Once Upon AND Time: Readings and Craft Talks

How does one juggle parenting and creative work?

Beloved and award winning Minnesota Children’s Literature authors—Kelly Barnhill, Eileen Beha, Steve Brezenoff, Cheryl Minnema, and Phyllis Root—will read work, and speak about their experiences as writers and parents.

Readers will also address questions like: How does the work of parenting influence your creative projects? How are you inspired and/or discouraged by the work of raising children? How has your writing life changed as your children change? What would you say to someone who is a parent and wishes to write?

Hosted by Rachel Gabriel, aka “Mama Ray,” creator and facilitator of Moon Palace Books’ Children’s Story Time.


ISBN: 9781616205485
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - September 15th, 2015

This spellbinding fantasy begs for a cozy chair and several hours of uninterrupted reading time. "The Washington Post" When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived.

By Eileen Beha, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442498419
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 15th, 2015

A charming sock monkey reunites a fractured family in this simply remarkable novel in the tradition of "The Velveteen Rabbit "and "The Penderwicks."

ISBN: 9780062266842
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 26th, 2015

From the acclaimed author of Brooklyn, Burning comes Guy in Real Life, an achingly real and profoundly moving love story about two teens that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr has called "wholly original and instantly classic."

By Cheryl Minnema, Wesley Ballinger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780873519267
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 2014

I like to eat, eat, eat, choruses young Johnny as he watches Grandma at work in the kitchen. Wild rice, fried potatoes, fruit salad, frosted sweet rollswhat a feast Johnny can hardly contain his excitement. In no time, he ll be digging in with everyone else, filling his belly with all this good food.

By Phyllis Root, Helen Craig (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763636272
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 29th, 2015

Phyllis Root and Helen Craig knit together a suitably sweet finale to Bonnie Bumble's week on the farm.

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Moon Palace Books’ Children’s Storytime

Chase the Monday morning blues away with Moon Palace Books' Children's Storytime, featuring local writer and Longfellow resident, Mama Ray (aka Rachel Gabriel).

All kids (especially those under five), and their favorite adults are welcome for a themed reading and sing-along.

Monday, February 1st at 11am!



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