Just hanging with Neil Gaiman.

Signed copies of Neil’s new book Chu’s First Day of School are now available here http://www.booksofwondershop.com/chu-s-school.aspx

Meet 8 Authors and Artists @ the July Picture Book Bonanza this Sunday!

The very next day, Sunday, July 13th, we come unglued and get ready for a picture book event your young readers and listeners will not want to miss. Join us as EIGHT talented authors and artists take the stage at Books of Wonder to share their wonderful new books with young fans!


Sunday at Books of Wonder it’s an afternoon full of picture book fun for everyone, as this month’s Picture Book Bonanza brings EIGHT talented and captivating authors and artists to share their great new books with your young readers and listeners. So get ready for a blast beginning at 1pm, as author and illustrator LEEZA HERNANDEZ brings us her purr-fectly hilarious picture book Cat Napped, the tale of a curious cat that winds up on a very unexpected adventure; author SUSAN LURIE and award-winning photographer MURRAY HEAD make a splash with Swim, Duck, Swim, the story of a duckling that does not like being told what to do, featuring photos of Central Park ducks; New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author BRUCE ERIC KAPLAN makes peace with Meaniehead, the laugh-out-loud story of siblings who just can’t get along and inadvertently draw everyone into the squabble; NY Times bestselling author and artist WILLIAM LOW introduces Daytime Nighttime, his latest masterfully illustrated title featuring diurnal and nocturnal animals reveling in their elements; award-winnnig artist WENDELL MINOR shares Galapagos George, written by late Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George, this is the story of the famous Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who was the last of his species, lived to be one hundred years old, and became known as the rarest creature in the world; NY Times bestselling author and artist DAVID SOMAN sets sail with Three Bears in a Boat, the epic picture book adventure of three bear siblings and their unforgettable voyage to replace their mother’s favorite blue seashell; and actress and debut author IONE SKY takes us along for My Yiddish Vacation, in which siblings visit their grandparents in Florida and get a crash course in some great Yiddish terms along the way. These 8 authors and artists will have picture book lovers captivated with all the great new books and stories they have to share. Beginning at 1pm, the authors and artists will present their new books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles. Ages 3-6. Sunday, July 13th, 1-3pm.

                           

             

          

     

Popular pre-orders now available from Books of Wonder!

As you know, we are always hard at work bringing you the best children’s literature to share with all the young readers in your life. When possible we are proud to offer you — our friends and supporters — signed copies of the most anticipated upcoming titles. Here are some of the wonderful soon-to-be-released titles you won’t want to miss that we are now offering for pre-order, all signed by their bestselling authors and artists!  

Chu’s First Day of School
Signed by #1 NY Times bestselling author
NEIL GAIMAN
Last year we met a lovable little panda with a huge sneeze. Now Chu isback for an all new adventure — his first day of school! With rich illustrations by ADAM REX and short and sweet text from NEIL GAIMAN, your picture book lovers will not want to miss Chu’s First Day of School! 32pp.
PRICE: $17.99
Estimated ship date: Late July (subject to change).
 
Once Upon an Alphabet
Signed by #1 NY Times bestselling artist
OLIVER JEFFERS
From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, Once Upon an Alphabet is a creative tour de force from A through Z. Slyly funny in a way kids can’t resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way that will delight readers of all ages, this series of interconnected stories and characters will forever raise the bar for alphabet books! OLIVER JEFFERS has created a stunning collection of words and artwork that is a story book, alphabet book, and gorgeously designed art book all in one. All ages! 112pp.
PRICE: $26.99 
Estimated ship date October 14th.
The Young Elites 
Signed by NY Times bestselling author
MARIE LU
A decade ago, a deadly illness swept through the nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Some of the survivors are rumored to posses more than just scars, they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts. Though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Get ready, teen readers — MARIE LU is back and the first book in her new series is sure to have fans in a reading frenzy as they navigate the powerful and palpable new world she has created!  368 pp. 
And don’t miss the Launch Party for The Young Elites with MARIE LU at Books of Wonder on Tuesday, October 7th, 6-8pm
PRICE: $18.99 
Estimated ship date October 8th.
Heir of Fire 
Signed by NY Times bestselling author
SARAH J. MAAS
The bestselling Throne of Glass series that has captured readers allover the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall teen readers from start to finish. 
PRICE: $17.99
Estimated ship date September 3rd.
Sunday is Father’s Day, and Books of Wonder is thrilled to invite the whole family to an interactive afternoon picture book extravaganza; a great way to celebrate the start of dad’s special day! Join us for a … 

Get Ready to meet a pet raptor, some monsters, and a jazz musician who claimed he was from Saturn, this Sunday, June 15th, when three wonderful picture book creators take the stage for a Picture Book Showcase. Join us beginning at 1pm, as NY Times bestselling author and illustrator (and former Books of Wonder staffer) GEORGE O’CONNOR shares If I Had a Raptor, the spunky and imaginative tale of a little girl who dreams of the best pet ever - a fuzzy baby raptor; two time Caldecott medalist CHRIS RASCHKA taps the beat of The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening, a colorful celebration of the life of jazz great Sun Ra, just in time to mark the centennial of the musician’s birth; and author and illustrator A.J. SMITH delivers frights and giggles with Even Monsters, a hilarious, family-friendly book which makes us think about monsters in a new way. These wonderfully talented authors and artists will read their new books aloud, play an interactive drawing game with the audience, and sign copies of all their great titles! And see below for a special Father’s Day gift we have for all the dads (or moms) who attend! Ages 3-6. Sunday, June 15th, 1-3pm.

             

                                

And as a special gift to all the fathers in attendance, or the moms that let the dads stay home and rest, we are delighted to offer them their choice of one of these books FREE, as a Fathers Day present from Books of Wonder!

Meet & Hear from Caldecott Honor artist Jon J Muth!

For nearly a decade, young readers and listeners have been enchanted by Caldecott Honor artist and author, JON J. MUTH's award-winning picture books about Stillwater, the gentle panda, who teaches three children through stories about eastern philosophy. Now, JON J. MUTH introduces us to a new panda — Koo — who delights in and celebrates the seasons through the ancient, graceful form of Japanese poetry known as haiku. This Saturday, June 7th, we are thrilled to invite your young readers and listeners to meet, hear, and interact with Caldecott Honor artist and author JON J. MUTH as he presents his latest title, Hi, Koo! and dazzles us with a live demonstration of his award-winning watercolor technique!  

                    

Book lovers of all ages are in for a special treat this Saturday afternoon, as we welcome NY Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor artist and author Jon J. Muth as he presents his latest book, Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons. Featuring twenty-six gentle, enchanting haiku, this collection — highlighted by Muth’s graceful, glowing watercolors — is sure to stretch young minds and send their imaginations soaring! Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an afternoon with this bestselling picture book creator as he gives us a special watercolor painting demonstration — showing your young artists how he creates his dazzling watercolors, answers questions from the audience, and signs copies of all his fabulous books. And don’t forget to check out our wonderful displays of haikus about the seasons, all written by Grade 3 students from the British International School of New York!  All Ages. Saturday, June 7th, 1-3pm.

May Picture Book Bonanza @BooksofWonder Tomorrow 1pm!

We kick off the weekend with a sweet picture book treat, as SIX talented authors and artists join us to share their latest creations with your young readers and listeners at the… 

Picture book fun galore is exactly what’s in store at Books of Wonder this Saturday afternoon. Join us beginning at 1pm, as artist CATIA CHIEN shares the real-life tale of A Boy and a Jaguar, revealing how Dr. Alan Rabinowitz (the author) began his life-long connection to big cats; author JASON CARTON EATON gives directions for How to Train a Train, the book for every young reader who wants to know how to find, keep, and train their very own pet train; author & illustrator VINCENT X. KIRSCH introducesFreddie & Gingersnap, the story of a little dinosaur and a little dragon who learn that before they can soar, they must learn to work together; NY Times bestselling picture book duo ADAM RUBIN & DANIEL SALIEMRIuncover Big Bad Bubble, which takes readers to La La Land, the secret place bubbles go when they are popped; and debut picture book authorKABIR SEHGAL introduces A Bucket of Blessings, a little-known legend from India in which Monkey and his animal friends attempt to break a dry spell and coax the rain to come anyway they can. These five wonderful picture books and their SIX talented creators are sure to provide your young readers and listeners with an afternoon full of fun and reading excitement. Join us beginning at 1pm, as the authors and artists share their new books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful works. Ages 3-7. Saturday, May 10th, 1-3pm. 

            

              

                                  

This Wednesday Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri celebrate the launch of Big Bad Bubble @BooksofWonder!

First they introduced us to taco-loving dragons, then a very secretive pizza-craving raccoon, and this Wednesday evening the NY Times bestselling picture book duo of author ADAM RUBIN and artist DANIEL SALMIERI invite readers to a Launch Party to discover exactly what is so scary about a…

Have you ever wondered where a bubble goes when it gets popped? You may think that it just disappears, but it doesn’t. It makes its way to the land of monsters — and believe it or not, monsters are really scared of bubbles! Picture book lovers of all ages will adore the unique illustrations and hilariously conveyed message of overcoming fears that NY Times bestselling picture book creators ADAM RUBIN & DANIEL SALMIERI have delivered with their new book Big Bad Bubble. Join us as we celebrate the release of their latest title Wednesday evening, with light refreshments and plenty of picture book fun. Beginning at 6pm, ADAM RUBIN & DANIEL SALMIERI will present their new book, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies off all their amazing picture books! All Ages. Wednesday, May 7th, 6-8pm.
        

Picture Book Menagerie @ Books of Wonder this Sunday! Meet 7 Authors and Artists!

After TODD PARR’s morning event, take a break, stretch your legs, and join us beginning at 2pm as SIX picture book creators take the stage to share their new books all about animals at the …

Dragons and otters and geese, oh my! This Sunday afternoon, Books of Wonder is going be a veritable picture book zoo, as we introduce your young animal lovers to the creatures on the pages of these wonderful new books. Join us as illustrator GALIA BERNSTEIN introduces Monkey and Elephant Go Gadding, the story of two good friends with not much to do (so they go gadding, of course!); author LAURA LYN DiSIENA shares two of her hilarious, colorful fun fact books from her Did You Know series, Hippo’s Can’t SwimChicken’s Don’t Fly; author & illustrator SAM GARTON joins us from his home in England, and he’s bringing his internet-famous friend with him in I Am Otter, a truly hilarious and unforgettable story of Otter and his best friends; NY Times bestselling author and illustrator TAD HILLS takes us seaside with Duck & Goose Go to the Beach, the story of two best friends with different ideas on how to spend the day, and they learn to compromise; author of over 35 books for young readers PATRICIA LAKIN presents Bruno & Lulu’s Playground Adventure, the story of two best friends who love to spend time on the playground, but don’t always want to play the same games; and author and artist STEVE LIGHT asks the question Have You Seen My Dragon?, an exciting counting adventure full of colorful hidden dragons. Beginning at 2pm, these animals will be brought to colorful life by their talented creators as they present their books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles! Ages 3-7. Sunday, April 27th, 2-4pm.
       
         

This Sunday @ Books of Wonder, Todd Parr leads a Picture Book Blast!

This Sunday, Books of Wonder is the place to be, with back-to-back picture book events featuring some of today’s most innovative and exciting authors and artists! Beginning at 11am, we are thrilled to invite the whole family to a unique picture book experience as NY Times bestselling author and artist TODD PARR joins us from California to share his uplifting and engaging picture books as only he can!\

Certain picture book creators have a distinctive style and vision which simply stand out. And when you see one of TODD PARR's many books for young children there is no mistaking it. His brightly colored, deceptively simple, eye-catching drawings and his messages of love, kindness, and feeling good have made TODD PARR a popular favorite for young picture book lovers everywhere. This Sunday, at 11am, TODD PARR is making his way to Books of Wonder to share an interactive, fun-filled picture book experience with young fans! TODD PARR will present some of his wonderful books, lead a video presentation, give a drawing demonstration, and have the kids participating in his unique brand of picture book fun! So have breakfast, make your way to Books of Wonder, and start off this Sunday with a picture book treat. Beginning at 11am, TODD PARR will engage and entertain young fans, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all his wonderful books. Ages 2-6. Sunday, April 27th, 11am-1pm.
You can watch a short example of one of TODD PARR's events here.

Stuck, read by Oliver Jeffers

Watch Oliver Jeffers read Stuck, and order signed copies of all Oliver’s amazing picture books only from BooksofWonder.com!

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This weeks New & Signed Picture Book Picks!

This week Books of Wonder has some wonderful new picture books all signed or to be signed by their amazing creators! 

Firstly Dan Santat’s new imaginative masterpiece with brilliant colors and breathtaking scenes meet everyone’s favorite unimaginary friend with The Adventures of Beekle

Author and illustrator Steve Light shares his delightful counting adventure Have You seen My Dragon? 

Esteemed author and illustrator Marc Brown (creator of the Arthur series) joins us this weekend, to share a beautiful tour of his favorite city with In New York.

                     

These titles and many more are available now on booksofwonder.com and in the store !

This Sunday Don’t Miss the 2014 Awards Celebration @BooksofWonder!

In a month full of excellent events and fantastically talented authors and artists, it’s only fitting that we end it with a bang! Join us as we welcome award-winners and nominees for some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature at this year’s annual…  

It is with great pleasure that on Sunday, March 30th, Books of Wonder invites you and your young book lovers to come meet and hear from the authors and artists who have been received recognition from and awarded some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature: The Randolph Caldecott Medal for “the most distinguished American picture book of the year” and the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.” Joining us beginning at 1pm are Caldecott Medalist BRIAN FLOCA as he sounds the all aboard whistle with this year’s Caldecott Medal winning title, Locomotive; three-time Caldecott Medalist DAVID WIESNER introduces his latest Caldecott Honor book, Mr. Wuffles; and debut picture book author and illustrator AARON BECKER takes us for a ride with his Caldecott Honor book, Journey. Also joining us will be debut picture book creator GREG PIZZOLI as he takes a bite with this year’s Theodore Seuss Geisel Award winning The Watermelon Seed; and debut picture book author and artist MARY SULLIVAN who will give us a bounce with her Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor book, Ball; Young and old alike, this is an afternoon you will simply not want to miss. Join us as these authors and artists share their acclaimed titles, answer questions from fans, and sign copies of all their amazing, award-winning books! All Ages. Sunday, March 30th, 1-3pm. 
                 
                                   
          

Paths to Peace this Friday @ 6pm!

There are some people that the world will never forget; people who remind us that one person can forever change the course of history. On Friday, March 21st, Books of Wonder will celebrate the memory of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, and American Civil Rights leader Malcolm X, as we welcome the authors of two new picture book biographies — who are direct descendants of these renowned leaders.

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Join us as author ILYASAH SHABAZZ, the daughter of Malcolm X, presents her new biographical picture book about her father’s childhood, Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. In it, ILYASAH SHABAZZ offers a unique glimpse into the childhood of this charismatic leader, chronicling his journey to strength and self-reliance. Then author ARUN GANDHI, the grand-son of Mahatma Gandhi, along with co-author BETHANY HEGEDUS and illustrator EVAN TURK, will present a new non-fiction picture book, Grandfather Gandhi. In the book, ARUN GANDHI tells the remarkably personal story of how his grandfather taught him to channel his anger in a constructive way, using it to "turn the darkness into light." Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as the authors share with us their first-hand perspective on these larger-than-life historical figures. After the authors have presented their book, they will answer questions from the audience and then sign copies of their remarkable books. Ages 6-12. Friday, March 21st, 6-8pm.
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March Picture Book Bonanza @ Books of Wonder!

Next weekend picture book lovers are in for a sweet treat as 7 authors and artists entertain and enlighten at our …

Take 7 authors and artists, toss in their great new books, mix in an afternoon at Books of Wonder and you’ve got the recipe for our fabulous March Picture Book Bonanza! The fun kicks off at 1pm, as award-winning artist PAT CUMMINGS and author H. CHUKU LEE present Beauty and the Beast, their retelling of the classic tale, re-set in West Africa;  author ANGELA DITERLIZZI and illustrator BRENDAN WENZEL give us the buzz on Some Bugs, a zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior sure to have your kids bugging out; SUSAN HOOD, author of over 200 books for young readers, digs deep with Rooting For You, the story of a little seed making his way to the surface and sun; NY Times bestselling author SALLY LLOYD-JONES makes a splash with Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale, the story of a traveling fish and her unlikely and hilarious journey; and NY TImes bestselling author and illustrator ROSEMARY WELLS presents Sophie’s Terrible Twos, the story of a mouse whose second birthday goes from terrible to terrific. Your young picture book readers and listeners will enjoy each great story presented by their authors and artists, who will then answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles.Ages 3-6. Saturday, March 15th, 1-3pm.
       
              
                                  

This Sunday, it’s Batter Up at Books of Wonder!

Over last couple of weeks, baseball players all around the country have begun reporting to Spring Training. It’s the first step to an almost nine-month-long baseball season, culminating with the World Series in October. To celebrate the beginning of the new season, Books of Wonder invites your young sluggers to join us as 4 wonderful authors and artists take the plate and …

Here’s the pitch, and it is high, it is far, it is a fantastic afternoon featuring 4 authors and artists and a celebration of America’s favorite pastime! Middle grade sluggers and book lovers are invited to join us Sunday, March 9th, beginning at 1pm, as author JAMES CHARLTONNY Times bestselling authorSALLY COOK, and award-winning illustrator ROSS MACDONALD take young readers out to the ol’ ball game with How to Speak Baseballa lively illustrated guide to decoding baseball banter; then author MICHAEL NORTHROP steps up to bat with Plunked, the story of a sixth grade boy chasing his major-league dreams. Whether you’ve got a short stop or an outfielder, this wonderful afternoon is sure to be a home run with your young readers! Join us as these authors and artists present their books, field questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles. Ages 7-12. Sunday, March 9th, 1-3pm.