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Jodi Adams Book Signing Event and The Train Rolls On to the North Pole Review

One of my favorite local coffee shops is serving up big fun for the little ones the first Saturday of December! Here's what parents should know about author Jodi Adams, her event at Hawks Coffee, and her festive new book! 

snowy trees against a snowy sky in background of the words "Jodi Adams book reading @ Hawks Coffee"

The event: Jodi Adams at Hawks Coffee

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, author Jodi Adams will be at Hawks Coffee Shop in Sergeant Bluff, IA to read her new children's Christmas picture book, The Train Rolls on to the North Pole and sign copies of the book. Cost to attend the event is $25, which includes a signed copy of the book and a tabletop s'mores kit for two (additional s'more kits available for purchase, as well as all of Hawks usual delicious coffee and other treats, which I highly recommend!)

author Jodi Adams holds up her two picture books, the Little Train Engine Rolls On and The Little Train Engine Rolls On to the North Pole

Adams grew up in Spencer, IA before becoming a real-life CSI, then a stay-at-home mom of two in Omaha, and now a picture book author! This is her second children's book, a sequel to her debut The Train Rolls On.

For more information on this event, visit the event post on Facebook. 

For more information on Hawks Coffee Shop, check out my post about them. 

For more information about Jodi Adams, visit

And for more information about the book, keep reading!

The book: The Train Rolls On To The North Pole

The front cover of The Train Rolls On to the North Pole features a smiling train, Santa, and reindeer

Adams describes her book, The Train Rolls On as a rhyming modern update on The Little Engine That Could, starring a train called "The Animal Express" who overcomes challenges to get animals to the zoo.  The Train Rolls on to the North Pole is its Christmassy sequel, with the same charming little train but its own set of festive obstacles for the train to overcome while getting Santa's reindeer to the North Pole in time for Christmas! Both titles by Adams are illustrated by Christina Wald.

Adams sent me a free copy of the book for review purposes, and I've now read it several times with my kids. After reading it several times, I definitely think it's a great choice for anyone looking for a Christmas picture book to share with kids in their life. My 5-year-old and 9-year-old (who has special needs and still prefers picture books) both loved it and said their favorite part was the ending, which I won't spoil for you by going into more detail than that. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story is charming and easy to follow. I would especially recommend it for ages 3 to 6. 

While I encourage you to buy your copy at the event at Hawks, both titles are available from Amazon as well (the following are affiliate links-thanks in advance if you choose to purchase through one!)

The Train Rolls On to the North Pole 

The Train Rolls On


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