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.”