Children's Book World

Author Events

Chris Harris & Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, October 28, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14

Don't be afraid to join us for our Haunted Halloween Poetry Party Jam! We are looking for funny, scary, and witchy word lovers, ages 7-14, to recite their original creepy crawly chants for an audience of grateful ghouls and ghosts. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they've written. We will select one phantasmic poet from each age group, judged on poem content and performance, to receive a $25 Children's Book World gift certificate; all other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Call, come in, or send an email to to sign up to perform. Start writing your poetic potions today!

Our judges, two-time Coretta Scott King Award winning poet Hope Anita Smith and Chris Harris, who has been called the 21st-century Shel Silverstein, will be signing their new books.

Chris Harris    Hope Anita Smith

Only Books Purchased at Children's Book World can be signed by authors during their visits, due to time constraints. We happily take advance phone and website orders for autographed books up until the day before the signing for those who can't attend.

Class invitations to
author visits:
Any teachers, grades K-8th, who would like to be added to our list of potential classes to invite to Children's Book World's Author Events, please call or email Sharon at (310) 559-BOOK/2665,

In his hilarious debut poetry collection, I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, Chris Harris molds wit and wordplay, nonsense and oxymoron, and visual and verbal sleight-of-hand in masterful ways that make you look at the world in a whole new wonderfully upside-down way.

Told through the voice of a child, Anita Hope Smith's exquisite My Daddy Rules the World collection of poems celebrates everyday displays of fatherly love, from guitar lessons and wrestling matches to bedtime stories and cuddling in bed. These heartwarming poems, together with Smith's beautiful, bold folk-art-inspired images, capture the strength and beauty of the relationship between father and child.

Available for signing by Chris Harris:

  • I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups  $19.99

Available for signing by Hope Anita Smith:

  • My Daddy Rules the World  $17.99

Ann Whitford Paul
Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Join Ann Whitford Paul in celebration of her delightful new book, If Animals Said I Love You! This companion to her charming If Animals Kissed Good Night imagines how animals would say "I love you." Whale would make bubbles shoot from her spout. Boa would give her hatchlings a hug. Gorilla would snuggle his child to sleep. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would show love in a special way.

Available for signing:

  • If Animals Said I Love You  $16.99
  • If Animals Kissed Goodnight$7.99 board
  • Hello Toes! Hello Feet!$4.99p
  • And more

Laura Hopper
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 14 & up

Come to Laura Hopper's launch party for her young adult novel, I Never. Inspired by Judy Blume's classic Forever, I Never features an almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship...and it doesn't shy away from the details. Janey King's priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking.

Available for signing:

  • I Never  $17.99

Todd Parr
Monday, November 13*
School event, public invited-call for details
Ages 14 & up

What the world needs now is love--and who better than Todd Parr to share a message of kindness, charity, and acceptance in his great new book, Love the World. Touching upon themes including self-esteem, environmentalism, and respect for others, Todd uses his signature silly and accessible style to encourage readers to show love for themselves and all the people, places, and things they encounter.

Available for signing:

  • Love the World  $17.99
  • Be Who You Are  $17.99
  • It's OK to be Different  $17.99
  • The Family Book  $17.99, $8.00p
  • It's OK to Make Mistakes  $17.99
  • And more

Todd Parr
Photo by Ahri Golden.

Love the World

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Betty G. Birney
Thursday, November 16*
School event, public invited-call for details
Ages 6-11

Betty G. Birney is the author of the extremely popular Humphrey series. In Humphrey's Treasure Hunt Trouble her latest offering in the first chapter book series, Humphries Tiny Tales, Humphrey might be the only one who can solve the mystery of the missing treasure. Spring According to Humphrey is the twelfth book in the beloved and award-winning school hamster chapter book series. Spring has sprung and it means Family Fun Night is coming up. Humphrey helps in many ways, but he can't help but wonder about his own family. He doesn't know anything about them. But when he thinks about all of the wonderful friends he has made at school he stops worrying. Just like spring comes with lots of new things that grow and change, Humphrey's family of classmates and friends will always be growing.

Available for signing:

  • Humphrey's Treasure Hunt Trouble  $14.99, $4.99
  • Spring According to Humphrey  $15.99, $5.99
  • World According to Humphrey  $5.99
  • Humphrey's Mixed Up Magi Trick  $4.99
  • And more

Drew Daywalt
Saturday, November 25, 11:00 a.m.
Ages 4-8

Celebrate the new Star Wars book, BB-8 on the Run, with author Drew Daywalt! When BB-8 is separated from his master, Poe Dameron, on the lonely desert planet of Jakku, he has no choice but to keep rolling. It's all up to him to get a top-secret map back to the Resistance so they can find Luke Skywalker and save the galaxy from the evil First Order. Wear your Star Wars costume and see Drew's other great books.

Available for signing:

  • Star Wars: BB-8 on the Run  $17.99
  • Legend of Rock Paper Scissors  $17.99
  • Day the Crayons Quit  $17.99
  • Day the Crayons Came Home  $18.99
  • And more

Neil Patrick Harris in Conversation With Lemony Snicket
Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.*
Aratani Theater
244 S San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Exclusive VIP Meet-and-Greet with Neil Patrick Harris for 10 lucky fans!*

Celebrate Neil Patrick Harris' exciting new middle grade novel, The Magic Misfits, as he discusses this and more with Lemony Snicket.   There will also be a reading and audience Q & A.

From award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris comes The Magic Misfits, the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on. After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded illusionists. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series. (Psst. Hey, you! Yes, you! Congratulations on reading this far. As a reward, I'll let you in on a little secret... This book isn't just a book. It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!)

Additional pre-signed copies of The Magic Misfits and Lemony Snicket's new picture book, The Bad Mood and the Stick, will be available for purchase at the event. In The Bad Mood and the Stick, filled with wacky humor that should cure any bad mood, bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go. There will be no personalizations or signing line at the event.

*This is a ticketed event. Tickets available in-store at Children's Book World (sorry no phone orders), on-line at Brown Paper Tickets (see below), and at the event (subject to availability). Each purchased ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Magic Misfits and a raffle ticket for the VIP Meet & Greet. Each book purchased at the event gets fans an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Neil Patrick Harris immediately following the event. Neil will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

Tickets are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, your book will be waiting for you at Children's Book World the day following the event.

Additional presigned copies of The Magic Misfits and The Bad Mood and the Stick will be available for purchase at the event and online.

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Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris. Photo by Mark Veltman.

Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket. Photo by Meredith Heuer.

Magic Misfits

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The Bad Mood and the Stick,

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