Author Events

Janice Robinson-CelesteSTORYTIME & BOOK SIGNING
Janice Robinson-Celeste
Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6

Join author and early childhood specialist, Janice Robinson-Celeste as she reads her new book Big Kid: For when you’re feeling small in a BIG, BIG world. The delightful board book empowers young children and helps them to be brave while children learn pre-reading skills through repetition. Children will learn the Big Kid dance and song and participate in retelling Big Kid as a felt board story.

Available for signing:

  • Big Kid: For when you’re feeling small in a BIG, BIG world $9.99 board

Meg Medina
Monday, August 12, 6:00 p.m.
Ages 8-108

Meet award-winning author Meg Medina! Our fun-filled summer reading party and book talk will include music, snacks, talking with Meg about writing stories, and some special prizes for a few lucky readers. Some of our favorite Meg Medina books:


Merci Suárez Changes Gears
2019 Newbery Medal Winner
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, she’s not exactly like the other kids at Seaward Pines because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. At home, Merci’s most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely and no one in her family will tell her anything about what’s going on with her grandfather. In a coming of age story that features family, friends, frenemies–and ripped off eyebrows–we look at the confusion and constant change that define middle school and the steadfast connection that defines family. Ages 8-12



Burn Baby Burn
New York, summer 1977. Nora Lopez is seventeen, in love with both a new guy and disco music. But the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. And her troubles don’t even end there. Her brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, and her mother is helpless or unwilling to stop his decline. Life is a series of secrets, with tempers and temperatures running high. What will it take for Nora to survive? Ages 12 and up


Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
2014 Pura Belpré Award

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, much less what she’s done to get her mad. But Yaqui isn’t kidding around. Paddy tries to focus on finding out more about the father she’s never met and balancing honors courses with her job at the neighborhood hair salon, but avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. She’s forced to decide exactly who she is versus who others are trying to make her become–and ultimately discovers a rhythm that is all her own. Ages 12 and up



Available for signing:

  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears $16.99 hc
  • Burn Baby Burn $8.99 pb
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass $8.99 pb

Cassandra Federman, August 31STORYTIME & LAUNCH PARTY
Cassandra Federman
Saturday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-8

In the delightful This Is a Sea Cow, when an imaginative second-grader writes a school report about sea cows, the subject is not happy with her portrayal. Sea Cow–or Manatee, as she prefers to be called–comes to life on the pages of the report and decides to defend herself against unflattering comparisons to set the record straight with fascinating facts about manatees.

Available for signing:

  • This is a Sea Cow $16.99