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Start creating.

We're celebrating author Danielle Davis and her first picture book, To Make

Join Danielle and Crying Out Loud at BOK Play Cafe for a fun-filled morning of story time, creating and making, and play. Also – shop the wellness pop-up from Crying Out Loud and enjoy yummy snacks and beverages from the BOK cafe.

Your Family Ticket includes:

  • Admission for 1 adult and 1 child (buy additional kids tickets for $5)
  • Story time with author Danielle Davis, and one take-home copy of To Make
  • Maker Ribbon Craft activity
  • Complimentary use of BOK Play Cafe space until 12pm (snacks available for purchase)
  • Note: for kids ages 4+, parents and caregivers can stay or drop off for the event

To Make is a guide to inspire every kid to make! It celebrates the process and perseverance of creativity while encouraging readers to "keep making."

To make . . . a cake, a garden, a song, you first gather, then make—and wait. To make a story (like this one), you gather, make, wait.

To make anything—big or small—it will take some time.

You may have to gather more, make more, and wait a little more, but you can create wonderful things if you just gather, make, and wait.

This gorgeous, timeless book gently emphasizes patience as part of the making process and is a fitting book for all homes, classrooms, and makerspaces everywhere.

Maker Ribbon Craft:

You're invited to wear, hang, or share this maker ribbon that helps you identify as a maker. Because you are a maker!

It also embodies the steps of any creative process: gather, make, wait.

You can create a ribbon with one of the themes from the book: garden, story, cake! Or you can create one with whatever elements you choose to reflect the wonderful things you like to make.

About Danielle

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Hello! I'm Danielle Davis. I grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and now live in Downtown Los Angeles.

My first middle grade novel was Zinnia and the Bees. My first picture book is To Make, art by Mags DeRoma, from HarperCollins.

I read, write, and roller-skate, as well as facilitate creative writing workshops for kids, helping them express their unique voices and imaginations.

My creative writing YouTube channel for kids is This Writer's Life, and I'm a contributor at KidLit TV.

I volunteer with Reading to Kids in Los Angeles.

I blog about picture books at This Picture Book Life.

I've got an M.A. in literature and creative writing, and a number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching English to middle school and then community college students.

A number of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. Most recently, I published an article called, "Story Breath: Inspiration for Plot and Pace in Picture Books" in the SCBWI Bulletin.