Arlington Public Library

I’ll be part of the Día de los Muertos Celebration events at City Center Branch of the Arlington Public Library. Join us to talk about names and our families while we work on some activities together! Everyone is welcome to this free event!

The City Center Branch is located at 100 South Center Street in Arlington, Texas 76010. More info: Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Children’s Book Week – Children’s Illustrator Exhibit Reception

Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to celebrate Children’s Book Week and Indie Bookstore Day by featuring artwork from local illustrators, including Lynne Avril (Amelia Bedelia: Under the Weather), Caldecott Honor Winner Molly Idle (Pearl), Stevie Lewis (Lost in the Library), Caldecott Honor Winner Juana Martinez-Neal (Babymoon) and Mikela Prevost (Let’s Have a Dog Party).

The exhibit will be up for the month of May, with a family friendly illustrator reception on Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 12pm.

Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

Changing Hands Bookstore is located at 300 W Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona. For more info visit:

Author Storytime at Bank Street Bookstore

Join me for an Author Storytime at Bank Street Bookstore. I’ll be reading Babymoon (Candlewick, written by Hayley Barrett) to celebrate it’s release. A signing will follow.

Bank Street Bookstore is located at 2780 Broadway (at West 107th Street) in New York, NY. For more info visit the event page on their website.

WNY Children’s Book Expo & Kidslit Week

Buffalo’s premier literary event for children is composed of two parts: KidsLit Week, and EXPO Saturday and is FREE to the public.

During KidsLit Week, internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and other cultural venues. The visits, scheduled Monday, 11/4/19 – Friday, 11/8/19, aim at inspiring a love of books in students grades pre-K through middle school.

EXPO Saturday on Saturday November 9, 2019 is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, authors interact directly with children through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations. Educators too have a niche at EXPO Saturday. A four-hour, NYS-approved CTLE Workshop is held annually before the Expo opens to the public. Here, registered educators have the opportunity to interact with a panel of authors/illustrators featured at this year’s Expo as well as current trends in education. We hosted 127 educators from across Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. The workshop received excellent reviews from both the educators and the panel participants.

The WNY Children’s Book Expo is held at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo, New York. For more info, visit:

ALMA Visits Burton Barr Central Library

Join us at A Children’s Place as Author and Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal reads her new picture book “Alma and How She Got Her Name” and shares what inspired her to write the story. This is a charming tale about identity and family history.

A Children’s Place is the newly opened story time space on the first floor at Burton Barr Central Library. The Burton Barr Central Library is located at 1221 N Central Ave in Phoenix, Arizona. The event starts at 2:00 p.m.

Tucson Festival of Books

“Tucson Festival of Books” is held at the University of Arizona, located at 1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721. For more information visit:

Signings and Events
Sunday, March 3rd
10:00 – 11:00 am Panel: “Gentle Stories about Hope and Connection”
Education Room 353
Moderator: Hilary Tabar
Panelists: Zoey Abbott, Finn’s Feather (Enchanted Lion Books); James Howe, Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster (Candlewick Press); Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press)
In a hectic world, books that provide quiet, gentle stories for young children offer connection in ways that ground their lives and provide hope for their futures.

11:00 – 11:25 am Book signing to follow
Children / Teen Signing Area

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Storytime: Alma and How She Got Her Name
Story Blanket Tent
Enjoy a story read by an author as Juana Martinez-Neal shares her book Alma and How She Got Her Name.
An informal signing will happen at the end of the story, right on the blanket.

2:30 – 3:30 pm Illustrator Studio: “Mixed Media Demonstration”
Education Room 437
Moderator: Ray Martens
Panelists: Juana Martinez-Neal
Follow along as Juana Martinez-Neal shares the technique she uses to create the artwork of books like Alma and How She Got Her Name and La Princesa and the Pea. Matinez-Neal will demonstrate her creative process from idea to finished book with the help of slides and some live demonstrations, including her use of transfers.

3:30 – 3:50 pm Book signing to follow
Children / Teen Signing Area

4:00 – 5:00 pm Draw-Off: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw”
Education Kiva 211
Moderator: Adam Rex
Panelists: Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Suzanne Kaufman, All Are Welcome (Knopf Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press); Zeke Peña, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Harry N. Abrams); Booki Vivat, Frazzled #3: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties (HarperCollins)
This interactive session is a competition between illustrators to complete a drawing that incorporates suggestions from the audience.

5:00 – 5:30 pm Book signing to follow
Children / Teen Signing Area

Celebrate Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros with Alma!

Celebrate Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros with Alma! Palabras Bookstore in conjunction with the Phoenix Public Library bring a fun Día event to Phoenix on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00am. This will also be the official Book Launch event for the Spanish edition of Alma, “Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre”. Stories, activities, and more!

Palabras Bookstore is located at 1738 East McDowell Road in Phoenix, AZ. For more info, visit Official Día Event

Author Storytime at Cellar Door Books

Join me for an Author Storytime at Cellar Door Books. I’ll be reading “Alma and How She Got her name”, drawing and signing copies of the book.

Cellar Door Books is located at 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 30A in Riverside, California. For more info visit:

Texas Book Festival

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

The Texas Book Festival is held in and around the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Austin. The event will be held Saturday, October 27th, and Sunday, October 28th. It is a FREE event open to the public.

For more information, details on transportation, parking, and more visit:

Signings and Events
Saturday, October 27
12:00 – 12:30 pm Reading and presentation of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press), Read Me A Story Tent, Congress Avenue.
12:30 – 1:00 pm Signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press), Kids Signing Tent, Congress Avenue.
2:30 – 3:00 pm Signing of “Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre” (Candlewick Press), “La Librería” – Booth 201.

Sunday, October 28
11:00 – 11:45 am “2018 Pura Belpré Award Winners!” with Pablo Cartaya at Latinx Tent, Congress Ave.
11:45 – 12:15 am Signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press), Kids Signing Tent, Congress Avenue.

Las Vegas Book Festival

The Vegas Book Festival will be held at Historic Fifth Street School located at 401 South Fourth Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. For more info visit:

Signings and Events
Friday, October 19
4:00 – 5:00 pm Reading and presentation of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) – Story Room at Windmill Library located at 7060 W Windmill Ln, Las Vegas NV 89183.

Saturday, October 20
10:45 – 11:30 am Reading of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) and “La Princesa and the Pea” (Putnam) – Engaged Tent
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) at Centennial Plaza.

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