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When You Sing: A Special Celebration for Kids & Their Grown Ups

Join the Kinder Books team and guests for a special Mother’s Day celebration at River Market in New Westminster. Local author of When You Sing, Karine Abergel, will start the morning with a magic storytime and songs to connect with the beauty of your own song. This will be followed by a mini art workshop for families with New West Artist Clarissa Banos. To keep your memories of this day alive, local teen photographer Adele Tremblay will take your Mom and Me portraits at Kinder Books (see sample below!). This event is suitable for families with children aged 0-5.

*Registration is required and can be done through the Kinder Books website.

A fanciful illustration of a human figure with very long hair tilts their face upward and appears to be singing. Flowers, a whale, a bird and stars stream around a central circle with the book title, When You Sing.

About the Book

When You Sing is about the unique song that lives inside the heart of every child. Through heartfelt rhymes, When You Sing reminds us that only we can sing the song we are meant to sing, and that once we do, we discover our amazing capacity to transform the world around us in ways we never thought possible. With beautiful and touching illustrations from award winning illustrator Khoa Le, we follow the journey of a girl who, through the beauty of her song and voice, finds her true connection with everything around her, and remembers that she is never alone. From the willow trees, whales and stars, to the people she loves that are no longer near, she learns how her voice will always connect her to what enlivens her and touches her heart. When You Sing is a beautiful reminder that you are an incredible song waiting to be sung, and that you must “sing so everyone can feel how you make this world bright”, because you do.

About the Author

In a black and white photograph, a woman with dark curly hair gazes into the camera, her chin resting on her hand.Karine Abergel is a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator who is passionate about connecting children with nature and holding space for them to lovingly blossom and thrive. Karine ran her own nature preschool on Vancouver Island and now lives in Port Coquitlam with her husband and two sons, exploring the endless beauty around them and growing as much as they can from their little garden plot. Karine is the founder of Holden Press and Author of its first publication When You Sing, inspired by her love of singing and connecting with children through the beauty of sound.

About Kinder Books

A mother and daughter, both with dark hair, embrace each other and look toward the camera, in front of a book store display.Kinder Books is an independent children’s bookstore at River Market in New Westminster. At Kinder Books we celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. We’re here to support and encourage a lifelong love for books. We ask questions, we listen, and we make suggestions that enrich the development of young minds. We are passionate about sharing literature curated with care, and we understand and respect the responsibility that comes with the privilege of our position.

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May 12 2024


9:30 am - 11:30 pm

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Kinder Books
810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC, Canada


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