Illustrator Visit: Jamie Hogan

April 28, 2018 – 10:30 am

Join us as we search for sea stars washed onto the shores of the library, return them to the surf with a locomotion game, and draw them deep into the blue sea with our guest artist: Jamie Hogan!  Jamie’s latest picture book, Ana and the Sea Star, gently shows children how to be both dreamers and stewards of our Maine beaches. Jamie will be visiting the Main Library on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m.

In Ana and the Sea Star, a young girl finds a starfish on the beach and wants to show it to her mother at home, but doesn’t want to take it from its home. With encouragement from her dad and a little imagination, Ana is able to let the sea star go and yet keep it with her at the same time.This beautiful picture book celebrates the power of imagination and an appreciation of the natural world. Jamie’s colorful pastel illustrations shimmer with wonder and curiosity, adding an extra layer of sweetness to the story.

Copies of Ana and the Sea Star will be available to purchase at the event, and Jamie will be signing books after the reading. You can also check out the book from either of our library locations.

About Jamie

Jamie Hogan grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and earned a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2003, Jamie has taught Illustration at Maine College of Art in Portland. She is the author and illustrator of The Seven Days of Daisy, and illustrator of many award-winning children’s books, including Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins and Island Birthday by Eva Murray, both winners of Maine Library Association’s Lupine Award. Jamie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. She has lived over 25 years on Peaks Island, and draws inspiration from moonlight, pink clouds, wishing on the first star, and the raw beauty that is Maine. You can find her work at