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Season’s Readings: a Houston Public Library Holiday Celebration Kicks Off with Children’s Book Author Anna Dewdney

Dewdney is Best Known for Her “Llama Llama” Children’s Book Series-

The Houston Public Library brings back its Season’s Readings holiday celebration with programs for the entire family. The Library kicks off Season’s Readings with a visit by best-selling children’s author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Dewdney is known for her “Llama Llama” picture book series, as well as “Roly Poly Pangolin,” “Grumpy Gloria,” and “No Bunny’s Perfect.” The program will take place Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11am at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 7405 Stella Link, 77025, 832-393-2630. For more information and the complete list of the Library’s Season’s Readings program presentations visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313. The program is free and open to the public.

About the AuthorAnna Dewdney lives in a very old house in Vermont. She has two teenage daughters and two very muddy dogs. Anna has wanted to write and illustrate children’s books from the time she was a little girl, and she likes nothing better than to sit in her studio and make funny faces as she sketches her characters and writes her stories. Anna has had many jobs (in addition to being a mom); she’s been a middle-school teacher and school bus driver, a waitress, a mail carrier, and a day care teacher.

Dewdney started her Llama Llama book series after realizing that she thought the word was fun to say. “When my children were little, we would be driving around … and I would point out a cow and say “moo,” or a pig and say “oink.” It was all about fun with words. “Llama” is fun to say. Eventually, I was saying, “llama, llama, llama,” or “llama, llama, look at the llama.” It turned into “llama, llama, red pajama.” A lot of my work comes from that sort of song that runs through my head,” explains Dewdney. As a mom, and someone who taught middle-school boys for 15 years, she also understands young people’s anxieties. She says, “The world is a wonderful, exciting place, but it can also feel big and scary, especially for little ones. My books are a way of providing reassurance.”

Save the Date! Additional Featured Season’s Readings Events:

Music for the Season
Saturday, December 15, 2012 | 1:30 PM
Central Library | 1st Floor Gallery Area
500 McKinney, 77002

Houston Youth Symphony, celebrating 65 years of music education, presents string and brass chamber music ensembles performing classical and holiday favorites.

Popcorn Kids: Children’s Film Festival
Saturday, December 15, 2012 | 3 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Norma Meldrum Room
550 McKinney, 77002

Enjoy a colorful collection of short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival, and brought to the library by the Aurora Picture Show. Kids and kids-at-heart will love this collection of short films that includes a sweet film adapted from the enormously popular Gruffalo picture book by British author Julia Donaldson. Join us after the screening for a special reading of Gruffalo and related crafts.

About the Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library, located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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