Author Events

Jo Ann Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy LAUNCH PARTY & BOOK SIGNING
Jo Ann Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy
Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10 & up

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality is stunning nonfiction in verse from a member of the Clinton 12, the first group of students to integrate a southern high school in 1956. Written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of those courageous students, and award-winning author Debbie Levy, this book brings Jo Ann’s story to life with a deft combination of historical context, striking emotions, and a lasting hope that will open the door for young readers to deeply consider this vital moment in United States history. Join the authors in conversation about this historical event and engrossing book. From the starred reviews:

—"…gems relevant to today’s politics, along with the narrator’s strong inner voice, make this offering stand out. Powerful storytelling of a not-so-distant past."—Kirkus, Starred Review

—"This story adeptly shows readers that, like the Clinton Twelve, they too can be part of something greater than themselves. A must-buy for tweens and teens…"—School Library Journal, Starred Review

Here is a brief video where actor Cameron Boyce and his sister Maya honor their grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, by talking about what she and the Clinton 12 did, and what it means to them today:

Available for signing:

  • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality $17.99


Michael D. McCarty
Saturday, February 9, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 5-105

Master storyteller Michael D. McCarty will present a program of stories from African American history and culture that will inform, educate and entertain. Come for the great stories and see Children’s Book World’s extensive Black History Month book display! Michael’s website:


Eugene Yelchin, February 15AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Eugene Yelchin
Friday, February 15*
Ages 8-12

*School event, public invited – ask for details

Author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin, winner of the Newbery Honor Award for Breaking Stalin’s Nose, has an exciting new middle-grade novel, Spy Runner, in which a boy stumbles upon a secret that jeopardizes American national security. This historical look at Russian-American relations is timely, with dark, grainy, layered photographs that add to the sense of time and place, perfect for this noir mystery.

From the reviews:
“Steeped in the paranoia and propaganda of the era, the noir tale draws parallels to the current political and social climate, nationalistic prejudices, and media-disseminated misinformation…Well-plotted and-paced, Yelchin’s thriller will be a favorite among readers who have an interest in history and intrigue.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“an escalating whirl of chases, crashes, threats, assaults, abductions, blazing gunplay, spies, and counterspies–along with revelations that hardly anyone, even Jake’s mom, is what they seem.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available for signing:

  • Spy Runner $17.99
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose $15.99, $7.99p


Michele Wong McSween
Saturday, February 16, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Michele Wong McSween, author of My First Mandarin Words with Gordon and Li Li! You’ll learn some Mandarin words and do a fun art project. Gordon and Li Li are cousins. Li Li is from Beijing, China, and speaks Mandarin. Gordon lives in Brooklyn, New York, and speaks English. When Li Li visits Gordon for the first time, the cousins must learn to communicate using simple, everyday words. Read along with Gordon and Li Li as they learn basic English and Mandarin words and their correct pronunciation. Each spread of this colorful, sturdy book spotlights a different theme, including greetings, everyday words, numbers, and animals. And every word features the English and Pinyin spelling along with the Chinese character and the phonetic Mandarin pronunciation to help readers practice.

Available for signing:

  • My First Mandarin Words with Gordon and Li Li $9.99





Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, February 16th, 2:30 pmHope Anita Smith
Ages 7-14

Two-time Coretta Scott King Award winning poet Hope Anita Smith will lead a poetry workshop for both budding and more experienced young poets. Join master teacher Ms. Smith in an afternoon session of word collecting, verse building, and solving the mysteries of meter. You will get a chance to create a short poem from scratch or work on a poem already in progress. This is a perfect practice session to prepare for our poetry slams in 2019.

Barbara Bottner
Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-7

Celebrate the publication of two wonderful new books by award-winning author Barbara Bottner! In the delightful Amy Is Famous, there’s nothing Amy likes more than being famous. It’s so fun to sign autographs for her bear, pose for photos with her parents, and she loves getting gold stars in class. But when a new girl comes to school, suddenly she’s the superstar, and Amy is just super jealous. It’s not until they spend time together that they discover something more meaningful than fame–friendship. Young readers will find comfort and humor in the charming What a Cold Needs. A girl learns that a cold needs a lot of things, as she waits for a bad case of the sniffles to run its course. What does a cold need? It needs a comfy bed by a window, warm socks, Grandma’s chicken soup, and plenty of Dad’s silly jokes.

Available for signing:

  • Amy is Famous $17.99
  • What a Cold Needs $17.99