Kids and Teens Events

Gigi Pandian - The Accidental Alchemist

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Book Launch Event!

In The Accidental Alchemist, Zoe Faust, born in 1676 and perpetually 28-years-old, can transform homegrown herbs and veggies into vegan soups and smoothies to die for—an interest that makes her fresh start in Portland, Oregon seem the perfect plan. That is, until she unpacks a crate with a stowaway—the living gargoyle and gourmet French chef Dorian Robert-Houdin—and finds her hope of a fresh start squashed.

Dorian’s appearance is no accident. He needs her help to decipher an ancient text that brought him to life—or he will return to stone forever. An already impossible task is further complicated by the intrusion of fourteen-year-old hoodlum Brixton and the surprise visit of Detective Max Liu. Toss in a dead body on her doorstep and the theft of Dorian’s book, and Zoe’s first day in Portland is already a recipe for disaster. Now the only way to remedy the increasingly dire situation depends on Zoe’s ability to recall the alchemy of her past.

Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series. A cancer diagnosis in her 30s taught her two important life lessons: healing foods can taste amazing, and life’s too short to waste a single moment. Therefore, she writes her mysteries while drinking delectable green smoothies and eating decadent home-cooked meals.

 

The Accidental Alchemist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780738741840
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Published: Midnight Ink - January 8th, 2015

From USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian comes a modern tale of ancient intrigue


Stephanie Shaw - A Cookie for Santa

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

"The Gingerbread Man" mixes it up with "The Night Before Christmas" in this cleverly constructed Christmas story about a smart cookie who avoids becoming Santa's midnight snack. The rhyming verses are pitch-perfect in their cadence, with snappy rhyming pairs and bouncy energy just like that of the overactive puppies. Bold illustrations with a variety of perspectives include lots of close-ups of the Gingerbread Boy, drawing readers into his dilemma. The supersized horizontal format and capacious, mostly double-page spreads make this a natural choice for reading to a large group, but it would also work well for a family on Christmas Eve. A Cookie for Santa is a successful mixture of two classic ingredients that yields a sweet Christmas treat.

Stephanie Shaw is the author of Bedtime in the Meadow and Under the Sleepy Stars. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her career has included being a teacher of children with severe emotional disabilities, children's counseling and school administration.

 

A Cookie for Santa Cover Image
By Stephanie Shaw, Bruno Robert (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781585368839
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - June 1st, 2014

In this clever twist on the Night Before Christmas story, a gingerbread boy cookie is carefully crafted and placed on a plate. He was made special to serve as Santa's nighttime snack, a homemade thank-you for all the presents he will deliver. The cookie wonders if he is brave enough to face up to his holiday duty.


Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten - Beautiful Hands

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

Special added celebration! 

Reception at 6:00pm

Co-authors Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi (Zero, One, Two) celebrate the forthcoming release of their beautifully written and illustrated book Beautiful Hands. Based on Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?,” this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams.

Click link below to order book!

 

Beautiful Hands Cover Image
$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.


Tawni Waters - Beauty of the Broken

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:30pm
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In this lyrical, heartwrenching story about a forbidden first love, a teen seeks the courage to care for another girl despite her small town’s bigotry and her father’s violent threats.

Growing up in conservative small-town New Mexico, fifteen-year-old Mara was never given the choice to be different. Her parents—an abusive, close-minded father and a detached alcoholic mother—raised Mara to be like all the other girls in Barnaby: God-fearing, churchgoing, and straight. Mara wants nothing to do with any of it. She feels most at home with her best friend and older brother, Iggy, but Iggy hasn’t been the same since their father beat him and put him in the hospital with a concussion.

As Mara’s mother feeds her denial with bourbon and Iggy struggles with his own demons, Mara finds an escape with her classmate Xylia. A San Francisco transplant, Xylia is everything Mara dreams of being: free-spirited, open, wild. The closer Mara and Xylia become, the more Mara feels for her—even though their growing relationship is very much forbidden in Barnaby. Just as Mara begins to live a life she’s only imagined, the girls’ secret is threatened with exposure and Mara’s world is thrown into chaos.

Mara knows she can't live without Xylia, but can she live with an entire town who believes she is an abomination worse than the gravest sin?

Tawni Waters is an award winning writer and poet, and her work has been featured in The Best Travel Writing of 2010. She teaches creative writing in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
 
Beauty of the Broken Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481407090
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 30th, 2014

In this lyrical, heartwrenching story about a forbidden first love, a teen seeks the courage to care for another girl despite her small town's bigotry and her father's violent threats.


Frank Portman - King Dork Approximately

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

From Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, King Dork Approximately. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, “Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.”

Aside from the stitches and the head wound, Tom Henderson is the same old King Dork. He's still trying to work out who to blame for the new scar on his forehead, the memory loss, and his father's mysterious death. But illicit female hospital visitations, The Catcher in the Rye, and the Hillmont High sex-pocalypse have made him a new man. What doesn't make you stronger can kill you, though, and tenth grade, act two, promises to be a killer.

Frank Portman is the author of King Dork and Andromeda Klein. He is the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the influential East Bay punk band the Mr. T. Experience (MTX). MTX has released about a dozen albums since forming in the mid-1980s.

 

King Dork Approximately Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385736183
Availability: Special Order
Published: Delacorte Press - December 9th, 2014

From Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, of which John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, "Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world."


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Family Day

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

For information on our San Francisco Small Business Saturday event click here.

Nationally, it’s known as Small Business Saturday. But we’re calling it Family Day to put the emphasis on the fun we’re planning for children and their families at our Corte Madera store on Saturday, November 29.

10:00 am - Kathryn Gibbs Davis will be talking about her book Mr. Ferris & His Wheel. This was a pretty amazing invention when it was first unveiled at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. And it’s still pretty amazing, when you think about it. There will even be a light-up Lego Ferris Wheel!

10:30 am - Bethanie Murguia will be sharing her newest Zoe book, Zoe's Jungle, Zoe and her sister Addie hurry to complete their game of chase in an imaginary jungle!

11:00 am - Kathryn Otoshi will talk about her new counting book Two, along with all of her other highly acclaimed books. Otoshi has served as the Chair of our Children’s Writing Conference, and she is a very successful self-published author.

12:00 pm - We’re hoping Abraham Schroeder will tell us about the title character of his new book The Gentleman Bat who dresses in Victorian finery and meanders through cobblestone streets under gaslight: “With the nod of his head and a wink of his eye, The gentleman bat would greet passersby.”

1:00 pm - Ian Lendler’s
Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo until the animals come out at night  to perform Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.

2:00 pm - Once every 100 years, a black pegasus foal is born—it will either unite or destroy the herds. It is fated to become the most powerful pegasus of all. The Guardian Herd: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the start of an exciting new series.

3:00pm - Kat Beyer’s first novel was The Demon Catchers of Milan. She has now written the next book in this exciting series— a romance with a paranormal streak. Come meet the author of The Demon Catchers of Milan: The Halcyon Bird.

 

Zoe's Jungle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545558693
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 27th, 2014

High above the jungle floor, fearless Zoe, explorer extraordinaire, catches a glimpse of the rare wild Addiebeast. She springs over the treeline in hot pursuit--
And then Zoe's mother calls, "WE'RE LEAVING IN FIVE MINUTES "


Mr. Ferris and His Wheel Cover Image
By Kathryn Gibbs Davis, Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547959221
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 2nd, 2014

Capturing an engineer's creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.


Two Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780972394666
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Published: Ko Kids Books - September 23rd, 2014

Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly One only wants to play with Three. "ONE, THREE, odds we'll be " they chant. Two feels left out.


The Gentleman Bat Cover Image
By Abraham Schroeder, Piotr Parda (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780991386604
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ripple Grove Press - October 1st, 2014

The charismatic gentleman bat takes a night time stroll down cobblestone streets where the town is lively and energetic. Along the way he meets his lady friend. Dancing and merriment fill their evening until the weather takes a turn. But not to worry, when you're called the gentleman bat, you always come prepared.


The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth Cover Image
By Zack Giallongo (Illustrator), Ian Lendler
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626721012
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 30th, 2014

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.


Starfire Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062286062
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 23rd, 2014

The first book in a gripping new tween fantasy series about winged horses--perfect for fans of the Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesied to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in Anok--fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of the land.

Star is this black foal.


The Demon Catchers of Milan #2: The Halcyon Bird Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781606843161
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Egmontusa - November 11th, 2014

For fans of Lauren Kate and Cassandra Clare, a romance with a paranormal streak.


Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten - Beautiful Hands

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 4:00pm

Co-authors Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi (Zero, One, Two) celebrate the forthcoming release of their beautifully written and illustrated book Beautiful Hands. Based on Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?,” this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Hands Cover Image
$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.


Divya Srinivasan - Little Owl's Day

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:00am

Special Event for Kids!

A squirrel is chittering. Bees are buzzing. The sun is high in the sky. And Little Owl is supposed to be asleep, but when he wakes up early, he’s just too curious to close his eyes again. The forest he knows so well at nighttime is completely different – and exciting – in the day! After watching butterflies dance, wolf pups play, and then his very first rainbow, Little Owl returns to his tree. He has many new stories for his mama.

A blue sky companion to Little Owl’s Night, Little Owl’s Day is just right for young children and the perfect introduction to the joy and wonder of the natural world.

Divya Srinivasan is an illustrator and animator living in Austin, Texas. She is also the author-illustrator of Little Owl’s Night and Octopus Alone.

 

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780670016501
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

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Lori Stewart - Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today!

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

Children's Special Event!

Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! is a story in rhyme that takes readers on a “then and now” journey through time. Narrated by a grandmother thumbing through an old photo album, the story compares her own mother’s life and times to those of her grandchildren today. Side-by-side vintage and full color photos contrast fashion, schools, transportation, entertainment, technology, culture, and the arts from the Great Depression and World War II years to those of today. Grandchildren glimpse what life was like in their great-grandmother’s time and rich color photos give grandparents a peek into their grandchildren’s colorful world!

Lori Stewart is an award winning author of multi-generational books and a range of other works. Born and raised in northern California, she graduated from Santa Clara University and headed east for careers in finance and technology. In addition to writing, Lori ran AFTA Associates, a non-profit organization she founded, that supports wildlife conservation through community enterprise. She also works with the recently launched Ceca Foundation, which promotes quality patient care through programs that recognize exceptional caregivers.

Grandma, Aren't You Glad the World's Finally in Color Today! Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780983929314
Availability: Special Order
Published: Palmar Press - September 1st, 2014

Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! is a story in rhyme that takes readers on a “then and now” journey through time. Narrated by a grandmother thumbing through an old photo album, the story compares her own mother’s life and times to those of her grandchildren today.


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S.S. Taylor - The Expeditioners: The Secret of King Triton's Lair

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Introduction by Dave Eggers

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous -- and presumed dead -- explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

S. S. Taylor has a strong interest in books, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, maps, and exploring known and unknown places. The author of O’ Artful Death, she lives in Hartland, VT.

 

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair Cover Image
By S. S. Taylor, Katherine Roy (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781940450209
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - September 23rd, 2014

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands heats up in the thrilling second book of the award-winning Expeditioners series.


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