Martha Seif Simpson

December 11, 2016
Cohen Hillel Academy,
Marblehead, MA

December 8, 2016
Literacy Volunteers Event
Barnes & Noble
Milford, CT

Indie Author Day
Stratford Library
Stratford, CT
October 8, 2016

At Stratford Library's Indie Author Day. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!

Local Author's Fest
Avon Free Public Library
Avon, CT
Friday July 15, 2016

Books & Company
1235 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT
April 23, 2016

Connecticut Post Mall in Milford, CT.
December 13, 2015

Barnes & Noble
1375 Boston Post Rd.
Milford, CT
November 20, 2015

Temple Beth Sholom
1809 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT
November 1, 2015

Local Author Night at the North Haven Barnes & Noble - April 23, 2015

At Stratford Library

Book display at the Yiddish Book Center

Mandell Jewish Community Center,
West Hartford, CT
December 19, 2014

JCC of Greater
New Haven
Arts & Craft Fair
December 7, 2014

New England Library Association Annual Conference
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Norwich Free Academy Book Expo Saturday, October 11, 2014

BookExpo America
New York City
May 2014

Connecticut Library Association
Annual Conference
Cromwell, CT
April 28, 2014

Sliney School Book Fair, Branford, CT
April 4, 2014

American Library Association Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
June 29, 2013

Book Launch!

May 4, 2013
Stratford Library Association
Stratford, CT

Selected Works

Picture Books
Like her namesake, Queen Esther, a young girl displays courage and wit when a bully tries to steal her gragger.
A shopkeeper witnesses a small miracle in his toy store and learns the true meaning of Hanukkah.
A boy offers advice on what NOT to give your mom, unless she's an animal.
Library and Teacher Resource Books
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Library and Teacher Resource Books
StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines storytelling with crafts in an exciting and engaging activity for children in first through third grades. This book presents complete instructions for presenting 50 fun-filled sessions.
Exciting theme-based units (such as Cartoon Cavalcade, Log On at the Library, Go in Style, Cruising the Mall, Space Shots, Teens on TV, and 44 others) that are designed for young adults. /font face="Arial">
The first book ever published with ideas for the ever-popular Summer Reading Program at the public library!

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Upcoming Events!

Thursday, March 21, 2019
4-5 pm
Book Launch at
R. J. Julia Booksellers
768 Post Post Road
Madison, CT
(203) 245-3959

Sunday March 24, 2019
2-4 pm
Purim Party
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT

Storytimes and Book Signings

I had a wonderful time reading my Hanukkah book to the families in Marblehead, MA.

I enjoyed reading my book and meeting some old friends.

I made some new author friends at the Stratford Library Indie Author Day. Back row: R.J. Grand, Katie L. Caroll, Jillary Tubin, Martha Seif Simpson, Bob Wirz. Front row: Jared Topalian, Stacy Barnett Mozer, Will Duchon

It was fun meeting Christine Ieronimo, Millie Wilson Ostroski, and Patricia Clark Smith at the Avon Library Local Authors Fest.

Thanks to everyone who came

Had fun reading my book at this event

Reading The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin dressed as Willy Wonka

She did a lovely job coloring the dreidel from my book!

Signing a book for a new friend at the North Haven Barnes & Noble

I certainly was busy reading and signing copies of my book, The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah, at various author events in December, 2014!

Thanks to the organizations and schools that invited me to present programs, and all the families who participated:
-- Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT
-- The Greater New Haven Jewish Community Center, Woodbridge, CT
-- The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA
-- Beecher Road School, Woodbridge, CT
-- Barnes & Noble Book Store in Milford, CT
-- The Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford, CT
-- Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden, CT
-- and of course, my own Stratford Library!

Lucretia and I enjoyed speaking to other librarians at the NELA (New England Library Association) Annual Conference in Boxborough, MA on Tuesday October 21. We did a presentation based on our book, Bringing Classes Into the Public Library, as part of a panel on school and public library cooperation. We met several librarians and shared ideas for library programs. Thanks to everyone who came by and talked to us!

I was a guest author at the Norwich Free Academy Book Expo, held in conjunction with Norwich Authorís Day, to promote The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah. I spoke on a panel with Wally Lamb, Esther Friesner, and other authors. Great company!

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - During BookExpo America I went to dinner with some Wisdom Tales publishers and authors. Here I am with Jacqueline Jules and her husband, Mary-Kathryne Steele, Alexis York Lumbard, and Joseph Fitzgerald.

Read the Market, Write a Book:
How Two Connecticut Childrenís Librarians Became Published Authors

Signing at The CLA Conference

I presented a program with Gayle Byrne, Children's Librarian at the Killingworth Library, at the Annual CLA Conference.

I spoke about how I came to publish my professional books as well as my picture books. Gayle talked about her picture books, Sometimes Itís Grandmas And Grandpas Not Mommies And Daddies, and Sometimes One Is Just Right.

Book Signing

I was one of the featured authors at the John B. Sliney School Book Fair in Branford, CT. which took place on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 6:00-7:30 pm. Thanks to everyone who came and spoke to me about What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day!

Dynamic Duos: Building and Sustaining Public and School Library Connections

Collaboration between school and public libraries through programming and collection development offer great benefits for students of all ages and their families. But how do busy librarians develop and maintain these connections and create sustainable partnerships? Four librarians will share their knowledge of successful collaborative experiences.

My talk was based on the information in my book, Bringing Classes Into the Public Library

What NOT to Give Your Mom
on Mother's Day

Some of the friends who helped me celebrate my new picture book