IN-PERSON: Storytime with the Author: Angela Burke Kunkel reads "Make Way"

Event date: 
04/25/2023 - 10:00am

Author Angela Burke Kunkel joins us to read Make Way, a beautiful and fascinating picture book biography that follows the lives of Robert McCloskey, creator of Make Way for Ducklings, and sculptor Nancy Schön, whose famous bronze ducks grace Boston Public Garden. 

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In the beginning, there was a boy named Robert McCloskey, growing up in Ohio, his hands always moving, always creating. Many years later, after attending art school in Boston, he would reflect on his days wandering through Boston Garden and write the classic picture book, Make Way for Ducklings.

In the beginning, there was also a girl named Nancy Schön. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, working in her father's greenhouse, twisting wire and boughs into wreaths. Many years later, Nancy would look at Robert's drawings in Make Way for Ducklings and get the seed of an idea. That seed became the beloved bronze sculptures of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings that stand in Boston Garden today.

This stunning and clever picture book biography intertwines the lives of two phenomenal artists--who were contemporaries and friends--and reveals the extraordinary impact they've had on generations of children.



Angela Burke Kunkel is a school librarian by day and a writer in the very early mornings. Her debut picture book with illustrator Paola Escobar, DIGGING FOR WORDS, JOSÉ ALBERTO GUTIÉRREZ AND THE LIBRARY HE BUILT (Schwartz & Wade), celebrates perseverance, community, and the power of books. Look for PENGUIN JOURNEY, her nonfiction picture book-in-verse with Catherine Odell, in October 2021(Abrams). Her third picture book with illustrator Claire Keane, MAKE WAY, will be released in 2023 by Random House Studio. You can learn more at, or follow Angela on Twitter and Instagram @angkunkel. 


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Make Way: The Story of Robert McCloskey, Nancy Schön, and Some Very Famous Ducklings By Angela Burke Kunkel, Claire Keane (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angela Burke Kunkel, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593373354
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: Random House Studio - April 11th, 2023

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714