Bookworm | Mike Curato and Jennifer E. Smith


Please join us for the Bookworm 2022 discussion between Mike Curato and Jennifer E. Smith moderated by Varsha Bajaj!


Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 1:00pm CDT


This event will be a Zoom webinar, please click here to register.

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The panels will be uploaded to YouTube each evening, for on-demand viewing, and will remain there for 2 weeks.  PLEASE NOTE:  Individuals are not allowed to record panels for future viewing.

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About the Panel Authors:

Mike Curato is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and the graphic novel Flamer, and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including What If... (by Samantha Berger), Worm Loves Worm, and All the Way to Havana.

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightWindfall, and Field Notes on Love. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

About the Panel Moderator:

Varsha Bajaj ( also wrote the picture books The Home Builders and This Is Our Baby, Born Today (a Bank Street Best Book). She grew up in Mumbai, India, and when she came to the United States to obtain her master's degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. In addition to her previous pictur books, she wrote the middle-grade novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She lives in Houston, Texas.


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Priority shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International shipping is $35.

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Where Is Bina Bear? By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250762207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 11th, 2022

In Mike Curato's funny, poignant picture book Where Is Bina Bear?, a little rabbit throws a party—but can't find best friend Bina Bear anywhere!

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The Creature of Habit By Jennifer E. Smith, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer E. Smith, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593173053
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Random House Studio - November 9th, 2021

A delightful picture book about a creature of habit whose routine suddenly gets disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a new friend. A perfect story for little readers learning social emotional skills that explores the joy of trying something new!

The Home Builders By Varsha Bajaj, Simona Mulazzani (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Simona Mulazzani (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399166853
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 12th, 2019

This vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrates a variety of woodland creatures as they make their homes and prepare for their young.