This week, a YA author makes her middle grade debut; the narrative history of important events in Japanese American history are discussed; a beloved pup celebrates a birthday; and an author-illustrator duo sign copies of their new book.

Frankie & Bug

Gayle Forman (r.) attended a launch event for her debut middle grade novel Frankie & Bug (Aladdin) —a coming-of-age story about the burgeoning friendship between a girl and her neighbor’s nephew during a fateful summer—on Tuesday, October 12 at Word bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y. Forman appeared in conversation with author Jacqueline Woodson (l.) (Before the Ever After, Paulsen). Photo: Kristin Gilson.

Creating Conversations

Susan H. Kamei signed copies of When Can We Go Back to America? (Simon & Schuster)a narrative history of Japanese Americans before, during, and after their World War II incarceration—at Creating Conversations’ outdoor courtyard in Redondo Beach, Calif., on October 16. Photo: Yu-Fahn Yuen.

Biscuit’s Birthday

At the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival in New York on October 2, Biscuit series creators Alyssa Capucilli and Pat Schories celebrated the curious little yellow puppy’s 25th birthday; here Schories greets a few fans.

Read and Chill

On Saturday, October 16, debut picture book author Kashelle Gourley and illustrator Skylar Hogan attended an in-person launch event at their local Barnes & Noble in Omaha, Neb., for Poe & Lars (Little Bee), about a creative girl in the Arctic whose home is accidentally destroyed by a polar bear. The two signed copies of their new book and met with fans.