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EXCLUSIVE EVENT FOR SCHOOLS: Christina Soontornvat & Lauren Castillo

Soontornvat Castillo school visit
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 1:00pm
Virtual Event
The Ramble Shamble Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399176326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

We're so excited to host this virtual author visit for schools, featuring author Christina Soontornvat and illustrator Lauren Castillo! Register to receive the link then log on with your class at show time!  Can’t make the event? No problem! We’ll send you the recording to watch at your convenience, for up to 30 days after the event.


  • Registration for this event is required. You can purchase a $15 ticket OR a signed copy of The Ramble Shamble Children for access. You need only pick one option. Simply add the ticket or book to your cart and check out as usual. The link to register for the event will be emailed to you once we process your order.
  • If you have any questions about this virtual author visit, feel free to reach out to our School Events Coordinator, 

NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


Merra, Locky, Roozle, Finn, and little Jory love their ramble shamble house. It's a lot of work taking care of the garden, the chickens, and themselves, but they all pitch in to make it easier--even Jory, who looks after the mud puddles. When they come across a picture of a "proper" house in a book, they start wondering if their own home is good enough. So they get to work "propering up" the garden, the chickens, and even the mud puddles. But the results aren't exactly what they expected, and when their now-proper household's youngest member goes missing, they realize that their ramble shamble home might be just right for their family, after all.


Christina Soontornvat is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots. She received Newbery Honors for both the middle grade fantasy A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen, a nonfiction account of the Thai Cave Rescue. She's the author of the fantasy middle grade series The Changelings and the early chapter book series Diary of an Ice Princess. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in science education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat.


Lauren Castillo studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor-winning book Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, and City Cat by Kate Banks. She currently draws and dreams in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Thank you for supporting Christina Soontornvat, Lauren Castillo, and your local independent bookstore!