Official Children’s Book Week Event – Picture Books with Animals and Fundraiser for Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program
Amy Shrodes and Rick Lieder
Lost and Found Cat
Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the anchor sponsor. In 2014, Official Events — which give kids the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors and illustrators in person — were hosted in all 50 states for the first time in the initiative’s history. Learn more about Children’s Book Week at everychildareader.net/cbw/intro.
This event is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program – since this is a cat related event we are asking people to donate dry cat food or scoopable kitty litter. If you cannot come to the event you can still drop off donations at the store before the event.
Amy Shrodes and Doug Kuntz felt compelled to travel to Greece to help with the refugee crisis, each in their own unique way--Amy as a volunteer helping the arriving refugees and raising awareness back at home through a podcast, and Doug as a photojournalist, who spent five months in Greece, Turkey, France, Germany, and finally Norway, bringing the plight of the refugees to people around the globe. When they met Kunkush, they knew he was very special to someone and they wanted to do everything they could to reunite him with his family. Amy Shrodes lives in Ypsilanti.
Rick Lieder is the photographer for Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Fireflies. He is also a painter and illustrator. Rick Lieder lives in Michigan.
Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program
The Humane Society of Huron Valley understands that financial difficulty often means making a list of priorities. Frequently, animals are forced to be low on that list. HSHV's Bountiful Bowls pet food assistance program helps Washtenaw County and Plymouth residents who are having difficulty meeting the nutritional needs of their dog or cat due to financial burden.
Trying times can be temporary. With a little assistance, a pet owner can often find a way to keep their pet in their home.
The true story about one cat's journey to be reunited with his war-torn family has been seen by millions of people and is now a heartwarming picture book.
When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can't bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.
But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.
A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them with the cat they love so much. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens--Kunkush's family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.
This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush's family.
The world is wide awake -- are you? Stunning photos and poetic text usher readers into the early moments of life all around them.
Wake up Come out and explore all the new creatures being born -- just-hatched birds in the trees, tadpoles in the pond, a baby fawn in the woods. In their latest collaboration, poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder, the creators of Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Fireflies, invite readers to wake up, open their eyes, and see the awe-inspiring array of new life just outside their door.