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Meet the Author: Katie Yamasaki

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Join Katie Yamasaki as she reads her story, demonstrates her artistic talents and signs her new book, When the Cousins Came, is a multicultural family story that celebrates kindness and differences. Katie works primarily as a muralist, but she is also a talented children's author and illustrator. 

Recommended for readers ages 4 and up.


Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They're going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything's wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don't want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their "best cousin" Lila! This sensitive story about insecurity, hosting, and friendship reminds children that negative thoughts and anxiety over exclusion don't always translate to reality.