Author Events

Heather Alexander
Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-8

Ocean or Space: Which Team Are You On? How do fish breathe? Why is the ocean salty? Is there life on other planets? Why don’t astronauts burp in space? Enjoy a lively exploration of amazing ocean creatures and outer space discoveries in a fun, interactive presentation by author Heather Alexander, based on her two newest nonfiction books, Life On Earth: Ocean and Life On Earth: Space. Young kids will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and learn fantastic facts in a unique Ocean vs. Space Showdown. Each book in the Life on Earth series is filled with 100 questions and answers and more than 70 lift-flaps to be opened. With stunning, detailed illustrations throughout, these books are the perfect introduction to the topics for young children.

Available for signing:

  • Life on Earth: Ocean $12.99
  • Life on Earth: Space $12.99
  • Life on Earth: Human Body $12.99
  • Life on Earth: Dinosaurs $12.99
  • And more

Schools Compete for Top Poet & Author Visit
Hope Anita Smith & & Chris Harris
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14

Hope Anita Smith

Hope Anita Smith

Our 5th Poetry Slam will celebrate the spoken word with an opportunity for our community schools to send us their wittiest and wisest wordsmiths to compete for the title of Poet Laureate and to shine a light on their school’s rhyming rep. Each school that chooses to participate can have a school or class competition to select up to two poets to represent them in our battle of the bards. We are looking for up to two word lovers per school, ages 7 – 14, to recite their original poem, rap, lyric, haiku, verse, sonnet, or other word collection. Each schools’ selected poets will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written.

We will select two Poet Laureate winners, judged on poem content and performance, to receive a $25 Children’s Book World gift certificate and a visit to their school from one of our judges, Hope Anita Smith or Chris Harris. All other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Call, come in, or send an email to to sign your school up to be represented.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris
Photo by Cliff Lipson.

Our judges, two time Coretta Scott King Award winning poet Hope Anita Smith and Chris Harris, who has been called the 21st-century Shel Silverstein, will be signing their books: Smith’s My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads, and Harris’ I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups.

Available for signing:

  • My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads $17.99
  • I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups $19.99


Danica McKellar
Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4 & up

Join actress, math whiz, and bestselling author Danica McKellar for a reading, Q & A, and book signing at Children’s Book World. In her delightful new picture book in the McKellar Math series, Ten Magic Butterflies, readers will join ten flower friends for a night of excitement that mixes a little math with a lot of magic. As each flower turns into a butterfly, children will discover different ways to group numbers to create ten, an essential building block of math, all while watching each flower’s dream come true. Danica McKellar once again sneaks in secret math concepts to help make your child smarter and uses her proven math success to show children that loving numbers is as easy as a wave of a wand.

In 2007, Danica released her first book, Math Doesn’t Suck, for middle grade kids. Presenting math lessons in the style of a teen magazine, this groundbreaking book became an instant success. The mission of McKellar Math is to explain math concepts in fun, easy-to-digest ways with colorful analogies and simple tricks, and to show kids that math is an inherent part of the world around them. McKellar Math gives kids the tools they need to succeed in math and to build the confidence that comes from feeling smart.

Available for signing:

  • Ten Magic Butterflies $17.99
  • Goodnight Numbers $16.99, $8.99 board
  • Math Doesn’t Suck $16.00
  • Kiss My Math $16.00
  • Hot X: Algebra Exposed! $17.00
  • Girls Get Curves $17.00


Tony Abbott and Mordicai Gerstein
Mordecai Gerstein

Mordicai Gerstein

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Monday, May 21, 6:00 p.m.
Ages 10-adult

Please join us for an opportunity to meet and hear talks by two award-winning authors, Mordicai Gerstein and Tony Abbott! The Horace Mann Upstander Awards are given yearly to celebrate authors who publish fictional stories that encourage activism on the part of the protagonist. This year The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott is the winner of the book award and Mordicai Gerstein is the Life Time Achievement Award winner for his commitment to activism, and particularly for his latest book, The Boy and the Whale. The authors will discuss writing stories that encourage “upstander behavior” and will receive their awards from Antioch University Los Angeles. A Q & A and book signing session will follow the presentation.

Available for signing by Tony Abbott:

  • The Summer of Owen Todd  $17.99
  • And more

Available for signing by Mordicai Gerstein:

  • The Boy and the Whale $17.99
  • And more


Barney SaltzbergBarney Saltzberg
Wednesday, May 23*
Ages 4-7
*School event–public invited, call for details

Every brother and sister has Enough Is Enough! moments. Saltzberg, the author of Beautiful Oops!, in his delightful new book, offers a creative solution for how to stop a sibling squabble by exploring space, time, and the pleasures of a good story read together.

Enough is Enough

Buy this book online

Available for signing:

  • Enough is Enough! $16.99
  • Would You Rather Be a Princess of a Dragon $16.99
  • Beautiful Oops! $15.95
  • Crazy Hair Day $6.99p
  • And more



Rhode Montijo
Saturday, June 2, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 4-8

Celebrate the third book in the very popular Gumazing Gum Girl series, Popped Star, with author and illustrator Rhode Montijo! Gabby Gomez is back for more gum-tastic adventures! Gabby Gomez knows she needs to come clean with her family about her secret identity. But just as she works up the courage, trouble pops up again as Ninja-Rina twirls onto the scene! Has Gum Girl finally met her match? Is Ninja-Rina tutu much to handle? Buckle up for more flavored-packed action as Gum Girl takes on someone a little more her size. It’s another exciting adventure with the ever-elastic, super-stretchy superhero, Gum Girl!

Available for signing:
The Gumazing Gum Girl:

  • Book 3: Popped Star $14.99
  • Book 2: Gum Luck $14.99, $6.99p
  • Book 1: Chews Your Destiny $14.99, $5.99p



Kay Sedia
Saturday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.Kay SediaAges 3-103

Celebrate Pride Month at Children’s Book World with world-renowned, multi-talented Kay Sedia! Kay Sedia was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the youngest of 18 children and the prettiest of them all. So pretty, in fact, that she won the title and crown of Miss Tijuana Natural Springs Water, “The water that springs right thru you”. She then turned to high fashion modeling where she could make lots of money using her stylish good looks and charming personality. She had huge success with modeling girdles in The Penny Saver Magazine. After being spotted there she was asked to join the crime-fighting trio Chico’s Angels. Kay moonlights and makes a modest living selling Tupperware ( to helpless homemakers: maybe you saw her trying to help those “The Real Housewives of Orange County” (season 5 episode 9). Kay lives her life as a Detective/Model/Tupperware Sales Lady, and will graciously be sharing her immense storytelling talents here at Children’s Book World. Please join us for a rollicking good time!


Kelly YangKelly Yang
Saturday, June 9, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

In Kelly Yang’s outstanding new middle grade novel, Front Desk, ten-year-old Chinese immigrant Mai Tang has a lot of secrets. She lives in the Calivista Motel and manages the front desk while her parents clean the rooms (and hide other immigrants). It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, and go for her dream of being a writer?

Front Desk

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Available for signing:

  • Front Desk $16.99