by Laura Baran & Patricia Geremia

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/05/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 30
ISBN : 9781504347709

About the Book

The co-founders of Arts & Dreams, Laura Baran and Patricia Geremia, have written their first book for children. Over a summer in New York City, a young girl named Rose changes the way she thinks about herself through making art. Rose’s Aunt Olive visits with creative ideas to help boost Rose’s big dreams. Featuring Laura’s hand-painted illustrations that are based on photographs by Patricia, this is a heartwarming story with a powerful message of transformation.

Laura Baran and Patricia Geremia co-founded Arts & Dreams, an organization whose mission is to expand hope and self-love through creative expression. The creation of Arts & Dreams was inspired by Laura’s brother Jeff’s suicide, which he attributed to his feelings of hopelessness. Since 2009, Arts & Dreams has been fulfilling its purpose by leading empowering art workshops for hundreds of children, teens, and adults in New York City. For more information and to get involved, you can visit

About the Author

Laura Baran is an award-winning professional artist and an art educator. She received her BFA with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Laura has served on the board of directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's New York City Chapter. She lives with her husband Matt Green and their son in New York City. More of her work can be seen at

Patricia Geremia is a professional photographer and blogger at PatriciaG Loves Italy, sharing her love for New York City and Italy. She is the owner of her own line of greeting cards and prints, and is a certified Reiki healer. Patricia has served as a youth mentor since 1995. She lives in New York City with plans to share her time living in Italy. You can visit her website at

Rose's Summer of Arts & Dreams offers children a sense of hope and encouragement by inspiring them to love who they are through art making.

Author illustrations by Laura Baran