Don’t Eat That: Children’s Book Reading & Art Project with Author Matt Kiesling

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Don’t Eat That: Children’s Book Reading & Art Project with Author Matt Kiesling

Sat, March 12, 2022
10:00 am
- 11:00 am



Sat, March 12, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am


$5 per child to cover art project supplies cost. Adults are free to attend.


Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road Lake Forest, IL 60045

Gorton is thrilled to host Lake Forest resident Matt Kiesling, author of the hit children’s book, “Don’t Eat That” for a book reading. Children will be able to create their own art project relating to the book in conjunction with the reading.

This book for all ages, “Don’t Eat That.”, shares the story of two individuals with different backgrounds who, through caring and understanding, find a path to friendship and trust. This book puts kindness, acceptance, awareness, and empathy front seat in a playful, fun, and highly readable way.

Signed copies of the book will be sold for $25. 100% of the profits from “Don’t Eat That.” go to charities supporting the growth of literacy, improving health, and expanding access to the arts.

At a minimum, it’s a book made to bring joy to all who open the cover. At a maximum, it hopes to help make the world a better place for everyone in it…and yes, that includes the penguins and the polar bears, too.

Please purchase one ticket per child to attend the reading; this cost covers the cost of the art supplies. Adults are free to attend. Event will take place in the Friends Room on the second floor.

Children 5 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

About the Author

While he has been a lifelong writer and illustrator “Don’t Eat That” is Matthew (Matt) Kiesling’s first published book.

Matt lives in Lake Forest, IL with his remarkable wife and daughters, two dogs, a bunch of fish, and a whole menagerie of imaginary friends. Matt started drawing at a young age while growing up in Wisconsin which has probably been voted “best place to learn to draw” in the whole universe a whole bunch of times.While he is still learning how to draw and write Matt has also had the opportunity to learn how to jump over tall buildings and make friends with lots of different creatures like dogs, penguins, polar bears, dinosaurs, and popsicle people (which are what a lot of people think are just two popsicles stuck together but Matt knows that those two sticks are really legs and that the popsicle people live in those little white wrapper things just waiting to make friends with people).

Additionally, Matt once tried eating a hamburger with two top pieces of bun and no bottom buns and in doing so discovered, and will probably win a prestigious award, that it tastes pretty much the same.

Another time Matt was driving around with the lid off his coffee and it spilled and he learned never to have a “danger beverage” in the car with him or anywhere else for that matter.


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Sat, March 12, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-6060