I’ll Go and Come Back: A Diverse Books Story Hour

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I’ll Go and Come Back: A Diverse Books Story Hour

SPARK Kindness presents "I'll Go and Come Back" with Rajani LaRocca - A Diverse Books Story Hour (a FREE in person event)

By SPARK Kindness

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, June 11, 2022 · 2 - 3pm EDT


Morse Institute Library 14 E. Central Street Natick, MA 01760

About this event

Join us as award winning author Rajani LaRocca reads her new book about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures—and across the world.

This special story hour will take place in the Lebowitz room on the lower level at the Morse Institute Library.

For the whole community (book is geared for children ages 2-7)

ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.

SPARK Kindness is an Autism Welcoming Organization.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that support all attendees. We can provide a 15 minute early arrival and/or reserved seating for you/your group. We can also provide a sensitivity responsive event toolkit (with a copy of the book, noise cancelling headphones, and fidget toys) upon request. To request this or another accommodation or access inquiry, please contact Leah at lparkermoldover@sparkkindness.org.

We will share masking guidelines closer to the event date in consultation with our local board of health and venue. Thank you!

About the Author

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time practicing medicine and writing novels and picture books for young readers. She is also the cohost of the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast. Her middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins, 2021) is the winner of a 2022 John Newbery Honor, the 2022 Walter Dean Myers Award, and the 2021 New England Book Award, as well as other honors.

Her other award-winning books include Midsummer’s Mayhem (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, 2019), Much Ado About Baseball (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, 2021), Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math (Lee & Low, 2020), Bracelets For Bina’s Brothers (Charlesbridge, 2021), Where Three Oceans Meet (Abrams, 2021), My Little Golden Book About Kamala Harris (Golden Books, 2021), The Secret Code Inside You (Little Bee Books, 2021), I’ll Go and Come Back (Candlewick, 2022), Masala Chai, Fast and Slow (Candlewick, 2023), Your One and Only Heart (Dial, 2023), Summer Is For Cousins (Abrams, 2023), and more.

Learn more about her at www.RajaniLaRocca.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.


Special appreciation to our partners at the Morse Institute Library! We are so grateful for all their support and this wonderful community space that supports our programming and so many important community events!

Special thanks to the Natick Recreation & Parks Department for their support of this program and Natick's first Little Free Diverse Library (especially for children's books) that will be installed at Connor Heffler Park soon -- watch for updates here!

We are so grateful to all our spotlight community partners who have supported this event. Thank you to the Natick Education Foundation, Natick is United, and Patrick's Promise!

Our SPARK team is excited to add titles from Rajani LaRocca to Natick's first Little Free Diverse Library and share her books with our community partners!

About the organizer

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