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Virtual Saturday Stories featuring illustrator Pato Mena

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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.

Meet Pato Mena in his art studio in Barcelona. Pato will share a behind the scenes look at his illustrations and background and then read his book Onsen. A story inspired by the Japanese snow monkeys of Jigokudani Valley, where they enjoy both the warm water and the mountains. The simple text captures their peaceful existence. Pato will read the book in Spanish and English. During the workshop Pato will show how to draw the protagonists of Onsen, using colored pencils in an expressive way, “trying to lose our fear of simplicity.” Then participants will invent pictograms to represent the things they like the most! 

Good for all ages 5 and up. Paper and colored pencils are all that is needed for this fun workshop. Find more about Pato on IG @patomenadraws

About the Artist

Pato Mena is a Chilean writer and illustrator of children’s books and comics. His books have been published all over the world. In 2020 and 2022, obtained in Chile the National Children’s Literature Award (Marta Brunet) and also in 2020 he was selected by Cuatro Gatos Foundation (USA) and the Research Group (LIEL) of the Castilla-La Mancha University (Spain), as one of the 25 significant Ibero-American children’s book authors of today. Among other recognitions, his book Onsen, What do Monkeys do? (A Buen Paso) was selected in 2022 as one of the books of the year by The New York Public Library and in 2016 his book La Siesta Perfecta (Nubeocho) received the seal of the Junior Library Guild Selection of the public libraries of the United States. This book won the Best Picture Book category at the International Latino Book Awards in 2017, held in L.A. Currently (and for ten years) he lives and works in the city of Barcelona, Spain.


March 23
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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