Bank Square Books presents an evening of children's literature at the Garde Arts Center in New London, featuring Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street. Matt and Christian will present their highly anticipated new book Carmela Full of Wishes—a heartfelt sibling story that explores what hope looks like in a vibrant migrant community, and illuminates the experience of mixed-status families. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and a signing; copies will be available for purchase through Bank Square Books. This event is free and suitable for all ages. Reserve your free tickets here in advance to ensure your spot.
Many thanks to our partner organizations: Garde Arts Center, New London Education Foundation, Chelsea Groton Foundation, Opening Doors for Westerly's Children, and Connecticut Council for the Humanities
About the book:
When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . .
With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a “powerful and beautiful” (Kirkus, starred review) ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.
An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
In their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that's sure to be an instant classic.