Help us welcome the stellar Jan Carr for the launch of her amazing new book Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates! (illustrated by Juana Medina, published by Crown Books). When the planets learn that Sun is 4.6 billion years old, they know they have to throw a birthday party. They invite everyone from their solar system, since Sun is their own special star. The planets learn that planning a party is hard work. Will they even have space for all Jupiter's moons? Star of the Party is stuffed with cool stories, fun facts, and inspiring possibilities. To join this Zoom event, RSVP here. 

About the Author and Illustrator 

Jan Carr has written over fifty books for children, including the middle-grade novel The Elf of Union Square and the picture books Toe Show Mouse and The Nature of the Beast. She's worked as a Head Start teacher, a book editor at Scholastic, a magazine editor at Sesame Workshop, a children's book reviewer, and an arts journalist, and has taught writing at both The New School and School of Visual Arts in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. Jan lives with her husband and son in New York City, where she gazes up at the stars and loves to read about them. You can find her online at

Juana Medina is the author and illustrator of 1 Big Salad, ABC Pasta, Sweet Shapes, and the Pura Belpré Award winner Juana & Lucas and its follow-up, Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas. She has also illustrated a number of books for other authors and contributed to two recent anthologies: The Hero Next Door and We Are the Change. Besides her work in children's books, she has done illustration, animation, and design work for a myriad of clients.
Juana studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, and now lives in the D.C. area with her wife and twin sons, with whom she spends hours drawing space shuttles and wondering about distant stars. Discover more about Juana and her work at

Event date: 

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 11:30am

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ISBN: 9781524773120
Availability: Forthcoming - Available for Pre-Order, Check Format + Release Date
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - April 27th, 2021