Renée Graef is an award-winning illustrator who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in art.
She has illustrated over 80 books for children, including the Kirsten series in the American Girl collection and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Renée worked as art director for the Little House program at Harper Collins for five years and enjoyed traveling to the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.
Meet the artist • Attend the workshop • Attend a reading at the Wayside Cabin • See a presentation on Renée's illustration techniques • Attend book signing
Renée's schedule will be posted on our website and Facebook Page soon.
Traditional Crafts demonstrators are featured at Laura Ingalls Wilder Days on September 10th and 11th in Pepin, Wisconsin. This year we are adding scheduled 20-30 minute presentations so visitors can get a more complete overview of the crafts on display.
Sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, demonstrators include two blacksmiths, wood carvers, potters and more. Wool and flax spinning, candle-making, 1800-style camp cooking, seed saving, sewing, and flint-knapping will also be demonstrated. How would you carve a chair or make a tin cup? Both will be presented during the two-day festival located at Laura’s birth site, Pepin, Wisconsin.
Quilting and other activities are featured at the Cabin wayside seven miles north of Pepin. Located on Highway 35 in western Wisconsin, the festival is a celebration of Laura’s contribution to history, literature, education, and entertainment.
More details about the Traditional Crafts Demonstrations can be found at http://goo.gl/z1nFot
Among the many things to do and see at Laura Ingalls Wilder Days (September 10th and 11th this year) is the “Laura Contest” -- where we select four girls (ages 8-11) who most closely identify with Laura.
Contestants, dressed in 1867-1875 “prairie girl” attire, fill out a written questionnaire, do a one-on-one interview, and make an appearance on stage before an enthusiastic audience. 8 and 9 year-olds should be familiar with Laura’s first book, Little House in the Big Woods, while 10 and 11 year-olds should possess a knowledge of the first book as well as Little House on the Prairie.
The girls are judged on the basis of accuracy of their answers, poise under various conditions, and their general appearance. All who compete receive a gift bag containing a T-shirt and other items.
All of the many activities are on our website: www.LauraDays.org.
Rules and guidelines can be found here:
In its 26th year, the festival is something of a throwback to a previous time, featuring the area’s largest fiddle contest, traditional 1800’s craft demonstrations, great entertainment, and much more.
Our “Laura Contest” is designed to select girls (in four age categories) who most closely identify with Laura.There are various activities in the village and at the Cabin Wayside, seven miles north of Pepin. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days is a celebration of Laura’s contribution to history, literature, education, and entertainment; her stories continue to enthrall people of all ages and her popularity is undiminished.
The publication of her original autobiography in 2014 (six weeks on the New York Times best-seller list) has renewed attention to the pioneer spirit demonstrated by the Ingalls family. Author Pamela Smith Hill will be appearing at this year’s festival, giving numerous presentations during the two-day event. Check out all the activities at www.LauraDays.org.