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A Day In Herndon

Written and Illustrated by Watt Hamlett and Jill Olinger Vinson

Hardcover; 36 full-color pages; 10 x 8
Published by Mascot Books

Cover Price $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-64543-237-1

About the Book

Once upon a time at Frying Pan Park

Early in the morning, while it was still dark

Before the sounding of the rooster alarm

Six animals slipped quietly from Kidwell Farm

To spend a day in Herndon!

Join Sadie the Cow, Digby the Pig, Sol and Luna the Sheep,  Marguerite the Chicken and Willie the Mouse as they spend one summer day exploring Herndon. Their adventures take them to the W&OD Trail, Bready Park, Farmer's Market, Fortnightly Library, Herndon Community Center pool, ArtSpace, Dranesville Tavern, and more. Find out how much fun they can have before heading back to the farm!


"A Day In Herndon" is currently available exclusively through the official online store.

Meet the Authors

Watt Hamlett

(co-author, co-illustrator) lives next door to Herndon in Reston, Virginia. He and his wife Julie Price are the proud parents of two sons, Nathan and Benji. When he’s not having fun being an author, Watt is technology consultant to nonprofits and plays in the local cover band Mandatory Recess. This is his second book.

Jill Olinger Vinson

(co-author, co-illustrator) lives in Herndon with her husband Aaron and their sons Jonas and Kyhl. She grew up in neighboring Reston where she looked forward to attending the Herndon Festival every spring (she still does!). She loves the amazing community that she is surrounded by in Herndon and enjoys  volunteering her time at local Herndon institutions. You can frequently find her walking downtown to enjoy all of the sights and sounds of Herndon, just like the characters in this book! 

Thank You to Our Supporters

This book is made possible by the support of over one hundred individuals, families, and businesses. The authors wish to thank them for their generosity and are pleased to recognize them here:

  • Anonymous
  • Adora, Bob and Wren Ellis
  • Alan Tom
  • Alex Harman
  • Alison Wilkins and Allen Hite
  • Amanda McGill
  • Andrew, Olivia and Ethan Olson
  • Anita Lasansky 
  • Aunt Pam, Dave, Cousin Jess, Dave, Nick & Joanna
  • Blitz
  • Brandon and Caleb Sweeris
  • Bruce “Pop Pop” Robinette
  • Carolyn Hamlett Hayes
  • Cecilia Weinstein
  • Charles and Amanda Lincoln
  • Christopher T. Copeland & Bernard J. Newton, Jr.
  • Colleen Kelly
  • Daley Adams
  • Frances Hamlett Ortell
  • Gail L. Gilligan
  • Gianluca & Mateo Medina
  • Hannah Huthwaite
  • HHS Grad, Go Hornets!
  • In honor of Barbara and Walter Wohleking
  • In honor of Brookshire Cluster
  • In honor of Carly Giusti
  • In honor of Iran Montero
  • In honor of Jenni Gonzalez
  • In honor of Marlo Erickson
  • In memory of Marguerite Smith
  • In memory of Patrick Wickline 
  • Jason Weinstein
  • Jenny and Chuck Phipps
  • Jerome, Jacki, JPat and Taylor Esguerra
  • Joan Olinger
  • Jonas and Kyhl 

  • Julie Kowal and Kevin Spears
  • Kat Clifford - Kindergarten Teacher Floris ES
  • Kevin, Lauren, Sam & Ellie Angel
  • Knox, Coco, Maverick & Poppy Phillips
  • Kristin Yost
  • Laura Santini
  • Lauren Magnussen
  • Lucee and Noah Levering
  • Marci Blansitt and Herndon Elementary SACC 
  • Mason Parker Haas
  • Michael Troia 
  • Michele Silver, in honor of Derek & Karen Silver
  • Mickey's Huggie
  • Mike, Heather, Cooper and Archer Tomaselli
  • Nathan and Benji
  • Noah Mac Heider
  • Ollie, Meg, Avalon, Fiona & Lillian
  • Orri McLaughlin and Iver McLaughlin
  • Parker and Mia Galus
  • Rebecca Burgess
  • Regan Associates
  • Ren, Chin & The Goff Girls
  • Ryan and Emerson Ament
  • Sandy Goodwin
  • Shari True - HUMC Honey Bear teacher (2006-2011)
  • Sophia Safford and her parents
  • Team Wright
  • The Aubouin Family
  • The Carlson Family 
  • The Cassidy Family, Hugh, Nancy, Tim, Devon & Eva
  • The Cramer family
  • The Cubbage Family
  • The Das Family
  • The French Family
  • The Geary Family

  • The Girolamo Family
  • The Go Family
  • The Godden Family
  • The Graham Family
  • The Green Gypsy
  • The Hedrick Family 
  • The Kim Family 
  • The Korsvall Family
  • The Kwitowski Family
  • The Lacatells
  • The Liebenstein Family
  • The Lyons Family
  • The McClough Family
  • The Moore Family
  • The Murphy Family
  • The Przybysz Family
  • The Rabass
  • The Raye Family
  • The Rizzi Family
  • The Roberts Family
  • The Traynham Family
  • The White Family
  • The Wickline family
  • The Wright Family
  • To our special babies - Cai, DJ and EJ 
  • Toby Quaranta
  • Van and Marlene
  • W. Brown

Business Backers

  • Centenelle Motor Monitoring
  • Communiqué Conferencing
  • Edward Jones Office of Kevin Okim
  • Greater Good Strategy
  • Green Lizard Cycling
  • Griffin Owens Insurance Group
  • Herndon Chamber of Commerce
  • Herndon Swim Club - Home of the Hammerheads
  • Little Hands Music
  • Mascot Books
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Regan Associates, LLC
  • Scimores Academy LLC
  • The Rotary Club of Herndon
  • Therapeutic Rhythms LLC

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