Hudson Valley, NY resident Donna Davies, dubbed the “Halloween Queen,” divides her time between authoring children’s books, lecturing to both adults and children, and curating several web sites dedicated to the holiday.
Ms. Davies’ first picture book for children, The Halloween Queen Who Lost Her Scream, thrilled audiences from 6 to 60 upon its release last October and earned her numerous opportunities to present the book at libraries across the region.
She has released her second children’s book, Sleepy Hollow and the Road You’d Better Not Follow through her publishing company All Hallows Eve Press .
Inspired by Washington Irving’s 1820 short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and her personal experiences in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery one fall evening, Davies’ new book is a rhyming story from the heart. “The Headless Horseman has always been my favorite Halloween hero; he isn’t bad, just a little scary when confronted. After noticing that few children’s books touched on his tale in a way they could connect with, I decided to rectify that,” she explains with a grin fit for a jack-o-lantern.
All Hallows’ Eve Press has established a partner ship with Kite Readers, an e-book production company. “Kite Readers is very has done an excellent job making my Halloween books come to life for all readers. Read-a-Loud books for iTunes really immerses your child in the Halloween story.”
A staunch supporter of local libraries and historical societies, Ms. Davies is an active member of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historical Board and curates the Hudson Valley Halloween Magazine as an “en-spook-lopedia” of all things grim and ghoulish in the area.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s Certificate in marketing from the University of San Francisco. She is currently studying library science at the University of Buffalo.
Ms. Davies offers a Halloween Story Time presentation of either The Halloween Queen Who Lost Her Scream or her new book Sleepy Hollow and the Road You’d Better Not Follow. All of these readings include coloring sheets and crayons for the children.
To purchase a signed copy of her Halloween books, please visit All Hallows Eve Press.
For more information or to discuss booking a lecture or book reading, please e-mail Donna directly at firstname.lastname@example.org