As America's Oldest Children's Bookstore, we are proud to support our local schools, teachers, and librarians by providing FREE events featuring authors and illustrators to encourage reading, inspire writing, and coordinate fun!
School events with authors are private events, but interested readers can order a signed and personalized book through Once Upon A Time. Please place your order at least 24 hours in advance of the event, unless otherwise noted. 
If you would like your school to be considered for author or illustrator visits, please fill out the Google form here or the PDF here or contact Maureen at Events@onceupona.com
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School Event

School Visit with Tina Kugler

Private Off-Site Event

Local author and Geisel Honor Winner, Tina Kuegler will be vising schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours before the event. You can also order anytime on Tina's author homepage

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 8:00am
Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544494121
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Snail and Worm Again: Three Stories About Two Friends Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544792494
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

School Visit with Matt de la Pena

Private Off-Site Event

Author Matt de la Peña will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours before the event. 

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:00am
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

Love Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Ana Ramírez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484781494
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney Press - October 10th, 2017

Los deseos de Carmela Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Amor Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518808
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2018

Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons Series) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

Mexican WhiteBoy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440239383
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - January 12th, 2010

Ball Don't Lie Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385734257
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - March 13th, 2007

The Living (The Living Series) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385741217
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - January 6th, 2015

The Hunted (The Living Series) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385741231
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - May 24th, 2016

School Visit with S. K. Ali

Private Off-Site Event

William C. Morris Award Finalist author S. K. Ali will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance. We are also hosting a free and public event, more infromation here

Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:00am
Love from A to Z Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534442726
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

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Saints and Misfits Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481499255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 12th, 2018

This is a fantastic debut contemporary teen novel that tells the story of a Muslim teen, Janna, and her acceptance of her identity. Told in first person, Janna has some preconceived notions of some of her close friends, and needs to be strong and brave as she fights others preconceived notions of good and bad. Questioning herself, her motives, her strengths and her faith, Janna is a fully formed heroine for our time! Appreciating differences and strength in family is a key theme in this terrific book. I would love to see a continuing of Janna and her family! - Maureen


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Saints and Misfits Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481499248
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 13th, 2017

School Visit with Dan Gemeinhart

Private Off-Site Event

As part of our Children's Book Week Celebrations, Dan Gemeinhart will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance. We are also hosting a free and public event, more infromation here

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:00am
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250196705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 8th, 2019

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The Honest Truth Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545665742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - December 29th, 2015

Scar Island Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338053852
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

Good Dog Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338053883
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

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Some Kind of Courage Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545665827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

School Visit with Antoinette Portis

Private Off-Site Event

Author/illustrator Antoinette Portis will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance.  

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Event date: 
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:00am
Hey, Water! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823441556
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - March 26th, 2019

Not a Box Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061123221
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - December 12th, 2006

Not a Box Board Book Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061994425
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperFestival - September 27th, 2011

Not a Stick Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061123252
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2007

Wait Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439214
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 14th, 2015

Now Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626721371
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 11th, 2017

Best Frints in the Whole Universe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626721364
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 5th, 2016

Best Frints at Skrool Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626728714
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 26th, 2018

School Visit with Kat Shepherd

Private Off-Site Event

Author Kat Shepherd will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance. 

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Event date: 
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 8:00am
The Gemini Mysteries 1: The North Star Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yellow Jacket - March 5th, 2019

Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand Cover Image
By Kat Shepherd, Rayanne Vieira (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250156969
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Imprint - June 5th, 2018

Babysitting Nightmares: The Phantom Hour Cover Image
By Kat Shepherd, Rayanne Vieira (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250156990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Imprint - January 29th, 2019

School Visit with Cynthia Kadohata

Private Off-Site Event

Multiple award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance.  

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:00am
A Place to Belong Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481446648
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 14th, 2019

Checked Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Maurizio Zorat (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481446624
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2019

Checked Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Maurizio Zorat (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481446617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - February 6th, 2018

Kira-Kira Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689856402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

Kira-Kira Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689856396
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 2004

The Thing About Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442474659
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

The Thing About Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416918820
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2013

Weedflower Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416975663
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2009

Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416906384
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 7th, 2008

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Croc & Turtle Cover Image
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
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Like a Lizard Cover Image
Young Captain Nemo Cover Image
Garden Day! (Step into Reading) Cover Image
Flora Forager ABC Cover Image

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The scientific process for kids with magical animals! The cover alone is all your young reader needs to see with this adorable new early chapter book series. Zoey with the help of her cat Sassafras and her handy Thinking Goggles uses deduction and the scientific process to find the best way to help the magical creatures that come to their door in need of care and love. Cute black and white illustrations with a helpful glossary in the back for those carefully introduced scientific words like hypothesis. My new go to recomendation! - Jessica