Kids and Teens Events

[Bookstore Day] Meg Lentz - Ready, Set, Build (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am

 

Special Independent Bookstore Day Event!

In Ready, Set, Build, readers follow a busy dog builder as he sketches and plans his dream, clears rubble to make space, and gets to work digging, lifting, and sawing. He builds a house for himself and his bird friend, and satisfied after a hard day's work, they takes in all they've done and look forward to the next day of building.

Meg Fleming has built many wonders in the field of construction. Her greatest architectural achievement is a 17-foot gum wrapper chain that she made in the car when she was eleven years old. She loves hatching ideas, then building . . . and building . . . until they become her favorite thing: a story. Meg writes from her home outside of San Francisco, California, with her husband and kids who build things out of wood and wheels, flour and sugar, and bits and bytes. She also has a dog who always wears a hardhat.

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Book Passage is thrilled to once again be participating in Independent Bookstore Day. We'll have a selection of limited edition items (see the list here), as well as events at our stores.

In San Francisco, we'll also have an "Under the Yellow Umbrella" tribute to beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and our "Baking Booksellers" will choose some of their favorite cookie recipes from featured books, put in some overtime in the kitchen, and share the bounty. We will also be participating in an SF Bicycle Book Tour. For more info, click here

San Francisco Events for April 29:

10:00 am - Meg Lentz, Ready, Set, Build
10:30 am - Eleanor Burke, Meet and Greet
12:00 pm - Chris Santella, The Tug is the Drug
2:00 pm - Lou Bustamante, The Complete Cocktail Manual

Corte Madera Events for April 29:

4:00 pm - Artist Reception with Sylvia Gonzalez
7:00 pm - Movie Night: The Outsiders

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Build! Cover Image
By Meg Fleming, Jarvis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499801750
Availability: Special Order
Published: Little Bee Books - April 4th, 2017

Grab your hard hat and get ready for a day of construction fun with a busy builder and his friend
Grab your hard hat, tie your boots.
Pack your lunch. Ready? Scoot
Sketch a dream. Post a chart.
Hatch the plan before you start.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Courtney Spain Aragon - Fraydo The Dragon (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Special Children's Book Week Event

This fun and humorous picture book follows Fraydo the Dragon and his friend Pee Wee on an adventure to solve Fraydo's BIG Problem --- he thinks he is a dog! And Fraydo just cannot keep out of trouble. The villagers, however, are fed up with his antics. But soon, Pee Wee and Fraydo figure out the root of the problem. And it turns out Fraydo the Dragon needs eyeglasses. From that moment on the world becomes crystal clear to Fraydo. Now, with eyeglasses, Fraydo the Dragon can see where he is walking, play safely with friends, read street signs clearly, and play his favorite game -- Fetch -- better than ever!

In this first book, Fraydo the Dragon represents the majority of children who are not even aware that their vision is compromised. The book plays out the academic, behavioral and social consequences associated with Fraydo's poor vision. This book and corresponding discussion guide will help children build upon their own self-awareness to problem solve for themselves. And in this case, speak up about the health of their own vision.

All her life, Courtney Spain Aragon has been a storyteller. A good story can bring the past to the present. It can ignite the imagination revealing possible futures. It can give courage and hope as a way forward. Or simply provide comfort and love. For her, creating stories for children is one of the most important ways she can give back to the world and truly make a difference.

 

Fraydo the Dragon: A Very Big Problem! Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781944349509
Availability: Special Order
Published: Little Fire Press - January 1st, 2016

This fun and humorous picture book follows Fraydo the Dragon and his friend Pee Wee on an adventure to solve Fraydo's BIG Problem --- he thinks he is a dog! And Fraydo just cannot keep out of trouble. The villagers, however, are fed up with his antics. But soon, Pee Wee and Fraydo figure out the root of the problem. And it turns out Fraydo the Dragon needs eyeglasses.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Natasha Yim - The Rock Maiden (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Special Children's Book Week Event

When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. "No," she would say, "He will come home soon." Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home--only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.

Natasha Yim is an American Chinese author of fiction and non-fiction works for children and young adults. Born in Malaysia, she grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong, where she was captivated by the old Chinese legends she heard as a child. She is the author of Otto's Rainy Day (a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection), Cixi: The Dragon Empress, and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Scholastic Book Club selection). Natasha lives in Ukiah, California, with her husband and three children. Pirkko Vainio was born in Finland and studied at the Academy of Art in Helsinki. She has written and illustrated over thirty children's books, which have been translated into fifteen languages. Among her books are The Dream House (winner of Frankfurt's Prix Octagonale Graphique), The Snow Goose (winner of the Picture Book Prize, Finland), and the Hans Christian Andersen tales The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. Pirkko's artwork has been exhibited throughout the world, while the Finnish Broadcasting Company has made two documentaries on her life and work. She resides in Jamsa, Finland.

 

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty Cover Image
By Natasha Yim, Pirkko Vainio (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937786656
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wisdom Tales - March 2017

When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Amy Novesky - Children's Book Week (Sausalito)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

Childen's Books Week Event!

Graphically appealing two-color illustrations pair perfectly with a spare, rhythmic ode to beloved trucks of all kinds—from fire trucks to dump trucks to ice cream trucks, the sweetest trucks of all—and to the kid who loves and collects them, Love Is a Truck follows Love Is a Tutu (our ballet-inspired ode to tutus and toe shoes) in our Love Is series. A smaller square format with thick, sturdy pages, make these little picture books perfect for young readers, ages 2-6, and for reading aloud again and again.
    
Amy Novesky is an award-winning children’s book editor and author. Her books include Cloth Lullaby and Me, Frida, as well as Imogen: the Mother of Modernism and Three Boys and Love Is a Tutu, published by Cameron Kids. She lives with her family just north of San Francisco.

 

Love Is a Truck Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Sara Gillingham (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781937359867
Availability: Special Order
Published: Cameron & Company - November 15th, 2016

Graphically appealing two-color illustrations pair perfectly with a spare, rhythmic ode to beloved trucks of all kinds--from fire trucks to dump trucks to ice cream trucks, the sweetest trucks of all--and to the kid who loves and collects them, Love Is a Truck follows Love Is a Tutu (our ballet-inspired ode to tutus and toe shoes) in our Love Is series.


Love Is a Tutu Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Sara Gillingham (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781937359812
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cameron & Company - August 9th, 2016

This beautifully designed and playfully illustrated novelty board book is the perfect starting point for tiny ballerinas and parents alike. Sweet and spare rhymes prance across the pages, engaging the reader with real ballet terms and plenty of pink. Parents and toddlers together will sigh "Bravo" as they turn off the light.


100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Bethanie Murguia - Toucans, Too (Sausalito)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am

This hilarious follow-up book to Cockatoo, Too features cockatoos, toucans, two-can stew, and gnus!

One can. Two cans. Toucans?
Toucans, too.
Toucan stew???!

The cockatoos are back and the toucans are too! But the toucans think the cockatoos say "toucan stew" and run away in a toucan canoe, so the cockatoos make them some two-can stew, which attracts the gnus, who ask the reader, "Can gnu?"

Toucans, Too combines fantastically funny wordplay with lush, vibrant illustrations, making this a humorous read-aloud that both children and parents will love!

Bethanie Deeney Murguia graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with an MFA in Illustration and has created numerous picture books, including Cockatoo, Too, Zoe Gets Ready, Snippet the Early Riser, and I Feel Five. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her two daughters and her dog Disco.

Toucans, Too Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499804218
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Bee Books - May 2nd, 2017

This hilarious follow-up book to Cockatoo, Too features cockatoos, toucans, two-can stew, and gnus
One can. Two cans. Toucans?
Toucans, too.
Toucan stew


100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Marianne Richmond - If I Could Keep You Little (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

If I Could Keep you Little: A Pre-Mother’s Day Event

For moms + dads + cute little ones:  Join bestselling children’s book author and artist Marianne Richmond for an afternoon of connection and creativity.  The author of more than 50 books, Marianne is most known for her best-selling title, If I Could Keep you Little, which puts into words the emotional journey of parenthood:  wanting to freeze time while anticipating the wonderful things to come.

A San Jose resident and mom of four teens, Marianne’s desire with her books is to instill into kids that they are loved and cherished. That what they think and feel matters.  And hopefully to help lay a foundation for a relationship that grows as they do.  

She will read from books old and new as well as share some of the inspirations behind her titles.

In addition to reading, Marianne invites you to exercise your creativity through a simple art project — creating your own “kindness rock” to keep or share. The Kindness Rocks Project (www.thekindnessrocksproject.com) was created to spread inspiration and joy through randomly placed rocks along our way.

 

 

If I Could Keep You Little Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781934082928
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - August 2010

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Margaret Stohl - Royce Rolls (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Danielle Paige
Special Event for YA Readers

Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family's reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley's family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear--without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable--save the show. But when her future brother-in-law's car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister's fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.

Really real. Like, not reality show real.

Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the "Beautiful Creatures" series. She is also the author of the instant bestseller Black Widow: Forever Red, and its sequel Black Widow: Red Vengeance. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, Margaret spent her adolescence crank-calling Harrison Ford, living across the hall from a John Waters starlet, and waving to Starline Tours buses as they stopped to take pictures of her P.E. class at Mulholland Hall, where she first met Bentley Royce. These are and are not her stories.

 

Royce Rolls Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781484732335
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Freeform - April 4th, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Anne Dana - Monsieuir Pierre (Sausalito)

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event

Will an adventurous octopus ever find a friend? In Monsieur Pierre, follow the lonely Monsieur Pierre Poulpe from his home in a Paris fountain all the way to California. Humorous illustrations chart his search for a friend across the Seine, up the Eiffel Tower, into the Louvre, out to Notre Dame and up Montmartre. Along the way, he surprises some of the most famous inhabitants of the City of Light. Sadly, none of them are eager to befriend a little octopus. Just when it seems all is lost, Pierre has a clever idea that takes him to a new land with two new friends. In a surprise ending, Pierre and his new friends are visited in his new home by some of the famous Parisians he left behind.

Anne Dana, author and illustrator, is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives aboard a boat docked on the San Francisco Bay and has been a cephalopod admirer her entire life.

 

 

 

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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