Family Fun @ The Waterworks with Author Traci Dunham

FREE! Meet the author of the new children's book The Oyster's Secret!

October 14, 2017

Family Fun @ The Waterworks

Saturday, October 14 at 12pm in the Overlook Gallery


Meet author Traci Dunham and hear her read The Oyster’s Secret, a story that celebrates the talents in every child while exploring the wonders of the ocean. Stay for a craft to explore the maginificent surprise inside Mr. Oyster, and pick up a signed copy. Free and open to the public. Register for your free event ticket soon!

New Jersey-based, award-winning writer Traci Dunham combines her love for the sea with her passion to highlight acceptance and inner beauty in The Oyster’s Secret (Brown Books Kids). The story follows the unassuming Mr. Oyster as his sea creature friends boast about their beauty and talents. However, Mr. Oyster is not bothered one bit, because he has a secret gift of his own!

As a mother of two daughters, including one with special needs, the significance of inner beauty to Traci Dunham is especially strong. “My books speak to diversity. They carry messages of inner beauty and acceptance,” she says. Dunham wants children to understand that it’s OK to be unique, and that beauty comes in many forms. “I want to reach out to those who are different and make them feel accepted.” When asked what reaction she hopes for from readers, she discloses that she hopes children will gain “sensitivity and appreciation for others who are different…Fears of being different hopefully will subside.”

As an in-demand speaker, Dunham talks to parents of children with disabilities. She hopes that through her book, “teachers and parents will be able to engage in a conversation about these topics in a way that is easy to understand.” Dunham visits elementary schools to promote the messages found in The Oyster’s Secret, and encourages an interactive dialogue between parents and children.

“Everyone is uniquely special. Each child has something beautiful inside of them,” Dunham believes. She reflects this attitude through the character of Mr. Oyster, as he tells each one of his friends, “Don’t worry about me. I’m making something beautiful, you’ll see.” Join Mr. Oyster and his friends at the bottom of the sea as he reveals his special gift and teaches the importance of diversity, inner beauty, and acceptance!

Dunham will be at the Waterworks for story time, a craft, and signing. Register for FREE via Eventbrite and pick up copies for sale at the Museum during the event. For more information and to purchase The Oyster’s Secret, as well as her previous releases, My Sister Lulu and Me, and Nothing to Fear from the Dark, My Dear visit

Limited parking available. Very accessible by T on the Green Line “C” and “D” trains, and by Bus (#51 and #86).

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