Heart and Story with Cátia Chien for All the Beating Hearts

Heart and Story with Cátia Chien on Saturday, February 4th at 11 am at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Open your heart to a new story!

Celebrate and cherish the connections we share with a special story time featuring All the Beating Hearts illustrated by Cátia Chien. For the event, Cátia will read her book, draw, and answer any questions before singing books. Best for ages 4+. 

Masks are required for attendance. 

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About All the Beating Hearts:

All the Beating Hearts book cover. A girl hand-drawn in pastel orange and brown tones with her hands over her heart that has a white halo. Around her is a white empty space but the border has blurred shapes of people in warm tones. The title is in the blank space above the girl's head.

The cyclical nature of day and night frames a heartfelt exploration of the shared experiences that bring us all together. 

At the start of a day brimming with possibilities, a gentle narrator whimsically explores everything the day might bring, from work to play, and all the sweet moments in between, like watching clouds and seeing something grow. In the moment when day inevitably turns to night, we are reminded that "we are all just hearts beating in the darkness." This quiet space serves as a reminder of our shared existence, the very core of what brings us together. As a new dawn continues the cycle, that truth is a strong and steady pulse beneath the rhythm of another busy morning. 

In a story that is at once playful and poignant, and Julie Fogliano masterfully combines simple, lyrical text and nuanced themes to create an inspirational exploration of perseverance, solidarity, kindness, and strength. Luscious illustrations by Cátia Chien accompany the soulful text. Cleverly emulating the cyclical nature of day and night, it emphasizes an even deeper message: through all of life's ups and downs, there will always be light after darkness, and most importantly, we have each other--these other beating hearts. 

About the illustrator:

Catia Chien illustrator photo. An Asian woman smiling at the camera with long straight black hair and bangs in two braids. She's wearing a green and pink shirt.

Cátia Chien is an award-winning children's book illustrator from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her first book, The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater, won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. She followed it with A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, an ALA Notable Bok and recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award. Her book, The Bear and the Moon by Matthew Burgess, received multiple starred reviews and won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show, as well as the Golden Kite Award. She lives in New York City. 

Photo credit: provided by illustrator


Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
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