Storybooks by the Bay

Today was the Author Book Signing portion of Danville’s Storybooks by the Bay exhibit that began today and goes through December 17. The curator asked if she could include   four of my books and four illustrations from them are among those to be featured. I wrote the stories and conceived the characters, and Josh McGill illustrated them adding additional ideas and suggestions for each.

I always enjoy interacting with the children and their parents. There was one little boy who no matter which book the mother suggested always immediately said “no” (and there were probably about sixty books on display from various authors and illustrators.) The mother asked if she could borrow my book titled “Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle” and try to read it to him. They went to a bench and she read it to him. I was delighted to see one of my books being read by a mommy to a young child. The child loved it and stayed focused on it from the first page through the ending. When they left, he tightly clutched his new book that had a note I wrote to him, and he wore a big smile on his face.

With Love,





About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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22 Responses to Storybooks by the Bay

  1. ksbeth says:

    you could not have a better reviewer or review.

  2. quiall says:

    The best reward is another reading your words! Congratulations!

  3. Russ, this is amazing. Congratulations! And thank you for reaching that child with your book. 🙂

  4. JanBeek says:

    No yardstick measures your success more accurately than the width of that child’s smile! Thanks for sharing, Russ. Now you’ve got me smiling, too!

    • russtowne says:

      When I read your first sentence, it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes, Jan. Is that something you coined or have you heard it before. I ask because I plan to keep that as a favorite quote and when I use it I want to give credit where credit is do. May I create a post around it?

  5. What fun! Many smiles for and from the heart, here. ❤

  6. The kid’s a critic. A GREAT one. Congratulation. 🙂

  7. I find this so exciting! First, being part of a book fair – looks like a good one. Is this Danville, CA? I used to visit the town when I lived in Marin County. Congrats on the literary high five from the kid critic. The best.

  8. Now that little one had great taste. congratulations, Russ. This is awesome!

  9. J Callaghan says:

    Thanks for sharing!

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