It's Sandcastle Building Day Children's Picture Book Launch Party with the Author Shirley Castro and the Illustrator Cathleen Abalos
Sunday Nov. 5th @ 1pm
In It’s Sandcastle Building Day you are immersed in a family’s journey to the beach, as you enjoy the gorgeous illustrations of artist Cathleen Abalos, and author Shirley Castro’s short, rhythmic, repeatable phrases, designed to help kids read along.
You’ll join right in with the family’s fun as they gather up the important things to take with them, and then head to the beach to build their sandy masterpiece. The warmth and caring of the family members for each other shine through in the beautifully designed illustrations. The description of the parts of the sandcastle will inspire you to try out your own version the next time you go to the beach. And the phrase, “Sand castle, land castle, pat it with my hand castle!” will stick in your mind and make you smile.
Children's Picture Book Launch How the Candy Cane Got It's Stripes with Author Scott Casperson and Illustrator JiHyun Kim
Sunday Dec 3rd at 1pm
How The Candy Cane Got Its Stripes is a childrens holiday tale about self-discovery featuring the iconic candy cane as the hero. Cane, with his frosty pal Snoey, discovers what his purpose is to Christmas to remind everyone that the only holiday gift that matters is friendship.
Scott Casperson is an Air Force brat who was lucky enough to get to explore new & far away places. He was able to settle down long enough to graduate from the University of Florida. He put his degree in advertising to good use for a number of years in a few different cities before trying his hand at other things including hospitality, children’s education & comedy (sometimes all three at once!). Now, he’s taking that creativity & channeling it into the perfect medium for him, children’s books. How The Candy Cane Got Its Stripes is his first printed work. He’s honored to have you join him on this adventure & thanks you immensely for your interest & support. Thank you.
Words on Bathroom Walls Young Adult Book Launch Party with Author Julia Walton
Sat. July 8th @ 3pm
Fans of More Happy Than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story will cheer for Adam as he struggles with schizophrenia in this brilliantly honest and unexpectedly funny debut.
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.
Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.
JULIA WALTON received her MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. When she’s not reading or baking cookies, she’s indulging in her profound love of Swedish Fish, mechanical pencils, and hobbit-sized breakfasts. Julia lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @Jwaltonwrites.