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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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June 2013

Betsy Franco Feeney

Photo © Betsy Franco Feeney.


   Betsy Franco Feeney


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Some of you have asked for more children’s authors for our Invite an Author initiative.

I’m delighted to be presenting someone who makes her library visits entertaining, educational, and big-time fun!

She’s a big fan of BCCLS and libraries in general.

Her illustrations and library and school visits have received high praise.

If you look at her website, it says ‘fun’ all over the place.

It is with great delight that I present Betsy Franco Feeney as BCCLS June Invite an Author /Illustrator.

Illustrator of almost a dozen children's books, Betsy Franco Feeney is co-author of two picture books based on songs by award-winning singer/songwriter Christine Lavin. AMOEBA HOP received a BEST BOOKS award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Recently, their second collaboration, HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, garnered a very favorable Kirkus review which begins with: "If the fate of the planet is in children's hands, reading them books like this one might be a wise idea." In two separate Kirkus reviews, Betsy's art has been described as "meticulously detailed with rare humor and imagination" and "thoughtfully detailed illustrations...tug at young reader's heartstrings".

Attending Fashion Institute of Technology, Betsy received the highest illustration award for her graduating class. She continued her studies at the School of Visual Arts. Clients include: Charles Scribners Sons, Harcourt Brace, McGraw Hill, Berkley Publishing Group, General Foods, Ballantine Books (a division of Random House), Robin & Adler Books, Joshua Morris Publishing, and Longmeadow Press.

Conducting programs based on her books and Christine’s songs throughout the tri-state area, Betsy likes to think that "students are having so much fun, they don't even realize how much they are learning!" Take a look at her youtube video and you will see what she means:

On ‘Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

"Franco Feeney’s thoughtfully detailed illustrations of oil-slicked sea critters will tug at young readers’ heartstrings, and an educational appendix at the end offers in-depth discussion of renewable energy forms, a DIY craft project, sheet music and a checklist of how to save energy at home. The only thing missing, in fact, is an environmental cleanup team and a life-sized windmill. Ambitious? No doubt. Especially considering that a portion of the book’s net proceeds benefits the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA). Kudos to Lavin and Franco Feeney for making this songbook an entertaining—and earth-friendly—investment. "

Kirkus Reviews

I’ve got some copies of Amoeba Hop and Hole in the Bottom of the Sea for the asking (while supplies last.) Add them to your collections (think Common Core Curriculum.)

Please contact Betsy directly at to arrange a library visit. Betsy’s fee is $175 for BCCLS libraries. I think you’ll have a roomful of happy kids when she ‘performs’ at your library.

Visit her website at

Come on, all you librarians – come see (and hear) Betsy Franco Feeney and Christine Lavin at BooksNJ2013 on Sunday June 9 on the grounds of the Paramus Public Library. There’s no reason kids should have all the fun!

Warmest regards,