Today in Norwalk: Children’s Author Clare Pernice at Stepping Stones Museum

Children’s author/illustrator Clare Penice visits Stepping Stones Museum for Children (303 West Avenue in Norwalk) on Friday, Jan. 5 from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. for a special storytime.

The author will lead the program, “A Day at the Circus,” where she’ll read from the book she penned and illustrated, "Circus Girl," then invite children to create a circus-themed puppet craft. The event will be followed by a book signing. Attendees are invited to come in circus costume.

Born and raised in England, Clare Pernice’s passion for children’s books took root while influenced by Roald Dahl (who visited her school), and her witty story-telling father. Pernice took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design and graduated from London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. She has since illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston and New York. She’s also designed children’s books, clothes, toys and murals, and has created costumes and props for film and stage.

But Pernice’s true love is writing and illustrating picture books, of which "Circus Girl" is her first. "Circus Girl" is the tale of a young girl who morphs into a superstar -- the main attraction in a circus of her own. Pernice’s picture book combines playful text with whimsical watercolor images capturing the girl’s imagination of tumbling, flying, juggling, and spinning across the pages. The little girl’s family of toys help her create a dream-like circus show before she falls fast asleep.

“Circus Girl was inspired by my childhood, my two children, and all the children who love to play dress up and make-believe,” said Pernice.
The the author’s future titles with Simply Read Books include "The Real Mother Goose" and "Adventure Boy," slated for 2018 and beyond.

Pernice lives in Weston, Conn. with her husband, two children and their miniature dachschund, Milo. She’s available for readings/signings and art lessons (privately) or at schools, libraries, canps, bookstores, booutiques and home birthday parties.

For more information about the author illustrator, visit

Photo credit: Regina Tamburro


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