Children's Book World

Author Events

Jolene and Justin Thompson
Saturday, September 10, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-8

Celebrate the publication of Faraway Fox with a reading and fun activity. In this beautifully illustrated picture book by local authors Jolene and Justin Thompson, as Fox wanders through a strange landscape, he cannot help but be reminded of the streams, the trees, and the family he once knew. Fox would like nothing more than to return to his home, but it seems the cityscape has built up around him. Follow Fox as he looks for a way back home to the wild green land where every fox belongs.

Available for signing:

  • Faraway Fox  $17.99

Faraway Fox

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We happily take advance phone and website orders for autographed books up until the day before the signing for those who can't attend.


Jolene Thompson
Jolene Thompson

Justin Thompson
Justin Thompson

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,

Chris Hadfield
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.*
Saint Timothy Church
10425 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
*Ticketed event

Internationally bestselling author and beloved astronaut Chris Hadfield is proud to present his debut children's book The Darkest Dark. Hadfield is one of the world's most accomplished astronauts, and is the author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. The Darkest Dark tells the story of a young boy who must overcome his fear of the dark to become the astronaut he dreams of being. An evening with Chris Hadfield will inspire young readers and readers young at heart to dream the impossible. Chris will talk about his experience of becoming an astronaut and exploring space, give a lively reading, answer questions from the audience and personalize books for attendees.

Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station, where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," has had over 30,000 million views. Check it out:

*Ticketed event - tickets available beginning Tuesday, August 16, in-store at Children's Book World (sorry no phone orders), online below, and at the event (subject to availability). Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Darkest Dark. Pre-signed books will also be available for purchase at the event.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can order presigned copies of Chris Hadfield's book here.

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Chris Hadfield

The Darkest Dark

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You Are Here

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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We happily take advance phone and website orders for autographed books up until the day before the signing for those who can't attend.

Spanish Music Fun with Isabel Brazon
Lil' Libros Book Signing with Patty Rodriquez & Arianna Stein

Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.
All ages

Please join us for a fun, educational morning, beginning with a rollicking mini-concert with Isabel Brazon, the creator of Baila Baila Spanish Music for kids. Come sing and dance while you learn some Spanish in this very interactive and dynamic 30 minute show. Following the mini-concert will be a book signing with Patty Rodriquez and Arianna Stein, authors of a series of strikingly illustrated bilingual first concept books from Lil' Libros.

Available for signing:

  • Counting With/Contando Con Frida  $9.99 board
  • Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras  $9.99 board
  • La Llorona: Counting Down/Contando Hacia Atrás  $9.99 board
  • Loteria: First Words/Primeras Palabras  $9.99 board
  • Lucha Libre: Anatomy/Anatomia  $9.99 board
  • Zapata: Colors/Colores  $9.99 board

Isabel Brazon
Isabel Brazon

Patty Rodriquez & Arianna Stein
Patty Rodriquez & Arianna Stein


Christian Robinson
Tuesday, September 27*
Ages 4-8
*School event, public invited - please call for details

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? Multiple award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, recipient of a 2016 Caldecott Honor Medal, brings his immense talents to School's First Day of School, a delightful new picture book by Adam Rex about a new school with first day jitters.

Available for signing:

  • School's First Day of School  $17.99

Kami Garcia and Anna Todd In Conversation
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.*
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90401

6:30-7:30: Author Talk + Audience Q&A - This part of the event is free and open to the public.

*7:30-8:30: Book Signing - This part of the event requires a ticket.

Join Kami Garcia and Anna Todd in conversation to celebrate their new young adult novels, The Lovely Reckless and Nothing More.

Event & Ticket Guidelines:

  • The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
  • Tickets are required to join the signing line.
  • Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of either The Lovely Reckless or Nothing More from Children's Book World online, in store, or at the event.
  • Readers who purchase a ticket for the signing line may bring up to two books from home for every one book purchased from Children's Book World. VIP ticket holders may bring up to five books from home.
  • VIP wristbands are available for the signing (details below). Only 100 VIP wristbands are available.

VIP Ticket & Exclusive Pre-order Opportunity:

  • Books & tickets are now available to pre-order from Children's Book World, in store or online using the "Get Tickets link" below.
  • 100 VIP wristbands are available with the pre-order purchase of one book from each author (The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia and Nothing More by Anna Todd) from Children's Book in store or on line. VIP wristband holders may bring up to five books from home and will be given priority line placement as the first 100 people in the autographing line.
  • VIP wristband holders will also be granted access to an exclusive VIP reception, in which attendees can mingle directly with Kami Garcia and Anna Todd before the book talk (from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.)

Please keep checking this page for further guidelines as the event date approaches.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can order signed copies of The Lovely Reckless and Nothing More.


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