Bookworm 2023

Mark your calendars for a return to an in person Bookworm Festival! It's a fun morning celebrating emerging readers and those who write for them. For more information, visit

NOTE: Interest was so great that we have reached capacity on our event space and can no longer accept new registrations. Keep an eye on the Eventbrite page as we have asked people to cancel their registration if they cannot attend. We appreciate your understanding and support of the festival!


Event date: 
Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 9:00am
Event address: 
M. O. Campbell Educational Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd
Houston, TX 77032
Oona in the Arctic By Kelly DiPucchio, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly DiPucchio, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063222328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 24th, 2023

New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Raissa Figueroa are back with another gorgeous and grand tale from the big sea’s littlest mischief-maker, Oona!

Oona is on a mission! A baby beluga whale has lost her way from her family and needs help getting back to her icy arctic home!

Me Gusta By Angela Dominguez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250818546
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 6th, 2022

A stunning bilingual picture book that celebrates Latinx families by highlighting moments of connection and delight and feelings of safety and home, even through challenges and difficult times.

Me gusta your smile, tu sonrisa,
and your hugs, tus abrazos.

Me gusta when we explore this spectacular world, el mundo,

My First Space Words in English and Spanish By Zaida Hernández, Jayri Gómez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Zaida Hernández, Jayri Gómez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781948066402
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Lil' Libros - August 30th, 2022

Introduce your little ones to their first space words in both English and Spanish

Space, telescopes, missions, and UFOs - welcome to your first glossary space words

The Little Book of Joy By Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Rafael López (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593484234
Availability: Backordered
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

Nobel Peace Prize winners His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share their own childhood struggles to show young readers how they can thrive and find joy even during the most challenging times in this picture book adaptation of the international bestseller The Book of Joy.

Pizza and Taco: Rock Out!: (A Graphic Novel) By Stephen Shaskan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593481240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Graphic - January 3rd, 2023

Besties Pizza and Taco are ready to rock out! They have a cool band name! And some instruments—sort of. Songs? Well, even without mad musical skills, how hard can it be? This super-silly graphic novel series by Stephen Shaskan hits a new high note!

The Worst Teddy Ever By Marcelo Verdad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316330459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2022

Meet Noa and the worst Teddy EVER in this sweet, funny debut about the unrecognized heroes in our lives, for fans of Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson. A Spanish edition, El peor Teddy del mundo, is also available for purchase.

Noa LOVES Teddy. But Teddy is ALWAYS tired! Why is Teddy always too sleepy to play with Noa during the day?

Nell Plants a Tree By Anne Wynter, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anne Wynter, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062865779
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 31st, 2023

This gorgeous picture book shows how one little girl’s careful tending of a pecan tree creates the living center of a loving, intergenerational Black family. For Earth Day and every day! Perfect for fans of Matt de la Peña and Oge Mora.

Before her grandchildren climbed the towering tree,

explored its secret nests,