There are two don’t-miss author events happening in Charm City next week — one for littles and one for bigger kids! {And then, of course, the Book Festival happens later this month. But that’s a whole ‘nother round-up of kid lit awesomeness.} Be sure to add these author events for kids in Baltimore to your calendar.

Drew Daywalt: Author of The Day the Crayons Came Home

September 18, 2015, 4 PM
The Ivy Bookshop

Award-winning children’s author Drew Daywalt visits with a sequel to beloved The Day the Crayons Quit. Co-hosted with Shananigans Toy Shop.  The Day the Crayons Quit has sold more than 1.8 million copies in North America alone! It’s one of TIME Magazine‘s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time. In The Day the Crayons Came Home, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued! The insanely clever and entertaining creator behind the CRAYONS series, Drew Daywalt, will visit The Ivy to prove that #EveryCrayonCounts! Shananigans Toy Shop will be on hand elling arts and craft supplies and coloring books.  MORE INFO {*Please note we just received word from The Ivy that this event is at capacity and they can no longer accept RSVPs}

Laura Amy Schlitz, author of The Hired Girl

September 19, 2015, 4 PM
The Children’s Bookstore

The Children’s Bookstore welcomes Newberry Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz on September 19th. She’ll be signing copies of her new historical fiction novel for young adults, The Hired Girl. What’s so (cool) about this book? It takes place in Baltimore! Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions. MORE