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Story Time with Author Karen Beil Thursday, March 26th 11:00am

Join Author Karen Beil as she reads from her delightful new picture book Jack’s House and the hilarious Moover Over!

This Thursday at 11:00am Preschooler Story Time

Visit Karen’s web site Here


Have you heard the old story about The House that Jack Built? Most people assume Jack built the house. But one tired pooch disagrees.

Jack’s hard-working, big-truck-driving, hammer-pounding pooch, Max, wants you to know his side of the story in this exciting tell-all tale.

“This book was built for those youngsters with a jones for trucks and other big wheels, and it delivers in spades.”
Kirkus Reviews

A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme. . . . The vehicles that drive up to the site delivering materials and excavating are rugged and tough, appealing to the construction enthusiasts, but the soaring house is the centerpiece of the story, and Max’s care in building it is obvious. This beguiling book will be a hit . . . ”

– School Library Journal


When an obnoxious cow elbows her way on board a crowded trolley, the hard-working driver loses count and his passengers go flying, even the pigs! What’s happening to the passengers? Will they ever get where they’re going?

“Readers will cheer as the ill-mannered bovine gets her comeuppance, and Meisel’s energetic and humorous acrylic illustrations will keep them in stitches as they practice counting by twos.” – School Library Journal

“Meisel’s colorful illustrations fit this tale perfectly, with the sweet facial expressions of the cow lending surprise to her rude behavior. Not only will readers learn to count by twos, they will also learn the words used to describe pairs: duet, couple, twosome, partners . . . in this funny story.” – Kirkus Reviews

March 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Author Suzanne Selfors & Illustator Catia Chien

Sunday March 29th at 3:00pm


To celebrate the release of their book, Fortune’s Magic Farm, author Suzanne Selfors and illustrator Catia Chien are sponsoring a contest.

WRITERS: In Fortune’s Magic Farm, Isabelle meets people who have secret magical powers. In one page or less, describe the moment when your character discovers that he/she has a magical power.

Winner will receive a basket of books and a $30 gift certificate to Once Upon a Story.

ARTISTS: In Fortune’s Magic Farm, Isabelle encounters magical plants with powers to cure sickness and to make people fly. Draw or paint a picture of your own magical plant.

Winner will receive a basket of art supplies and a $30 gift certificate to Once Upon a Story.

Deadline to enter is March 25th. Drop entries at Once Upon a Story.

Winners announced on Sunday, March 29th, 3pm
Once Upon a Story
3740 E 4th street, Long Beach, CA
562 673-5777
Come and meet Suzanne and Catia!

March 11, 2009 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Dallas Clayton Local Writer / Artist Visit


This Sunday March 15th at 2:00PM

Based on the simple concept of dreaming big “An Awesome Book” is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer/artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic tales by Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein, and Maurice Sendak it is a sure hit for all generations young and old.


March 10, 2009 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

Broken Meow – Story Time Saturday Dec. 13 at 11:00am

This Saturday Story Time Local author Lauren Levine will be here with her delightful book  “The Broken Meow”

Learn more about Lauren here

broken-meowGrayla the cat broke her ” meow”

The big fuzzy Dog sprained her “Bow – Wow”

Then the cow stubbed her “Mooo”

December 9, 2008 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Author/Illustrator Matt Whitlock this Sunday

Matt Whitlock currently an artist for Nickelodeon TV show, “The Fairly Odd Parents.” Former Disney artist, part-time author/illustrator, full-time pop-culture junkie will be at OnceUpon a Story Sunday, December 7th at 2:00PM


Matt will talk about his book Punk’s Christmas Carol and give a drawing demonstration.

Learn more about Matt here


see all his books here

December 1, 2008 at 3:54 am Leave a comment

Author Apperance – Archibald the little mouse with a BIG Heart

This Saturday, December 6th at 11:00AM

Meet Archibald the little mouse with the Big heart and the author of his boook Sylvia Lieberman.  Please join us for a very specil Saturday story time with author Syilvia Lieberman.

archibald      Learn more about Archibald & Silvia HERE

November 30, 2008 at 3:11 am Leave a comment

Tea for Ruby

Once Upon a Story presents

Tea for Ruby

At the Bay Shore Library

195 Bay Shore Drive, Long Beach

Saturday, November 8th at 10:30 AM

This is a very special tea party
for Grandmothers and Granddaughters

Featuring SarahFerguson The Duchess of York

newest book “Teafor Ruby”

with Illustrations byRobin Preiss Glasser (Fancy Nancy)

Please wear your loveliest dress
and bring your best manners to Tea for Ruby

After a reading from Tea for Ruby,  tea and treats will be served along with some fun surprises.

Please purchase advance tickets
at Once Upon a Story….

3740 East 4th St., Belmont Heights

(562) 433-6856 or email

$30 includes one book and seating for two. Additional books or seating may be purchased separately.

November 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

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