Story Time with Leah Hayes for I Touched the Sun

I Touched The Sun Story Time with Leah Hayes on Saturday, June 17th at 11 am at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 4+.

Come with celestial courage

New York Times bestselling Illustrator Leah Hayes will read her debut picture book, I Touched the Sun to all who are brave enough to explore. This beautifully illustrated story encourages readers to find courage and hope together and is best for ages 4+. After the reading, there will be an easy craft and drawing demo. Leah will then sign books! 

Masks are recommended for attendees. 

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About I Touched the Sun:

I Touched the Sun book cover. A yellow sun outlined in red against a yellow background takes up most of the cover with a small white and grey child reaching up their hands in an attempt to touch the sun.

A child dreams of flying up to touch the sun. But…

His mother says it's too far away. His dad says it's too hot. And his brother says he has more important things to do. But none of this discourages a young boy from pursuing his plan: to fly up into the sky to touch the Sun, whose light always feels so nice on his skin. And so, off he goes, all by himself.

Warm and kindly, the Sun shows the boy the world from her perspective: her friends the clouds, the beaches upon which she shines down, the trees she's grown, the rainbows she creates. In return, the boy shares with her some of his dreams, fears, hopes, and uncertainties—complexities of the human condition that the Sun, as a cosmic force of constant light, has never experienced. In this way, the boy begins to understand something about the pattern of light and shadow that makes up every human life.

And when it's time to part ways, the boy returns home to his family changed, with an inner light that reminds him that the cosmic force of the sun is in him, too, always, though darkness falls, though he sleeps and dreams, though doubts and fears and gloominess come, too.

About the author-illustrator:

Leah Hayes photo. A white woman with long straight brown hair stands in front of a bookshelf in a black tank top and white pants.

Leah Hayes is a graphic novelist, illustrator, and creatorIn addition to writing and illustrating several books, her editorial work appears often in the New YorkerNew York Times, and many other publications. Hayes is also a musician and leader of her band, Scary Mansion, and is a producer and songwriter for other pop and hip hop artists as well. She lives with her husband and two children on an island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Photo credit: Provided by publisher


Saturday, June 17, 2023 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020

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