Local website features neighbors who collaborate on children’s book about COVID-19


Happy Harper Thursdays is now available in hardcover!

We know many of you have been waiting for the hardback version of "Happy Harper Thursdays: A Grandmother's Love for Her Granddaughter during the Coronavirus." We are thrilled to announce it is officially available for purchase. Follow the ordering link below to grab your copy (or three) and have it delivered just in time for Mother's Day! https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/happy-harper-thursdays-fern-schumer-chapman/1136829920?ean=9780996472555

Great gift for Mother’s Day!

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift for Mom or Grandma? Look no further! Send your loved ones who are struggling with shelter-in-place restrictions a copy of "Happy Harper Thursdays: A Grandmother's Love for Her Granddaughter during the Coronavirus.” This colorful, delightfully illustrated picture book explains to young children, simply and clearly, why we can’t be with the people we love during the Coronavirus. Think your friends might love this ...

Happy Harper Thursdays is now available in print and ebook!

Print edition is available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Harper-Thursdays-Grandmothers-Granddaughter/dp/0996472568/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=happy+harper+thursdays&qid=1587912581&sr=8-1 Ebook is available at Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/happy-harper-thursdays-fern-schumer-chapman/1136829920?ean=9781087856971

Before schools close…

Squeezed in a school and library visit yesterday before more closings. I introduced the speech by explaining that when people and nations experience stress, they often find a scapegoat -- that was the case in the 1930s in Germany and now. When the president referred to the coronavirus as a "foreign virus," his comment smacked of xenophobia. Thanks to Library Director Lynn Delvallee at Washington Junior High School in Oglesby, ...

School visits 2020

It's that time of the year... Eighth-graders learn about the Holocaust in the spring, and I find myself hopping from school to school. Yesterday, my mother and I spoke at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, IL. We have had the privilege of presenting to Hubble students for the last three years. Thanks to librarian Kristin Diaz for her determination in educating students on this important topic.

Moments from annual school visit to Jane Addams Middle School in Schaumburg, IL.

Students meet Holocaust refugee Edith Schumer, 94-year-old mother of author.
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