importance of Kip, the mouse, apologizing for his mischivious behavior resulting in a turning point in his life. His misdirected energy is transformed into adventure which he experiences with his new friend! The reading of the book prompted thoughtful questions from the children regarding the character, the plot, the illustrations, and cheese! They are also looking forward not only to the sequel but asked if I would consider a prequel!

Family Reading Night at George D. Lisby Elementary Joppatowne Lions Club Sponsors Books

January 23, 2024 - Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please! were read to two groups at the George D. Lisby Elementary School. Over 50 books were sponsored by the Joppatowne Lions Club for this event. The author and the Lions Club partnered in 2023 to promote children's literacy in Harford County. The children were delighted to receive a free book at the end of each presentation.

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2023

Kip, the adventurous mouse at Harford Christian School

December 7, 2023 - Cheese? Yes, Please! captivated the imaginations of four attentive kindergarten classes at the Harford Christian School in Darlington, MD. Her illustrated book has been recognized by the prestigious Story Monsters, Inc. with the Royal Butterfly award in 2020.  Mark your calendars for the sequel's grand launch on April 20, 2024, at Broom's Bloom Dairy.
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Calvary Baptist Church Christmas Bazaar

December 2, 2023 - D.A. Jennings, joined the festive spirit at the Calvary Baptist Church Christmas Bazaar in Bel Air, Maryland. A wonderful event filled with unique treasures, delightful crafts, face painting, and warm holiday cheer. Even Santa showed up for this joyous occasion.
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The Belle Aire Holiday Market

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November 25, 2023 – Early shoppers discovered the magic of The Belle Aire Holiday Market, bringing artisan vendors together to elevate the shopping experience. On this chilly morning hundreds of people immersed themselves in the festive atmosphere of Downtown Bel Air, where local retail shops extend Small Business Saturday specials and promotions. Local award-winning author D.A. Jennings joined dozeds of other vendors for this outdoor event.

The Annual Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale

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November 4, 2023 - The Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale was a huge success with new authors and artists bringing in a good crowd. D.A. Jennings' newest book will be released in 2024 but she was taking advance orders and signups at this event for the third illustrated book in the "Kip" series, Share the Cheese.

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A Return to Travis Elementary:
A Journey of Inspiration and Nostalgia

October 20, 2023 - El Paso, Texas:

Author D.A. Jennings embarked on a journey that led her back to the very place where her love of words and education took root.

Travis Elementary School, El Paso, Texas, was where the D.A. Jennings’ educational odyssey began, and it was here that she first discovered the enchanting world of books. Ms. Sarai Reyes, the school's librarian, reintroduced Jennings to the hallways she once roamed. The school had evolved, but the essence of learning and curiosity remained unchanged.

It was a magical moment when she read her book, The Tapping Stick, to the eager faces of the children. An unexpected closing came when Jennings was prompted to sing the "Fight Song" for her school. Jennings soon learned that the school song had not been heard by anyone at the school for decades and her rendition may have encouraged them to reintroduce the fun song.

Special thanks go to Judy Vaughn Gamble for making this visit possible.

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Artoberfest on Kent Island

October 7, 2023 - Children's author D.A. Jennings  returned to one of her favorite events of the year - ARTOBERFEST! This lively occasion, nestled in the heart of downtown Historic Stevensville, offered a day filled with artistic wonders, live entertainment, and engaging activities for all ages. Even the rain didn't keep people away. The street, temporarily transformed into a vibrant arts haven, welcomed a diverse array of talented artisans and crafters, each displaying their unique creations. From handmade treasures to local artistry, ARTOBERFEST provided a delightful opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate creativity, and create priceless memories.

Local Authors share writing tips with Harford Community College Students

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October 5, 2023 - Harford Community College 2023:
D.A. Jennings' final Fall class, Fundamentals of Creative Writing, howled with excitement and creativity during the seventh session that ended with a panel of local authors. The panelists shared their writing journeys and suggestions for marketing, conferences, and resources. Special thanks to K.R. Raye, Claudine Marcin, Lindsey Pope, and Irmgarde Brown, for their insights. And a special thanks to the wonderfully creative students of the Fall class of 2023.
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The "Lit Ladies" Celebrate 60th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show

September 30, 2023 - D.A. Jennings, surrounded by her fellow Lit Ladies: Claudine Marcin, Irmgarde Brown, and K. R. Raye, enjoyed a delightful day at the 60th Annual Art Show at Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Amidst good crowds and perfect weather, they sold and signed books, and relished the camaraderie.

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Engage, Entertain, Educate

September 27, 2023 - The Harford County Literacy Chapter sponsored an Authors Showcase for Harford reading specialists at the Towson University TUNE Center, Bel Air. D.A. Jennings' presentation to the group was Adventure, the Vessel that Transports Learning. The theme was Engage, Entertain, and Educate.  The discussion with the reading specialists and teacher went very well with some interested in bringing her  presentation to their classes.

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Havre de Grace Arts Collective hosts D.A. Jennings

September 14, 2023 - D.A. Jennings headlined a Meet the Author event at Gallery 220 in historic Havre de Grace, Maryland. The collective builds community through the arts by providing quality entertainment that engages and attracts audiences; by offering educational opportunities which nurture learning and creativity; and by encouraging synergism among performing, cultural and visual arts groups. For this event D.A. read selected excerpts from her books, shared insight as to her inspirations and her writing journey. The audience also heard about some of the projects she has on tap for the future.

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Avondell Tea Talk with D.A. Jennings

August 30, 2023 - An afternoon tea was held for residents of the  Brightview Avondell Senior Living facility in Bel Air, Maryland. Author D. A. Jennings was invited to talk about her writing journey and the Adventures in Literature class she facilitates every Wednesday at the facility. Ingrid Ridley, the Vibrant Living Director did a wonderful job of planning and overseeing this very special event.

Under the Sea Bash with D.A. Jennings

August 19, 2023 - Mermaids and Mermen abounded at the Under the Sea Fest held in Aberdeen, Maryland. D.A. Jennings sold and signed her books as jellyfish walked by on stilts, huge bubbles scurried across the grass, and acrobats flipped and flew through the air. Additional delights included an island princess, and a wonderfully friendly band of pirates. The O'Mara family initiated and sponsored the event in honor of their daughter, Ariella Jessica O'Mara. Proceeds benefit the Maryland Chapter TEARS Foundation.
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Hear Me Out - Poetry Slam Live

June 30, 2023 - My first original slam poem, originally written and performed, at Gallery 220 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, hosted by the Havre de Grace Arts Collective.

 

Slam poetry is a form of performance poetry that combines the elements of performance, writing, competition, and audience participation.

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Read to Succeed Presented at Good Shepherd Children's Center

June 27th, 2023 - The center was filled with excitement as D.A. Jennings presented some of her books to Good Shepherd Children's Center in Joppa, Maryland. The center was selected by the Joppatowne Lions Club to be the first recipient for some of their sponsored books for children. Twelve books were provided to the school and the author read The Tapping Stick to the Pre-K children and Cheese? Yes, Please! to the elementary students. Both sessions were lively and fun!

Pictured (L-R): Meghan Shuttlesworth, Peggy Hoban, D.A. Jennings, Rebecca Snyder

June 8, 2023 "A heartwarming celebration of gratitude and dedication! Churchville Elementary School's staff and students joyously came together for a dynamic breakfast honoring their remarkable school volunteers.

 

Led by the students, the program unfolded by grade level, brimming with uplifting moments. Melodies filled the air as singing voices resonated, while inspirational thoughts inspired those in attendance. Interactive dialogues about tea parties sparked engaging conversations, and an unwavering encouragement to always rise... and read!

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Churchville Elementary School Volunteer Breakfast

Colleen Hyde, Churchville Reading Specialist, and DA Jennings.

Reading Night in the Garden at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary - Aberdeen

May 18, 2023 - Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School's second annual Reading Night in the Garden bloomed with joy and literary delights! Author D.A. Jennings packed classroom sessions with two readings from her award-winning children’s books, sparking excitement and anticipation among children and their families.

Literacy stations dotted the school’s garden offering kids games, summer reading information for parents, and free books to take home. The library transformed into a Scholastic book fair, and Chic-Fil-A generously fueled the evening with a delicious dinner. A heartfelt shout-out to Jennifer Palmer and the dedicated staff for their incredible effort and meticulous planning that made this event an unforgettable success!

Joppatowne Lions Club Supports Children's literacy in Harford County

 May 4th, 2023  - D.A. Jennings presented a proposal to members of the Joppatowne Lions Club to sponsor books for children covered under Title One in Harford County. She was overwhelmed by their support. The club commitment, which included two additional donations by Daniel Jahn and Peggy Hoban, sponsored 68 books for children. The sponsorship covers the cost of  the books. This is a non-profit endeavor by the author. The delivery of books to schools and child care centers will include a reading by D.A. Jennings of one or more of her illustrated books. Updates of book deliveries will be posted on the Book Sponsors page as they occur. Huge kudos to Rich Bennett (President) and the members of the group who are investing in the lives of children in their community.

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Lions Club members and attendees (left to right):

Meghan Shuttlesworth, Brianna Snyder, Rebecca Snyder, Keith Williams, Rich Bennett, Olivia VanHorn, Daniel Jahn, Peggy Hoban, and Ron Der Motta

5th Annual Lock House Festival - Havre de Grace

April 22, 2023 - D.A. Jennings sold and signed her award-winning books with guests of the 5th annual Waterfront Festival in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Jennings shared the day with another author, Claudine Marcin,  one of the four Lit Ladies. 

Attendees  enjoyed a casual, waterfront setting while supporting a great cause - all proceeds benefited the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. Event organizers did an excellent job throughout the day.

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Bulle Rock Writing Class

April 19, 2023 - All roads lead to Bulle Rock! Residents from the Bulle Rock community in Havre de Grace came together for a six-week class to sharpen their writing skills. The quick wit of the class and their willingness to push themselves to explore new ideas and writing options are making this a delightful experience.

Churchville Elementary School
Literacy Night

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March 23, 2023 - Churchville Elementary School put the spotlight on reading with their Shine with Literacy Night. D.A. Jennings was invited to be the guest speaker and found herself surrounded with eager children and their supportive family members and friends. Staff members and readers at this school are committed to their students and make every effort to ensure they read to succeed. Such an enjoyable experience.

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Perry Hall Library
Author Showcase

March 18, 2023 - D.A. Jennings signed books at the Local Author Showcase, hosted by the Perry Hall branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. This event featured a group of talented writers from various genres, all hailing from the local community.

This was a fantastic opportunity to connect with other book lovers, meet new authors, and support local talent. The library created a great atmosphere for nearly a dozen authors from around Maryland to present their books.

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Annual Read-a-Thon at The Highlands School

Febrary 16, 2023 - The Highlands School organized its annual Read-a-Thon in February, where local author D.A. Jennings was invited to read selected poems from her book One Hundred Lives to the senior and junior students. The students participated by writing their own stories in response to the presentation.

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Meet the Author at Avondell

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January 10, 2023 - Starting the year off right with a captivating Meet the Author event at Brightview Senior Living (Avondell) in Bel Air - D.A. Jennings talks with a room filled with lively energy, insightful questions, and good friends, about her writing journey and upcoming projects.

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Perry Hall Winter Arts & Crafts Sale

December 4, 2022 - A very good crowd was at the Perry Hall Winter Arts & Crafts Sale. The event expanded with more vendors and the weather was perfect for the last show of the year for D.A. Jennings. Over 100 artists, artisans, and homemade crafts filled the gym and upstairs cafeteria. A well planned and attended event.

Bel Air Holiday Market Downtown

November 26, 2022 - For the first time, D.A. Jennings participated in the Bel Air Holiday Market sponsored by the Downtown Alliance. The sun shone brightly but an invigorating chill prompted holiday shoppers to get down to business! Patrons were delightful and eagerly sought to bring the joy of reading to those on their shopping lists. The event was well organized, and Jennings is already anticipating next year's event.

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The Tapping Stick presented to Harford Day School students.

November 17, 2022 - Incoming first graders at Harford Day School eagerly shared their love of trees after the reading of The Tapping Stick. Their joy of nature was contagious. The event ended with an unexpected but most delightful group hug from the children!

D.A. Jennings presents her picture book,       The Tapping Stick, to The Highlands School

November 10, 2022 - New students, in the lower-level classes at The Highlands School, gathered to hear a reading of The Tapping Stick. Before the presentation, D.A. Jennings asked the children about their favorite trees. After the book was read, students shared what they would do with a stick in their hands.

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Author & Artists Holiday Gift Sale 2022

November 5, 2022 – D.A. Jennings returned to the annual Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale at the Bel Air Armory in downtown Bel Air for her fourth year. This year there were 18 authors and 19 artists and artisans.

In addition to signing her books at the event, Debbie is also on the committee that plans, promotes and sets up the event.

Patrons were friendly and ready to select those perfect gifts for family and friends…and themselves. What a great day.

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Mouse Tales at the Goddard School

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October 20, 2022 – The children at The Godard School gave author D.A. Jennings and Kip a warm welcome as they returned to share his tale of adventure in Seize the Cheese. Boys and girls were equally excited to hear his story and during the Q&A they eagerly shared stories about their encounters with mice.
October 8, 2022 – Three of the Lit Ladies (authors, K.R. Raye, Irmgarde Brown, and D.A. Jennings) hit the road to participate in The Write Women Book Fest in Glenn Dale, MD. Customers perused the bounty of books available under the tents and attended various talks and readings from the attending authors. A fun festival dedicated to authors and people who love to read.
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On The Road

Literary Readings among the Sunflowers

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September 19, 2022 - D.A. Jennings read selected works from her book One Hundred Lives at Literary Readings among the Sunflowers of Jarrettsville. The event was sponsored by the Jarrettsville Library and included readings by other authors as well. Reading of her poem Bourbon Heat, in her best southern accent, was a crowd pleaser.
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Guest Author at the Beach

August 6th, 2022 - The public debut of Mia, The Crooked Road at Bethany Beach Books in Delaware. D.A. Jennings sold and signed her newest book along with her other popular children's books. The crowds, the weather, and the great staff at the bookstore formed a perfect trifecta for a very successful day. 

"Take a Hike" Summer Camp Reading

August 4th, 2022 - D.A. Jennings participated in Harford Community College’s "Take a Hike" summer camp program for children. The Harford County author read one of her latest illustrated children’s books The Tapping Stick which celebrates trees and how they can spark the imagination of children. The class was attentive and very engaged, with great questions about the environment. It was a great time for all.
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APG Child Development Center Meets Kip

June 9, 2022 - Kip returned to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Child Development Center where D.A. Jennings read about him in her two books about the mischievous mouse. A comparison of Kip’s experiences in Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please! was made by the author. The Q&A part of the presentation revealed that the children were well schooled in many of the positive attributes of a best friend. It was a delightful event.

Harford Day School and the The Tapping Stick

June 2, 2022 - Harford Day School hosted a wonderful celebration of trees and children within their library. D.A. Jennings read The Tapping Stick to the group of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who were attentive and enthusiastic about the book and nature. Kudos to a school that definitely emphasizes respect for nature and the need for its preservation.
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Kip goes to Aberdeen Proving Ground

May 19, 2022 - D.A. Jennings' first reading at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Youth Activity Center was from her two children's books  Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please!

Over twenty children from the Youth Center participated in the event. Brandon Neff, the Assistant Director later wrote, "I only heard good things from the children and staff (and ALL the children here yesterday came to listen!)." The interaction with the boys and girls was delightful.
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Havre de Grace hosts
4th Annual Lock House Festival

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April 23, 2022 - The Literature Ladies (#LitLadies - thanks KR for the #) celebrated originality of expression as they sold and autographed their books at the 4th Annual Lockhouse Festival in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The crowd was active making early purchases for birthdays, special celebrations, and themselves. The #LitLadies worked well together and you'll see this quartet at other shows. They are, L-R: D.A. Jennings, Irmgarde Brown, Claudine Marcin,  & K.R. Raye.
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D.A. Jennings at Harford Community College Event

April 13, 2022 - D.A. Jennings returned to  Harford Community College, this time reading her award-winning book The Tapping Stick for children and their families. The children eagerly participated by answering questions about how they would use different sticks. Children and adults enjoyed coloring pages from the book while they ate cookies provided by the school.

First Annual Book Fair at Brightview Senior Living - Avondell, Hosts Local Authors

April 8, 2022 - Brightview Senior Living Community - Avondell, in Bel Air, hosted their first annual Book Fair. Ingrid Riseley, Vibrant Living Director, rolled out the red carpet for twelve local authors. Residents, family, and friends came to the Susquehanna room to meet the authors and purchase autographed copies of their books. A delightful time was had by all. All are looking forward to this being a recurring annual event.

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Trinity Lutheran Christian School Reading of Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please!

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On March 31, 2022 - Ms. Colleen Bohlen introduced D.A. Jennings to over one-hundred students at the Trinity Lutheran Christian School. Enthusiasm permeated the sanctuary and made the author feel most welcome. Both Kip books were read and a discussion followed about friendship and what makes a best friend. The children impressed the author with their attention to details and their desire to participate. B.A. Thomas’ technical support was greatly appreciated.

Author Reading at Harford Community College
Early Learning Center

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March 10, 2022 - The Early Learning Center at Harford Community College hosted D.A. Jennings to read her award-winning illustrated children's book, The Tapping Stick.

Her latest book won the Silver Medal in the 2021 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Environmental Issues.

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Guest Speaker at the Highlands School

February 17, 2022 - The Highlands School hosted author D.A. Jennings as guest speaker for three of her books and discussions about being a writer. The Lower and Middle-Level students found out about Kip’s mischievous exploits in Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please! The students engaged in conversation about friendship and knowing when someone is really a best friend.

The Upper-Level students heard poetry from the author’s book One Hundred Lives. Discussion included writing topics, pursing writing, and following their American Dream.

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"Our students and teachers were so inspired by your presentations! Thank you for sharing your passion with us."

                                                                 Jennifer Palinkas, Ph.D.

                                                                 Director of Business and Development

                                                                 The Highlands School

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February 10, 2022 - Author D.A. Jennings was greeted warmly by The Goddard School children as they held up a poster welcoming her to their school. Before the presentation there was much discussion

Author Reading at the Goddard School

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about how a mouse had visited almost everyone's house! Then all eyes became riveted to the illustrations on the screen as the book was read. The girls and boys rallied support for Kip with their shouts in unison of "Seize the Cheese!" It was a lovely time of laughter and learning about friends.

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D.A. Jennings Returns to In-Person teaching at HCC

January 25 - March 8, 2022 - Author D.A. Jennings returns to teaching in the classroom at Harford Community College. After several semesters of successful on-line teaching, the college has reopened for face-to-face teaching, with masks. This semester's theme is What You See, based on Henry David Thoreau's quote, "The question is not what you look at but what you see."

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Harford County Living features D.A. Jennings as
Artist of the Week

January 11, 2022 - Harfordcountyliving.com has recognized D.A. Jennings as Artist of the Week. This social media website has over 19,000 followers and millions of hits to its' website. Rich Bennett does a great job of publishing positive news about Harford County businesses, people and events.

Debbie was highlighted in April 2020 on HarfordCountyLiving.com podcast by Rich Bennett where she talked about her books, inspiration, and teaching at Harford Community College. 

Her book Mia, Ripples in the Water was also featured as book of the month in May of 2020.

2021

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December 5, 2021 - A very good event supporting the Perry Hall High School PTA.

Many new and returning customers looking for good children's books, along with sports trivia books and poems for the holiday season.

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November 24, 2021 - Story time at We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym in Forest Hill, Maryland. Debbie entertained a group of children, and their parents, with the adventures of Kip, the mischievous mouse, from her award winning children's illustrated book, Cheese? Yes, Please!

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November 6, 2021 - After skipping a year due to the pandemic, the annual Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale returned to the Bel Air Armory for a very successful showing. Over 30 vendors filled the renovated armory. Nearly 500 visitors came through the event, many taking the opportunity for early holiday shopping.

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On-line Reading with Bridges Montessori School

November 4, 2021 - D.A. Jennings read her latest children's illustrated book, The Tapping Stick, to students at the Bridges Montessori School, Bel Air campus. Two online presentations were given: one for the Upper Elementary class of eleven students; one for the Lower Elementary class of twenty-one children. The study of nature is part of their curriculum, and they were well versed in the diversity of trees and the measurement guidelines for determining Champion Trees. The children were attentive, asked well-thought out questions, and came up with some remarkable suggestions. It was a great day for sharing the joys of nature.

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Howl-O-Ween Pet Fest

October 31, 2021 -Havre de Grace howled with excitement as costumed pets paraded in their finest and escorted their owners around the competition runway at Concord Point Lighthouse. D.A. Jennings was invited to bring all her animal book friends. Mischievous Kip, Mia and the forest animals and children from The Tapping Stick went home with many families. This event was really something to howl about!

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Kip Returns to Harford Community College

October 27, 2021 -  Jennifer Eder, Harford Community College Early Learning Center invited Kip to visit and teach the children about being a friend.  As he skittered between five classes, D.A. Jennings, the author, shared his mischievous adventures from Cheese? Yes, Please! and provided each child with the illustrated handout on how to draw Kip.  After visiting with the children, teachers, and their decorated classes, he’s thinking about going to school himself!

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November 2, 2021

Kip Goes to College!

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October 22, 2021 - Kip entertained a group of homeschooled children and their parents and grandparents in the auditorium of Edgewood Hall at Harford Community College. The author, D.A. Jennings, read Kip’s second book Cheese? Yes, Please! and the illustrator, Victoria Jennings, demonstrated step-by-step how they could draw Kip. Each child and adult went home with their Kip drawing and a copy of the illustrated instructions.

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Kelly Pulaski, the Youth Programs Coordinator, organized the free event as part of the college’s homeschooling outreach program. The school provided snacks and drinks to the delight of everyone.

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October 18, 2021 - The online news center, The Patch, published an article about Debbie winning the Silver Medal for her latest illustrated Children's book, The Tapping Stick. Click the tab below  for the full article.

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Great Day for a Street Festival

October 2, 2021 - Close to 30 vendors arrived on Kent Island, Md. for the Artoberfest held in historic downtown Stevensville.  Debbie's newest children's books were a big hit with The Tapping Stick and Cheese? Yes, Please! leading sales. Her other books, Mia, Seize the Cheese, 100 Lives, and American Sports Legends, were also popular with the visitors. Music and children's activities were provided, making this an excellent venue for families. Mark your calendars for next year, it's a delightful street fair.

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Guest Author

July 31, 2021 - Bethany Beach Books hosted a book signing for Debbie's latest children's books, The Tapping Stick, and her award winning chapter book, Mia, Ripples in the Water. The weather was great and the crowds friendly. Working with Bethany Books was a rewarding experience.

The Sweet Spot Writing

June 19, 2021 - Residents of BrightView Avondell attended a writing presentation and workshop, presented by D.A. Jennings. All attendees showed their enthusiasm for writing as they participated in the writing prompts and Q&A. It is hoped that each one will submit a personal story to the Historical Society of Harford County for their 250th anthology. On your mark, get your pen…GO!

2020

Cheese? Yes, Please! Award Recognition

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CHANDLER, AZ (December 2020)—Story Monsters LLC has announced the winners of the 2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, including honorable mention in three categories for Cheese? Yes, Please!, for Best Cover Design, Best Illustrations, and Picture Books 6 plus, by Victoria Huling. The book by D.A. Jennings is the second in a trilogy about a most mischievous mouse. The annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest is a global competition that honors excellence in all types of literature and book marketing, recognizing a comprehensive list of genres

2021 Online Creative Writing Fundamental

On-line Class
Writing Fundamentals Harford Community College

Feb 2, 2021 - Mar 9, 2021 - Online Creative Writing Fundamentals class.

Debbie's first online course for the Harford Community College was a success.

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November 20, 2020 - Debbie presented a live webinar for the Harford Society of Harford County on "What's Your Story? The Historical Significance of Looking Back." Check out the recording of the live event with Q&A or a more concise prerecorded version without Q&A.

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2020 Purple Dragonfly

Book Award

Mia, Ripples in the Water is a winner in the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, sponsored by Story Monsters Ink. The book earned recognition in both the Middle Grade Fiction and Best Cover Design categories. The awards are a worldwide book competition created in 2009 to celebrate the best in children's books. The Purple Dragonfly awards are geared toward books that appeal to children of all ages. Award recognition puts the seal of approval on books and lets parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers know they are giving children a book of the highest caliber.

Award-Winning Finalist in the Children's

Mia named

Book of the Month

by

Harford County Living  

                         - May 29, 2020

2020

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Mia, Ripples in the Water
receives highest review rating from Kids' Book Buzz
 

Mia, Ripples in the Water
receives 5-star review from San Francisco Book Review

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Podcast Interview with Rich Bennett

April 21, 2020 - On this episode of Harford County Living with Rich Bennett, Rich speaks with Author D.A. Jennings. Debbie has written "American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score", "One Hundred Lives", "Seize the Cheese", and "Mia, Ripples in the Water."

April 4, 2020 - For those of you trying to handle homeschooling on-the-fly, let me suggest a visit to Story Monsters, Inc. It is a wonderful magazine which encourages children to read. They have taken several initiatives to help during this time of social distancing. My book, Seize the Cheese, was one of the featured on-line videos.

Click the picture above, find a book your children like, and take a break.

2019

 
Winter Arts and Crafts Fair

Dec. 8, 2019 - First time at Perry Hall Winter Arts and Crafts Fair was a big success. Lots of interest in Mia as well as previous books.

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Nov. 2, 2019 -

A record turnout for the Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale was a success for D.A. Jennings and her newest young reader book, Mia, Ripples in the Water. Gift buyers getting an early start on the Christmas and holiday season were arriving before the official start of the event and were continuous throughout the day. Live music was presented by the Bel Air High School Pop Choir, Theatreworks LIVE!, Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adeline's, and John Sobus, Self Expression. 

Oct. 18, 2019 -

A candlelit, chilly October evening,  in a cemetery, was the perfect place to hear scary stories, and tales from the dark side.  D.A. Jennings read selections from her book, ONE HUNDRED LIVES.  She joined other local authors, historians, and poets who delivered their favorite graveyard-appropriate pieces.

This Literary Readings at the Graveyard, was hosted by the Norrisville Public Library and Norrisville United Methodist Church.

August 27, 2019

Debbie joined a number of talented and creative people for Stanzas in the Stacks, hosted by the Harford County Public Library, Fallston Branch.  She read a number of poems from her book One Hundred Lives

Of course the final poem, Pickers, left the audience laughing.  The evening provided good fellowship and the enjoyment of a variety of performances.

Oct 1, 2019 

Whether a weekend writer or a would-be novelist, this course will help you explore and expand your excitement for creative writing. 

 

Written works are critiqued in a friendly and supportive environment along with written evaluations and suggestions  provided by the instructor.   Six sessions beginning October 1, ending November 5, 2019.  Havre de Grace Hall, room 209 on the Harford Community College campus. 

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Thanks, the class is full!
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July 12, 2019 -

Surrounded by historical headstones and lush greenery, D.A. Jennings read selections from her book, ONE HUNDRED LIVES.  She joined other local authors, historians, and poets who delivered their favorite graveyard-appropriate pieces from such luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe and the Beatles. 

This was the first "Literary Readings at the Graveyard," hosted by the Norrisville Public Library and Norrisville United Methodist Church. Norrisville Branch's Joyce Wemer and Katherine Ellis, along with Norrisville UMC Pastor Melissa Ann McDade, organized the event.

The Envelope Please

A Reading of One Hundred Lives

at Oak Grove Baptist Church

May 6, 2019 - Oak Grove Baptist Church’s 4EVER Young Group readily participated in The Envelope Please program developed and presented by D.A. Jennings.  The program included music, scripture and readings based on her book One Hundred Lives. 

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Portions of Grace Writer's Group

April 28, 2019: Portions of Grace, the writers group sponsored by Mountain Christian Church, hosted D.A. Jennings at their afternoon meeting to hear readings from her book One Hundred Lives. Jennings also discussed memoir writing and answered questions about her writing journey. The setting was perfect for casual conversation and fellowship.

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The Envelope Please

D.A. Jennings Presents One Hundred Lives

to Calvary Baptist Church

March 9, 2019 - Calvary Baptist Church's XYZ senior dinner was the setting for the premier of The Envelope Please presentation.  The interactive program was based on D.A. Jennings' book One Hundred Lives.  The program showcased the continued relevancy of God's Word in our lives today.  A special video tribute to our military members, based upon D.A. Jennings' poem Call to Duty was shown.

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Read to a Child Week & Digital Learning Day

at Enon Elementary, Chester, Virginia

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February 27, 2019 - Doris Hazlegrove, a teacher at Enon Elementary in Chester, Virginia invited D. A. Jennings to read Seize the Cheese to her first grade class on February 27th.

 

The event took place to celebrate Read to a Child Week and Digital Learning Day.

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Adventures in Reading

Churchville Elementary

February 14, 2019 - "Adventures in Reading" was the theme at Churchville Elementary School  when D. A. Jennings read Seize the Cheese to 180 students.

 

The three groups of kindergarten to fifth graders were energetic, fun and great participants.

 2019 - Harford Community College Creative Writing Fundamentals

Whether a weekend writer or a would-be novelist, this course will help you explore and expand your excitement for creative writing. 

 

Work is critiqued in a friendly and supportive environment and written evaluations/suggestions are provided by the instructor.   Six sessions beginning March 26, ending April 30, 2019.  Bel Air Hall, room 242. 

Thanks, the class is full!