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Laura Smetana's Book Launch Set for Sat. 3/11/23 at Frugal Muse Books in Darien, IL

Celebrate spring & the launch of the new children's book: My Love for You Is Like a Garden by local children's book author-illustrator Laura Smetana at Frugal Muse Books in Darien!

Saturday, March 11, 202310:30 am - Noon Frugal Muse Books 7511 Lemont Rd. Darien, IL 60561

The event will kick-off with a book reading & behind-the-scenes look at how Laura created the vibrant, cut-paper watercolor collages for the book (and the impact the June 2021 Father's Day tornado had on its creation), followed by a nature scavenger hunt, garden-related activities, book signing & refreshments. Mark your calendars and bring your family!

Activities Include:

  • Book Reading of My Love for You Is Like a Garden by Laura Smetana

  • Behind-the-Scenes Illustration Talk

  • In-Store Nature Scavenger Hunt

  • Activity Sheets & Card-Making

  • Books Available for Signing

  • Take-home seeds & peat pots to start your own flower garden! (while supplies last)

Laura Smetana is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, whose latest author-illustrated book is My Love for You Is Like a Garden. She is also the author of Ice Cream with Grandpa: A Loving Story for Kids About Alzheimer's & Dementia (illustrated by Elisabete B. P. de Moraes), and Little Squiggle's Lake Adventure, which she co-authored with her son. When she isn’t writing or painting, Laura can be found talking to kids at school author visits, gardening in her sunhat, and spending time with her family outdoors. Laura lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and son. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Downers Grove Artists’ Guild.

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