Take one mischevous-but-adorable black doggy, lots of books and children, and really good coffee, and what do you have? You have a book signing and reading with children's author and illustrator Dawn Marie Hooks and her dog, Cookie, at Little Cups & Grownups, a popular "play cafe" in East Vancouver. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, when Hooks will arrive to read and sign books, with Cookie in tow and ready to be petted by lots of tiny hands. Three of Cook's books ("Can Kate See?" "Visits with Grandpa," and "Oh, Cookie!") will be available to purchase, and proceeds from sales will benefit Reece's Rainbow Foundation, a nonprofit that funds adoptions of Down Syndrome children.
Battle Ground-based children's clothing retailer Twig & Sprout will also be on hand with kids' clothing giveaways and other goodies. For the grown-ups, you can enjoy a blended espresso drink, hot or iced tea, chai, or an Italian soda and any one of the café's salads, sandwiches, paninis, or wraps—to be consumed in relative peace while your child plays in the charmingly decorated and well-stocked-with-toys play area.
There's no charge to attend this event, but admission into the play area is $4 per child, and your little ones should be wearing socks. For more details, visit www.littlecupscafe.com.