Children's Storytime with Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Arizona, Michael Hale

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.
Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Children's Books
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Something for the whole family. Take a moment to sit down with the kids in an interactive storytime with local author and illustrator Michael Hale from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators! In addition to reading from some of his picture books, Michael will also be available to answer questions about reading and writing children's literature for interested adults. While ages 5 - 8 are recommended, children and adults of all ages are welcome. 

About the Book

Bad Monkey Business 

It’s a rainy, rainy day. Mrs. McGoody is just finishing her housework when she hears a faint knock on her door. She opens the door to find a wet little monkey sitting on her doorstep. And he means business… Bad Monkey Business. Will Mrs. McGoody be able to stop this Bad Monkey from ruining her clean house or is there something else going on that she does not understand?  This illustrated story, told in rhyme, is a humorous tale about an unsuspecting woman and a monkey on a mission. 

Fast Freddie, The Legend In A Shell 

Federico is a desert tortoise who refuses to lead a slow and boring life... so he gets up and runs away. His fast paced adventures lead him across the Sonoran Desert and make him a Southwestern legend in the process. Fast Freddie is a read aloud picture book with a factual glossary for those who wish to learn more about the plants, animals and desert ecology introduced in the story.


About the Author

Photograph of Michael Hale

Michael Hale has over 30 years of experience as a Creative Director, entrepreneur, writer and Illustrator. He has illustrated many picture books and written two himself. His book, Bad Monkey Business was awarded a Spark Honor by SCBWI in 2018. He also serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI’s Arizona Region. When he is not writing or illustrating, he devotes his time to coaching others looking to forge their own path in children’s publishing. You can see more of his work by visiting

Logo for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Arizona

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI  is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world. Membership in SCBWI is open to anyone with an active interest in children’s literature, from picture books to young adult novels. We welcome aspiring and published writers and illustrators, as well as librarians, educators, translators, artists, students, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers, and others. A passion for children’s literature is our number one criterion.SCBWI Arizona, the local region of the organization, is led by Regional Advisor Sharon Skinner, who manages the Arizona Regional Team and local Planning Committee.

A Statement from the Piper Center about COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at

About the Literary Fair

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is a celebration of creative writing and literary arts in a local community. Enjoy free author talks, poetry readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at

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