Douglas Wood, the award-winning author, illustrator, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, brings an inspiring children’s program based on his book ‘Miss Little’s Gift’ to the Kitchigami Regional Library System next week.

Appearances are scheduled at:

  • 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Bemidji Public Library.

  • 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 at the Wadena City Library.

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Walker Public Library.

  • 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Blackduck Community Library.

  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Crosslake Area Library.

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Pequot Lakes Community Library.

  • 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at Pine River-Backus Elementary School.

Wood was the worst reader in his class, contending with ADHD and dyslexia before anyone knew what they were. He was lucky to have a special teacher who gave him the gift of books.

Now Wood is the creator of 34 books with more than 2.5 million copies in print, including classic children’s titles “Old Turtle” and “A Quiet Place.” His program motivates audiences to never give up, overcome challenges and recognize the importance of reading.

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The free program, geared toward kids and families, is funded through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.