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Spreading Hope, Humor & Healing
One Cookie, Conversation & Celebration at a Time

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    Let’s face it, we are living through crazy times. And we need to live a NEW story, one where life is sweeter together!

    You’re probably wondering how to make sense of it all and are looking for ways to provide hope and comfort.

    Meet La Befana!

    The legendary one-toothed puppet who took to the streets of NYC amidst a global pandemic to share 10,000 cookies and much needed moments of laughter and connection to those who needed it most.

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    Now in Bedtime with Befana, this living legend will share the story of her ancient Italian origins and the true story of how she sparked a movement that’s inspiring both young and old to do “The Little Good” right where they are.

    With La Befana by their side, your child will enter sleep peacefully, comforted by visions of delightful dreams, all while giving you a break, and maybe even a laugh or two!

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    Word On The Street

    Ann Nyberg

    “La Befana & Friends should be a household name. What a fun way for the kid in all of us to learn about that which unites us. The more we learn about each other, our Earth, and the stories that connect us the  better our world will be. Dina and Kate are creating a movement full of passion and love for uniting the world through joy and play!”

    – ANN NYBERG, New Anchor, WTNH-TV (ABC)

    Sheryl Leach Barney

    A treasure trove of good will come from this overflowing heart. It is no wonder that Kate West, Dina Gregory and La Befana are famiglia”. 

    – SHERYL LEACH, Creator of Barney

    Jacques Pepin La Befana

    “La Befana is a great character to teach children about and get them involved in family life.”

    – JACQUES PEPIN, Author, Celebrity Chef

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    “Watching my daughter listen to La Befana’s story truly warmed my heart! She is engaging and funny and the perfect addition to our holiday season!”

    -Christina Palmisano, Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation

    About Us

    La Befana and Friends is building a “new neighborhood” centered around one-toothed puppet whose old world wisdom, wonder, and sass are the antidote to the absurdity of modern times. 

    Launched in the melting pot of NYC in the middle of a global pandemic, children’s book author & multimedia storyteller Kate West, and Dina Gregory, teacher and now puppeteer, are on mission to share an unapologetic message of hope that promotes “caritas” (the love of humanity) through cookies, conversations, & cultural celebrations