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Special Virtual Saturday Stories to celebrate Father’s Day featuring Dapo Adeola

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented monthly, Saturday Stories invites guest illustrators to lead children and their adult companions in a read-aloud workshop related to the wide range of materials and processes that illustrators use to create their picture books.

Dapo Adeola will start off with an introduction about himself and his work, and then introduce his illustrated book “My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear” written by Swapna Haddow. Following a reading of the book, Dapo will share a live draw-along of how to create a Grizzly Bear Dad character! This will be a very fun and warmhearted workshop to help celebrate Father’s Day this month.

Good for all ages 5 and up. Participants will need pencils for drawing and coloring and sheets of plain paper.

This program is free to attend. Thank you to The Bruce J.Heim Foundation for supporting this event. Their generous gift and belief that books play a vital role in the development of a child’s imagination and dreams greatly aids our educational programming for K-12 students. 

About the Artist

Dapo Adeola is an author and character designer who rocketed into the picture book world with his greatly acclaimed illustrator debut, Look Up!, written by Nathan Bryon which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2020. Dapo illustrated My Dad is a Grizzly Bear and My Mum Is a Lioness written by award-winning author Swapna Haddow, and collaborated with Malorie Blackman on their picture book We’re Going to Find the Monster. Dapo is the author of the picture book Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black, featuring 18 talented Black British illustrators. Born in Britain and of Nigerian heritage, Dapo’s work tends to revolve around creating characters and imagery that challenge gender norms and equality politics in a fun and upbeat manner. An avid believer in the importance of equal representation in the creative arts, Dapo runs illustration and character design based workshops with children and adults to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to inner city people of various ethnicities. Dapo currently lives in London. Find out more @dapsdraws on Instagram.


June 11
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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