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Bringing the Joy of Picture Books to Children’s Hospitals


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STORYTIME FRIENDS brings the joy and power of storytelling to children in hospitals through weekly video-recorded read-alouds, in-person author/illustrator visits, and picture book give-aways. We believe in having fun and creating a sense of friendship and community through books. We support upholding the emotional safety of patients by helping to reduce stress and lift spirits.

We have partnered with UCSF for our inaugural year and are excited to hear from hospitals interested in collaborating with STORYTIME FRIENDS in 2023-24.

If you work for a hospital and are interested in collaboration, please reach out here.


I am a Zambian-American teacher who loves books, word games, and stories. I am a public school elementary teacher and administrator-in-training. I live in Oakland, California. When not practicing “physical distancing,” you’ll probably find me working, studying, on the soccer field, or biking through the hills with friends. A couple of my favorite books are The Negotiator by Frederick Forsyth and The Bear’s Tears by Craig Thomas (I love spy/crime fiction). Favorite kids books include One Crazy Summer and the Anansi series.

Every week, I introduce our featured picture book author and do a read-aloud of their book. The video is broadcast to all children’s rooms. 


Mr. Peter Limata

Watch one of Mr. Limata's upbeat read-alouds!


STORYTIME FRIENDS is a collaborative project, originally co-founded by four award-winning Bay Area-based picture books authors, Angela Dalton, Michael Genhart,  Alex Giardino, and Meera Sriram. This community-based project is growing and will soon include a board of directors and fiscal sponsorship. More on these exciting developments soon!


STORYTIME FRIENDS proudly works with authors & illustrators who live in the same communities

as the hospitals we serve. We build on and expand strong creative connections!

Bay Area Authors & Illustrators Featured in our Inaugural Year: 

Sandhya Acharya, 10 Gulab Jamuns

Laura Atkins, Sled Dog Dachsand

Mac Barnett & Shawn Harris, A Polar Bear in the Snow

Carmen Bogan, Where’s Rodney?

Nidhi Chanani, What Will My Story Be?

Angela Dalton, Show the World 

Hayley Diep, If You Give a Girl a Bike 

Alejandra Domenzain, For All / Para Todos

Danielle Dufayet, You Are Your Strong

Michael Genhart, May Your Life Be Deliciosa

Alex Giardino, Me + Tree

Chelsea Johnson, La Toya Council, & Carolyn Choi,

Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All

Nancy Johnson & Constance Moor, Black: The Many Wonders of My World

Darshana Khiani, How to Wear a Sari

Rob Liu-Trujillo, Alejandria Fights Back

Janine MacBeth, Oh, Oh Baby Boy

Marissa McGee, Free the Curls

Bethanie Murgia, What’s Your Name?

Innosanto Nagara, Oh, the Things We’re For

Amy Novesky, Girl on a Motorcycle

Jane Park, Juna and Appa

Meenal Petal, Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala

Dr. Rachel Remen, The Birthday of the World

Melissa Reyes, I Am Sausal Creek

Nadia Salomon, Goodnight, Ganesha

Grant Snider, What Color Is the Night?

Meera Sriram, Dumpling Day 

Peter Stein, A Tree for Mr Fish

Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Love in the Library

Deborah Underwood, Here Comes Valentine Cat

Muon Thi Van, I Love You Because I Love You

Justine Villanueva, Mama, Mama, Do You Know What I Like?

Natasha Yim, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

You can donate any of these books to children at UCSF through our Wish List here.

You can also support us by buying participating authors' books here.


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In 2022-23, we've partnered with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco and Oakland. 

We look forward to developing programs with other hospitals. Please reach out here about collaboration!


In 2023, we plan to raise funds to pay for our first full year of programming,

including the cost of weekly video production, in-person author visits and activities, and the purchase of 500 picture books to be given to the children. We need your support to make this project happen!


A kickstarter campaign is in the works, along with a fiscal non-profit sponsorship.

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Featured Authors

STORYTIME FRIENDS is proud to feature three authors in March 2023! 
All of these books can be purchased through our affiliates page or requested from your local library. 

If You Give a Girl a Bike  by Hayley Diep

 Hayley Diep is a teacher, amateur mountain biker, rock climber, skateboarder (long boarder), and surfer. She wrote IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A BIKE (illustrated by Braden Hallett) hoping that more parents, specifically parents of minority children, will introduce their daughters to these sports at a younger age. 

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What Color Is Night?  by Grant Snider

Grant Snider's WHAT COLOR IS NIGHT explores the wonders—and colors—of nighttime. Night is not just black and white. It is full of colors yet unseen. Grant Snider began drawing and writing before he knew what he was doing. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Kansas City Star, The Best American Comics 2013, and all across the internet. Grant lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife, daughter, and four sons. He has a day job as an orthodontist. You can often find him carrying a sketchbook, lost in his own thoughts. 

Juna & Appa by Jane Park

In JUNA & APPA, by Jane Park and Felicia Hoshino, Juna embarks on a journey to help her biggest hero--her Appa!  This story is a tender ode to fathers and to the many families working behind shop counters. Jane Park is a former school teacher and an award-winning media producer. She is always up for a good adventure, especially ones that involve her kids and their jars.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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In the News...


STORYTIME FRIENDS is thrilled to announce its collaboration with CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND in Oakland. Fairyland has generously donated 200 admission passes to give to children's hospital patients and their families to enjoy.

Series co-creators Alex Giardino and Angela Dalton sat for a podcast interview with Maria Dismondy of Cardinal Rule Press. Our conversation is called "Sharing Joy in Less Traveled Places," and we share the early vision and long-term goals for STORYTIME FRIENDS. You can listen to the interview here after Nov 15.

If you are a member of the media, please contact us for a media kit.

Our series host and series creators are available for interviews. 


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