This month a pro-surfer takes her debut children’s book on tour; an author celebrates the U.K. launch of their debut novel; and an author appears at a book fair.

Making Waves

Pro-surfer Maya Gabeira celebrated her debut picture book Maya and the Beast, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki (Abrams), with a national tour kicking off on August 3. Gabeira made four stops across California; she’s pictured here at Bookshop in Santa Cruz, where she read from her book, spoke about her journey as a professional surfer, held a q&a with the audience, and signed copies for guests.

Debut Book Gets a New Life in the U.K.

Author Maya MacGregor made their U.K. debut with their first YA novel The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester (Astra Books for Young Readers). On August 9, MacGregor held a launch event at Waterstones in Glasgow, Scotland, where they spoke with author Meg MacDonald and signed copies of their book for attendees. The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester follows a queer nonbinary teen attempting to unravel a mystery that took place in their own home 30 years ago.

A Fair Appearance

On August 14, author Hollis Kurman appeared at the East Hampton Library Children’s Fair in New York to sign copies of her picture book Counting Kindness (Charlesbridge), including the copies of the Spanish edition, A contar amabilidad. The story introduces young readers to what it means to be a refugee and how they can help create safe environments and welcome refugees into their communities.