Join us at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden for a special story time event with Finnish Children’s book Illustrator and writer Marika Maijala in the Oak Swamp Story Spot. Marika’s latest book, Rosie Runs, is an energetic creation that began on the pages of Marika’s notebooks—the story of a greyhound who escapes her track and leaps to freedom as spectators gasp in wonder. She learns to explore, feel the wind on her back, make friends, and run because she loves it (not because anyone is egging her on to race).
Story time will begin at 2:30 p.m. followed by a book signing in the NYBG Shop at 3 p.m.
About the Author
Marika Maijala lives and works on Harakka Island, off the coast of Helsinki. An illustrator and children’s book writer, Maijala’s versatile body of work also includes art books, paintings, drawings, texts, animations, videos, installations and illustrations for public spaces.
She is a member of a band with fellow artists Petra Vehviläinen and Aoi Yoshizawa. Marika’s paintings and video art were exhibited in a solo exhibition at Galleria Snow in Berlin in 2022. Rosie Runs was nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize, won the Rudolf Koivu Award for the Best Finnish Children’s Book Illustration, and was selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. In 2022, Marika was nominated for the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.