Award-Winning Authors Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson at Pico Branch Library

October 4, 2018

Award-Winning Authors Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson at Pico Branch Library

Santa Monica, California –The Pico Branch Library and Children’s Book World are honored to welcome the multiple award-winning team of author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson for a presentation and drawing demonstration of their poignant and timely new picture book, Carmela Full of Wishes on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Room, 2200 Virginia Ave.  This is their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street.

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 moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.  A book sale and signing follows.

This program is free and open to all. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program. Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Pico Branch Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes line 7.  Lines 41, 42, 43 also stop within a short walking distance. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

For more information on this and other public programs, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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