Children's Book World

Author Events

Soman Chainani
Friday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Ages 9-13

In The School for Good and Evil #4: Quests for Glory, the latest offering in Soman Chainani's extremely popular series, join the students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods--The Camelot Years--where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives. The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates' quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them.

Available for signing:

  • School for Good & Evil 4: Quests for Glory  $17.99
  • School for Good & Evil 1  $7.99p
  • School for Good & Evil 2: A World Without Princes  $7.99p
  • School for Good & Evil 3: The Last Ever After  $7.99p
  • School for Good & Evil: The Ever Never Handbook  $17.99

Only Books Purchased at Children's Book World can be signed by authors during their visits, due to time constraints. We happily take advance phone and website orders for autographed books up until the day before the signing for those who can't attend.

Class invitations to
author visits:
Any teachers, grades K-8th, who would like to be added to our list of potential classes to invite to Children's Book World's Author Events, please call or email Sharon at (310) 559-BOOK/2665,

Andrea J. Loney
September 23, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 6-9

Join Andrea J. Loney in celebration of the publication of her engrossing new book, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! There will be a book signing, music, snacks, and a Photo Fun station for taking pictures with friends and family. When James VanDerZee was a young boy, he saved up his money to buy his first camera. He took photos of just about anyone who would sit still for a portrait, and he worked hard to make his subjects look their best. It wasn't long before everyone in town was saying, "Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!" Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! tells the story of a groundbreaking artist whose work spanned more than eighty years, chronicled an important era in Harlem, and captured the beauty and pride of its people.

Available for signing:

  • Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!  $19.99
  • Bunnybear   $16.99

Dav Pilkey with special guests Jamie Lee Curtis and "Weird Al" Yankovic
Sunday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.*
Ages 6-10
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica 90403

Tra-la-laa! Children's Book World presents Dav Pilkey, author of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Manseries, with special guests Jamie Lee Curtis and "Weird Al" Yankovic! Join us for an epic family fun event featuring a presentation and live drawing by Dav Pilkey, followed by a book signing with Dav. Enjoy activities, giveaways, and photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!

SOLD OUT! "BOOK SIGNING LINE ONLY" tickets available. Tickets are sold out for the 1:00 p.m. event and presentation. Due to popular demand, we are able to offer "BOOK SIGNING LINE ONLY" tickets for 2:30 p.m. With a "signing only" ticket, you will be able to meet Dav Pilkey, buy books at the event to have them signed, take photos with Captain Underpants and Dog Man costumed characters, and get free giveaways (while supplies last). Each ticket includes a copy of Dog Man 3: A Tale of Two Kitties and will admit a family of four to the signing line.

Tickets available in-store and on-line below (sorry no phone order) and are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, your book will be waiting for you at Children's Book World the day following the event.

Additional Dav Pilkey books and books by Jamie Lee Curtis and "Weird Al" Yankovic will be available for purchase at the event.

A portion of the tickets are being donated to 826 LA, for kids from low-income homes in their tutoring program.

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Dog Man 3: A Tale of Two Kitties

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Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey. Photo by Kai Suzuki.

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis

Weird Al Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic

Denise Doyen
Saturday, October 7, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-8

The Pomegranate Witch is a delectable romp from award-winning children's poet Denise Doyen and acclaimed illustrator Eliza Wheeler. When a scary old tree blooms with the most beautiful pomegranates ever seen, the neighborhood kids' mouths water with anticipation. But the tree isn't theirs--and it has a protector! So begins the Pomegranate War, a fun, rollicking, rhyming tale of a battle between the sly, plucky young rascals and their wry, witchy neighbor who may have more than one trick up her sleeve.

Available for signing:

  • The Pomegranate Witch  $16.99

Chris Harris & Hope Anita Smith
Saturday, October 28, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7-14

Don't be afraid to join us for our Haunted Halloween Poetry Party Jam! We are looking for funny, scary, and witchy word lovers, ages 7-14, to recite their original creepy crawly chants for an audience of grateful ghouls and ghosts. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they've written. We will select one phantasmic poet from each age group, judged on poem content and performance, to receive a $25 Children's Book World gift certificate; all other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Call, come in, or send an email to to sign up to perform. Start writing your poetic potions today!

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 new books.

In his hilarious debut poetry collection, I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, Chris Harris molds wit and wordplay, nonsense and oxymoron, and visual and verbal sleight-of-hand in masterful ways that make you look at the world in a whole new wonderfully upside-down way.

Told through the voice of a child, Anita Hope Smith's exquisite My Daddy Rules the World collection of poems celebrates everyday displays of fatherly love, from guitar lessons and wrestling matches to bedtime stories and cuddling in bed. These heartwarming poems, together with Smith's beautiful, bold folk-art-inspired images, capture the strength and beauty of the relationship between father and child.

Available for signing by Chris Harris:

  • I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups  $19.99

Available for signing by Hope Anita Smith:

  • My Daddy Rules the World  $17.99

Chris Harris
Chris Harris

Hope Anita Smith
Hope Anita Smith

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming
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My Daddy Rules the World

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