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A Note from River Bend Bookshop
Winter 2022 Author Visits
We have another incredible line up of visiting authors for Winter 2022!! Reach out to book your events now!!

Most of our events will continue to be virtual this season, but please do note limited in-person opportunities below. Authors and Publishers are committed to adhering to your Covid protocols, and we are happy to get creative in structuring events to meet your needs.

We have a new event management team in place, and you can reach us at or 860.430.6608.

As always, our touring Authors do not require an appearance fee. These events are free, and open to schools across Connecticut.
Author: Nick Bruel
Touring Title: Bad Kitty Gets a Phone
Backlist: Extensive Bad Kitty collection
Dates: January 19
Format: Virtual
Grade Level: 2-5

Kitty will not be good until her owners cave and get her a cell phone in this brand-new, full color chapter book in the New York Times-bestselling series.
Kitty has everything any cat could want--a warm bed, plenty of fresh litter, a machine that dispenses food whenever she wants! But Kitty isn't satisfied. She has her eye on something that will make her the happiest, most grateful cat in town. Kitty wants . . . a cell phone. And she can have one if she does all her chores with zero complaints.
Author: Rex Ogle
Touring Title: The Supernatural Society
Dates: February 8
Format: Virtual
Grade Level: 2-5

"A rowdy romp of a read, equal parts monstrous, magical, and moving (apologies for the ample alliteration). Rex Ogle’s new book will pull your heartstrings—until your heart stops dead." —Neil Patrick Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Magic Misfits
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Touring Title: What About Will
Backlist: Closer to Nowhere
Dates: January-March
Platform: Virtual
Grade Level: 5-9

Written in her recognizable free-verse style, Hopkins conveys the raw and realistic emotions of a broken family. The book covers multiple tough subjects…in a manner that is digestible for a younger audience. What about Will is a story about family, love, loss, hope, and understanding that you don’t have to go through hardships alone.” —Booklist
Author: Aisha Saeed
Touring Title: Omar Rising
Backlist: Amal Unbound
Dates: February 7
Platform: Virtual
Grade Level: 5-9

“Irresistibly appealing and genuinely inspiring—a story that helps us to see the world more clearly, and to see ourselves as powerful enough to change it.” —Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award Winner When You Reach Me

In this compelling companion to New York Times bestseller Amal Unbound, Amal’s friend Omar must contend with being treated like a second-class citizen when he gets a scholarship to an elite boarding school.
Author: Jake Burt
Touring Title: The Ghoul of Windydown Vale
Dates: February 2022
Platform: In person/Virtual/Hybrid
Grade Level: 5-9

A thrilling middle grade mystery from the author of Greetings from Witness Protection! and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric.

An episode of Scooby Doo meets Margaret Peterson Haddix!!
Author: Leigh Lewis
Touring Title: Pirate Queens
Dates: February 2022
Platform: Virtual
Grade Level: 3-7

Perfect for any curious student who dreams of adventure and for educators who are eager to show their tweens and teens that history is more diverse, daring, and surprising than what is typically found in textbooks.
Author: Julian Randall
Touring Title: Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa
Dates: March 7,2022
Platform: In-Person/Virtual/Hybrid
Grade Level: 3-7
The Land of Stories meets Dominican myths and legends come to life in Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, a blockbuster contemporary middle-grade fantasy duology starter from Julian Randall. Fans of Tristan Strong and The Storm Runner, here is your next obsession.
Author: Claribel A. Ortega
Touring Title: Witchlings
Dates: March 2022
Platform: In-Person/Virtual/Hybrid
Grade Level: 3-7

A magical adventure for fans of Amari and the Night Brrothers and Nevermoor, about three witchlings who must work together to do the impossible if they have any hope of earning their full powers.
Author: Katherine Applegate
Touring Title: Doggo and Pupper Save the World
Backlist: Closer to Nowhere
Dates: March 23,2022
Platform: In-Person/Virtual/Hybrid
Grade Level: K-2

The second book in a #1 New York Times-bestselling fun new series. When Doggo and Pupper meet a baby bird who has worries, they are determined to help.

Like Narwhal and Jelly, these short stories, six in all, are great read-alouds and read-alongs for beginning readers.
Author: Amelia Kahaney
Touring Title: All The Best Liars
Dates: April 2022
Platform: In-Person/Virtual/Hybrid
Grade Level: 9-12

A dark, modern, character-driven psychological thriller / coming-of-age story in the spirit of Karen Thomas or E. Lockhart, about obsession, manipulation, and the intensity of first friendships.
World Read Aloud Day is February 2, 2022
Read Across America is March 2, 2022
Celebrate with a visit from a local CT author!
Author: Barbara McClintock
Touring Title: Three Little Kittens
Backlist: Vroom, Nothing Stopped Sophie, Adele & Simon, and many more!
Grade Level: K-5
Author: Winsome Bingham
Touring Title: Soul Food Sunday
Grade Level: K-3

"Esperanza’s vibrant illustrations are awash in saturated colors, photo-realistic facial expressions, and pronounced outlines, and they positively radiate this family’s joy and love for one another. . .Food-related words and onomatopoeia are called out in large, colorful fonts, adding to the reading fun." 
— Booklist
Author: Deborah Freedman
Touring Title: Is, Was
Backlist: Carl and the Meaning of Life, This House Once, and many more!
Grade Level: K-5
Author: Bob Shea
Touring Title: Chez Bob
Backlist: Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, Who Wet My Pants?, and many more!
Grade Level: K-5
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