Join MOCA for the July iteration of our Monthly Reading Sessions, developed in partnership with Groundwood Books. During this programme, illustrator and author Geraldo Valério will animate his picture book At the Pond through an interactive reading. Valério will then lead an arts-based activity, inviting participants to create their own illustrations in relation to the reading.
The interactive reading will take place within Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition I AM YOUR RELATIVE. Gibson’s installation also includes a small collection of children’s books sourced from Groundwood Books and Another Story Bookshop. The collection prioritizes Indigenous, Black, Brown and queer voices.
At the Pond will be available onsite for purchase. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their book signed by Valério.
Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His highly acclaimed wordless picture books include At the Pond (Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award honor book, Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, Booklist Top Ten Wordless Picture Books of the Year, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, two starred reviews); Blue Rider (three starred reviews) and Turn On the Night (three starred reviews). He has also written and illustrated My Book of Butterflies (two starred reviews), My Book of Birds, and Busy, Busy Birds, among other titles. His work has been published in Canada, the US, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. Geraldo lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Groundwood Books is known for award-winning books that reflect the experiences of children both in Canada and around the world. Inspired by the belief that children’s books can be important and necessary without sacrificing warmth, beauty, playfulness and humour, Groundwood’s list is characterized by its emphasis on fiction and non-fiction about and for children whose stories might not otherwise be told.