Author Events

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