Three big events are happening this month. First, the LA Times Festival of Books is back with a killer line-up. Second, a new movie, 42, about Jackie Robinson breaking color lines to become the first African American player in Major League Baseball, comes out on April 12. Last year, when my kiddos and I adopted the Dodgers as our team, we became obsessed. A bunch of kids read Jackie & Me. A co-worker and I will be taking our 5th graders to go see the movie. Not really book related but if you have a child who loves the baseball books by Dan Gutman, you may want to go see this movie!
Finally, for those of you who were lucky enough to get in on World Book Night, April 21st is the day! Be on the lookout for folks handing out books! If you snap some photos, or are a donor, let me know how it went!
And now, the other events....
* Hilary Duff, yes THE Hilary Duff, will be signing her new book True at Mrs. Nelson's, 7 pm
April 20 - 21
* Suzanne Selfors and Dan Santat, author/illustrator team of the new book The Sasquatch Escape will present at Mrs. Nelson's, 5 pm
* Jennifer Fosberry, author of My Name is Not Alexander, will present her latest book at the Ontario Library, 5:30 pm
* Mike Wolfe, of the History Channel's American Pickers, will present his new book, Kid Pickers: How to turn junk into treasure, at Mrs. Nelson's, 6 pm
* Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, will present his new book, Steam Train, Dream Train, Children's Bookworld, 1:00 p.m.
* LA Times Festival of Books. The line up is ridiculous folks. We're talking dream come true. Jon Klassen, Lemony Snicket, Oliver Jeffers, Roald Dahl's daughter, Loren Long, Tom Angleberger, Annie Barrows, Mark Teague, Kadir Nelson, Jose-Luis Orozco, Chris Raschka, Antoinette Portis, Katherine Applegate and Pseudonymous Bosch. This is not a lie. Check out the full schedule here.
* Emily Gravett, illustrator of Wolves and Orange Pear Apple Bear, will be hosting a book signing and pajama pizza party at Once Upon a Time Books, 6 pm
* Blue Balliett presents her new book Hold Fast at a school site. Individuals and classes may attend. Contact Children's Bookworld for more information.
* Tom Angleberger, of Origami Yoda fame, does it again! He will be signing copies of Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling. For those of you with Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans, this is a must see! Brookline Public Library, 3 pm
* Tom Angleberger, will be signing copies of Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling. Brookline Booksmith, 10 am
* If you miss Tom at Brookline Booksmith, he will be at Wellesley Books at 4 pm!
* Hervé Tullet will read and sign his new book, I am Blop! You may know Tullet from his other fantastic pre-school books, such as Press Here. Brookline Public Library, 3:30 pm
* Kate Hosford presents her book Infinity and Me (on my wish list!) at the Eric Carle Musuem, 2 pm
* British cartoonist Simon Tofield will be joined by Jef Czekaj in conversation about his books Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos, Brookline Booksmith, 7 pm
* Children's literature guru Anita Silvey will present her book, Children's Book-A-Day Almanac at the Cambridge Central Library - Main Library Lecture Hall, 6 pm
* John Seven and Jana Christy present their book A Rule is to Break: A child's guide to anarchy (it is freakin' awesome) at the Eric Carle Museum, 2 pm
* Mo Willems...you lucky Bostonians! He is back and ready to read! Join Mo at Wellesely Books, 3 pm. For those who have not been to see Mo, it is usually packed and he has lots of rules. Check out the deal here.
* Susan Verde presents her book The Museum (illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds), at Politics and Prose, 10:30 am
* Robin LaFevers presents her YA book Dark Triumph at Politics and Prose, 7 pm
* Fred Hiatt presents his book Nine Days, suggested for ages 12 and up, at Politics and Prose, 11 am
* J. Patrick Lewis presents his book of poems, photographs, and drawings, Face Bug, at Politics and Prose, 10:30 am
* Nathan Hale presents Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy (for real, that is what the site lists as the author) at Politics and Prose, 10 am
* Michael Cavna moderates a graphic novel panel at Politics and Prose, 7 pm. Featured panelists include: Eleanor Davis, Nathan Hale, Andres Vera Martinez, and Mark Siegel
* Mo Willems, he is everywhere these days, will speak at the Avalon Theater, 7 pm. For a list of his rules and ticket info, click here.
* As a part of Screen Free Week, Politics and Prose will host Tad Hills, Chris Raschka, Bob Staake, and Dan Yaccarino, 10:30 am