Children's Book World

Author Events

Barney Saltzberg
Saturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Join beloved author/illustrator/singer/songwriter Barney Saltzberg for a rollicking storytime filled with stories and songs! See his new books, the charming Chengdu Can Do and My Book of Beautiful Oops! In Chengdu Can Do, the young panda can do many things by himself. He can get down from his branch, and he can look for breakfast. Chengdu can jump, he can push, and he can pull. He can climb, he can stretch, and he can swing. But sometimes even the most capable young panda could use a little help. The gentle text is a delight to hear read aloud, and a variety of fold-out pages add to the fun. My Book of Beautiful Oops! is an interactive journal for young artists to personalize. It is a companion to Barney's Beautiful Oops!, the bestseller that beautifully conveys the idea that every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful!

Available for signing:

  • My Book of Beautiful Oops!  $15.95
  • Beautiful Oops!  $14.95
  • Chengdu Can Do  $16.99
  • Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep  $16.99
  • Would You Rather Be a Princess of a Dragon  $16.99
  • Crazy Hair Day  $6.99p
  • and more

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,

Elise Allen & Daryle Conners
Saturday, July 15, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

Meet the authors of Gabby Duran: Multiple Mayhem, the third book in the fun middle grade series about a twelve-year-old super babysitter among humans and intergalactics alike! Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, Sitter to the Unsittables, has proven herself an integral member of A.L.I.E.N.--the Association Linking Intergalactics and Earthlings as Neighbors. She's about to face one of her most challenging clients, named One, and he's a member of the Tridecalleon species. While One and his parents present the appearance of a normal, human family, they have some intriguing qualities that make caring for their young a unique challenge. For this job, Gabby's allowed to get help from her friends Satchel and Zee. After all, a babysitter only has so many hands. (Unless, of course, he or she is a Flarknartian.)

Available for signing:

  • Gabby Duran: Multiple Mayhem (Book 3) $16.99
  • Gabby Duran: Troll Control (Book 2) $7.99p
  • Gabby Duran and the Unsittables (Book 1) $7.99p

Antoinette Portis
Saturday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Join award-winning author/illustrator Antoinette Portis for a reading of her delightful new book, Now, a drawing demonstration, and an activity where fans will be doing crayon drawings of their own. Now, a stunningly illustrated, clever and poignant picture book, follows a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.

Available for signing:

  • Now  $17.99
  • Best Frints in the Universe  $16.99
  • Kindergarten Diary  $12.99
  • Not A Box  $15.99
  • Princess Super Kitty  $14.99
  • and more

Erica Silverman
Saturday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Celebrate with Erica Silverman, award-winning author of the Halloween classic Big Pumpkin and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, the publication of the latest offering in her charming beginning chapter book series Lana's World. In Let's Go to the Moon, when Lana suggests a family adventure to the moon, Papa, Mama, Jay, Ray, and even Furry the dog, have excuses not to go. But that's not enough to stop the imaginative and resourceful Lana from rocketing into space and ultimately getting her whole family to blast off with her.

Available for signing:

  • Lana's World: Let's Go to the Moon  $12.99, $3.99p
  • Lana's World: Let's Go Fishing  $3.99p
  • Lana's World: Let's Have a Parade  $3.99p
  • Wake Up City  $16.99
  • Big Pumpkin  $6.99p
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa  $5.95p
  • Hannukah Hop!  $12.99
  • and more

Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14

Join award-winning author Hope Anita Smith for a poetry slam where every young poet has a voice. We are looking for sixteen poets, divided in two groups, ages 7-10 and ages 11 - 14. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they've written. The theme of this poetry slam is citizenship, civic responsibility, standing up for your rights, and what it means to be an American. Ms. Smith will select one 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. Don't throw away your shot! Come join the fun and hear the voices of some exciting new poets and rhymesters!


Hope Anita Smith

Chris Colfer
Monday, July 31, 7:00 p.m.
Landmark Regent Theatre*
1045 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

#1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer returns on tour for the sixth and final book in The Land of Stories series! Join us for an interactive event that will include: a reading from Chris, audience Q&A, The Land of Stories Trivia, a costume contest, and prizes. This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

Tickets available in-store at Children's Book World (sorry no phone orders), on-line below, and at the event (subject to availability). Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide and a raffle ticket for the V.I.P meet-and greet. There will be no signing line at the event. Pre-signed copies of all titles from the Land of Stories series will be available for purchase at the event. For those who can't attend, pre-signed copies of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide can be ordered at Children's Book World and picked up after the event.

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Chris Colfer
Photo by Brian Bowen Smith.

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