Award-winning children's and young adult author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson are hitting the road in celebration of their acclaimed picture book, Last Stop On Market Street , the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor.
Last Stop On Market Street follows CJ and his grandma on their bus ride home after a Sunday church service. As they ride across town, they interact with all the diverse, varied people of their communities, and CJ poses a few questions to his gran: "Why don't we have a car?" (We don't need one, she says); "Why don't I have an iPod?" (You have live music all around you, of course); "How come we always get off in the dirty part of town?" (Beauty is all around you!)
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson will tour this spring to celebrate the awards with fans and readers, and Bustle is proud to exclusively announce the dates. De la Peña, the first Latino male author to win the Newbery Medal, will make a stop at one locale near and dear to his heart: Lincoln Acres Elementary School, his childhood school. California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, National City mayor Ron Morrison, and Lincoln Acres principal Luz Vicario will honor the author in a special program for students and public attendees.
For more dates, see the full listing below, and be sure to pick up a copy of Last Stop On Market Street.
May 15th, 2016 @ 2 p.m. — Chicago, IL
Chicago Public Library | 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Matt de la Peña will appear in a public event at Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Library Center.
Book sales by Sandberg's Bookseller.
May 16th, 2016 @ 6 p.m. — La Grange, IL
La Grange Library | 10 Cossitt Ave, La Grange, IL 60525
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson will appear in a public event at the La Grange Library.
Book sales by Anderson's.
May 17th, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. — St. Paul, MN
University of St. Catherine | 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson will appear at the Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall.
Book sales by Red Balloon Bookshop.
May 18th, 2016 @ 7 p.m. — West Taylorsville, UT
Bennion Junior High School | 6055 South 2700 West Taylorsville, Utah 84129
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson will appear in a public event at Bennion Junior High School's auditorium.
Book sales by The King's English.
May 19th, 2016 @ 4 p.m. — Santa Cruz, CA
Bookshop Santa Cruz | 1520 Pacific Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson will appear in a public event at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
May 20th, 2016 @ 10 a.m. — National City, CA
Lincoln Acres Elementary School | 2200 S Lanoitan Ave, National City, CA 91950
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson will appear in a public event. There will be 336 students third to sixth grade students in attendance, and members of the community and media are invited and welcome to attend. A meet and greet with the author and illustrator will follow, as well as a VIP reception.
Book sales by Warwick's.
May 21st, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m. — Pittsburg, CA
StoryWalk® Celebration in Historic Downtown Pittsburg | Railroad Avenue at East 6th Street, Pittsburg, CA
Christian Robinson will appear at this celebration of Last Stop On Market Street, in partnership with The Pittsburg Library, Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation & Tri Delta Transit.Book sales by Railroad Book Dept.
Images: Penguin Young Readers