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Project RED and our new baby chicks!

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Today was a whirlwind! After volunteering with Project RED (Rural Education Day), where 1,400 Jackson County third graders learned about chickens (and more!), I stopped by Dexter Mill to pick up my family's baby chicks! Speaking of Dexter Mill - they are now selling my book in their store, so go buy a copy! Here are some photos from today. The peeps and cheeps of baby chicks might be my favorite sound in the world. The kids loved my poultry game, where they got to guess which bird laid which egg. These are REAL poultry eggs! I drew each bird by hand using colored pencils and crayons. My chicken presentation for Project RED. Every third grade teacher at the event received a copy of my book, Bawk Bawk in the Backyard , provided by the Jackson County Farm Bureau. The rooster was a good boy. He crowed for every group of students! (Not my chickens...provided by the farm bureau for the event). Our new baby chicks! This was years in the making, as our township did not allow chickens and I

Lima Township Allows Backyard Chickens

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We did it! The Lima Township Board unanimously approved a new backyard chicken ordinance last night. Stay tuned - we're getting chickens!  

Bawk Bawk in the Backyard reaches local libraries!

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Washtenaw County Farm Bureau has been busy sharing educational resources throughout the community for Michigan's Food and Agriculture Month. Thanks to their efforts, Bawk Bawk in the Backyard is now available to library patrons in several areas! If you happen to stop by any of the following Michigan libraries, look for Bawk Bawk in the Backyard among the farm bureau's beautiful displays: Chelsea District Library Milan Public Library Manchester District Library Ypsilanti District Library Saline District Library  I love knowing that so many kids in our community will have a chance to learn about chicken keeping! Attention librarians: the second edition of Bawk Bawk in the Backyard is available in hardcover and paperback through Ingram ordering systems (ipage), and Baker & Taylor. I would be glad to arrange an order separately if you prefer, just send me a message!  Library of Congress Control Number: 2023901387  ISBN: 979-8-9876939-4-0 (hardcover)  ISBN: 979-8-9876939-3-3 (

Georgia won the book giveaway!

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And the winner is...Georgia!  Look at her beautiful drawing and all of its wonderful details: the little eggs cracking open, the happy chicken, the flowers and heart, and the "Book of Bawks." It's clear she poured her heart into it, and now she will have her very own book of bawks - a signed copy of Bawk Bawk in the Backyard! Though the giveaway has ended, you can still access free coloring pages on my author website . I even added a new baby chick activity page today. Save 10% in my Etsy shop ! Enter promo code EASTER to save 10% at checkout. Find signed hardcover and paperback editions, plus a gift set which includes coloring pages and is gift wrapped. Order today in time for Easter!

My Etsy shop is now open for 2024!

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Visit my Etsy shop for signed hardcover and paperback editions of Bawk Bawk in the Backyard, plus a gift set which includes coloring pages and is gift wrapped. Order today in time for Easter, and use promo code EASTER to save 10%! https://celinamariechase.etsy.com

Chicken Update! We're one step closer to getting chickens.

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Last night, the Lima Township Board authorized the Planning Commission to put together a backyard chicken ordinance amendment, which will allow more residents (like me!) to be able to keep chickens. Once the commission comes up with the proposal, the board will then vote on whether to approve it. We're one step closer to getting chickens!  Click  here  to read more about my backyard chicken political effort. Photo circa 2017, of our baby chicks in Ann Arbor.

A tribute to my grandma, to whom I dedicated my book.

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This is my Grandma Diane. Today would have been her 81st birthday. She always encouraged me to write, and I once told her I would dedicate my first book to her. I was mostly kidding around because I never expected to actually write a book. Years later, when I began working on my children’s book, I told her about the project and said I would dedicate it to her. This was the perfect opportunity too, because the book was about chickens and my grandma used to tell me about the two bantam hens she once raised, and how they made the cutest little hardboiled eggs to garnish the top of her potato salads. Her kitchen was filled with chicken d├ęcor, little statues and paintings, some of which decorate my own kitchen now. I was devastated when Grandma Diane passed away a few years ago. I was still working on the children’s book, and though I used to send her updates and pictures of the illustrations, it broke my heart to know she wouldn’t get to see the finished product. I still can’t talk about i