Posted by: nancyisanders | June 17, 2021

Reality Show: KidLit Writer Buys a Book

I bought myself a $98 book today! CHASE’S CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

What?! Me? Who always likes to get freebies and not dish out any cold hard cash if I can help it?

Yep! But here’s the secret…I only paid $6.99 for it!

That’s because I bought the 2020 version (as a used book on Amazon) which most libraries are getting rid of because it’s being replaced on their reference shelves with the 2022 version.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to get it in the mail! I made my hubby take a photo of me holding it because I was so jazzed. I’ve had my copy for years but decided it was finally time to make an update.

And what do I do with this book?

I’m glad you asked!

Tons!!!! I can read through it to find holidays to write about for kid’s magazines or kid’s books. I can find holidays that my published books relate to so I can promote them on Pinterest and Instagram as great reads for those holidays.

Yes, I know I can go online and find this information, too. But sigh. I just like to hold a good book in my hands. So I’ve already read through the month of July and highlighted and tagged and marked the pages for my favorite holiday listings.

If you’ve never seen this book, get out to your local library and ask for it. Chances are, they might let you borrow last year’s copy so you can become familiar with it.

And you just might find out you’re itching to buy a copy of your own.

May I recommend saving $90 and buying it used? Lol.


  1. Every day, a new secret! Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

  2. Nancy,
    You always have the best ideas🥰 Thank you.

    • So fun to hear from you, Janie! You’re welcome!

  3. Thank you for the great ideas!

    • You’re welcome, Tammy. You’ll have fun with this one!

  4. I always wondered how to find all those dates of interesting holidays and observances. I’ve done some Google searches, but what a slog that is! I’m putting this book on my to-buy wish list!

  5. I remember perusing this book in our local library. Great idea! Hmmm. Wonder if it comes in an e-book version?😊 We will be moving in the next year or two, so I can’t purchase hardbacks. I’ll check it out!

    • From what I can tell it only comes in paperback…

  6. WOW! Thank you for sharing this book with us Nancy.

    • You’re welcome. I hope you have fun with this!

  7. It sounds like a wonderfully helpful book! Thank you for telling about it and how to get it for less $$!

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