The illustrated Ellie May chapter-book series captures the overzealous and good-hearted spirit of Ellie May—a second grader ready to leave her mark on each and every classroom holiday. We'll be celebrating the first two installments of this new series by a local author for kids aged 6-9! This event was formerly scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, but has been moved to Sunday at the author's request.
Ellie May on President's Day
Quirky and funny, second-grader Ellie May enjoys learning about US presidents. But she absolutely loves the idea of being class flag leader during the week before Presidents’ Day. Tired of not being chosen to hold the flag, she makes it her mission to finally get picked. Along the way, Ellie May ends up karate chopping the class plant when she tries to determine whether George Washington actually chopped down that cherry tree. Next she takes apart the class pencil sharpener when she learns that Abraham Lincoln liked learning how gadgets work. Ellie May may not be perfect like Miss-Know-it-All Ava or calm like her best friend Lizzy, but she’s good-hearted and eventually realizes that honesty and patience go a long way.
Ellie May on April Fool's Day
Quirky and funny second grader Ellie May can’t believe her class is allowed to celebrate April Fools’ Day—so long as it’s done in good fun. She absolutely loves the idea of targeting a certain someone—the practically perfect Ava. Practicing on her parents and sisters, Ellie May begins to brainstorm harmless pranks. Soon enough, good intentions turn the classroom and her home upside-down when fake ants, trick tape, and hidden surprises don’t go as planned. Ellie May may not be perfect like Miss-Know-it-All Ava, or calm and rational like her best friend Lizzy, but she’s good-hearted and eventually realizes that the best trick is to make friends genuinely laugh—at no one’s expense.
Hillary Homzie has written several books for tweens, including Things Are Going to Get Ugly, The Hot List, and Queen of Likes for Aladdin Books of Simon & Schuster. She lives in Napa, California, with her family.