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School Visit with Mina Javaherbin

Event date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 8:00am
Event address: 

Private Off-Site Event

Author Mina Javaherbin will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please come to our special story time at the store or order at least 24 hours in advance.  

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About the Book: In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories.

In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma.

While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin's words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey's illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.

Mina Javaherbin author photo

About the Author: Mina Javaherbin has written several award-winning picture books, including Soccer Star, illustrated by Renato Alarcão, and Goal!, illustrated by A. G. Ford. She lives in Southern California.

My Grandma and Me Cover Image
By Mina Javaherbin, Lindsey Yankey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763694944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 13th, 2019

Soccer Star Cover Image
By Mina Javaherbin, Renato Alarcao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660567
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - April 8th, 2014

Soccer Star Cover Image
By Mina Javaherbin, Renato Alarcao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207132
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 12th, 2019

Goal! Cover Image
By Mina Javaherbin, A.G. Ford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763658229
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2012

Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True Cover Image
By Mina Javaherbin, Paul Hoppe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374310660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 29th, 2018

Elephant in the Dark Cover Image
By Mina Javaherbin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545636704
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

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