Author Events

Megan McDonaldJUDY MOODY TEA PARTY & BOOK SIGNING
Megan McDonald
Friday, September 14, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 6-10

You are most cordially invited to a Judy Moody tea party! Join author Megan McDonald to hear about the latest Judy Moody adventure, Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party. In the 14th book in the series, Judy’s class is making family trees when Judy stumbles on the most jolly smashing discovery of all time: she may be related to the Queen of England! But as with all things Judy Moody, it’s a little more complicated than it seems, and Judy’s dreams of grandeur quickly turn into a royal mess. Wear your tea party hats, or make one at our crafts table. Treats and party favors for all!
Available for signing:

  • Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party $15.99
  • Stink: Hamlet and Cheese $14.99
  • And more

Julissa Arce

Photo by Vincent Remini

AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Julissa Arce
Friday, September 21
Grades 5-8
*School event, public invited–call for details

From social justice advocate and national bestselling author Julissa Arce comes Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream, the moving true story about her journey to belong in America while growing up undocumented in Texas. Born in Taxco, Mexico, Julissa Arce had to share her parents with America from the age of three. Her parents made trips to different parts of the United States to sell silver, often spending weeks and even months away. That is until one day they decided to bring Julissa to Texas to live with them. From then on, Julissa would spend days gripped with fear as she secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. This at times heart-wrenching, but always inspirational story takes readers deep into the world of a new generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today. Julissa went on to become a scholarship winner, an honors college graduate, and Wall Street executive.

Available for signing:

  • Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream $16.99


Jamie Lee CurtisREADING & BOOK SIGNING
Jamie Lee Curtis
Saturday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-8

Join author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis for a fun-filled reading of her delightful new book, Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale! “Mom is old-fashioned. She likes things hand sewn. To make her more modern, we bought a smartphone.” For Mom’s birthday, her kids are excited to teach her how to take selfies with her new smartphone. At first, it’s lots of fun for the whole family. Soon, driven to take the perfect selfie, Mom begins to document everything, from ski team practice to dance class, and even photo-bombing someone’s wedding―until her daughter reminds her that maybe this smartphone wasn’t the best gift after all. In a world obsessed with self-documentation comes a tale that shows us with humor and love that the best things happen while the smartphone is turned off.

To welcome Ms. Curtis, Children’s Book World will be displaying selfies of kids (of all ages) with their favorite book in our front window. Selfies need to be printed out, any size up to 8 ½ x 11. Please get your selfies to us between August 20th–September 15th and we’ll post them in our front window.

        

Available for signing:

  • Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale  $17.99
  • And more

Lorri HornAUTHOR TALK & BOOK LAUNCH
Lorri Horn
Saturday, September 22, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

Lorri Horn’s very funny new book, Dewey Fairchild, Teacher Problem Solver, is the follow-up to Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was included in its list of the “Best Middle Grade Books of 2017.” In the latest book, our genius problem solver, Dewey, takes up the challenge of troublesome teachers after a client shows up desperate to pacify his teacher. It turns out that tons of kids have problem teachers, so he’s soon up to his neck in cases―from classic cases of teachers who are soo boring to bizarre cases like the teacher who leaves students scared of water―even water fountains.

Available for signing:

  • Dewey Fairchild, Teacher Problem Solver $13.99
  • Dewey Fairchild Parent Problem Solver $13.99

Shannon & Dean Hale

Shannon & Dean Hale

LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham

AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Shannon & Dean Hale & LeUyen Pham
Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 5-8

Come for a fun-filled time with the creators of the extremely popular Princess in Black books, co-authors Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham. In the new sixth book in the series, The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare, it’s mayhem at the fair! When a squishy goo monster unexpectedly gets created and wreaks havoc, it’s a challenge that calls for the Princess in Black and her friend Princess in Blankets. But will two masked heroes be enough to save the science fair? A little scientific problem-solving — and a lot of princess power — saves the science fair and makes for a rollicking read! Come to Children’s Book World to make a mask of your own and meet the creators of the wonderful Princess in Black books.

Available for signing:

  • The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare $14.99
  • And more

David Shannon

Photo by Blue Trimarchi.

STORYTIME & BOOK SIGNING
David Shannon
Saturday, September 29, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Meet author David Shannon and hear him share his exhilarating new book, Grow Up, David! Little brother antics have never been so endearing–or true to life! David Shannon’s beloved character, in his bestselling book No, David!, captures the attention and hearts of young children. Readers relish David’s exuberance, defiance, and wildly energetic curiosity, and when there’s trouble, you can bet “David did it!” In the new book, Grow Up, David!, he’s now taunting his older brother by eating his Halloween candy, making a bathroom mess, and following him up the tree house. “You’re too little!” won’t stop David’s tricks in this “read it again” favorite. With millions of copies in print and four sequels, No, David! hit the ground running in 1998 and was a Caldecott Honor Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and a classic for 20 years.

No David! is based on a book the author wrote and illustrated when he was five. To welcome David Shannon we are inviting kids to submit “No, (your name)” self-portraits of themselves to be displayed in Children’s Book World’s front window. Please get your self-portraits to us between August 20th – September 21th and we’ll post them in our front window.

Available for signing:

  • Grow Up, David! $17.99
  • No David! $17.99, $6.99 board book
  • And more


Jessie Sima

Photo by Tony Williams

AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Jessie Sima
Tuesday, October 2*
Ages 4-8
*School event, public invited–ask for details

From bestselling illustrator Jessie Sima and author Christian Trimmer comes Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies, an adorable and imaginative twist on the tale of Snow White…with lots more ponies! Sweet Snow Pony is loved by all for her beautiful coat as white as snow and her mane as black as ebony. But not everyone loves Snow Pony. Jealous Queenie hatches an evil plan to make Snow Pony run away from the stable by planting a trail of apples into the woods and before long Snow Pony is lost! Full of delicious apples but all alone in the woods, Snow Pony stumbles upon the home of seven miniature ponies. Will her new friends help her find her way home? Or will the evil Queenie get her way?

Available for signing:

  • Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies (written by Christian Trimmer) $17.99
  • Harriet Gets Carried Away $17.99
  • Not Quite Narwhal $17.99


Drew DaywaltSTORYTIME & BOOK SIGNING
Drew Daywalt
Saturday, October 6, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-8

Celebrate Children’s Book World’s 32nd birthday with Drew Daywalt, author of the best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit. Laugh through a reading of his hilarious new bedtime story, Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy. Roderick hates going to bed, and the young boy has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick’s loving parents–fed up with the distractions and demands of his anti-bedtime ritual–decide to get him Sleepy the stuffed animal to cuddle with and help him wind down. But Sleepy turns out to have sleep avoidance tricks of his own, and the exhaustion of the tables-turned situation is what finally gets Roderick to sleep.

Available for signing:

  • Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy $16.99
  • Day the Crayons Quit $17.99
  • Day the Crayons Came Home $18.99
  • Legend of Rock Paper Scissors $17.99
  • And more


Betty Birney, October 6AUTHOR TALK & SINGALONG & BOOK SIGNING
Betty G. Birney
Saturday, October 6, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 6-11

BING-BANG-BOING! Classroom pet Og the Frog takes center stage as author Betty G. Birney introduces Life According to Og the Frog, the first book in a brand-new offshoot of her popular According to Humphrey series. She’ll let us in on Og’s rollicking former life in the swamp, his take on his furry, squeaky neighbor and his surprising fondness for writing poems and stories. Join the frog-tastic fun as we celebrate Children’s Book World’s 32nd birthday–or “Hatchday” as they say in the swamp–with a rousing singalong of some of Og’s greatest hits!

Available for signing:

  • Life According to Og the Frog $16.99
  • World According to Humphrey $5.99p
  • Friendship According to Humphrey $5.99p
  • Trouble According to Humphrey  $5.99p
  • And more


Cressida CowellAUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Cressida Cowell
Tuesday, October 9*
Ages 8-12
*School event, public invited–ask for details

From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, set in a magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites. This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison. But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together and they will need to cast aside their differences once more–for an Evil Spell has broken free. Cressida Cowell brings her trademark wit to this spellbinding sequel to the exciting The Wizards of Once.

Available for signing:

  • The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic $17.99
  • The Wizards of Once $17.99, $7.99p
  • And more


Aubre AndrusCRAFTING SESSION & BOOK SIGNING
Aubre Andrus
Saturday, October 13, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 6-12

Join award-winning author Aubre Andrus in a free crafting session inspired by her new book, Lonely Planet Kids’ 101 Small Ways to Change the World. All ages are invited to decorate a reusable tote bag and learn tips for packing a waste-free lunch. 101 Small Ways to Change the World is filled with loads of awesome ways kids can help out family, friends, themselves, and the planet–and it shows kids they’re never too young to make a big difference.

Available for signing:

  • 101 Small Ways to Change the World $14.99


Val Emmich

Val Emmich

AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Val Emmich, Benji Pasek & Justin Paul
Tuesday, October 16*
Grades 8-12
*School event, public invited–ask for details

Dear Evan Hansen: the Novel expands upon the six time Tony Award-winning musical’s characters and
storyline, inviting readers to delve deeper into this timely and important story about loneliness, anxiety, and suicide prevention in the age of constant connection. With an honest and emotionally wrenching portrayal of the teenage psyche, Dear Evan Hansen: the Novel is a collaboration between the three original creators of the musical, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and acclaimed novelist Val Emmich. The team was inspired to create a novel to meet the overwhelming response from people all over the world who have been impacted by the songs, many of whom do not have access to the musical.

Benji Pasek & Justin Paul

Benji Pasek & Justin Paul


Available for signing (no personalization):

  • Dear Evan Hansen: the Novel $18.99

Matt de la Peña.

Matt de la Peña. Photo by Heather Waraksa

AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson
Thursday, October 18, 4:30 p.m.
Ages 4-8
Santa Monica Pico Branch Library
2201 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Please join Children’s Book World and the Santa Monica Pico Branch Library in welcoming the multiple award-winning team of author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson for a presentation and drawing demonstration. In Carmela Full of Wishes, their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book. When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement.

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson. Photo by John Kwiatkowski.

But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make. With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

Available for signing:

  • Carmela Full of Wishes $17.99
  • Last Stop on Market Street $17.99
  • Love $17.99
  • The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade $16.99

Spanish Language Editions:

  • Los Deseos De Carmela $17.99
  • Amor $17.99


Yuyi Morales, October 20AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Yuyi Morales
Saturday, October 20, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 4-8

Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in Dreamers, an exquisitely illustrated picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope and reading. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of book that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.

Available for signing:

  • Dreamers $18.99
  • Soñadores (Spanish-language edition of Dreamers) $18.99
  • And more


HALLOWEEN & DAY OF THE DEAD STORYTIME
Kay SediaKay Sedia
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead with world-renowned, multi-talented Kay Sedia! Come in costume and join our Children’s Book World costume parade. Enjoy funny and not too scary stories as Kay graciously shares her storytelling talents here at Children’s Book World.

 

 

 


Hope Anita SmithPOETRY SLAM 6: WE RISE WE RESIST WE RAISE OUR VOICES
Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14, sign up in advance to perform

Our 6th Poetry Slam is a celebration of the spoken word for the budding activist! We are looking for young poets, ages 7-14, in pursuit of a just society that protects basic human rights for all people. Let your voice sing and your words fly with inspirational verses of kindness, confidence, mindfulness, and change. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written. We 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 cbwchildrensbooks@gmail.com to sign up to perform. This Poetry Slam has been inspired by a new collection of art, poems, letters, and stories called We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson. It features over 50 award winning poets, authors, and artists in collaboration to shine a light for in the midst of despair. Our judge, two-time Coretta Scott King Award winning poet Hope Anita Smith, will be signing her books and available for writing and performing tips to the participating poets.

Available for signing:

  • My Daddy Rules the World  $17.99
  • And more