This week, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris are honored by a bookstore; Jennifer Lynn Alvarez kicks off her new trilogy; Erin Danielle Russell offers tips on tricking the tooth fairy; and musician and author Tim Kubart hosts a rousing celebration for his debut book.

On the Right Foot

On May 3, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris accepted the inaugural “Charlie Medal” from Charlie’s Corner in San Francisco for their book Her Right Foot (Chronicle). The award was created to recognize books that offer excellent illustrations, text, and strong appeal to readers during storytime. Two Charlie honors went to After the Fall by Dan Santat and The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by the Fan Brothers. Eggers and Harris donated the $2,000 prize to the 826 Valencia writing program, which Eggers founded. To help celebrate, three kids from 826 Valencia came to the store and shopped for books with help from Eggers (seen here with one of the kids), Harris, and bookstore staff.

Pegasus Welcome!

Author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez recently celebrated the release of her first book in a new trilogy, Riders of the Realm: Across the Dark Water (HarperCollins) with a party at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa, Calif. Fans—including one dressed as a pegasus—came from areas around the state to meet Alvarez, who is also the author of the Guardian Herd series. The bookstore gave out prizes, including a plush pegasus, book posters, and a game of Mancala (human characters play a similar game in the book).


Erin Danielle Russell, co-author of the Dork Diaries series, appeared for a storytime event at Barnes & Noble 2937 in Fairfax, Va., on May 6. Russell presented her solo picture book debut, How to Trick the Tooth Fairy (Aladdin), about a girl who matches wits with the tooth fairy. Here, she casts a spell with her signature fairy wand, while showing spreads from the book, which is illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli.

Get On Your Feet!

Musician and Sprout TV host Tim Kubart visited Harrington Park (N.J.) School on May 1 to celebrate the release of his debut picture book Oopsie-Do! (HarperCollins). He spoke to an audience of more than 200 kids and sang songs—including the titular song, “Oopsie-Do!”