I was thrilled and delighted when 826 Valencia asked me to design their quarterly reader. 826 is a national organization with a mission that is dear to my heart: helping kids from an early grade school age up through their late teens. 826 helps kids find their way in the world through writing and expression. It was a side perk of this project that I got to read so many interesting, whimsical, and sometimes heartbreaking pieces by the 826 students in the course of designing this spectacular book. I highly, highly recommend going to the Pirate shoppe at 826 Valencia, or to King Carls Emporium in the tenderloin to pick up a copy!