Kids and Teens Events

Dragon Fire Book Launch

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

Introducing . . . Dragon Fire . . . and meet the dynamic young authors from the Book Passage INK group who wrote it! Only kids could live it…only kids could write it. 

Setting off across the ice, Omara, Thrax, Josh, and Charlotte are determined to find the next bead in their quest to control the dragons. New enemies include a terrifying, armored dragon bot and new friends include the eight-year old ninja-fairy Fay. The second book of this trilogy was written by the members of INK, our dynamic book club for 10-13 year olds. You only have sit in on INK for a few minutes to realize that you’re surrounded by avid readers and natural storytellers who have an instinctive appreciation of character, world-building, and plot. So, creating a book was a natural progression. After a visit from Eric Elfman, screenwriter and co-author of middle grade novels Tesla’s Attic and Edison’s Alley, the INK members decided they wanted to write one of their own. After successfully publishing their first book Dragon Mist, the group dove right into working on their second book, Dragon Fire. They spent several sessions under the guidance of Amanda Conran, the book club facilitator, discussing setting, characters, backstory, and plot. Ideas were thrown out thick and fast and everyone agreed to the contents of each chapter before moving on. The whiteboard was filled, photographed, and then filled again. Between sessions INK members illustrated the characters, setting, and key moments in the book. Conran suggested brief descriptions of each chapter to ensure consistency, and the INK members then wrote the text. A couple more sessions were spent writing key moments and preparing the flap copy. And then? The book was ready for publication!

Please join us for our official book launch with readings by the authors on December 16, at 6pm. Net proceeds from the book will be given to “Giving Tree,” which gives books to disadvantaged children in our community.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Stephanie Garber - Caraval (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Special Event for Young Adult Readers!

In conversation with Veronica Rossi

Welcome, welcome to CaravalStephanie Garber's sweeping tale of the unbreakable bond between two sisters that's destined to become a sensation. 

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she’s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. This is her debut novel.

Caraval Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250095251
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

Welcome, welcome to Caraval Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tim McCanna - Bitty Bot (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 11:00am

In Bitty Bot, a little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules.

In a busy robot town
bots begin to power down.
All except for Bitty Bot!
Feeling sleepy?
Maybe not!

Charming text in rhyming verse tells the story of energetic Bitty Bot, who, instead of going to bed decides to build a rocket and go on a space adventure! Sweet and fun to read aloud, this bedtime book is perfect for tots and bots of all varieties. 

Tim McCanna worked in advertising, wrote musicals, and played accordion in several bands around the country before becoming a children’s book author. His first picture book, Teeny Tiny Trucks, was called a “clever rhyming adventure” by Kirkus Reviews. Tim lives in Mountain View, California, with his wife and two kids. 

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By Tim McCanna, Tad Carpenter (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481449298
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 4th, 2016

A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules.
In a busy robot town
bots begin to power down.
All except for Bitty Bot
Feeling sleepy?
Maybe not


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

National Kidney Foundation - Let's Read (San Francisco Zoo)

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 20 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • Tickets: $20
(ticket includes a children’s book, admission to the zoo, ride tickets, parking, & a boxed lunch!)

Let’s Read! gives children and their parents an opportunity to meet some great children’s authors and hear their stories and anecdotes. Each ticket for a child comes with one free book, but we’ll have all of the books of the featured authors available. Following the authors’ presentations all attendees are invited to a reception, where snacks, treats, and beverages will steal the show. Proceeds raised at this event support the National Kidney Foundation’s mission to advance the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

Featuring

Christian Robinson
Little Penguins
This book tells about the first snowy day of winter, when five little penguins bundle up and venture outside to play.

Kathryn Otoshi
Beautiful Hands
Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas, lift spirits, stretch imaginations. This concept book rouses children to use their hands for the good and reach for
their dreams.

Mac Barnett
How This Book Was Made
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don’t. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How’d it get into your hand?

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By Mac Barnett, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423152200
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 6th, 2016

You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780553507706
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - October 25th, 2016

Newbery Medal winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson pair up to tell this wintry story about five little penguins enjoying a snowy day.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780990799306
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blue Dot Press - September 29th, 2015

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints.


Great Hall, San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94132

Scott Westerfeld - Swarm (Ferry Building)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

Exciting YA Event!

X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti in Swarm, the second book of an explosive new trilogy about a group of teens with amazing abilities.

They thought they’d already faced their toughest fight. But there’s no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes.

These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers and mobsters. Now they're trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground.

But the quiet doesn’t last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd-based chaos. And hot on their tails is a crowd-power even more dangerous and sinister.

Up against these new enemies, every Zero is under threat. Mob is crippled by the killing-crowd buzz—is she really evil at her core? Flicker is forced to watch the worst things a crowd can do. Crash’s conscience—and her heart—get a workout. Anon and Scam must both put family loyalties on the line for the sake of survival. And Bellwether’s glorious-leader mojo deserts him.

Who’s left to lead the Zeroes into battle against a new, murderous army?

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the "Leviathan" series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling "Uglies" series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the "Midnighters" trilogy.

Swarm Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481443395
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - September 27th, 2016

X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti in the second book of an explosive new trilogy about a group of teens with amazing abilities.
They thought they d already faced their toughest fight. But there's no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9781481443364
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - September 29th, 2015

X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti to create a sizzling new series filled with action and adventure.
Don t call them heroes.
But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.


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$11.99
ISBN: 9781442419810
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2011

The first installment of Scott Westerfeld's New York Times bestselling series a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trend.


#1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Kristin Elizabeth Clark - Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity (Ferry Building)

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Special YA Event!

In Kristin Elizabeth Clark's newest novel, Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity, a transgender teen and her best friend embark on a road trip. The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she's a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she's driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom's ex-best friend. It's not like Jess wasn't invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise! Luckily, Jess isn't making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe nicknamed Chunk is joining her. Along the way, Jess and Chunk learn a few things about themselves and each other which call their feelings about their relationship into question.

 Kristin Elizabeth Clark is also the author of Freakboy, which received three starred reviews, was a YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title, a Project Reading Rainbow List Top Ten title, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780374380069
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - November 8th, 2016

The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she's a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she's driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom's ex-best friend. It's not like Jess wasn t invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise


#1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Todd Parr - Be Who You Are (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:00am

Special Children's Event!

In Be Who You Are, a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside. 

Be who you are. 
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language.
Wear everything you need to be you. 

Who better than Todd Parr to remind kids that their unique traits are what make them so special? With his signature silly and accessible style, Parr encourages readers to embrace all their unique qualities.

Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Goodbye BookThe Family BookThe I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Be Who You Are Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316265232
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside.
Be who you are
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jory John - Penguin Problems (Ferry Building)

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 12:30pm

Special Children's Event!

In Penguin Problems, all of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise of Antarctica…won’t they? Think again, my friend. 

Jory John is the author of the picture books I Will Chomp You!Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Goodnight Already!. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the national bestseller All my friends are dead, among many other books. He is also the editor of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. For six years, Jory taught writing at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco.

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By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553513370
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

Have you ever thought: I have so many problems and nobody even cares? Well, penguins have problems too Discover them in this hilarious collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead.andQuit Calling Me a Monster ) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales)


#1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Raina Telgemeier - Ghosts (Hall Middle School)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Hall Middle School, Larkspur
Tickets: $15
One $15 ticket is a family package, which includes one paperback copy of Ghosts. Ticket is for 1 adult and up to 2 children.

Online sales have closed. Tickets available at the door.

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own. Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Awardwinning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ghosts Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna.


Hall Middle School
200 Doherty Dr.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Katrina Goldsaito - The Sound of Silence (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event!

In The Sound of Silence, Yoshio delights in the everyday sounds of Tokyo, but when a musician tells him that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for silence, Yoshio sets out to hear this sound for himself among the hustle and bustle of the city. Includes information on the Japanese concept of ma.

Katrina Goldsaito's favorite sound is the sound of bare feet on tatami mats. In Tokyo, she worked as an on-camera TV journalist and producer for NHK-World, and has written for National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and The Japan Times. She lives near Golden Gate Park with her husband and son, and spends her days eating avocados and working on her first YA novel.

Julia Kuo's favorite sound is "kuk-kuk-kuk" (the sound an angry squirrel makes). She is the illustrator of Go, Little Green Truck and has created illustrations for American Greetings, the Cleveland Public Library, The New York Times, and Capitol Records, among many others. She works from Chicago for most of the year, and from Taipei over the winter.

The Sound of Silence Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316203371
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

"Do you have a favorite sound?" little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, "The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence."
But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall
Where is silence?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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