IN-PERSON: Picture book authors Charlotte Offsay and Jennifer Frank

Event date: 
04/16/2022 - 2:00pm

Join us for a meet-and-greet with two fabulous picture book authors. Charlotte Offsay (author of How to Return a Monster and The Big Beach Cleanup) will share her latest picture book, A Grandma's Magic, and Jennifer Frank will share her 2021 debut, The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken.

Weather permitting, this meet-and-greet will take place on the sidewalk in front of Wellesley Books (i.e. the Central Street side). No RSVP or ticket required; see you there!


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• Attendees must wear masks when inside the store.



A picture book celebrating grandmas and all that makes them "magic", ideal for fans of How to Babysit a Grandma.

"When a child is born, a grandma is born too. Grandmas aren't like regular grown-ups. Grandmas are filled with magic."

In this charming picture book tribute to grandmas, a grandma's magic bursts through the door as soon as she comes to visit and can be seen in every wonderful thing she does: playing, exploring, baking, gardening, and in all the many ways a grandma and grandchild connect.

Filled with adorable scenes featuring a diversity of grandmas and their grandkids, this is a book that will families can enjoy together. Grandmas will love snuggling with their grandchildren as they share their love and "magic" through cuddles, kisses, and many repeat readings.



Charlotte Offsay was born in England, grew up in Boston, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two small children. Through her work, Charlotte hopes to make children laugh, to inspire curiosity, and to create a magical world her readers can lose themselves in time and time again.

Charlotte is the author of The Big Beach Cleanup, illustrated by Kate Rewse (Albert Whitman, 2021), How to Return a Monster, illustrated by Rea Zhai (Beaming Books, 2021), and A Grandma’s Magic, illustrated by Asa Gilland (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, April 2022).

Learn more about Charlotte's work at and follow her on Twitter at @COffsay and on Instagram at @picturebookrecommendations. Charlotte is represented by Nicole Geiger at Full Circle Literary. 



Worms don't take good family photos, do they? Find out in this hilarious picture book from a Caldecott Honor illustrator and debut author about a young worm who comes to appreciate her very unusual family for who they are.

Emma is excited for her worm family to have their portrait taken. But when she sees her other friends' portraits, she gets discouraged. "We had the most beautiful smiles," Ellie the Chipmunk squeals. Abigail the Cat meows, "I looked gorgeous with my big poufy hair." The worm family doesn't have will they show their beautiful smiles? They don't have hair can it look big and poufy?! So Emma gathers wigs, giant fake teeth, and colorful clothing for her parents and sisters. 

But it's only after taking off their costumes that the worm family is able to wriggle and squiggle and squeeze into a delightful pose that only a worm family can make. And Emma? She thinks it's perfectly perfect.



Jennifer Frank has been a member of SCBWI for ten years. Before writing children's books, Jennifer was a family coordinator at the Boston Children's Hospital. She lives with her husband and three daughters outside of Boston. THE WORM FAMILY HAS ITS PICTURE TAKEN is her debut.



A Grandma's Magic By Charlotte Offsay, Asa Gilland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charlotte Offsay, Asa Gilland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593376003
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2022

The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken By Jennifer Frank, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer Frank, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593124789
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Anne Schwartz Books - May 11th, 2021

The Big Beach Cleanup By Charlotte Offsay, Katie Rewse (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charlotte Offsay, Katie Rewse (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807508015
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 23rd, 2021

How to Return a Monster By Charlotte Offsay, Rea Zhai (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Charlotte Offsay, Rea Zhai (Foreword by)
This title is currently unavailable to order. Please check back, as stock may become available in the future.
ISBN: 9781506464695
Published: Beaming Books - September 7th, 2021

Event address: 
Wellesley Books (front sidewalk)
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714