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Saturday, October 15

Ignite Your Creative Spark

You don’t have to pursue being a rock star or an award-winning writer to claim being creative. In this session, we will dive into what it means to be creative and what gets our way of experiencing it. Being creative unlocks joy, connection, and more.  Join us for this interactive session that explores the many intriguing aspects of creativity and inspires you to delve into your own creative journey.

This is for OASL members.

More information here.

Thanks to Portland Piano Company for hosting The Piano book reading and signing!

The Piano featured in The Oregonian

“….a charming picture book about the experience of learning how to play an instrument from the perspective of a piano and its journey through one young musician’s life. The illustrations by Elle Smith, the author’s daughter, add warmth and depth to the story.”

Amy Wang, The Oregonian, February 4, 2022

Full story: Catch up with these 10 picture books from Oregon authors and illustrators


More Press for The Piano

Review: The Piano

- School Library Connection

The Piano Book Review

- Readers Favorite

A Kid to Know: The Illustrator  

- Denise Castañon for PDX Parent Magazine,  p.9

The Berklee College of Music Alumni News

National Association for Music Education blog

Book Review: The Piano by Chari Smith

- Bookworm for Kids


A Piano's Story

- The Reading Behaviorist

New Children's Books from Local Jewish Women
- The Jewish Review

The Piano by Chari Smith
- Not Just a Librarian blog



Tune in

The Power of Stories for Kids

- An author interview and webinar featuring Chari Smith


The Piano was a part of the Lingokids reading marathon.
Listen to it here



Composed by Juan Delgado

Produced by Lingokids (

Narrated by Chari Smith


Check out more Lingokids here.

Reading with Your Kids Podcast 

- Chari and Elle talk with host Jed Doherty - 2/24

What are you Reading? What are you Writing? Podcast
- Chari and Elle talk with Karen E. Osborne, Released 2/3

Interested in having Chari and Elle as a guest on your podcast, blog, or other media? Send us a note.

For Teachers

Unleashing Readers: Bringing Songwriting into the Classroom

by Chari Smith