Creating A Picture Book with Katia Wish!

Saturday, February 6, 10:30am

Watch Katia read “Raccoon’s Perfect Snowman” here!

An author-illustrator shares the secrets of making a picture book! 

In this fun and interactive story time, author-illustrator Katia Wish shares the secrets of making her picture book RACCOON’S PERFECT SNOWMAN. After an engaging slide presentation and story reading, kids will enjoy a draw-along activity and learn that every book goes through many stages to become a real published book!

Saturday Storytelling with Valerie Stephens

Stories are told to entertain, teach a lesson or to record a historical event. Valerie Stephens is a performing artist and arts educator whose professional career spans 35 years. As a storyteller, she has performed throughout New England for three generations of audiences.

Our Saturday Storytelling events with Valerie are geared towards 5-12 year olds. Each event will feature two stories and will include take-away activities to bring the stories to life.

Each event will premiere on our YouTube channel. Registration is encouraged but not required. Click each event date below to register to receive an email reminder with the event activities.

Saturday, December 5, 10:30am

Watch the archived live event here

Take-Away Activities 

“The Ant Story” Activity – Micro Hike

“The Earth on Turtle’s Back” Activity – Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

Saturday, December 12, 10:30am

Watch the archived live event here 

Take-Away Activities

“How the Turtle Cracked His Shell” Activity – Create Your Own Story

“Why the Moon and the Sun are in the Sky” Activity – Make a Sundial

Saturday Storybook Reading with Tess O’Day

Our Saturday Storybook Readings with Tess are geared towards 5-12 year olds. Each event will feature one story and will include a take-away activity.

Each event will premiere on our YouTube channelClick each event date below to tune into the event.

Saturday, January 9, 10:30am

Take-Away Activity 

“Over and Under the Pond” Activity – Pond and Riverway Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, January 16, 10:30am

Take-Away Activities 

“Because of an Acorn” Activity 1 – Web of Life Activity

Activity 2 – White Oak Activity

Saturday, January 23, 10:30am

Take-Away Activity 

“A Stone Sat Still” Activity – Story Stones Activity

Saturday, January 30, 10:30am

Take-Away Activity 

“The Hike” Activity – Mapping Activity

Learn more about Valerie Stephens

Through her use of history, art and self-expression, she has developed integrated, interactive curriculum and productions. She has taught creative dramatics and improvisational theater techniques for such organizations as Wheelock Family Theater, Springfield Museum of Natural History, the Children’s AIDS Project, Raw Arts of Lynn, MA, and Germaine Lawrence School for Girls and Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

In addition to receiving a 2019 Brother Thomas Fellowship with an unrestricted award of $15,000, Valerie has received 2019 Bridge Award in Arts, 2018 Boston City Council Resolution for creating the annual event PRINCESS DAY: Celebrating Little Girls of Color and her commitment to Nina Simone’s legacy, 2017 New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City Grant for creating the Elder Storytelling Performance Project, 2016 Get Konnected! Boston Legends & Pioneers Award, the 2011 NAACP Image Award,  2007 Urban Music Award in Blues and was a nominee for the 2011 Urban Music Award in Jazz as well as Citations of Appreciation from  the Cities of  Boston, New Bedford and Springfield.

Learn more about Valerie Stephens at

Learn more about Tess O’Day

Tess is serving as the TerraCorps Youth Education Coordinator at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy this year.

She attended Hampshire College in Amherst MA where she studied Dance and Urban Studies with a focus in sustainability, education, public space and place. She has worked as an Outdoor Educator in the forests of Oregon as well as a school Garden Coordinator. Tess has a particular interest in accessible public green spaces, community gardening, and facilitating youth leadership opportunities.