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Tomie dePaola | Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Book Signing

tomie depMeet beloved children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola as he signs copies of his books during this annual Thanksgiving weekend bookstore event. DePaola will meet with children (and grown-ups!) and sign books, including his latest. We will have plenty of dePaola’s classics on hand, too.

Tomie dePaola is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. The American Library Association said: "His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story." He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. If you are unable to join us, we are happy to arrange to have books signed for you to pick up later. For more information, call the bookstore at (802) 649-1114 or email

Event date: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Bookstore
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons (A Strega Nona Book) Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481477598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call or email to confirm availability)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

This delightful new edition of Tomie dePaola’s beloved classic stars Strega Nona at her trickiest—and bumbling Big Anthony at his silliest!

Bambolona is tired of working in her Papa’s bakery. There is far too much to do! So she decides to go to wise Strega Nona and learn a little magic, instead.

But here comes Big Anthony.

The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481477635
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child.

Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say.

Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show (An Andy & Sandy Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481479479
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2017

Andy and Sandy hit the stage in this fourth book of an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis.

Outgoing Sandy convinces shy Andy to do a dance at the big talent show. The only problem? Andy doesn’t know how to dance! Luckily, Sandy is a good teacher.

Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times Cover Image
By Lin Oliver, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399174346
Availability: Hard to Find (call or email to check availability)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 21st, 2017

Capturing the magic and fun of early childhood, this lively collection of poems, from the creators of Little Poems for Tiny Ears, is a book to be treasured.