During the month of March, three award-winning children’s authors will entertain and enlighten children at the Evanston Public Library: Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, and Celebrate You! on March 10; Natasha Tarpley, author of I Love My Hair on March 27; and Cleopatra Alexander, author of the Shiny the Sea Star series on March 30.
|Sherri Duskey Rinker is a bestselling picture book author who will present her latest joyful children’s book Celebrate You! Four of her picture books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site being featured for at least four years.
Her charming new picture book Celebrate You! recognizes and celebrates all the small but important milestones on the way to growing up, from the first wobbly baby steps to the time when they’re ready to leave the nest. With irresistible illustrations and an inspiring message, Celebrate You! will cheer and encourage readers of any age. Rinker will share her work with Evanston readers on Sunday, March 10, from 3 to 4 pm in the Main Library’s Community Meeting Room. Children of all ages are welcome, although the book is best suited to those aged 3 to 6 (and their caregivers).
|A storytime and craft are scheduled with Chicago author Natasha Tarpley, author of I Love My Hair!, on Wednesday, March 27 at 2 to 3:30 pm in the Main Children’s Room at the Main Library. The author will read from her classic children’s book, which just celebrated its twentieth anniversary, and share some of her personal experiences about her hair as she grew up. The reading will be followed by a hands-on craft. This event should appeal especially to young black girls, possibly from kindergarten to third grade.
From a very young age, Tarpley understood that stories were powerful; that they could shape beliefs and change the world. In her writing for children and adults, she strives to diversify mainstream representations of kids and people of color, while emphasizing the fundamental commonalities of all human beings. She is the cofounder, along with her mother, Marlene Tarpley, of Voonderbar! Media, a multicultural children’s media project with a mission to expand depictions of children of color in literature and other media.
Author Cleopatra Bugelas Alexander will be reading from her Shiny the Sea Star picture book series. Suggested for children ages 3 to 7, these books feature Shiny the Surfing Sea Star who travels to the rivers of the world in search of new friends and adventures. By following Shiny on his adventures, readers will understand that we are all connected by water and can make friends everywhere. The books, which are beautifully illustrated by the author using origami paper cutouts, feature colorful characters including Handy the Octopus, who owns a travel store; Bernice and Bernard, his seagull travel team; Royal, the Bengal Tiger; and Rover, the Whale.
The author will pay tribute to Muriel Schwartz, the longtime Evanston North Branch children’s librarian, by introducing Ms. Muriel, the Dolphin Librarian, who inspires Shiny to continue his adventures. A third-generation Evanstonian, Cleopatra served on the School Board of Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and is an ETHS Distinguished Alumni Award Winner. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event on Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 pm, in the Barbara Friedberg Room of the Main Library.
All three events will take place at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Admission is free and registration is not required.