Local authors Kara LaReau and Jamie Michalak read their hilarious children’s stories that celebrate the hijinks that occur with individuality and quirk.
Kara LaReau gets her ideas everywhere: overheard conversations, childhood memories, street signs, TV commercials, song lyrics, dreams, books, movies, and funny stuff her cats do. Part of being an artist is being a present, observant person: she keeps her eyes and ears and mind open all the time. Unless she’s trying to sleep.
Jamie Michalak 10 little facts:
1. Jamie enjoys toast. She can eat toast until the cows come home.
2. Jamie does not own cows.
3. But, she does have two little boys who drink a lot of milk. (Maybe she should own a cow.)
4. Jamie’s had many odd jobs, including dressing up as a large mouse at a mouse-themed restaurant.
5. The mouse costume was very big . . . and stinky. This was not Jamie’s favorite job.
6. As a child, she often got into trouble for daydreaming. She still does.
7. Jamie’s sister, Julie, gave her many ideas for JOE AND SPARKY GET NEW WHEELS. Julie was small with a big laugh.
8. When Jamie was young, she wanted to be Harriet the Spy. This did not go over well with the neighbors.
9. Jamie works in her pajamas.
10. Jamie loves visiting schools (and parks!) and meeting super readers!
11:30am: Art in the Park
THE GREAT GREEN ROOM! Goodnight Moon with guest artist Lily DaMota! We end our Art in the Park Series with Margaret Wise Brown’s most popular children’s story Goodnight Moon. Lily is a toy designer and professional funny person. She knows how to laugh and she knows all about littlest pets and their littlest things – combs, brushes, bowls full of mushes… but probably not the mush so much… Find more of Lily’s work here.