SATURDAY DECEMBER 12, 4 to 6pm, Watch author and illustrator Matthieu Maudet (A Mammoth in the Fridge, Hello, Doctor), author and comic artist Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse, Josephine), Julia Rothman (Hello NY) and other guest illustrators engage in a fast-paced battle of drawings. Free cookies provided by Michel et Augustin.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York a month-long 50th anniversary celebration of French children’s publisher L’École des Loisirs. Festivities include a free, first-ever U.S. exhibition of original drawings by L’École des Loisirs illustrators (Nov. 20-Dec. 20 at 972 Fifth Ave.), curated by writer and blogger Maria Popova and with support from Honorary Chairman and legendary children’s book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer. Celebrations will also include a series of free kids’ workshops around the city.

Free and all ages