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FOR KIDS

Want to be a reporter like me or pup reporter Maggie Mae?  This activity sheet will show you the way.

Here are some fun Jackie and the Books She Loved activity sheets you can download:

WRITE LIKE JACKIE

JACKIE’S DESIGN YOUR OWN BOOK MARK

BE AN INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER LIKE JACKIE

BE A JOURNALIST LIKE JACKIE

JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED LAUNCH CRAFT

For the Launch on November 7, 2023, the Chappaqua Children’s Room Staff created a fun craft activity.

Jackie and the Books She Loved Launch Craft Directions

FOR LIBRARIANS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS

I hope my picture book brings joy and learning to you and the children in your life. This curriculum guide helps teachers and librarians integrate Jackie and the Books She Loved into the English Language Arts Curriculum. Parents and caregivers also will enjoy the curriculum guide as they share the book with their children. Activity sheets contain interactive and engaging ideas for story time and beyond.

Downloadable Activity Sheets for Jackie and the Books She Loved:

JACKIE’S READERS’ WORKSHOP LAUNCH                 JACKIE’S WRITERS’ WORKSHOP LAUNCH

FROM MY LATEST NEWSLETTER…

JUNE 2024

Dear Friends,

The National First Ladies Day celebration at Susan Lawrence on Saturday April 27th was a huge success. Proprietor Mark Kramer displayed memorabilia from John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration and served guests the Jacqueline Cake that was created by Mark who was inspired by the Jackie and JFK’s wedding cake that was also served at Kennedy’s inaugural balls. It was well attended by folks from near and far and I hope to make this an annual event. Susan Lawrence continues to have signed copies available for purchase.

 
July 28th would be Jackie’s 95th birthday. I’ll be doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Jackie and the Books She Loved. Look for my posts on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, Bluesky and X. Not on social media? Reply to this email to be entered in the drawing.

June is Pride Month and I’d like to share a new book that I just had the pleasure of previewing, Rainbow Allies: The True Story of the Kids Who Stood Up Against Hate, by Nancy Churnin. Based on real-life events, Rainbow Allies tells the story of how a Massachusetts neighborhood rallied around a lesbian couple to make them feel welcomed and loved again after an act of hate. The book debuts on July 9, 2024.

Creating Summer Reading lists was something I enjoyed as a school library media specialist. Former First Lady Laura Bush has a fun Summer Reading List with some oldies but goodies. https://tinyurl.com/mrxfrjhu
A great family read aloud is one of my all-time favorites, Dominic by William Steig.

Mark your calendar for September 28th.  I’ll be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival with 154 other authors and illustrators including the beloved author of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Laura Numeroff.

APRIL 2024

Mark your calendar for my next book signing of Jackie and the Books She Loved to celebrate National First Ladies Day on Saturday, April 27th noon to 2:00PM at Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua.  Guests will be treated to Jackie’s famous wedding cake that was served at JFK’s inaugural balls in 1961.

April is Poetry Month! Jackie loved poetry and wrote poems as child. Here’s one that appears in Jackie and the Books She Loved with the permission of her daughter, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

In 2001, Caroline Kennedy created a beautiful poetry anthology in the book The Best Loved Poems of JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS. In the introduction she writes “One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was a love of literature and language.” Then Ambassador Kennedy went on to compile two books for young people: Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children.  Ambassador Kennedy follows in the footsteps of her mother who instilled this love of reading and poetry in her children.

In honor of poetry month my friend and fellow author Lisa Rogers and I are offering a book giveaway. Look for this post on social media to enter to win signed copies of our books.

Lisa Rogers is a wonderful writer. Check out her latest book Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage. It’s a unique picture book biography that recently won the 2024 Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Golden Kite Honor Award in the Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers. You can visit her at www.lisarogerswrites.com
As we wind down in the school year, Jackie and the Books She Loved is a wonderful end of the year teacher gift.  Signed copies are available at The Village Bookstore in Pleasantville, NY, Books of Wonder in NYC and Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua, NY Jackie and the Books She Loved can be purchased wherever books are sold, and I am happy to send you signed bookplates.

MARCH 2024

Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! A great time to celebrate Jackie and the Books She Loved.  I was honored to be interviewed by TQ Townsend and her nine-year-old daughter co-host Chloë on The Children’s Literature Podcast. You can listen to the interview here.


https://tinyurl.com/5kdwz68v

You can find my Women’s History Month Blogpost on the Pragmatic Mom website. I review ten new picture book biographies about fabulous women role models. There is a giveaway of a signed copy of Jackie and the Books She Loved.

https://tinyurl.com/3v393ve5

On World Read Aloud Day, February 7th, I had the pleasure of reading Jackie and the Books She Loved to fourth graders at the North Jackson Elementary School in Talmo, Georgia and the Middletown Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland. The kids had great questions!

Channeling my inner Jackie Bouvier with a new feature in Inside Chappaquamagazine and Inside Press publications. Jackie was the inquiring camera girl for the Washington Times Herald. I teamed up with artist Naava Katz for this fabulous new feature.

https://tinyurl.com/2s5aymaw

Mark your calendar for my next book signing to celebrate National First Ladies Day on Saturday, April 27th at Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua. There will be cake!

JANUARY 2024

I am excited to share the wonderful review of Jackie and the Books She Loved that appeared in the January issue of Westchester Magazine. You can read it here.  And I was honored to appear on the Literacy Landscape podcast recently. To see all the podcasts, blog interviews, and television and print media interviews go to my NEWS page where you’ll find links to everything.

In honor of Presidents Day, my friend Lisa Rogers and I will be doing a book giveaway in February. Look for this post on social media beginning February 15.

I love seeing pictures of young readers with Jackie and the Books She Loved. Please send me yours.

There are lots of ways to enjoy Jackie and the Books She Loved after reading. Follow up activities for kids can be found on my EXTRAS page.

Signed copies of Jackie and the Books She Loved are available at Books of Wonder in NYC and Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua. Books may be purchased wherever books are sold and I am happy to send you signed bookplates.

Jackie and the Books She Loved is getting great reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. Please consider adding yours!

Stay tuned for more events to come in 2024.

DECEMBER 2023

Launching Jackie and the Books She Loved in November was quite an adventure. I am grateful to everyone who joined the online launch, the National First Ladies Library Legacy Lecture, Books of Wonder event and to those who came to the book signing at Susan Lawrence. It was great to meet and greet friends and neighbors. And I appreciate all of you who pre-ordered and ordered. Your support means the world to me!


Photos by Randi Childs
Susan Lawrence Book Signing, November 25, 2023
And there was cake!
Thanks to proprietor Mark Kramer and staff for their hospitality.

It was also a whirlwind of podcasts, blog interviews and television and print media interviews. Here is link to my NEWS page where you’ll find links to everything.  There will be more to come in 2024.

I love seeing pictures of young readers with Jackie and the Books She Loved. Please send me yours.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Jiran

There are lots of ways to enjoy Jackie and the Books She Loved after reading. Follow up activities for kids can be found on my EXTRAS page.

As you think about gifts in 2024, signed copies of the book are available at Books of Wonder in NYC and Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua. Jackie and the Books She Loved can be purchased wherever books are sold and I am happy to send you signed bookplates.
Jackie and the Books She Loved is getting great reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. Please consider adding yours!

I wish you and yours all good things in the new year.

NOVEMBER 2023

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all of you and the great reception that Jackie and the Books She Loved is receiving.

Jackie and the Books She Loved had a great launch on November  7th!

Many thanks to the Children’s Librarians at the Chappaqua Library for hosting my Jackie and the Books She Loved launch on November 9. It was a great conversation with Robbin Friedman, Head of the Children’s Room with thoughtful questions from the online viewers. The librarians created a great craft project. Thanks to Friends of Miller House and Skyhorse Publishing for co-sponsoring.

Photo by Naava Katz
If you missed it, you can watch it here:
I’ve been very busy on a blog tour and doing interviews. You can find all of them on the NEWS page of my website. https://ronnidiamondstein.com/news/
Coming up is the JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED BOOK SIGNING CELEBRATION
Saturday, November 25, 2023, noon to 2PM.
Susan Lawrence Gourmet Catering, 26 North Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NYJackie and the Books She Loved makes a great teacher gift and holiday gift for people of all ages!If you’ve ordered book online I am happy to send you personalized signed bookplates. If you wish to order signed copies of Jackie and the Books She Loved. Please visit my website for the local stores that can send them to you. https://ronnidiamondstein.com/books/jackie-and-the-books-she-loved/

OCTOBER 2023

Jackie and the Books She Loved’s book birthday is two weeks away on Tuesday, November 7th!

A great time was had at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on September 30th. Despite the rainy start to the day both the illustrator Bats Langley and I sold out of all our copies. Nearly 100!

 
Photo by Vicky Tipp

Here’s one of our very happy readers that we joined me at the book festival. That’s what it’s all about.

Photo by Oscar Flores

 You can pre-order the book now! http://tinyurl.com/bdfjwps7

Lots of events are planned for November when the book debuts on Tuesday, November 7th.

JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED BOOK LAUNCH
Cosponsored by the Chappaqua Library, Friends of the Miller House and Skyhorse Publishing Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:00PM.
Attendees can pick up a related activity kit at the library ahead of time or just log on for a reading of the book and a short Q&A. Every registrant is entered into a raffle for a signed copy of the book! Free registration:  http://tinyurl.com/4wfxktjs

Legacy Lecture: Jackie and the Books She Loved, Penning a Jackie Kennedy Picture Book
Thursday, November 16 at noon.
I’ll be reading Jackie and the Books She Loved and discuss how the book came to be and the remarkable literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the First Lady of Literature. Free tickets are available now. http://tinyurl.com/bdhtbedz

JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED BOOK SIGNING CELEBRATION
Saturday, November 25, 2023, noon to 2PM.
Susan Lawrence Gourmet Catering, 26 North Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY

I will keep you posted on the details of all events in these newsletters, on my website, and social media.

SEPTEMBER 2023

September is a special month in the life of Jackie. September 12th marks the 70th anniversary of the wedding of Jackie and John F. Kennedy. They married in Newport, Rhode Island at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with a reception at Hammersmith Farm.

September is a special month for me! I’ll be signing early release copies of Jackie and the Books She Loved at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, September 30th from 10AM-4PM. You can find me in the central courtyard area.   As a former board member of the festival, I’m thrilled to participate this year. It’s a fun event with lots of authors, illustrators, and fun activities. You can find me in the central courtyard area.  https://ccbfestival.org

Can’t make it to the book festival, then you can for pre-order the book now! http://tinyurl.com/bdfjwps7

Thrilled to share some early press for Jackie and the Books She Loved in Inside Chappaqua magazine feature.

photo by Donna Muller

http://tinyurl.com/3tnaxpk3

 
Lots of events are planned for November when the book debuts on Tuesday, November 7th.
 
JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED BOOK LAUNCH
 Cosponsored by the Chappaqua Library, Friends of the Miller House and Skyhorse Publishing Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:00PM. 
Attendees can pick up a related activity kit at the library ahead of time or just log on for a reading of the book and a short Q&A. Free registration:  http://tinyurl.com/4wfxktjs
 
Legacy Lecture: Jackie and the Books She Loved, Penning a Jackie Kennedy Picture Book
Thursday, November 16
 at noon. 
I’ll be reading Jackie and the Books She Loved and discuss how the book came to be and the remarkable literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the First Lady of Literature. Free tickets are available now. http://tinyurl.com/bdhtbedz
 
JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED BOOK SIGNING CELEBRATION
 Saturday, November 25, 2023, noon to 2PM. 
Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua, NY
 
I will keep you posted on the details of all events in these newsletters, on my website and social media.

 

JULY 2023

Happy Birthday Jackie!

It’s July 28th, Jackie’s birthday and I’m excited to announce a special event I have planned with the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio on Thursday November 16, 2023 at noon EST.  I was delighted when I was contacted by NFLL in April. Currently they have an exhibit about Jackie that runs through April 2024. The program will be online. Free tickets are available beginning September 8. I’ll be reading Jackie and the Books She Loved and discuss how the book came to be and the remarkable literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the First Lady of Literature.

Legacy Lecture: Jackie and the Books She Loved, Penning a Jackie Kennedy Picture Book

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legacy-lecture-jackie-and-the-books-she-loved-penning-a-picture-book-tickets-675262156287

I’m also thrilled to share some of Bats Langley’s fabulous art from the Jackie and the Books She Loved with you.  Jackie at work as an editor on Martha’s Vineyard…

You can for pre-order the book now. https://ronnidiamondstein.com/books/jackie-and-the-books-she-loved/
Here’s more advance praise from award-winning author Nancy Churnin:

“How lovely to learn that a love of books was the constant that guided little Jackie Bouvier as she grew up to become America’s beloved First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy! Ronni Diamondstein’s lyrical text, enhanced by Bats Langley’s charming illustrations, will get children thinking about how books can help enrich their lives, too.”

Mark your calendar for my online launch on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:00PM and a book signing in Chappaqua on Saturday, November 25, 2023. More details to follow.

And I’ll be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, September 30th! As a former board member of the festival, I’m thrilled to participate this year. I will keep you posted on the details in these newsletters, on my website and social media.

 

JUNE 2023

Seventy-one years ago on June 2, 1953 Jackie was in London covering the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. You’ll learn more about what else Jackie was doing in Europe in my book Jackie and the Books She Loved. It’s available for pre-ordernow. https://ronnidiamondstein.com/books/jackie-and-the-books-she-loved/

I’m excited to let you know that the book has gone to the printer.  I’m so pleased with the final product and can’t wait for you to see it and hold it in your hands!

Here’s more advance praise for the book from award-winning author Jennifer Berne:

“Ronni Diamondstein’s story of Jackie Kennedy and her lifelong passion for reading

is a beautifully-told ode to books and how they enrich our lives. Written about a

book lover by a book lover. Illustrated with warmth and wonderful detail.”

I’m planning an online launch on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:00PM and a book signing Chappaqua on Saturday, November 25, 2023. And I’ll be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, September 30th! As one of the founders of the festival and former board member I’m thrilled to participate this year. I will keep you posted on the details in these newsletters, on my website and social media.

 

MAY 2023

Today, the last Saturday of April, is National First Ladies Day. It’s a day that honors all First Ladies of the United States and commemorates the founding of the First Lady upon President George Washington’s inauguration on April 30,1789 when Martha Washington became First Lady of the United States that day. She, and all those who followed in her footsteps, have played an important role in molding our nation including and especially, Jacqueline Kennedy.

I was a child when Jacqueline Kennedy became the First Lady of the United States. She did so much to change the White House and the role of the First Lady. She hosted many cultural events at the White House, among them a romantic evening of Elizabethan poetry and music and invited one of her high school English teachers who had inspired her. You’ll learn more about her love of poetry in my book Jackie and the Books She Loved. It’s available for pre-order now. https://ronnidiamondstein.com/books/jackie-and-the-books-she-loved/

I’m excited to let you know that the book will be going to the printer soon! The charming illustrations by Bats Langley complement the text so well. Here’s a sample of the lovely art inside the book on the title page.

I’m planning an online launch and book signing in the fall. I will keep you posted on the details in these newsletters, on my website and social media.

I’d like to close with some advance praise for the book. Peter Sís, award-winning author and illustrator and recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award whose book The Three Golden Keys was edited by Jackie  wrote:

When I worked on my picture book with Ms. Onassis she was a wonderful editor who worked like an invisible whisperer from the background. I think it would delight her that children can find out how much she cared for books…”

APRIL 2023

April is Poetry Month, so I’d like to suggest some great books to share with people of all ages.
Poetry was a true love of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the subject of my forthcoming book Jackie and the Books She Loved.

In 2001, Caroline Kennedy created a beautiful poetry anthology in the book The Best Loved Poems of JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS. In the introduction she writes “One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was a love of literature and language.”

Then Ambassador Kennedy went on to compile two books for young people:Poems to Learn by Heart, and A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children.

Ambassador Kennedy follows in the footsteps of her mother who instilled this love of reading and poetry in her children.  And I was so honored to have her give me permission to include one of Jackie’s poems in my book.

You’ll learn more about Jackie’s love of language, literature, and poetry in my book Jackie and the Books She Loved. It’s available to preorder now!