Reading and experiencing picture books!

2019/20 Calendar & Registration

Instructor:  We’re so proud and pleased to have Suzanne Andersen as our newest crew member on board the good ship LitWits! She’s a kindred spirit with a giant heart for kids, a passion for books, and an experiential teaching philosophy.

Suzanne’s  been an Ocean Grove tutor for many years, and has extensive experience teaching children of all ages and capacities in loving, creative ways.  Her training, knowledge, and abilities are matched by her extreme kindness, compassion, and patience.  Suzanne is much beloved by all, and we know your littles will love her!

Loads of LitWitty fun for littles!


In LittleWits, our amazing teacher, Suzanne Andersen, reads carefully selected picture books that tie in to the literature workshop we’re holding upstairs at the same time, for older kids. (Book list below, under Dates.) Of course, you don’t have to have older kids in our workshops to sign up for LittleWits, but if you do, the whole family can now have LitWits fun! Including you, because now you’ll have three whole hours to yourself!

Between readings, Suzanne leads creative activities and projects that help the stories “stick” in little minds. And of course, throughout all that, she prompts conversations about the things that matter.

LittleWits is so much fun, and so packed with teachable moments! We all know how important it is to read aloud to young children, and picture books offer such gentle, simple “ways in” to talking about feelings, ideas, and character. It’s especially rich ground for conversations about coping skills, kindness, and courage.

LittleWits provides:

  • big life lessons from beautiful books for littles
  • literary fun for all littles ages 4-6 (whether or not they have siblings in our literature workshops for ages 7+/10+)
  • hands-on activities that create positive associations with reading
  • inspiration for littles to learn to read, and grow to love great books
  • special family connections for littles with siblings who’ve been reading the “older” book for a workshop
  • shared experiences for the family, all focused on a classic book and related topics in picture books
  • free time for parents! YES!

All this, and lifelong memories of wonderful picture books. Because our goal is the same as yours: to have your littles grow up to love great books!

Scroll down for Schedule and Details.


Ages: 4-6

Hours:  9am-12pm and 1p-4p on Thursdays; 9am-12pm on Fridays.

Dates:  The schedule is below; when you register, you’ll see all the session options. LittleWits is offered during our literature workshops (for kids 7+/10+, upstairs. The picture books chosen for LittleWits connect to the workshop books, so that siblings in both groups can share what they’ve learned with each other. (Of course, it’s not necessary to have a sibling in a workshop to register a child for LittleWits.)

Here’s the LittleWits schedule, along with the titles older kids will be workshopping upstairs.


Th Sep 5 AM and PM,  Fr Sep 6 AM:  picture books relating to A Single Shard  (Linda Sue Park)
Th Oct 3 AM and PM,  Fr Oct 4 AM: picture books relating to Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
Th Oct 31 AM and PM, Fr Nov 1 AM:  picture books relating to Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
Th Nov 14 AM and PM, Fr Nov 15 AM:  picture books relating to Gentle Ben  (Walt Morey)
Th Dec 12 AM and PM, Fr Dec 13 AM and PM: picture books relating to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)


Th Jan 23 AM and PM, Fr Jan 24 AM:  picture books relating to Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (Dorothy Sterling)
Th Feb 6 AM and PM, Fr Feb 7 AM:  books relating to Snow Treasure (Marie McSwigan)
Th Mar 5 AM and PM, Fr Mar 6 AM:  books relating to Along Came A Dog (Meindert DeJong)
Th Apr 16 AM and PM, Fr Apr 17 AM:  books relating to The Boxcar Children No. 1  (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
Th May 14 AM and PM, Fr May 15 AM:  books relating to Misty of Chincoteague (Marguerite Henry)

More dates possible:

  • If we add a Friday afternoon workshop session, we’ll also add a Friday afternoon LittleWits session. You you can join our waitlist here to be notified if that happens.
  • If there’s enough interest, we may also offer LittleWits during our weeklong writing camps. Please let us know if that would appeal to you!

Cost: Our introductory price of $50 per three-hour session includes a snack (cheese sticks and organic apples) and all supplies. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Yosemite Valley Charter School. Charter school parents, please enter promo code CHARTER to register, then request a purchase order.

Please note that LittleWits is a drop-off class.

Cancellation Policy: We know stuff happens! If you cancel at least 30 days before the session, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you’ll get a makeup. (Please cancel your original session on Eventbrite, then use promo code MAKEUP to re-register. In the Notes field, let us know which session you cancelled.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows, as we hire our instructor based on a minimum enrollment. We hope that makes sense and seems fair.

2019/20 Calendar & Registration