Circle Round on the page and stage: books and live events!
Celebrate the arrival of Circle Round picture books with live events at bookshops and venues around the region this summer!
Circle Round: The books
Big news! Some of the Circle Round stories you love are now on a page near you!
Our first two illustrated picture books, "The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest" and "A Taste of Honey," are available now.
Buy the book: "The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest"
Buy the book: "A Taste of Honey"
The third picture book in the series, The Great Ball Game, will be available on Nov. 8, but you can pre-order your copy today.
Pre-order the book: "The Great Ball Game"
"The Great Ball Game" Launch party
To celebrate the arrival of the third Circle Round picture book, we're throwing a party! And you're invited!
When: November 12, 11 am: Book Launch Party at WBUR CitySpace, Boston, MA
Join host/author Rebecca Sheir for an exciting live reading of "The Great Ball Game", while Eric Shimelonis provides musical accompaniment.
All three Circle Round books will be available for purchase at the event from Porter Square Books. After storytime, get your books signed by Rebecca and Eric and find all sorts of other surprises in the CitySpace lobby!
Attend in-person or virtually by purchasing tickets HERE.
Circle round all season long with us at local bookstores across the region! At each stop on the book tour, Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis will host a unique story time with live music and activities for kids. More details to come!
Recent book tour stops:
- July 9 at WBUR CitySpace in Boston, MA
- July 20 at Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME
- July 23 at Shaker Mill Books in West Stockbridge, MA
- July 30 at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA
- Aug. 13 at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY
- Aug. 20 at An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA
- Sept. 17 at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA
All about the books
"The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest": The town beside the sea was abuzz with the news. The governor was holding a grand banquet and everyone was invited—everyone! But no one was as excited as Nasruddin. On the day of the celebration, Nasruddin works hard in his vineyard picking and squishing grapes. He planned to wear his special long red silk coat, but at the end of the day it’s too late for him to go home and change! When he arrives at the banquet in his grape-juice-stained work clothes, he looks different from what the townspeople were expecting. But Nasruddin is a clever fellow—and he figures out a most delicious way to teach the town a lesson about judging people for the way they look.
"A Taste of Honey": In a village in the countryside lived a woman named Kamala who had the most delicious honey you’ve ever tasted. She collected honey from her hives to sell at the market, but business was slow, and she and her father were struggling to get by. Kamala knew she had to do something, so when she heard that the king’s son was getting married and all the villagers were invited to the party, she got an idea. When Kamala’s first plan doesn’t exactly work out and seven tricky thieves try to steal from her, she has to rely on her own wits to outsmart them—and discovers a rather sweet reward.
"The Great Ball Game": A dispute between the animals and the birds over who is best leads to a ball game challenge. When the game is disrupted by the arrival of a tiny creature named Bat, who doesn't seem to fit on either team, all the participants learn the value of diversity and celebrating those who seem "different." The accompanying activities and prompts encourage children to develop their own storytelling skills.
Book trailer with Rebecca Sheir (and our listeners!)