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Reading at BookTowne Bookstore, Manasquan, 11 a.m, June 14th

booktownewaterlilies & dock Whitesbog“When I visited ‘Miss Lizzie’s’ historic home and learned about the girl in the early 1900’s who created all the blueberries we eat, I was hooked.” Paula will read from her book, we’ll taste fresh blueberries, and you’ll win a chance to take home a jar of homemade blueberry jam from the General Store at Elizabeth’s farm. Entertaining AND enlightening for KIDS and FAMILIES.

BookTowne | Where Good Friends Meet Good Books, 732-722-7255


festival-coverKIDS! MAKE YOUR OWN blueberry pie with Paula at THE ANNUAL WHITESBOG BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 11 a.m and 2 p.m. at the General Store.  Over 10,000 people visited the festival last year, 10 a.m – 4 p.m.  Music, crafts, pie-eating contest, tours,
every kind of blueberry treat imaginable — blueberry wine (yes!) and bakery goods.  Meet “Miss Lizzie” re-enactor, her father “J.J. White,” her scientist-collaborator, “Dr. Coville,” and see Suningive, the house Lizzie built in 1923.



Paula will be at Allaire Village on Sunday, 12pm, April 13th

AllaireJoin Paula on Sunday, 12pm at Allaire Village for a fun, interactive telling of Elizabeth White’s remarkable story.

Book signing and talks by author throughout the day.
For kids / families / adults.  Great day to explore history and nature together. 

  • Taste blueberries.
  • Baked blueberry goods for sale. Hands-on experience with Sphagnum moss harvested from cranberry bogs at Miss Lizzie’s historic farm.
  • Kids – Write a blueberry poem with Paula’s help (take home to color!)

Allaire Village
4265 Atlantic Ave.
Wall Township NJ

Interactive telling of The Blueberry Girl at River Road Books – April 5th

River Road Books April 5thJoin Paula on Saturday, 2pm at River Road Books for a fun, interactive telling of Elizabeth White’s remarkable story.

This book is appropriate for KIDS OF ALL AGES, including parents and grandparents!

  • Taste blueberries.
  • Write a blueberry poem with Paula’s help (plus a handout to  color and take home!)
  • Hands-on experience with Sphagnum moss harvested from cranberry bogs at Miss Lizzie’s historic cranberry/blueberry farm in south Jersey.

River Road Books
759 River Road, Fair Haven,NJ

Paula will be at the Ocean County Library on March 15th

Hungry?  For Spring?  For blueberries?  Poet Paula Newcomer will share real blueberries with you and also “The Blueberry Queen’s” story this Saturday, March 15th, at 2p.m. at the Toms River Library, 101 Washington Street.  For more information call the Ocean County Libary at 732-349-6200 or Click here for a full list of events.  FUN event for children, families, and the child in you, whatever your age!

JOIN Paula for the following events

“The Blueberry Girl: The Story of Elizabeth Coleman White”

Imagine having a dream big enough to carry you through your life! Join author Paula J. Newcomer as she tells the story of a real girl from New Jersey, who dreamed of taming wild huckleberries, and created all the blueberries we eat today! This program is a fun, interactive telling of Elizabeth Coleman White’s remarkable story by local children’s book author and poet, Paula J. Newcomer. Taste blueberries, have a hands- on experience with Sphagnum moss, and create a group poem about blueberries with Miss Paula’s help.

This program offered for free at the following libraries:

  • Jackson Library – Saturday, March 8th at 11 am
    (732) 928-4400
  • Manchester Library – Saturday, March 8th at 2 pm
    (732) 657-7600
  • Toms River Library – Saturday, March 15th at 2 pm
    (732) 349-6200
  • Island Heights Library – Monday, April 14th at 6:30 pm
    (732) 270-6266
  • Berkeley Library – April 23rd at 6:30 pm
    (732) 269-2144

Audience/Age/Grade: For families, ages 5 and up
Registration: YES, preferred, but not necessary.

The book will be available for sale at library events or
click here to order the book through the website.

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March 4th, 2013

Paula will also be visiting the West Dover Elementary School, Grades K-5, in Toms River, NJ on March 4th to present “The Blueberry Girl. How the Wild Huckleberry of South Jersey Was Tamed! The Story of Elizabeth Coleman White.” A fun and interactive program.

Thank You

Watch here for readings by Paula at bookstores and library appearances.

The Blueberry Girl. The Story of Elizabeth Coleman White.” 42 pages, 10″ by 10,” Children’s Historical Nonfiction (Children ages five and up — the book appeals to ALL AGES).

Paula’s book may be purchased through the website’s Pay Pal account.

The book will also be available for purchase at the Whitesbog General Store at Whitesbog Village (Elizabeth White’s original cranberry and blueberry farm), located at 120 N. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills. N.J.,

The Whitesbog General Store is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from February through December. The General Store features a nice selection of one-of-a kind items, and a number of Pine Barrens-themed books. The store has a selection of blueberry and cranberry preserves, marmalade and honey. It showcases artisan items handcrafted by locals of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, including painted gourds, paintings, pottery, jewelry and toys.

A big thanks to my publisher, Marie Galastro, Creative Director, MLG & Associates, Artist, Bruce Arant, and Art Director, Jill Abrahamsen.

Presentation at Whitesbog Village, Saturday, June 29th, 2013

“THE BLUEBERRY GIRL. How Elizabeth Coleman White Came to Love Blueberries,” my presentation at Whitesbog Village, Saturday, June 29th was fantastic. I used my artist’s beautiful illustrations in a visual “storytelling” workshop with the children and parents at the General Store. This power point workshop is a great way to tell “Miss Lizzie’s” story, and I plan to use it in classrooms in the Fall after my book is published.

2013 Blueberry FestivalOver 8,000 people attend the annual Blueberry Festival at Whitesbog in Browns Mills! I was able to show the children who came to my workshop the bleeding heart plant that grows around Elizabeth’s historic home, Suningive, and tell them the folklore story of the bleeding heart. And they loved squeezing water out of the sphagnum moss, which grows around the cranberry bogs there. The Lenapes used the moss for dressing wounds, and the early settlers used it as diaper material. Oooh!

I did rather miss writing a poem with the children as I’ve done the past three Festivals in my “Muncha Buncha Blueberries” workshop. We would read our poem to the “Miss Lizzie” re-enactor who gives tours at Suningive, Elizabeth’s historic home at Whitesbog. “Bueberries blue as the night sky, sweeter than honey…”

Still, it was a wonderful day for blueberries and the story of a remarkable girl who cultivated the wild blueberry, giving us all the blueberries we eat today!