Tomie dePaola talked to the children about how he came up with his stories and answered questions from the parents and the children. He has written over 250 books! It was really interesting to learn the history of his popular Strega Nona books and the origins of his newest book, Strega Nona's Gift. Harris had recently become quite smitten with the Strega Nona books so he was particularly excited to get an autographed copy of the new book.
He taught the children how to give a proper italian kiss- which of course was great fun for the children!