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

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

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!)

*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 ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Magic Misfits. There will be no personalizations or signing line at the event.

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.

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

For those who can't attend,
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The Bad Mood and the Stick,

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