Author Events

Susan Goldman Rubin
Saturday, March 17, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 10-14

In her fascinating new book, Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress, award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world. Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, Goldman Rubin traces Coco’s development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition. Coco Chanel focuses on the obstacles Chanel faced as a financially independent woman in an era when women were expected to marry; as well as her fierce competition with the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli; and some of her most memorable firsts for the fashion industry, including the little black dress.

  • Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress $18.99
  • Quilts of Gee’s Bend $21.95
  • Diego Rivera An Artist for the People  $22.95
  • and more







Junot Diaz
Tuesday, March 20*
*School event, public invited – call for details
Ages 6-9

From Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz comes a wonderful new picture book, Islandborn, about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” When Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island–she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories, Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.” Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us–to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Available for signing:

  • Islandborn $17.99







Andy Griffiths
Thursday, March 22, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12

We’ve hosted Andy before and the kids love him! Extremely popular author Andy Griffiths invites readers to come hang out with him and his friend Terry in The 78-Story Treehouse–the sixth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy and Terry’s signature slapstick humor! Andy and Terry live in a 78-story treehouse (it used to be a 65-story treehouse, but they just keep building more levels). It has a drive-thru car wash, a courtroom with a robot judge called Edward Gavelhead, a scribbletorium, a combining machine, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, a high-security potato chip storage facility, and an open-air movie theatre with a super-giant screen…and more!

*Design Your Own Treehouse Contest
Treehouse designs due to Children’s Book World by March 14
Kids ages 6 – 12 are invited to design their own dream treehouses–they can be drawings or models–that will be displayed in Children’s Book World’s front window from March 15-31. Each entry will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Children’s Book World Gift Certificate. Two winners will be drawn by Andy at the event. Andy will also select his favorite treehouse design, and the grand prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate and signed copy of The 78-Story Treehouse for their school library.

Available for signing:

  • The 78-Story Treehouse $13.99
  • The 65-Story Treehouse $7.99p
  • The 52-Story Treehouse $6.99p
  • The 39-Story Treehouse $6.99p
  • The 26-Story Treehouse $6.99p
  • The 13-Story Treehouse $6.99p



Schools Compete for Top Poet & Author Visit
Hope Anita Smith & & Chris Harris
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14

Hope Anita Smith

Hope Anita Smith

Our 5th Poetry Slam will celebrate the spoken word with an opportunity for our community schools to send us their wittiest and wisest wordsmiths to compete for the title of Poet Laureate and to shine a light on their school’s rhyming rep. Each school that chooses to participate can have a school or class competition to select up to two poets to represent them in our battle of the bards. We are looking for up to two word lovers per school, ages 7 – 14, to recite their original poem, rap, lyric, haiku, verse, sonnet, or other word collection. Each schools’ selected poets will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written.

We will select two Poet Laureate winners, judged on poem content and performance, to receive a $25 Children’s Book World gift certificate and a visit to their school from one of our judges, Hope Anita Smith or Chris Harris. All other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Call, come in, or send an email to to sign your school up to be represented.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris
Photo by Cliff Lipson.

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 books: Smith’s My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads, and Harris’ I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups.

Available for signing:

  • My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads $17.99
  • I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups $19.99