Children's Book Week Party with Nancy Cavanaugh

On Wednesday, May 2nd at 4:30 PM, author Nancy J. Cavanaugh joins us for a special Children's Book Week celebration. She'll be signing copies of her acclaimed new novel for young readers, Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, and we'll have all kinds of book-related activities! Take a "Step Out of the City and Into the Swamp" tour, write a letter to someone you admire (just like Elsie Mae does) and participate in a "Find the Hidden Hog" contest, with fun prizes.  Attendees will also receive a special Children's Book Week poster, free as long as supplies last. Join us for activities, conversation, and after-school snack, and learn about the spunky heroine Elsie Mae! This event is free and open to the public, and recommended for readers ages 8 and up. Please call us to reserve your spot, as space may be limited!

In Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, Elsie Mae is pretty sure this'll be the best summer ever. She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents' house with her new dog, Huck, and she's written a letter to President Roosevelt that she's confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House.

But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his "Hallelujahs," Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.

"Cavanagh's sweet and engaging historical fiction style perfectly captures the special quality of life in the Okefenokee, from 'gators to biscuits to good neighbors. Elsie Mae is a strong, complicated heroine, surrounded by complex characters. The novel also does a good job highlighting the complications of federal conservation for those who live in and use a wild place." - School Library Journal

"The period details, unusual setting, light dialect, well developed characters, and the affirming, gradual progression of Elsie Mae and Henry James' friendship makes for an engrossing story. An author's note offers more insight into the real story of FDR's protection of the swamp." - Booklist

Nancy J. Cavanaugh has a BS in education and an MA in curriculum and instruction with multiple published works. She was a teacher for more than fifteen years and currently works as a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school. Nancy lives in Tarpon Springs, FL with her husband and daughter. Visit

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Elsie Mae Has Something to Say Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492640226
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Elsie Mae is pretty sure this'll be the best summer ever.