Discover the wonder of a trip to the park in this award-winning picture book illustrated with cheerful origami art!
The Day We Went to the Park takes the reader on a walk around a community park – exploring all there is to see, do and hear. Through rhyming verses and detailed origami paper sculptures, the picture book invites readers to observe, imagine and interact with some of the nature at the park including squirrels, ladybugs, pine trees, prairie flowers and a painted turtle.
The origami illustrations featured in The Day We Went to the Park reflect the richly diverse communities in which we all live and include people of different ages, ethnicity, ability and gender.
Author/illustrator Linda Stephen has more than 15 years of experience presenting workshops at schools, libraries, arts centers, parks, senior centers, museums, businesses, and festivals across the country.
Presentation options include author storytime, easy origami, Japanese paper arts, Japanese language, five senses walks, outdoor exploration, poetry, writing, book creation, library reading programs, illustration exhibit, origami and STEM, design invention, community collaborative art, and more. Explore the possibilities of paper!
The Day We Went to the Park received the Illustration Honor in the 2021 Nebraska Book Awards, presented by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book.
Thank you to readers and art enthusiasts of all ages. Thank you to all of the teachers and librarians and mentors around the world who have helped us to keep exploring inside and out.
May you always find beauty in the world.
Linda and Christine
Sample pages from origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park (Handersen Publishing, Feb. 2020). Story by Linda Stephen and Christine Manno. Paper art illustrations by Linda Stephen.