Author and Illustrator Led Book Readings
Children gathered in Seward and Portage for author led readings of Hello Water! on April 12 and 13. While author Taylor Hoku Hayden read about the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm (KMTA) National Heritage Area, illustrator Molly Trainor drew a collage of pictures including some Beluga whales, Captain James Cook’s ship the Resolution and the Moose Pass water wheel. The kids were delighted to interact with Hayden’s questions which were peppered throughout the reading. They also enjoyed coloring Hello, Water! coloring sheets and decorating bookmarks with snowflake stamps and stickers.
First KMTA Picture Book
Hello, Water! is the first picture book in the lineup of KMTA National Heritage Area’s publications. With lively text and vivid illustrations, the book demonstrates the changing features of water as it appears across the landscape of Alaska. From raindrops to rivers and snowflakes to glaciers, Water is surprised to learn all the many forms it can take through the seasons. Hello, Water! is a story of discovery and transformation as Water changes along its journey through the National Heritage Area.
Each illustration features three characters – Water, Raven, and an iconic Alaska bush plane. Included is a kid-friendly map of KMTA. Many of the illustrations are in recognizable locations within the National Heritage Area.