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Author Event with Dan Santat/A First Time for Everything

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Author Event with Dan Santat/A First Time for Everything

Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person event with author Dan Santat, moderated by Betsy Bird, to celebrate the release of A First Time for Everything, on Sunday, February 26th at 3:30pm in our Naperville store. Dan will answer questions, have a signing line, and take photos with attendees if they wish!

 

This event will be held in our Naperville store location (123 West Jefferson Ave), and pre-registration is required as space is limited. For this event, each ticket admits one adult and one child.

 

More about A First Time for Everything:  

A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.

Dan's always been a good kid. The kind of kid who listens to his teachers, helps his mom with grocery shopping, and stays out of trouble. But being a good kid doesn't stop him from being bullied and feeling like he's invisible, which is why Dan has low expectations when his parents send him on a class trip to Europe.

At first, he's right. He's stuck with the same girls from his middle school who love to make fun of him, and he doesn't know why his teacher insisted he come on this trip. But as he travels through France, Germany, Switzerland, and England, a series of first experiences begin to change him—first Fanta, first fondue, first time stealing a bike from German punk rockers... and first love.

Funny, heartwarming, and poignant, A First Time for Everything is a feel-good coming-of-age memoir based on New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat's awkward middle school years. It celebrates a time that is universally challenging for many of us, but also life-changing as well.

 

About the Author: 

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library. She writes for the School Library Journal blog A Fuse #8 Production and reviews for Kirkus. She is the host of the Story Seeds podcast as well as the co-host of the Fuse 8 n' Kate podcast that she creates with her sister. Betsy is the author of nonfiction, picture books, anthologies, and the historical middle grade novel LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS, illustrated by David Small. You can follow Betsy @FuseEight on Twitter, @fusenumber8 on TikTok or at betsybirdbooks.com.

 

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