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November 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri is generously sharing a special gift with the Inland Empire. On May 30th and 31st, Rileys at Los Rios Rancho will host the museum’s traveling Laura Ingalls Wilder, Journey of a Pioneer Family exhibit. Rarely seen outside of Missouri, the exhibit contains photographs and information relating to Mrs. Wilder, her famous Little House books and Americas westward expansion. The exhibit will be open to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Los Rios Rancho packing shed. Admission and parking is free. Along with the museum exhibit, there will be a pioneer wagon and schoolhouse display, and special horse-drawn wagon rides. Children can try on clothing of the “Little House” period and try their hands at butter churning and other pioneer crafts and games. The bakery, BBQ, picnic grounds and wildlands trails at Los Rios Rancho will be open both days from 10a.m. – 5 p.m. The bakery will be featuring cider floats and apple hand pies. For information, call (909) 797-1005 or visit

May 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Don’t worry Mom there is glass between them!

Amazing--- tiger & girl (there's glass there too) on Twitpic

May 10, 2009 at 6:50 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

Children’s Choice Book Awards

Ad the award goes to…The Children’s Book Council has unveiled the finalists for its second-annual Children’s Choice Book Awards based on votes from kids from around the country who nominated their favorite book, author, and illustrator.

Some 15,000 children cast their ballots for best books in six categories—four based on age group, as well as favorite author and illustrator of the year.

For the second consecutive year, the winners will be announced at the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala on May 12, during Children’s Book Week.

Award-winning author Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will host the gala again, during which the second annual Impact Award will be given—this year to actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

Get your students back to the ballot box. They can vote from March 16 through May 3, for their favorite books, authors, and illustrator at their schools, libraries and bookstores, as well as at

And the finalists are:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
The Donut Chef (Random) by Bob Staake
Katie Loves the Kittens (Holt) by John Himmelman
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Hyperion) by Mo Willems
Sort It Out! (Sylvan Dell) by Barbara Mariconda, illus. by Sherry Rogers
Those Darn Squirrels! (Clarion) by Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Babymouse: Puppy Love (Random) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia (DK) by Peter Chrisp
Underwear: What We Wear Under There (Holiday House) by Ruth Freeman Swain, illus. by John O’Brien
Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, illus. (Sleeping Bear) by Cyd Moore
Spooky Cemeteries (Bearport) by Dinah Williams

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
100 Most Dangerous Things On the Planet (Scholastic Reference) by Anna Claybourne
Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper (Scholastic/Graphix) by Kazu Kibuishi
The Big Field (Philomel) by Mike Lupica
Swords: An Artist’s Devotion (Candlewick) by Ben Boos
Thirteen (Dutton) by Lauren Myracle

Teen Choice Book Award
Airhead (Scholastic/Point) by Meg Cabot
Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown) by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games (Scholastic) by Suzanne Collins
Lock and Key (Viking) by Sarah Dessen
Paper Towns (Dutton) by John Green

Author of the Year
Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown)
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Abrams/Amulet)
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr (Knopf)
James Patterson, Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Disney-Hyperion)

Illustrator of the Year
Laura Cornell, Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis (HarperCollins/Cotler)
Robin Preiss Glasser, Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly! by Jane O’Connor (HarperCollins)
Mo Willems, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Hyperion)
David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon, Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka (S & S)
Jon J Muth, Zen Ties (Scholastic)

March 4, 2009 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

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November 29, 2008 at 3:34 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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