Author Events

Caroline Arnold
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.
Ages: 4-8

Join award-winning local author Caroline Arnold for an introduction to her entertaining and informative new book, Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow. Kindergarteners raise butterflies from egg to adult in this close-up look at the insect life cycle. Follow a classroom of real kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity: raising butterflies. Astonishing photographs show the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult. Painted Lady Butterfly coloring fun will follow Caroline’s presentation.

Available for signing:

  • Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow $16.99

Kitty Felde

Kitty Felde
Saturday, March 30, 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-12

You may know Kitty Felde from public radio, but she writes books, plays and podcasts, too. Kitty Felde hosts the award-winning Book Club for Kids podcast–named one of the top 10 kidcasts in the world by The Times of London. Join the launch party celebration of the publication of her engrossing new middle grade mystery, Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza. Legend has it anyone who sees the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill will be cursed with bad luck. After Fina, the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman from California, encounters a mysterious cat, a string of disasters follows. The only way for Fina to save her family from future “cat”astrophe is to solve the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill. Come meet Kitty Felde and ask her about when she looked for the Demon Cat while covering Congress for public radio, and found the paw prints but not the cat. “A fun read disguised as a book for grade schoolers, it gives keen insight into the everyday workings of the U. S. Capitol and its inhabitants.”–Congressman David Dreier, former Chair of the House Rules Committee

Available for signing:

  • Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza $17.95

Chris Van Dusen
Tuesday, April 2, 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 3-8

Meet Chris Van Dusen and celebrate the joy of a new arrival in A Piglet Named Mercy! In a delightful origin story for the star of the enormously popular Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive–and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same. Join Chris for a reading, drawing demo, and more!

Available for signing:

Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

  • A Piglet Named Mercy $18.99
  • Mercy Watson Series:
    • #1 To the Rescue $14.99, $5.99p
    • #2 Goes for a Ride $5.99p
    • #3 Fights Crime $5.99p
    • #4 Princess in Disguise $5.95p
    • #5 Thinks Like a Pig $5.95p
    • #6 Something Wonky This Way Comes $5.99p

Written & Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen:

  • Circus Ship $16.99
  • Haddie and Hudson $16.99
  • If I Built a House $17.99
  • If I Built a Car $17.99, $8.99p
  • And more

Antoinette Portis
Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m.
Ages: 3-7

Join award-winning author/illustrator Antoinette Portis for a reading of her delightful new book, Hey, Water!, a drawing demonstration, and an activity where fans will be doing crayon drawings of their own.
Join a spunky young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water doesn’t always look the same, it doesn’t always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. Water can be a lake, it can be steam, it can be a tear, or it can even be a snowman. Hey, Water! is a gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book, complete with accessible back matter on the water cycle, water conservation, and more.

Available for signing:

  • Hey Water! $17.99
  • Best Frints at Skrool $17.99
  • Best Frints in the Universe $16.99
  • Froodle $17.99
  • Kindergarten Diary $12.99
  • Princess Super Kitty $16.41
  • Now $17.99
  • Not a Box $15.99
  • And more


Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, April 6, 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 7-14

Our 7th Poetry Slam will celebrate the spoken word and Women’s History Month with an opportunity for our wise and witty wordsmiths to shine a light on their rhyming rep, share their poems and compete for the title of Poet Laureate. Who are the women that inspire you? Mothers, sisters, teachers, or librarians. Aviators and astronauts or explorers and entertainers. Writers or fighters. Compose a tribute to the brave woman or women who have transformed your world for the better. Award winning author and poet, Hope Anita Smith, will host and judge our poets for their poem’s content and performance.

We are looking for poets alone or in a group, ages 7-14, to recite their original poem, rap, lyric, haiku, verse, sonnet, or other word collection. Each poet or poets will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyrics they’ve written.

Michael Paul
Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.
Ages: 2-6

Join Michael Paul for a fun-filled, interactive storytime reading of his new book, Chomp: A Shark Romp. Discover different species of sharks in this nonfiction picture book with simple text and bold illustrations. Some sharks are gentle, and some sharks are fierce. Some are awake in the day, and some are awake at night. Some eat almost anything, and some are very picky. Take young explorers on a deep dive through the ocean full of sharks!

Available for signing:

  • Chomp: A Shark Romp $16.99
  • Roar: A Dinosaur Tour $16.99




Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani
Friday, April 26*
Grades 5-8
*School event, public invited-ask for details

Veera Hiranandani’s 2019 Newbery Honor Book The Night Diary is a gripping work of historical fiction. It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together. Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future. From the reviews:

* “Believable and heartbreaking…A gripping, nuanced story of the human cost of conflict appropriate for both children and adults.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “This rich, compelling story, which speaks to the turbulence surrounding India’s independence and to the plight of refugees, should be in all libraries.”–School Library Journal, starred review

Available for signing:

  • The Night Diary $16.99, $8.99p




Vanessa Bayer
Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6

Pick out your favorite teddy bear and join us for a fun, pajama party-themed storytime event with actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer, who will be in Los Angeles celebrating the release of her debut picture book, How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear?, a heartwarming story about how to care for a friend in need. In addition to a reading, Vanessa will talk a bit about the personal inspiration behind the book and what she hopes readers will take away from it.

Following the story time there will be an opportunity to make get well cards for children at Los Angeles-area hospitals. There will also be a book signing and photo opportunity with Vanessa. Please have your camera ready once you reach the front of the line. This event is free and open to the public, but you MUST purchase a book in order to get in the signing line.

  • How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear? $16.99