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.

                    

5 Award Winning Artists Answer the Question, What’s your favorite animal?

What’s your favorite animal? That’s the question legendary author and illustrator Eric Carle asked 14 of today’s most notable picture book creators to answer for this wonderful book created to raise funds for and celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Each artist described and illustrated their answer in a gorgeous two-page spread, all compiled into a beautiful new picture book! Be sure to join in the zoological fun on Saturday, February 22nd, as we welcome 5 of the award-winning contributors to share their favorite animals with your young book-lovers.

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This fun-filled afternoon will surely have your young animal lovers howling and hooting with delight, and looking at animals with a new appreciation! Come meet five of the wonderful picture book creators who have contributed to What’s Your Favorite Animal? Beginning at 1pm, Caldecott Honor artist SUSAN JEFFERS hops into the saddle with her favorite animal (a horse); Caldecott Honor artist PETER MCCARTY hops along with his favorite animal (a bunny rabbit); Two-time Caldecott Medalist CHRIS RASCHKA takes it slow and steady with his favorite animal (a snail); Caldecott Honor artist PETER SIS takes us back to his childhood home in the Czech Republic for a swim with his favorite animal (a blue carp); and NY Times bestselling and award-winning picture book creator ROSEMARY WELLS tells us all about her favorite fuzzy animal (her dog). This star-studded event is a wonderful reason to spend an afternoon with your young ones at Books of Wonder! And proceeds from the sale of this wonderful title benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art — one of our favorite museums! (It’s only a few hours away in Amherst, Massachusetts!) Beginning at 1pm, the artists will discuss their animals, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their amazing books! All ages. Saturday, February 22nd, 1-3pm.

Copies of What’s Your Favorite Animal?, will be available signed by all 5 artists both online and in the store!

              

Julia Donaldson’s Amazing Afternoon @BooksofWonder!

This past Saturday afternoon, acclaimed picture book author Julia Donaldson put her stories to music and delivered a fun-filled event young readers and listeners simply loved. Joined by her guitar playing husband, some other friends, and with the help of the audience everyone got involved in the fun. The Gruffalo made an appearance and the crowd got there first introductions to Julia’s latest creation Superworm!

Thanks to everyone that joined us and a special thanks to Julia Donaldson who truly is a Books of Wonder favorite!

Julia Donaldson is bringing Superworm to Books of Wonder!

Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. And on Saturday, February 8th, award winning author JULIA DONALDSON hops the pond from her home in Glasgow, Scotland, to join us for an afternoon of picture book fun with her new wiggly, squiggly, super hero! 

We are delighted to invite your young readers and listeners to meet and hear from one of Britain’s most beloved picture book authors, JULIA DONALDSONformer UK Children’s Laureate and author of such classic picture books as The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. Beginning at 1pm, she will introduce her latest creation,  Superwormand lead us on a fun-filled rhyming adventure! In this vibrant and colorful tale, all the forest animals love their always-helpful friend Superworm. But whenSuperworm is captured by the evil Lizard Wizard, his forest friends must work together and find a way to help him escape! With her patented brand of rhyming humor and great storytelling, JULIA DONALDSON — aided by her husband, Malcolm, will give a lively, interactive presentation that is sure to have your young readers and listeners engaged and enthralled. Join us beginning at 1pm as JULIA DONALDSONshares Superworm and more of her of great titles, answers questions from the audience, and signs copies of all her wonderful books! Ages 3-7. Saturday, February 8th, 1-3pm.    

                           

Story Showcase This Sunday!

monster, a monkey, a teal gorilla, and a parade of baby penguins fill the pages of these four fantastic picture books. And this Sunday, January 12th, your young readers and listeners will love hearing these stories read aloud by the authors and artists that created them! Join us for our first event of the year, a ..

This Sunday join us for picture book fun beginning at 1pm, as author and illustrator MELISSA GUION introduces Baby Penguins Love Their Mama, a companion to her debut Baby Penguins Everywhere and a perfect book to be shared between a mother and her child; author and illustratorZACHARIAH OHORA presents No Fits, Nilson!the hilarious story of a girl and her all-too-easily-agitated giant teal gorilla; husband and wife teamMARC & EILEEN ROSENTHAL set sail with Bobo the Sailor Man, the story of a boy and his stuffed monkey who use their imaginations to take to the high seas; and bestselling author and illustrator BOB SHEA chows down withBuddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play with Your Foodthe laugh out loud story of a hungry monster and some cute little bunnies that don’t want to be his next meal! A picture-perfect afternoon awaits as these five wonderful authors and artists share their books and play interactive games with your young readers and listeners. They will also answer questions and sign copies of all their fabulous books! Ages 2-6. Sunday, January 12th, 1-3pm. 

            

            

Meet Ylvis - What Does the Fox Say? @Booksofwonder

Ducks say quack and fish go blub, and the seal goes OW OW OW. But there’s one sound that no one knows… and on December 11th, everyone is invited to Books of Wonder to meet music sensations YLVIS as we learn the answer to the question everyone has been asking. WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? 

With well over 250 MILLION internet views on YouTube, Norwegian brothers BARD & VEGARD YLVISAKER combine to form the worldwide sensation known as YLVIS. Featuring infectious lyrics and entertaining music videos the brothers have created a unique brand of music all their own. Now their hit song What Does the Fox Say? has been adapted into a wonderfully illustrated picture book, and YLVIS is coming to Books of Wonder to meet fans, celebrate and sign their new book!

Join us Wednesday, December 11th, beginning at 6pm, as YLVIS meet fans and sign copies of their wonderful new picture book for all ages!

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The December Picture Book Bonanza @BooksofWonder!

This Saturday, 5 wonderful authors and artists are on hand to share their latest works with your young picture book lovers at the …

Just as each snow flake is unique, so are picture books — each with their different illustrations, wide-ranging stories, and offering a new experience for young readers and listeners. On December 8th, 5 authors and artists join us to share their latest picture books with young fans. Beginning at noon, author and illustrator JONATHAN BEAN forecasts Big Snow, the story of a little boy who hopes for a really big snow so he can have some winter fun; NY Times bestselling author and illustrator ELISHA COOPER punches the ticket withTrain, a journey from coast to coast aboard nearly every type of train you can imagine!;NY Times bestselling husband and wife team JACKY DAVIS & DAVID SOMAN present Lady Bug Girl and the Big Snow, the latest winter wonderland adventures of everyone’s favorite young costumed picture book hero: Ladybug Girl Caldecott Honor artist SUSAN JEFFERScounts down The Twelve Days of Christmas, her richly illustrated reimagining of the classic Christmas song. Beginning at noon, the authors and artists will present their new books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles.Ages 3-7. Sunday, December 8th, 12-1:30pm.

  

 

Holiday kickoff @Booksofwonder!

For many of us Thanksgiving is the start of the most special time of year. This year Hanukkah comes early and holiday lights bring joy and 5 award-winning artists for our …

Picture book lovers are in for an award-winning afternoon, as five iconic artists bring their season’s greetings to the annual Books of Wonder Holiday Kickoff. So get your coats on, get down to Books of Wonder, and join us as Caldecott Honor artist SUSAN JEFFERS counts down The Twelve Days of Christmas, her richly illustrated reimagining of the classic Christmas song; Caldecott Medalist JERRY PINKNEY sets hearts racing with The Tortise & the Hare, the classic Aesop fable set anew in America’s southwest and a perfect companion to his Caldecott Award-winning The Lion & the Mouse;  award-winning artist CHARLES SANTORE brings us his beautiful versions of two classics, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and Beatrix Potter’s The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit; and Caldecott Medalist URI SHULEVITZ takes us for a walk with a boy, his dog, and his grandfather as the sun comes down in Dusk, a companion to his Caldecott Honor Book, Snow. Whether shopping for the young or not-so-young, these stories and award-winning artists are the perfect way to kickoff your holiday season! Beginning at 1pm, each artist will share their books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles. Ages 3 and up. Saturday, November 30th, 1-3pm. 
          
          
                              

A Very Merry Picture Book Event !

With a chill in the air and the holidays around the corner we invite picture book lovers young and old to…

Join us for an early holiday treat as two of our favorite picture book author/artists from out-of-town visit Books of Wonder to promote their great new holiday picture books. You won’t want to miss your chance to meet NY Times bestselling picture book creators JON AGEE and LOREN LONG on Tuesday, November 12th, at 5pm, as they present their latest creations! First, NY Times bestselling author and artist JON AGEE introduces us to Little Santa, the story of jolly old Saint Nick as a child and what happens when his family considers moving from their familiar but chilly life at the North Pole to the sunny shores of Florida! Then NY Times bestselling author and illustratorLOREN LONG shares the newest addition to his beloved Otis series, An Otis Christmas, in which while Otis and his friends look forward to Christmas on the farm, a storm brings problems as a mother horse begins to give birth to her new foal. Can Otis get to Doc Baker in time? Join us as these two wonderful author/artists share their new books — the perfect way to lift your own holiday spirits! The author/illustrators will present their new books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful works. Ages 3-6. Tuesday, November 12th, 5-7pm.

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SCBWI brings The Inside Story to Books of Wonder!

A little later on this Saturday afternoon, Books of Wonder is thrilled to partner with the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators to host the inaugural event of a new event series created by SCBWI: Inside Story! If you love picture books, and want to find out first hand how they are created, you won’t want to miss …

Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. 
 
On November 2nd, SCBWI will be launching it’s newest program, Inside Storywith events all over the country and the globe. Books of Wonder is thrilled to be one of the inaugural hosts and have the privilege of inviting all of you — our friends and supporters — to join in the fun with 9 wonderful picture book creators. Beginning at 4pm, these 9 picture book creators will take the stage to give fans and all who love picture book a seldom seen glimpse inside their personal journeys and experiences in creating the books we love. Come meet and hear from these 9 authors and illustrators as they present one of their great books, STEPHANIE CALMENSON for Ollie’s School day: A Yes-And-No BookTRACY DOCKRAY for Sweet Baby FeetMELISSA GUION for Baby Penguins EverywhereCARON LEVIS for Stuck with the BloozROXIE MUNRO for Slithery SnakesJOHN PARRA for Round is a TortillaISABEL ROXAS for The Case of the Missing Donut, and ERIC VELASQUEZ for The Price of Freedom. Each will share something which inspires or compels them to create picture books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles. All Ages. Saturday, November 2nd, 4-6pm.