Here’s Tiny Bethany Barton reading to one of the foster kids/babies my family took into our home when I was young! We took in about 6-8 that I remember (not at the same time.) ...this one was named Lauren. ❤️ I truly believe you change the world by helping your community.
There's a lot of sad, terrible stuff happening in the world. It can make you feel helpless. And while I can't personally help every child that's suffering, I can start in Los Angeles.
I started a fundraiser to help foster kids in the Los Angeles area.
There are over half a million kids in the US foster care system. When a child enters foster care, they are usually given 2 trash bags to transport their stuff.
The LA non-profit @togetherwerise has a program called Sweet Cases, which provides foster care centers with suitcases or duffel bags (filled with a few school supplies and new items) to give to these children for their move -- instead of trash bags.
It just treats them with a little more humanity while they enter a scary and uncertain time.
For about $500, they'll ship me the materials to fill & decorate 20 suitcases for foster kids, so these children have a suitcase to call their own.
I invite you to donate!
And when they arrive, I invite you to come on over to my house and help me decorate and fill these things. Bring your kids! We'll teach them about helping others.
Donate $5. Or even just spread the word. Copy/paste the link below. And let’s help some vulnerable kids. Thanks friends.
What are you doing this Sunday, Los Angeles? I’ll tell you what! You’re joining me at Griffith Park for BLOOM LA — a giant interactive art exhibit, all about the beauty of the natural world.
You’ll play in a pit of rose petals, run through a House of Flowers, and learn all about bees from real-live beekeeping demonstrations... and little-ole-me!
I’ll be reading my award-winning book GIVE BEES A CHANCE at noon on Sunday (6/24), and then inviting kids to help me paint an 8ft mural filled with blossoms, giggles, and of course, BEES!
Tickets at https://www.bloomartshow.com (link in my bio)
Please let me know if you’re coming! Mike, Leo & I will be on the lookout for you!
Today in my studio: making colorful ink & watercolor textures to use in my next book! My deadline is Monday so I have to work fast! 😬❤️📚 #illustrator #picturebook #kidlit #artiststudio
Ohio Book Tour: Day 2 & my heart is exploding with happy! These kiddos prepared a song for me and my newest book, GIVE BEES A CHANCE! And the Bee Music Teacher on the ukulele? Perfection! (I honestly almost cried... It was so touching!) 🐝❤️📚
Day One of Ohio Book Tour was a blast! The kids had great questions and even better energy! We turned volunteer teachers into bees, and Stewart nibbled happy little hands. Thank you for an incredible day! (And thank you for these photos @whatdoyoudodear!)