Early in December, Emerson joined Paradise Valley Community College's Festival of Tales. This event happens every spring and fall offering PVCC students the opportunity to showcase their skills to a live audience of enthusiastic children.
The event is free to the public and children can participate in over 20 different activities including creative crafts (like this fabulous drum made from plastic cups and tape which the kids painted) and live storytelling that bring real or imaginary books to life.
We were honored to be invited as a guest Author/Illustrator for the third time. For this event, we had an activity table for children to create their own Bay Gull popsicle stick puppet. Each child received a picture of the Bay Gull that they could decorate with crayons, markers, glitter and feathers. Googly eyes completed his look before they cut him out and glued their Bay Gull to a stick.
Emerson read The Bay Gull story as they completed their crafts.
In just three short hours, over 70 Bay Gulls were created at our table! It was a very fast, fun event.
In addition to all the amazing activities, PVCC has partnered with Reading is Fundamental and each child can select 3 or more free books to bring home with them from the event, too! If you live in AZ, "like" TINK INK Publishing on FB to find out about the next event in the spring.