The Ultimate Children’s Event
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Throughout our 48 year history, BANANAS celebrated our community through large-scale family-friendly events.
In 2018, UnPeeled originated as a children’s carnival. Guests enjoyed carnival games, face painting, live performances, a petting zoo, and yummy food. As we continue to gather remotely, UnPeeled is going virtual! We have invited well-known musicians and storybook authors from all over the country to join Virtual UnPeeled: The Ultimate Children’s Event! See our list of performers below.
Join us for a day of singing, dancing, interactive reading, and FUN. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please donate by Monday, June 21 to be considered for the giveaways!
Hi! Elizabeth Mitchell and Simi Stone are best friends who live in Woodstock, NY and love to make music together. Elizabeth is a twice Grammy nominated Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist who has been making music for children for over 20 years. Simi is an internationally known musical artist and songwriter, who recently appeared in the original cast of David Byrne’s American Utopia. They are both excited to sing for the BANANAS community!
Karen Katz has always been making something. Her love of folk art and children’s art has influenced all her children’s books. After she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, she began to devote herself full time to her love of creating children’s books. She is the author and illustrator of over 75 children’s books and has won numerous awards. Her books have sold over 10 million copies and her multicultural picture books can be found in many schools and libraries.
Basho is a prolific songwriter and connective educator who creates interactive cross-cultural musical content for a global audience. With 40 million views and 100,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 40 million spins on streaming services BASHO & FRIENDS is a household name — just ask your smart speaker!
JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD is an award-winning children’s author, poet, educator, and scholar. Her first book Imani’s Moon won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award and was featured on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show, and her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award.
Caspar Babypants is also known as Chris Ballew, three time Grammy nominated lead singer and songwriter for the Seattle band The Presidents of the United States of America. 12 years ago, Chris rediscovered turn of the century folk and traditional music and focused on a more simple approach that gave birth to Caspar Babypants. Chris says, “I want to make music for the very young because I admire their associative inventive imaginations and as an adult I nurture that same creativity in myself.”
Alison Farrell lives in Portland Oregon, where she loves to daydream, ride bikes, and hike. She is the author and illustrator of Cycle City, Bicycle Bash, and The Hike, and the illustrator of Runaway Signs by Joan Holub.
Andy Z is a multiple award-winning children’s performer, singer/songwriter and educator who combines music, movement,
storytelling and character puppets to create an experience that keeps kids engaged and families entertained. Andy’s music has been heard on NBC’s Today Show and has received many accolades, including Parent’s Choice, NAPPA & (Disney Family Interactive) iParenting Media Award.
Officer Delta Jolly has been serving the central Texas area for over 12 years in public safety. In the last three years, Officer Jolly has been teaching at Austin Community College and using her experience to provide insight into the law enforcement field. As a parent, she believes there are teaching and learning opportunities around every corner.
An author by vocation, a linguist by education, a Latina by culture and a fighter for social justice, F. Isabel Campoy writes to provide readers with a vision of a kind, just and joyful world. She is the author of over a hundred books and the recipient of several national and international awards.
Janet Wong is the author of 35 books, including TWIST: Yoga Poems. Her most recent book, HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving, is an anthology co-created with Sylvia Vardell that features 100 poems by 90 poets to get kids dancing, stretching, jumping, and more!
Dr. Khalid White (He/Him/His) is an award-winner in the fields of Education, Film and Literature. A career educator, Khalid began teaching in CA public schools in 2005. Khalid’s children’s book series features the books, Little Sister and Little Brother, as well as the bilingual books, Hermanita (Little Sister) and Hermanito (Little Brother).