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Laura MontenegroChildren are natural artists and storytellers who respond to the picture book world with gusto and insight. Through puppetry, mask, drawing, and storywriting, Author/Illustrator Laura Nyman Montenegro invites her audience into the fascinating and quirky world of the picture book maker where trials and triumphs abound. Through book dummies, paintings and stacks of revisions, she reveals the inner workings of the artist's life. And through the creation of a story with the audience, she invites participants to experience the picture book art form as a rich and inviting world for storymaking and expression.

Montenegro’s picture books, A BIRD ABOUT TO SING, SWEET TOOTH, and ONE STUCK DRAWER (all Houghton Mifflin Company), have won Parent’s Choice Awards and A BIRD ABOUT TO SING was featured on Reading Rainbow.

Her newest book, A POET'S BIRD GARDEN (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) has been described as ‘Beautiful to look at and to contemplate the serenity within.’ (Kirkus Reviews)

Montenegro teaches Children’s Book Illustration classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as adult and children’s classes and private instruction in creating picture books at Theatre Zarko in Evanston, IL where she is a puppeteer, movement artist, co-founder and ensemble member. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Anthropology and a MA and certification in Art Education.


Suitcase Stories

Explore the the intricacies of the art of picture book making through the playful and quirky puppet presentation, Suitcase Stories. Discover the secrets of the picture book maker’s craft through visual artifacts; book dummies, paintings, and storyboards. Then create an illustrated picture book story, together!

40-50 minute presentation for groups of up to 60 children, grades K-6

The Intuitive Suitcase

Participate in the entire process of picture book creation from tiny story seed to published book. Create your own picture book story combining poetic narrative with visual imagery. Shape the book dummy for some of the most exciting moments in the creation of a picture book. A lively, hands-on introduction to the picture book art form.

2-3 hour presentation for groups of up to 20 adults

Contact Information:
Phone: 847-328-4175

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