Vinalhaven Land Trust, in partnership with Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., Vinalhaven Historical Society, Vinalhaven Reads and Vinalhaven Chamber of Commerce, offers a week of events celebrating the life and work of Margaret Wise Brown, noted author of such beloved children's classics as “Goodnight Moon,” “The Little Island,” “The Runaway Bunny” and more than a hundred other titles.

Brown had a long relationship with the state of Maine and summered on Vinalhaven for the last 14 years of her life at an oceanside cottage she named The Only House. She often hosted her illustrators there including Leonard Weisgard (“The Little Island”), Clement Hurd (“Goodnight Moon”) and Garth Williams (“The Little Dog That Belonged to Himself”), who shared her appreciation of the beauty and quiet of Vinalhaven. Brown was renowned for her insistence that the illustrators of her books get the same credit and compensation as the author.

Monday through Friday, Aug. 15 through 19, VLT is hosting at series of talks, workshops and a guided tour of The Only House property, culminating in a special read-along event for children. Full schedule details and contact information can be found at (under the Walks and Talks tab) or by calling VLT board member Jim Boone at 863-2105.

On Monday at 10 a.m. at the Washington School (town office), adolescent therapist Tina Cohen will lead a panel discussion on what children experience in Brown's books. This will be followed by a tour of Vinalhaven Historical Society, with a display of Brown’s books and her rowboat.

On Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., there will be a Margaret Wise Brown scavenger hunt. Children will meet at the back door of Vinalhaven Public Library to hunt for Brown’s books hidden in several down-street businesses. Children who find them all can turn in their book card for a free treat at the Harbor Gawker. At 7 p.m. at Vinalhaven School’s Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall, Candice Ransom, Professor of Children’s Literature at Hollins University (Brown’s alma mater), will present on The Journey of Margaret Wise Brown’s Life and Work.

On Wednesday at 9 a.m., people may meet at Skoog Park to carpool for a tour of The Only House property, led by Boone. The property overlooks Hurricane Sound and the little island that inspired her book.

Thursday will feature two three-hour workshops to be held at The Only House property. Candice Ransom will lead the first, at 8:30 a.m., for those interested in writing stories for children. This workshop is free, unlimited and rain or shine, but reservations are required by calling Boone at 863-2105.

At 1 p.m., there will be a hands-on watercolor workshop with renowned illustrator Ruth Sanderson, who has illustrated more than 90 books. Pre-registration and prepayment of $20 materials fee is required and the class is limited to 12 students; call Boone to register.  At 7 p.m., author Amy Gary, currently working on a biography of Brown, will speak on Margaret’s Maine at Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall. Gary will talk about how Brown’s experiences in Maine influenced her life, her art and her outlook on life.

The week culminates Friday at 10 a.m. with a public Read-Aloud, where children and adults will gather on the lawn across from the library to read and share favorite Brown books.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with donation baskets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or