We are thrilled to welcome back award-winning author, Aiko Ikegami! Aiko will read from her precious first book, Friends.
A girl from a faraway place begins her first day at school. She doesn't speak the language and she looks different. She just doesn't fit in. But one day, she makes an unexpected friend—a squirrel! Then a rabbit joins them. Soon the girl's fuzzy woodland friends are followed by human ones and school becomes more fun! When a surprising new student joins the class, the girl and her new friends know just how to make him feel at home.
Aiko Ikegami was born in Tokyo. She's always loved drawing, painting, and creating stories. After receiving a PhD in Pharmacology and working as a neuropharmacologist, she decided to follow her heart and make picture books. She lives in Ohio.