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Weston Author Helps Children Conjure Up Dream Characters In Fairfield

Weston children's author Clare Pernice will help kids unleash their own imaginations at a free workshop at Fairfield University Bookstore on Sunday.
Weston children's author Clare Pernice will help kids unleash their own imaginations at a free workshop at Fairfield University Bookstore on Sunday. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A workshop and book signing with children's author and illustrator Clare Pernice of Weston will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Fairfield University Bookstore on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Pernice will lead a story time, incorporating her workshop, “Words and Pictures,” geared for children ages 4-6 p.m., at the store’s Fairfield location at 1499 Post Road.

The author will read from her first book "Circus Girl," then invite children to develop and draw their own main characters.

The workshop will be followed by a book signing, and attendees will be entered into a door prize drawing for an child-friendly gift basket. The program will be from 1-2 p.m.

The workshop is free and registration is encouraged, but not required. To reserve a spot, email FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com.

Born and raised in England, Pernice’s passion for children’s books took root while influenced by novelist Roald Dahl, who visited her school, according to a press release.

Pernice took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art, and design, and went on to graduate from London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. She has since illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston and New York.

She has also designed children’s books, clothes, toys and murals, as well as created costumes and props for film and stage.

"Circus Girl" is the tale of a young girl who morphs into the main attraction in a circus of her own.

Pernice’s picture book captures a girl’s imagination of tumbling, flying, juggling and spinning across the pages, the release said. The little girl’s family of toys help her create a dreamlike circus show before she falls fast asleep.

“Circus Girl was inspired by my childhood, my two children, and all children who love to play dress up and make-believe,” Pernice said in the release.

The author’s future written and illustrated titles with Simply Read books include "The Real Mother Goose" and "Adventure Boy," both slotted for 2017.

Pernice lives in Weston with her husband, two children and their miniature dachschund, Milo. Learn more about the author at her website.

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