Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson present “Carmela Full of Wishes”

Chicago Children’s Theatre and The Book Stall invite you to join us at the Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14th at 5 PM  for a very special event with Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, the team behind the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor-winning best-seller Last Stop on Market Street. Appearing as part of their national tour celebrating the release of their new children’s book, Carmela Full of Wishes, Matt and Christian will give a presentation about their collaboration, followed by a book signing.

A moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places, Carmela is a “powerful and beautiful” (Kirkus, starred review) story about a young Dreamer who spends her birthday helping her brother with their family’s errands for the first time, and searching for the perfect wish. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, “The award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street portrays Carmela’s Spanish-speaking community as a vibrant place of possibility, and Robinson’s acrylic-and-cutout spreads introduce readers to street vendors, workers in the fields, and sweeping views of the sea. Sensitively conceived and exuberantly executed, Carmela’s story shines.”

The event is free, but space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Once capacity has been reached, we will be keeping a waiting list. Register on the Chicago Children's Theatre website!

You will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the book for pickup at the event in your confirmation email, but we'll have plenty of books available at the event as well.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Can't make it to the event? Call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 and we will be happy to arrange to get copies of the duo's work autographed for you!

Event date: 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

Chicago Children's Theatre
100 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607
Carmela Full of Wishes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399549045
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

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.


Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015