Children's Book World

Author Events

AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Annie Barrows
Tuesday, September 16, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 6 and up

Meet Annie Barrows, author of the wildly popular Ivy+Bean series and the highly acclaimed time-travel adventure The Magic Half (ages 8 and up). In her new book, Magic in the Mix, Miri and Molly find themselves whisked back in time once again -- to the Civil War where they must race against the clock to save two very unusual soldiers. Miri and Molly know that "magic is just a way of setting things right," and it's up to them to help fit together the pieces of history in order to get back home. Brimming with drama both big and small, a historical backdrop, and spine-tingling action, Magic in the Mix will bring fans and new readers alike to Annie Barrows' world of twin-inspired magic!

Available for signing:

  • Magic in the Mix  $16.99
  • Magic Half  $16.99, $6.99p
  • Ivy & Bean (Book 1)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean & the Ghost That Had to Go (Book 2)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean Break the Fossil Record (Book 3)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Book 4)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean: Bound to Be Bad (Book 5)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Book 6)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean: What's the Big Idea? (Book 7)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean: No News Is Good News (Book 8)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean Make the Rules (Book 9)  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Ivy & Bean Take the Case (Book 10)  $14.99, $5.99p
 




Annie Barrows

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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, cbwchildrensbooks@gmail.com.


AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Mike Lupica
Friday, September 19, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 8 and up

Mike Lupica is one of the most prominent sports writers in America, and the author of best-selling sports novels for kids. His newest novel, Fantasy League, is a story of every football kid's dream come true. 12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback.

Available for signing:

  • Fantasy League  $17.99
  • QB 1  $17.99, $7.99p
  • Bat Boy  $7.99p
  • Big Field  $7.99p
  • Heat  $16.99, $7.99p
  • Hero  $17.99, $7.99p
  • Hot Hand  $6.99p
  • Long Shot  $6.99p
  • Million Dollar Throw  $7.99p
  • Miracle on 49th Street  $7.99p
  • Safe at Home  $9.99, $6.99p
  • Shoot Out  $7.99p
  • Travel Team  $17.99, $7.99p
  • True Legend  $7.99p
  • Two-Minute Drill  $9.99, $6.99p
  • Underdogs  $7.99p
 

Mike Lupica

Fantasy League

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STORYTIME & BOOK SIGNING
Aaron Becker
Friday, September 26*
Grades K-2
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details.

Aaron Becker, creator of Journey, a Caldecott Honor book, presents the next chapter in his stunning, visually captivating, wordless fantasy. A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination. Colored markers in hand, they make their own way through the portal, under the sea, through a tropical paradise, over a perilous bridge, and high in the air with the help of a winged friend.

Available for signing:

  • Quest  $15.99
  • Journey  $15.99
 

Aaron Becker

Quest

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Lucy Frank
Saturday, September 27, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 12 and up

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling, Lucy Frank's new novel-in-verse-at once literary and emotionally gripping-follows the unfolding friendship between two very different teenage girls who share a hospital room and an illness. Chess, the narrator, is sick, but with what exactly, she isn't sure. And to make matters worse, she must share a hospital room with Shannon, her polar opposite. Where Chess is polite, Shannon is rude. Where Chess tolerates pain silently, Shannon screams bloody murder. Where Chess seems to be getting slowly better, Shannon seems to be getting worse. How these teenagers become friends, helping each other come to terms with their illness, makes for a dramatic and deeply moving read.

Available for signing:

  • Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling  $16.99
 

Lucy Frank

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Cynthia Kadohata
Monday, September 29*
Grades 5-8
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details

A troubled kid discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in the moving middle-grade novel, Half a World Away. In this brilliant new offering from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, twelve-year-old Jaden, who was adopted from Romania when he was eight, knows he's an "epic fail.' He's sure that is why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby-to replace him. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing. But when they get to Kazakhstan, it turns out the infant they've travelled for has already been adopted, and his parents agonize when faced with having to choose from six other babies. Jaden is more interested in the toddlers. One, a little guy named Dimash, spies Jaden and barrels over to him every time he sees him. Jaden finds himself increasingly intrigued by and worried about Dimash. For the first time in his life, Jaden actually feels something that isn't pure blinding fury, and there's no way to control it, or its power.

Available for signing:

  • Half a World Away  $16.99
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam  $18.99, $7.99p
  • Kira-Kira  $16.95, $6.99p
  • Thing About Luck  $16.99, $7.99p
  • Weedflower  $19.99, $6.99p
 

Cynthia Kadohata

Half a World Away

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STORYTIME & BOOK SIGNING
Molly Idle
Thursday, October 2*
Ages 4-7
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details

Molly Idle's charming new book, Flora and the Penguin, is a follow-up to her Caldecott Honor winner Flora and the Flamingo. Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

Available for signing:

  • Flora and the Penguin  $16.99
  • Flora and the Flamingo  $16.99
  • Camp Rex  $16.99
  • Tea Rex  $16.99

Illustrated by Molly Idle:

  • Zombelina (written by Kristyn Crow)  $16.99
 

Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
M.A. Larson
Saturday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.
ages 10 & up

Join in celebrating the publication of local author M.A. Larson's exciting new book, Pennyroyal Academy, with a reading and opportunity to color your own dragon mask and make your own princess crown! Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights...Come one, come all! Set in Grimm's fairytale world, M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief. A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name "Evie," she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.

Available for signing:

  • Pennyroyal Academy   $16.99
 

M.A. Larson

Pennyroyal Academy

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Jennifer Holm
Tuesday, October 14*
Grades 4-7
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality and possibility in her new book, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He's bossy. He's cranky. And weirdly enough...he looks a lot like Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who's always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

Available for signing:

  • Fourteenth Goldfish  $16.99
  • Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf  $12.99, $7.99p
  • Our Only May Amelia  $6.99p
  • Trouble with May Amelia  $15.99, $5.99p
  • Penny from Heaven  $6.99p
  • Turtle in Paradise  $16.99, $6.99p
  • Squish 1: Super Amoeba  $6.99p
  • Squish 2: Brave New Pond  $6.99p
  • Squish 3: The Power of the Parasite  $6.99p
  • Squish 4: Captain Disaster  $6.99p
  • Squish 5: Game On  $6.99p
  • Squish 6: Fear the Amoeba  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 1: Queen of the World  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 2: Our Hero  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 3: Beach Babe  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 4: Rock Star  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 5: Heartbreaker  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 6: Camp Babymouse  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 7: Skater Girl  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 8: Puppy Love  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 9: Monster Mash  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 10: The Musical  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 11: Dragonslayer  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 12: Burns Rubber  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 13: Cupcake Tycoon  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 14: Mad Scientist  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 15: A Very Babymouse Christmas  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 16: For President  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 17: Extreme Babymouse  $6.99p
  • Babymouse 18: Happy Birthday, Babymouse  $6.99p
 

Jennifer Holm
Photo by Todd Rafalovich

The Fourteenth Goldfish

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Jacqueline Woodson
Saturday, October 18*
Ages 10 and up
*Private event; personalized signed books available for order

Children's Book World is honored to be hosting a Readers & Writers Rock! event with multi-award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Her honors include the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, three Newbery Honor Medals, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Jacqueline Woodson's outstanding new autobiographical book, Brown Girl Dreaming, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Available for signing:

  • Brown Girl Dreaming  $16.99
 

Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Ursula Vernon
Tuesday, October 21*
Grades 2 and up
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details.

The latest book in Ursula Vernon's popular Dragonbreath series is The Case of the Toxic Mutants. Who do you call when you have a really weird mystery involving mutants, toxic sludge, and enormous missing dentures? Detective Danny Dragonbreath, of course! He may not be as book smart as his nerdy friends Wendell and Christiana, but this dragon knows more about strange creatures and slimy things than anyone...and this case is really strange and slimy. Featuring Ursula Vernon's trademark comic book hybrid style, the Dragonbreath graphic novel series is guaranteed to make you laugh until smoke comes out your nose!

Available for signing:

  • Dragonbreath 1  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 2: Attack of the Ninja Frogs  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 3: Curse of the Were-Wiener  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 4: Lair of the Bat Monster  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 5: No Such Thing as Ghosts  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 6: Revenge of the Horned Bunnies  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 7: When Fairies Go Bad  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 8: Nightmare of the Iguana  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 9: Case of the Toxic Mutants  $12.99
 

Ursula Vernon

Dragonbreath

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AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Eleanor Glewwe
Saturday, October 25, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up

Join UCLA linguistics graduate student Eleanor Glewwe for a signing in celebration of her captivating first book, Sparkers. Marah Levi is a promising violinist who excels at school and can read more languages than most librarians. Even so, she has little hope of a bright future: she is a sparker, a member of the oppressed lower class in a society run by magicians. Then a mysterious disease hits the city of Ashara, turning its victims' eyes dark before ultimately killing them. As Marah watches those whom she loves most fall ill, she finds an unlikely friend in Azariah, a wealthy magician boy. Together they pursue a cure in secret, but more people are dying every day, and time is running out. Then Marah and Azariah make a shocking discovery that turns inside-out everything they thought they knew about magic and about Ashara, their home. Set in an imaginative world rich with language, lore, and music, this gripping adventure plunges the reader into the heart of a magical government where sparks of dissent may be even more deadly than the dark eyes. From Kirkus Reviews' starred review: "Social injustice is a rare theme in middle-grade fantasy, but Glewwe conveys the insidious poison of prejudice by grounding the narrative in evocative details...A compelling story on a difficult topic, addressed with maturity and grace."

Available for signing:

  • Sparkers  $16.99
 

Eleanor Glewwe

Sparkers

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