Children's author event with Kerry Madden-Lunsford, author of Ernestine's Milky Way

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome children's author Kerry Madden-Lunsford, who will share and sign her new picture book, Ernestine's Milky Way, on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm. Ernestine's Milky Way is an empowering and beautifully illustrated picture book, set in the 1940s, about a determined five-year-old girl who embarks on a journey to deliver milk to her neighbors in the holler. Read on for more important event guidelines, as well as more information about Kerry and her new book!

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. In order to join the signing line to have books brought from home signed at this event, please purchase a copy of Ernestine's Milky Way from Parnassus Books, either in-store, over the phone, or online (scroll down). The best way to support an author featured at a Parnassus event, as well as to support Parnassus for hosting the author and the event, is to purchase the author's new book from Parnassus. Your purchase also demonstrates to publishers that they should continue sending authors to Parnassus and to Nashville.

Can't make it to the event, but still want to purchase an autographed or personalized book? Place your order below, enter "signed copy" plus any personalization details in the comments section of your order, and we'll have Kerry sign your books and ship them to you after the event! Shipping is available to all fifty states as well as internationally. For international shipping quotes, please email orders@parnassusbooks.net; be sure to include your mailing address so that we can create an accurate shipping quote for you.

Video recording, audio recording, and/or live-streaming during author appearances and signings is not possible without prior written permission from the publisher and Parnassus Books.

More about Ernestine's Milky Way

"It seems like the recipe for Ernestine’s Milky Way is to fill a mason jar with the words of Kerry Madden-Lunsford and the pictures of Emily Sutton, add a spoonful of Barbara Cooney, William Steig, and Virginia Lee Burton, then shake it up into this fresh concoction of classic storytelling and energetic art. This book reads like butter.” – Marla Frazee, two-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of All the World and The Boss Baby

"This delicious period story with its warmly inviting illustrations has some surprises that get us right into the heart of the story. And what a good heart it is!” -Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight

Every morning, Ernestine shouts out her window to the Great Smoky Mountains, "I'm five years old and a big girl!" When Mama asks Ernestine--who helps with chores around the farm while Papa is away at war--to carry two mason jars filled with milk to their neighbor, Ernestine isn't sure she can do it. After all, she'd need to walk through thickets of crabapple and blackberry by the creek, not to mention past vines of climbing bittersweet. But Ernestine is five years old and a big girl, so off she sets. Along the way, one mason jar slips from her arms and rolls down the mountainside into the river, and Ernestine is sure it's lost forever . . . until her neighbor's son shows up with a muddy jar--and there's a surprise inside! With tons of flavor and a can-do spirit, here is a celebration of American history and a plucky girl who knows that helping a family in need is worth the trouble.

More about Kerry Madden-Lunsford

Kerry Madden-Lunsford is the author of the Smoky Mountain Trilogy, which includes Gentle's Holler, Louisiana's Song, and Jessie's MountainGentle's Holler was included on the Bank Street College Best Children's Books list. Her first novel, Offsides, was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age. Up Close: Harper Lee made Booklist's Top Ten Biographies for Youth list. Her first picture book, Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie, was illustrated by her daughter, Lucy. Kerry directs the creative writing program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781524714840
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 5th, 2019