Indie Bookstore Day at Books of Wonder

Sat Apr 27, 2024
11:00am to 2:00pm ET
Age: All
Price: Free
Books of Wonder

To celebrate this year's Indie Bookstore Day, Books of Wonder is hosting 35+ New York City children's books authors and artists. Stop by for story times, art demos, crafts, and more. Grab a FREE autograph card and capture autographs from all the authors and artists roaming the store.



  • Ellen Weinstein (with Storytime), illustrator of the forthcoming essential NYC picture book: Five Stories!
  • John Patrick Green, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Investigators and Agents of S.U.I.T. graphic novel series
  • Christopher Hastings, co-author of the Agents of S.U.I.T. graphic novel series.
  • Steve Light, the acclaimed author-illustrator of Have You Seen My Dragon?, Road Trip, and most recently, A Spider Named Itsy.
  • Brian Floca, the Caldecott-medal winning artist of Locomotive, Keep the City Going, Moonshot and the forthcoming With Dad.
  • Rowboat Watkins (with Arts & Crafts Activity), whose humorous and whimsical picture books include Most Marshmallows, Mabel, Tiny Cedric and, most recently, Go-Go Guys.
  • Sayantani DasGupta, the New York Times bestselling author of YA novel Debating Darcy as well as fantasy middle grade series such as The Kingdom Beyond and Secrets of the Sky.
  • Lian Cho, (with Arts & Crafts Activity) the Taiwanese-born, now Brooklynite illustrator of many goofy picture books, including Oh, Olive!, 100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli, and the upcoming Dare to Be Daring.
  • Julie Benbassat, (with Arts & Crafts Activity), whose gorgeous picture book debut was The Book From Far Away.
  • Christopher Silas Neal, the award-winning author and illustrator of All's Right with the World, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and From Tree to Sea — among many others
  • Eric Geron, the New York Times-bestselling author of Poultrygeist, YA rom-com A Tale of Two Princes, and the hilarious early reader book Fry Guys.
  • Cat Min, the creator of the whimsical picture books Shy Willow and The Little Toymaker and, most recently, The Shadow and the Ghost.
  • Daniel J. O'Brien, a Trinidadian-born author and illustrator of the powerful and stunning picture books Glenn Burke, Game Changer and Juneteenth Is
  • Sara Holly Ackerman, (with Storytime) a school librarian and Brooklyn-based children's book author of picture books such as The Gabi That Girma Wore and, most recently, Not Just the Driver!
  • Bats Langley, the illustrator of many picture books, including his most recent release: Jackie and the Books She Loved.


  • Jimbo Matison (with arts and crafts activities), the author & illustrator of the hilarious, fan-favorite How to Draw a Happy Cat and the forthcoming How to Draw a Brave Chicken.
  • Eliot Schrefer, the New York Times bestselling author of YA novels Charming Young Man and The Darkness Outside Us as well as Books of Wonder favorite middle grade series, Animal Rescue Agency and The Lost Rainforest.
  • Bruce Handy, journalist, essayist, and author of stunning and unforgettable picture books such as The Book From Far Away, What If One Day, and the forthcoming There Was a Shadow.
  • Colter Jackson, the author-illustrator behind the moving and lyrical picture books that tackle big conversations for kids: The Rhino Suit and, most recently, Everyday Brave.
  • Ethan Aldridge, the best-selling creator of the action-packed graphic novels, including Estranged, Changeling King, and The Legend of Brightblade and, most recently, the haunting novel Deephaven.
  • Dan-ah Kim, the author/artist of exciting and stunning picture books, including The Grandmaster's Daughter, and more recently, The Train Home.
  • Sabina Hahn, the Brooklyn-based illustrator, animator, and sculptor who debuted with the uproariously funny and relatable picture book Pineapple Princess. Her most recent release is I Am a Dragon!: A Squabble & a Quibble.
  • Eric Rosswood, multi-award-winning author whose work centers on family, authenticity and diversity, including Stonewall Honor Book Strong and the forthcoming Queer Cheer.
  • Sarah Beth Durst, the author of fantasy middle grade novel The Shelterlings, YA thriller The Lakehouse, and the forthcoming adult romantasy, The Spellshop.
  • Julia Sarcone-Roach, the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award-winning author-illustrator of the hilarious picture books The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, Subway Story, and, most recently, The Ice Cream Vanishes.
  • Caron Levis, author of several picture books including the stunning Feathers Together, Ida, Always, and, most recently, Mighty Muddy Us.


  • Dan Gutman (with Storytime), the New York Times-bestselling author of the My Weird School series, including the upcoming Mrs. Marge is in Charge.
  • Chris Grabenstein, the bestselling author of beloved middle grade series Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Smartest Kid in the Universe, and Dog Squad.
  • Paul O. Zelinsky, the Caldecott medalist and three-time Caldecott honor-winning illustrator of acclaimed picture book classics, including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Swamp Angel.
  • Kamilah Cole, a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut is the bombastic YA Jamaican-inspired fantasy, So Let Them Burn.
  • Brian D. Kennedy, the author of the charming YA romantic-comedies A Little Bit Country and My Fair Brady.
  • Kat Cho, the New York Times best-selling author of YA novels such as Wicked Fox, Vicious Spirits, and Once Upon a K-Prom.
  • Dan Clay, a writer and drag queen ("Carrie Dragshaw") whose work vibrant YA novel is Becoming a Queen.
  • Melissa Iwai, the author/artist behind many beloved picture books such as Soup Day and, most recently, How This Book Got Red.
  • Denis Markell, the author behind action-packed middle grade novels such as Click Here to Start and, most recently, The Final Cut.
  • Robin Newman, a practicing attorney turned children's book creator. Her works include hilarious picture books like Don't Call Me Fuzzybutt, beginning readers like The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, and the forthcoming Who's Writing This Story?
  • Colleen Kong-Savage, a taekwondo black belt, MFA-holding, former Books of Wonder employee, now illustrator! Her picture books include The Turtle Ship and her author/artist debut Piano Wants to Play.
** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.