At the Curious Iguana’s next book signing, kids will get a chance to learn more about tigers, rhinos, and whales — and say hi to Chelsea Clinton.

The author and former first daughter is stopping in Frederick on April 9 to promote her newest children’s book, “Don’t Let Them Disappear.”

The illustrated text covers 12 different endangered species and the traits that make them special, from weighty blue whales to paw-washing sea otters.

Curious Iguana Owner Marlene England was thrilled when Clinton’s publicist emailed and asked if the store would host a signing, she said. Clinton is only expected to stop in two other bookstores across the United States, including Avid Bookshop in Atlanta and Women & Children First in Chicago. Earlier on April 9, she’s stopping by the Maryland Zoo for two scheduled readings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Endangered species are a new subject for Clinton, whose previous children’s books emphasize health, feminism, and social justice.

“In Your World,” her first book published in 2015, encouraged middle schoolers to tackle issues like poverty, climate change, and gender equality. She’s also the author of “She Persisted,” a two-book illustrated series on women who changed the world.

“Don’t Let Them Disappear” has a similar social justice bent, educating readers on the steps they can take to preserve endangered species.

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful book,” England said. “I actually used to work for the Maryland Zoo, so I’m passionate about endangered wildlife. I was excited to hear she was writing about it.”

England stressed that the Curious Iguana’s event is only a book signing — visitors won’t have time to chat with Clinton or pose for pictures. They’ll also need a ticket, which includes a copy of the book and admits up to three additional family members.

So far, the store has sold 427 tickets, England said. A total of 800 are available.

“It’s a pretty high goal,” she added. “But Chelsea plans to stay until all the books are signed.”

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She cannot help who her parents are of course the DNA is out on the father here, but let us assume it is Billy Boy... anyway Chelsea does some good things for our society. I did not like how she spent $$$ raised for other charities to pay for her wedding etc... but she is not the first kid of a president or politician to take $$$ and spend it!


I can just see the line of libs coming out the door, wrapping around the corner, and stretching waaaaaay down Patrick Street waiting to swoon all over her.


I’m not interested in a political conversation about Ms. Clinton, but years ago when she was in high school we both worked a Feed the Children Christmas dinner for homeless/shelter children in DC. She was in a very uncomfortable, hot cartoon costume all evening and never complained and worked her tail off and brought a lot of smiles and joy to kids that had nothing.


Judge by deeds. Your story speaks volumes. Thanks Joe




Webb Hubbell is currently hawking his latest book. Maybe the Iguana Folks can work out a joint signing. I know I would stand in line for that.

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