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A Mother’s Day With Moore, Julianne That Is!

Freckles, Fun and Julianne Moore

frecklespotbLooking for something different to do with Mom or Grandma this weekend? Why not join actress and mother, Julianne Moore this Mother’s Day, May 10th from 11 am- 1 pm at the Ralph Lauren store 141 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood. Moore will be reading and signing her Freckleface Strawberry books, plus there will be some neat Freckleface activities there for the kids, too! This event, a partnership between Bloomsbury, Cookie magazine and Ralph Lauren, promises to be fun for the entire family.

For my frank Freckleface confessions and book reviews, please check back next Tuesday. Right now, though, get out your PDA and make a date to meet Julianne Moore for Mother’s Day. And remember to bring your freckles!

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Speak with Spinelli

Write SPINELLI on your calendar and recharge your cell phone batteries now!


If you or your child has a question for the author, think about heading over to La Verne to join readers as they chat with this renowned author about his beloved books, STARGIRL and LOVE, STARGIRL. “As charming and unique as its sensitive, nonconformist heroine.” —School Library Journal

WHO: JERRY SPINELLI – Newbery Medalist and author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; Milkweed; Wringer, a Newbery Honor book; and Knots in My Yo-Yo String, his autobiography.

WHAT: “DIAL INTO SUMMER” tour via telephone (something right up every tween and teen’s alley) is a new initiative from Random House Children’s Books in which Jerry Spinelli “tours” via telephone and calls in to bookstores to speak with readers! How cool is that?

love-stargirlAccording to Random House, this innovative “Dial Into Summer” tour is in support of the paperback release of New York Times bestseller LOVE, STARGIRL on sale April 28th, (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $8.99; Ages 12 up)

1030 Bonita Avenue,
La Verne, CA

For more information call: (909) 599-4558

WHEN: Monday, May 4th at 4:00 pm (PST)

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Explore-A-Story Online Auction

Bidding on Movie Memorabilia Helps Buy Books For Kids

variety_kids2For the first time ever Variety’s Kids, a fundraising program of Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern California, will host an Explore-A-Story Online Auction with proceeds to benefit The Wonder of Reading.

On April 24th at 5p.m. people can log onto for their chance to bid on exciting pieces of Hollywood movie memorabilia.

About The Wonder of Reading
The Wonder of Reading ( exists to inspire in children the love or reading. Since 1994, they have partnered with more than 200 elementary schools to help at-risk students by renovating dilapidated school libraries, restocking library collections with new books, and providing enriching literacy programs. In 2008, more then 130,000 children attended their partner schools, and they trained more then 500 new volunteers to be one-on-one reading mentors.

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Must Go-To This Event!

Get Mixing Tonight!
Kimberley Clayton Blaine, a national child development expert and internet’s “Go-To Mom” is hosting a Mommy Mixer to celebrate the release of her new book, Mommy Confidence: 8 Easy Steps to Reclaiming Balance, Motivation and Your Inner Diva. You can find the Go-To Mom at

Untitled-3I’m told this is the first in a series of Mommy Mixers aimed at helping moms build inner strength and self awareness. Attendees will be able to buy the book before and after the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to Children’s Institute, Inc. and the Center for Non-Violent Parent and Education.

WHEN: Monday, March 30, 2009, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Vroman’s bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
2nd floor, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Noah Knew A Thing or Two

Not only is TOTZ ONLY a fabulous toy store, it’s really a one-stop shopping, playing and learning venue for families with a warm and welcoming staff. Located in Burbank, TOTZ ONLY was featured in our Best of 2008 issue so I wanted to shout out about a SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT they’ll be having tomorrow (immediately following Storytime with Jamey Hood). Make haste and head over to this fabulous shop at 3009 W. Magnolia, Burbank.

320310481Storytelling and Booksigning by author
Zachary Shapiro, (Rabbi of Temple Akiba
in Culver City)
We’re All In the Same Boat
Thursday, March 19, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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A ‘Little’ Goes A Long Way

I can’t make it to Santa Monica this Thursday evening, January 22nd, but maybe you can. Head over anytime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for your last opportunity to view the exclusive exhibition of Garth Williams’ original illustrative art from children’s classic, Stuart Little only at Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery. Join them for readings, refreshments, family fun, and your last chance to own one of these unique historic treasures of children’s literature.


Give a ‘Little’ bit today
Incidentally, another great reason to attend: A portion of all the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross of Santa Monica.

Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery: 1311-C Montana Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90403 (310) 451-2700 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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