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School Visit with Christian Robinson

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 8:00am
Event address: 

Private Off-Site Event

Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 48 hours in advance.  

About the Book: An inspirational book for anyone--parent or child--looking for support when facing a new challenge.

just in case you want to fly 
here's some wind 
and here's the sky 
here's a feather 
here's up high 
and here's a wing from a butterfly

This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

Christian Robinson author photo

About the Author: Christian Robinson is an acclaimed illustrator of children's books, including Gaston by Kelly di Puchhio and the New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, which won the Newbery Medal as well as a Caldecott Honor. He also illustrated School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, recipient of seven starred reviews and a New York Times Bestseller. He has collaborated with Julie Fogliano on When's My Birthday? Which received five starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

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Just In Case You Want to Fly Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - October 8th, 2019

Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

Carmela Full of Wishes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399549045
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Gaston (Gaston and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442451025
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

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Debut novelist J.J. Gesher tells an intimate, grief-filled story about Jacob Fischer - a sometimes wayward, sometimes obedient Brooklyn Orthodox Jew who breaks down after a devastating loss. Slowly rebuilding and rediscovering himself in a small-town Alabama town, Jacob has support from a cast of well-drawn characters - who also have their own demons to deal with. I loved learning more about the Orthodox Jew and the rich history of its sometimes stifling traditions, butting heads with modern sensibilities and realities. This highly readable title, right down to the very last sentence, is a natural pick for book clubs. A strong debut from the writing pair of J.J. Gesher. - Maureen