Author Events

Matt de la Peña.

Matt de la Peña. Photo by Heather Waraksa

Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson
Thursday, October 18, 4:30 p.m.
Ages 4-8
Santa Monica Pico Branch Library
2201 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Please join Children’s Book World and the Santa Monica Pico Branch Library in welcoming the multiple award-winning team of author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson for a presentation and drawing demonstration. In Carmela Full of Wishes, their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book. When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement.

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson. Photo by John Kwiatkowski.

But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make. With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

Available for signing:

  • Carmela Full of Wishes $17.99
  • Last Stop on Market Street $17.99
  • Love $17.99
  • The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade $16.99

Spanish Language Editions:

  • Los Deseos De Carmela $17.99
  • Amor $17.99

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López
Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Ages 5-105
Crossroads Elementary School
1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica 90404

Join Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and award-winning illustrator Rafael López, for an evening of conversation, Q & A, and book signing. Featured will be their new book and much more. In The Day You Begin, Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. Harbor Me, Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since the National Book Award winning Brown Girl Dreaming, celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.

Rafael Lopez

Rafael lópez

Rafael López won Pura Belpré medals for Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta, and has also received three Pura Belpré honors, two Américas Book Awards, and the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. He’s a founder of San Diego’s Urban Art Trail movement, created seven US Postal Stamps, and created official posters for the ’08 and ’12 Obama-Biden campaigns.

Available for signing by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López:

  • The Day You Begin $18.99
  • El día en que descubres quién eres (Spanish edition)  $18.99

Available for signing by Jacqueline Woodson:

  • Harbor Me $17.99
  • And more $17.99

Kay SediaKay Sedia
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-7

Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead with world-renowned, multi-talented Kay Sedia! Come in costume and join our Children’s Book World costume parade. Enjoy funny and not too scary stories as Kay graciously shares her storytelling talents here at Children’s Book World.




Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14, sign up in advance to perform

Our 6th Poetry Slam is a celebration of the spoken word for the budding activist! We are looking for young poets, ages 7-14, in pursuit of a just society that protects basic human rights for all people. Let your voice sing and your words fly with inspirational verses of kindness, confidence, mindfulness, and change. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written. We will select one poet from each age group, judged on poem content and performance, to receive a $25 Children’s Book World gift certificate; all other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Call, come in, or send an email to to sign up to perform. This Poetry Slam has been inspired by a new collection of art, poems, letters, and stories called We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson. It features over 50 award winning poets, authors, and artists in collaboration to shine a light for in the midst of despair. Our judge, two-time Coretta Scott King Award winning poet Hope Anita Smith, will be signing her books and available for writing and performing tips to the participating poets.

Available for signing:

  • My Daddy Rules the World  $17.99
  • And more

Heather Alexander
Saturday, November 3, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 7-12

How well do you know your mythology? Norse vs. Greek myths! Join author Heather Alexander for a reading and a fun trivia game (with prizes!) based on her newest title in the “A Child’s Introduction” series! A Child’s Introduction to Norse Mythology: Odin, Thor, Loki, and Other Viking Gods, Goddesses, Giants, and Monsters, explores the popular and captivating world of Norse mythology. Organized into two parts, Part One introduces the gods and goddesses, frost and fire giants, cunning dwarves, and many other amazing creatures. Meet Odin, the leader of the Norse gods; Thor and his mighty hammer; trickster Loki: Frigg, weaver of the destinies of humans and gods; and even an eight-legged horse! In Part Two, the suspenseful myths come to life, including The Creation of the Cosmos, The Aesir-Vanir War, Loki Bound, and Thor’s Hammer. Come in costume as your favorite Norse character if you’d like and join in the fun!

Available for signing:

  • A Child’s Introduction to Norse Mythology $19.99
  • A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology $19.99
  • A Child’s Introduction to Art $19.99
  • A Child’s Introduction to Natural History $19.99
  • And more

Cynthia Leonor Garza

Cynthia Leonor Garza & Mista Cookie Jar
Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-8

Join Cynthia Leonor Garza, author of Lucia the Luchadora, and LA-based “kindie rocker,” Mista Cookie Jar, for a rollicking storytime! Lucía the Luchadora returns in a new adventure, Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks, a splendiferous follow-up to 2017’s smash hit Lucía the Luchadora, which was named one of the Best Books of the year by NPR and more. Lucía’s little sister Gemma wants to be a luchadora like her, but she is more bumble and splat than pizzazz, and seems to find trouble wherever she goes. Join Cynthia Leonor Garza for an interactive reading of Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks, coloring fun, and songs from Mista Cookie Jar! Mista Cookie Jar will be performing “Shine Your Light”, the first song on “Hold Tight, Shine Bright”, a compilation album with a basic goal in mind–the preservation and promotion of love, hope, and family. The proceeds from “Hold Tight, Shine Bright” will all go RAICES, Refugees and Immigration Center for Education Legal Services. RAICES is currently providing free and low-cost legal service to underserved immigrant children and families. We will have a collection jar for RAICES at the event.

Mista Cookie Jar

Mista Cookie Jar

Available for signing:

  • Lucia the Luchadora  $16.99
  • Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks  $16.99