Saturday, April 14

Extra Yarn Event at Unwind

Today, at Unwind (a Yarn store in Burbank and not the dystopian novel by Neal Shusterman), Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen stopped by to celebrate their book Extra Yarn (Balzer & Bray, January 17, 2012).  The event was a part of Unwind's celebration of Yarn Crawl LA (a four day, self-guided tour Los Angeles County's Yarn Stores).

Alethea (@frootjoos on twitter) is a knitter and pulled her buddies (Alyson, Thuy, Kimberly and others) from Bridge to Books into helping with this event.  Yeah, twist our arms.  We are all big fans of Jon and Mac so it didn't take much to convince us to help.

Alethea kept in the spirit of the story and covered wooden block letters to look like the cover.

Thuy (@fishgirl182) yarnbombed some little houses so they would look like they were pulled right out of the book.

Mac and John signed books, chatted with fans, and entertained young readers who came out to draw and have some fun.

Mac read Extra Yarn to the audience.  Don't watch the clip if you don't want to hear the end of the book.  However, this was my favorite part since Mac does a great Archduke. Since he was a little late to the signing due to Los Angeles traffic, the lovely Mia (Unwind's resident bookworm) read it to the audience members who got there early, and did a great job!

Also, the extra talented Alethea made yarn inspired cake pops for the event.  I wish I had taken a close up of these yummy treats.

I (Alyson) also finally ran into Carter Higgins, a twitter buddy.  One of these days, we will also run into each other at Vroman's.

To celebrate today's event, I am giving away a signed copy of Extra Yarn to one lucky person.  Please fill out the form to enter.  You have until April 21, 2012 to enter to win.

Please note:  This post has been cross posted over at Kid Lit Frenzy.  

Thursday, April 12

Picture This - Big Event and Workshop

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the afternoon workshops but hope to reschedule them at a later date. Anyone who signed up in advance has already been notified. If you still want to meet our author-illustrator guests, please join us for the Storytime portion of the event from 10:30 am-1:30 pm, for only $5 per person.

Please join us for a very special storytime event!

Kids and parents, book lovers of all ages, join us for a storytime extravaganza!

Meet authors and illustrators, listen to stories, and draw anything you can imagine.

Admission is $5 suggested donation per person (babies and children up to 2 years old get in free!).
We ask that each adult be accompanied by no more than 3 children.

**Unfortunately, due to a previous engagement, Bob Boyle will not be joining us. However, we welcome Micah Player to the mix! You can find out more about him at

Our special guests will include:

Laura Lacámara
Alicia's Fruity Drinks, The Runaway Piggy


Micah Player
Chloe, Instead

More authors and details will be announced soon!

Register early as space is limited. 
The event will be held at San Rafael Elementary School, 1090 Nithsdale Road, Pasadena, CA 91105. Thanks so much to the book-loving San Rafael community for inviting us to use their space!

You can email Alethea and Alyson at if you have further questions! Please join the MailChimp list to get updates and information on this and all of our local book events. (We promise not to email more than once per week.)