Please enjoy these readings on our first-ever virtual children's "stage!"
Be sure to scroll through the entire page, as there are several readings available to view, from many talented authors, including Newbery Medal winner and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña, Caldecott Honor Juana Martinez-Neal, actor, director, and educator LeVar Burton, Caldecott Medal recipient Jon Klassen, LeUyen Pham, Peter Sís, Cleo Wade, and many more!

Books are available from our bookselling partners Once Upon a Time Bookstore and Mrs. Nelson's Book Company.
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LeVar Burton

Reading from “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm” 
In his first children’s book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The “Take a Deeper Look” page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue.

Shelly Anand

Reading from “Laxmi’s Mooch” 
Shelly was born and (mostly) raised in Georgia by immigrant parents from India. She is a civil and human rights attorney fighting for immigrants and workers from marginalized communities. Her debut children’s book, Laxmi’s Mooch, comes out in Spring 2021 and is inspired by her own experiences growing up and having a mooch that other kids noticed. She hopes kids (and adults) reading the book can celebrate their mooches and body hair! 

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Dr. Omerine Aseh

Reading from “My Lucky Skin” 
Dr. Omerine Aseh was born in the Western African country of Cameroon. A renowned physician, emotional recovery coach, and global speaker as well as an author, Dr. Omerine specializes in anxiety and wellness. As the medical director of the YouFirst Concierge clinic, she provides invaluable relief to her patients through a transformative, holistic approach to healing. She is a mother of three boys and lives in Round Rock, Texas. Her first book for children is "My Lucky Skin." 

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

Monica Brown

Reading from "Sharuko" 
Monica Brown has written twenty acclaimed picture books, including the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honors Sharuko: El arqueólogo peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello and Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match, as well as the Lola Levine and Sarai chapter book series. Most of her stories are inspired by her desire to bring diverse stories to children and by her own mixed heritage, which includes Peruvian, Scottish, Spanish, Amerindian, and Jewish ancestry. Brown sis a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches about US Latino and multicultural literature. Her website is monicabrown.net.

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Peter Brown

Reading from “Fred Gets Dressed”
From  the New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-honor winning artist comes an exuberant illustrated story about playing dress up, having fun, and feeling free.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Matt de la Peña

Reading from “Milo Imagines the World”
The team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning New York Times bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes once again delivers a poignant and timely picture book that's sure to become an instant classic.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham Reading from “Itty-Bitty Kitty Corn”
From bestselling superstar duo Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham… a delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship—and being exactly who you want to be!
Shannon Hale is the best-selling author of over thirty books for children and young adult, including graphic novel memoirs Real Friends and Best Friends, and multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. With her husband Dean Hale she has co-written more than a dozen books. They live with their four children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Joanna Ho

Reading from “Eyes that Kiss in the Corners”
A dazzling, lyrical ode to loving oneself. Its tender yet powerful words and Dung Ho’s vibrant illustrations inspire readers to recognize their own beauty and strength, igniting a revolution of self-discovery and confidence.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Mara James

Reading from “The Power of Piggie Bear”
Originally from New York, Mara James relocated to California  in 2007 and established Dr. James's OBGYN practice with her husband. In 2014, Mara was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Many mental health and wellness professionals helped Mara heal and transform her life. Her experience has kindled her passion for forwarding the cause of children's mental health. She established the Extraordinary Lives Foundation and created Piggie Bear to promote mental health awareness and provide both children and their parents with the resources they need to pursue holistic wellness

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Shani Mahiri King

Reading from “Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter”  
Shani Mahiri King is a law professor at the University of Florida, where he is director of the Center on Children and Families and an Associate Director of the Center on Race and Race Relations. King received a B.A. from Brown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Mst. in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and he is an active writer and scholar in the area of children’s rights and family law. King is the father of a nine-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son, for whom he wrote this book, as well as the picture book Have I Ever Told You? (2019).

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Jon Klassen

Reading from “The Rock From the Sky” 
Jon Klassen is the creator of the #1 bestseller I Want My Hat Back, which was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He returned with another hat and another thief in This Is Not My Hat, which won the Caldecott MedalHe is also the illustrator of House Held Up By TreesCats’ Night Out, Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. He has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles. 

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Rajani LaRocca

Reading from “Seven Golden Rings” 
Rajani LaRocca was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the US when she was a baby. She has a BA and an MD from Harvard, and has worked as a primary care physician since 2001. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. Her latest picture book, Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math, was praised as "an entertaining read-aloud and a teasing introduction to the binary system" in a Booklist starred review. Find her online at rajanilarocca.com and on Twitter as @rajanilarocca.

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Cynthia Levinson

Reading from “The People’s Painter”
Since she doesn’t draw or paint, Cynthia Levinson tells true stories about brave people, like Ben Shahn, and the injustices they’ve faced through words. She loves doing research, which has allowed her not only to visit Shahn’s studio but also to walk with soldiers of the civil rights movement, fall off a tightwire, and read letters in a condemned building surrounded by police tape. Cynthia’s books for young readers have won many awards. She lives in Austin and Boston.

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Eric Litwin

Reading from “The Poop Song” 
Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning author who brings early literacy and music together.  He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts, Groovy Joe, and The Poop Song. Eric is also the co-author of The Power of Joyful Reading: Help Your Young Readers Soar to Success, a popular professional development book for teachers. Visit him at https://www.ericlitwin.com/

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Bei Lynn

Reading from “Bibbit Jumps”
Bei Lynn is a Taiwanese illustrator who has written and illustrated over 20 picture books, including Bibbit Jumps, Granny’s Favorite Toy, Leilong The Library Bus. She loves to create the stories inspired by the things and feelings we ignore in life. Her works have been recognized by various awards and honors, such as Sankei Children's Book Award, Taipei Public Library Best Children’s Book, and the Best Chinese Children’s Picture Book of Feng Zikai Award.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Juana Martinez-Neal

Reading from “Zonia’s Rain Forest” 
Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, Alma and How She Got Her Name, was awarded a Caldecott Honor and was published in Spanish as Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre. She also illustrated La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal. Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Connecticut with her family. Visit her online at www.juanamartinezneal.com.

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Dawn Masi

Reading from “G My Name is Girl”
Dawn is a picture book author and illustrator. Her first book, G My Name is Girl  was released in February 2021. She has also worked as an art director and graphic designer in film and television on a wide range of projects from the Oscar nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. After many years spent living on the road (from Reykjavik to New Orleans, Chicago to Los Angeles, with a few stops in between) she now lives just outside of New York City with her husband and two children. An old house and new puppy later, it looks like they plan to stay awhile.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Juliet Menéndez

Reading from Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers”
"Latinitas" celebrates 40 influential Latinas as we follow their dreams, encouraging us to also follow ours. In this collection of short biographies, Menéndez invites us into the journeys of iconic Latinas From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to singer Selena Quintanilla to NASA’s first virtual reality engineer, Evelyn Miralles, this is a book for aspiring artists, scientists, activists, and more. Filled with stunning and hand-painted illustrations by Juliet! 

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

LeUyen Pham

Shannon Hale and Illustrator LeUyen Pham reading from “Itty-Bitty Kitty Corn”
From bestselling superstar duo Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham comes a delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship—and being exactly who you want to be! LeUyen Pham worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn't There, and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books along with several collaborations with Shannon Hale including Best Friends, Real Friends and the Princes in Black series. Ms. Pham lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

Doyin Richards

Reading from “Watch Me” 
Doyin Richards is one of the most respected voices on modern fatherhood today. He's also founder of Daddy Doin' Work, author of the picture book I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work, What's the Difference, and Daddy Doin' Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

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Dan Santat

Reading from “A New Day”
Dan Santatis the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

Bookseller: Mrs. Nelson's Book Company

 

Peter Sís

Reading from “Nicky & Vera”
PETER SÍS is the internationally acclaimed Czech-born author/illustrator of three Caldecott Honor books, including The Wall, which also won the Sibert Medal. He is the first children’s book illustrator to win the MacArthur Fellowship, has had seven books named to The New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year list, and also won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for lifelong achievement, the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. He lives in Irvington, New York.

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time

 

Cleo Wade

Cleo Wade is a friend, community builder, and the author of the bestselling books, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life, Where to Begin: A small book your power to create big change, and Heart Talk: The Journal, 52 weeks of self-love,self-care, and self-discovery. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Cleo sits on the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Women’s Prison Association. When Cleo is not at home in California with her partner, Simon Kinberg, and their daughter, Memphis, she can be found traveling around the country on her sold-out book tours, which have become a safe space to laugh, cry, hug, and offer support to fellow readers.

Bookseller: Once Upon a Time