The birth of a story is a magical process. From the start of an idea or inspiration to a finished product that can be held in hands, read, and cherished, there are many midwives and midhusbands involved in the process. Here I show the story of the Malaika's Winter Carnival book launch is shown through photos and video (see the slideshow below) which convey a bit of the magic felt this afternoon. Thank you to A Different Booklist, Sheila Barry, Irene Luxbacher, Cindy Ma, Emma, Nan, writing and critique groups, and the rest of the Groundwood Books family for helping me tell my story and who loved it enough to help bring it into the world. Thank you to my friends, family, writing, church, and other community members who came out to support, ask questions, and support by buying a diverse book published by an independent publisher at an independent bookstore. Special thanks to my Emily, Susan, Nadine, Denise, Tierra, Notisha, Alison, and Camille whose photos and videos of the event are featured here. Malaika’s Winter Carnival is also available on Amazon and in stores and libraries across North America as of September 5. Stay tuned for the French version coming out in December with Scholastic book club.