Best selling author and Santa Monica resident Laura Numeroff had twenty-five children spellbound for an hour, reading from her popular books.
What made this event so special is that these children were formerly homeless and residents of Upward Bound House, a non-profit organization that provides housing and services to homeless families with children.
Numeroff read from three of her well-known books: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. After storytime, the children were inspired to write and illustrate their own books.
"When I grow up, I want to write books!" exclaimed a bright-eyed five year old.
And what would storytime be without milk and cookies? Roberta Wilson of Cookies for a Koz generously donated delicious home-made chocolate chip cookies and milk.
"Laura's books are an inspiration to us all. She helped these children tap into their imaginations and gave them a sense of potential," said David Snow, Executive Director of Upward Bound House. "Laura's willingness to give back is a model for what how others can get involved."
So, if you read a child a story, they will probably be inspired, and maybe want to read another book! Volunteers interested in sharing their creative talents should contact Rebecca Zada at firstname.lastname@example.org