Stuffed Animal Portrait Party with Thyra Heder, Ioana Hobai, and Matt Tavares!

Bear and two bear friends pose in front of a bookshelf.

Stuffed full of turkey and looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Join Porter Square Books on Friday November 23 for a Stuffed Animal Portrait Party inspired by the wonderful work of Joe McKendry and We Art Boston! Have your favorite stuffed animal’s portrait drawn by illustrators Thyra Heder, Ioana Hobai, and Matt Tavares!

While portraits are free, our illustrators are raising money for 826 Boston, Arts for Humanity, and other charitable organizations, and we welcome cash donations toward these causes.

Preregistration is now closed, but you can still bring your favorite stuffed pal to the store on Friday and sign up for the wait list.


Thyra Heder is a writer and illustrator of picture books for children and a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist for film, television, fashion and architecture. Her picture books Fraidyzoo, The Bear Report, and Alfie (The Turtle That Disappeared) have received several starred reviews and honors. She lives and works in Brooklyn with her dog, Toby.

Ioana Hobai is the illustrator of Before You Sleep: A Bedtime Book of Gratitude (Annie Cronin Romano), and the author-illustrator of Lena's Slippers and A Whale of a Mistake, forthcoming in 2019 and 2020.

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of nine books for young readers, including Zachary's Ball, Henry Aaron's Dream, Crossing Niagara, and Red & Lulu, and has illustrated several more, including The Gingerbread Pirates (Kristin Kladstrup), Helen's Big World (Doreen Rappaport), and Lighter than Air (Matthew Clark Smith). He lives in Maine with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters.

Event date: 

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140