Ages 4-8

Children's events for readers aged 4-8.

Writing the Virus with Caille Millner, Jon Roemer, David Dario Winner, and Oscar Villalon (Virtual Event)

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 7:30pm

Writing the Virus — Reading from the new StatORec anthology
With Caille Millner, Jon Roemer, and David Dario Winner, moderated by Oscar Villalon

Monday, November 30, 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET • Virtual Event via Zoom

Writing the Virus, the first anthology to explore the human effects of the pandemic, parses the virus as it hits a society polarized by racism, privilege, and politics. The book tracks the virus’s progression from epidemiological threat to international crisis and sketches the evolution of Corona’s rapidly changing meaning over the past three-quarters of a year. Among the 31 works in the book, Writing the Virus appeals to the power of love in the Black community as our strongest and most promising force for change (Millner); explores what it means to be a writer in precarious times (Roemer); and exposes the uncomfortable barriers of ethnicity, civic cooperation, and racism as experienced by someone going out for what is no longer an ordinary run (Winner). Writing the Virus, edited by Andrea Scrima and David Winner, was published November 1 by Outpost 19 Books.

Readers of the evening: Caille Millner (“Something New”); Jon Roemer (“Uncertainty Ever After”); and David Dario Winner (“Daisy Assassin”). The event will be moderated by Oscar Villalon, managing editor of Zyzzyva.

Caille Millner
Caille Millner is the author of The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification (Penguin Press). Her short fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Zyzzyva, and Best American Short Stories 2016. Her essays have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review and The Paris Review Daily.

Jon Roemer
Jon Roemer is the publisher and senior editor at Outpost19 Books and author of the novel Five Windows. His writing has appeared at The Millions, KGB Lit, The Writer, OZY, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, 3:AM, and elsewhere. His public speaking includes the Editors’ Picks panel at Library Journal’s Day of Dialogue and Northwestern University’s guest lecture program. He is queer and based in San Francisco.

David Dario Winner
David Winner is the author of Tyler’s Last and The Cannibal of Guadalajara. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, The Millions, and other publications in the US and the UK. He is the fiction editor of the Rome-based magazine, The American, senior editor for Statorec, and a regular contributor to the The Brooklyn Rail.

Oscar Villalon
Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of Zyzzyva. His writing has appeared in Freeman’s, Literary Hub, the Believer, Alta, Zócalo Public Square, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco.

Special Event for Kids: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver with Varian Johnson and Lisa Yee — Alien Superstar (Virtual Event)

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:00am

Thursday, November 19, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET • Virtual Event via Twitch

Emmy Award winner Henry Winker and Lin Oliver are back for the second installment of the New York Times bestselling middle grade series that Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney calls “truly out of this world!”

After escaping his oppressive red dwarf planet and landing a role on a popular Hollywood sitcom, Buddy Burger seems destined for high-flying success. His legions of fans love his six eyes, his suction cup feet, and even his excessive need for avocados. It seems nothing can stop his rise to super-stardom—until the arrival of Citizen Cruel, a shape-shifting Squadron member sent from Buddy’s home planet to bring him back by any means necessary. Will Buddy conquer this clever and unpredictable enemy? How long can he continue to keep his alien identity secret from his friends and fans? Is there enough guacamole on Earth to sustain him? And chips to go with it? Action-packed and full of laughs, Alien Superstar: Lights, Camera, Danger! is the second book in the exciting New York Times bestselling middle grade series.

Henry Winkler is an Emmy Award–winning actor, writer, director, and producer who has created some of the most iconic TV roles, including Arthur “the Fonz” Fonzarelli on Happy Days and Gene Cousineau on Barry.

Lin Oliver is a children’s book writer and a writer and producer for both TV and film. She is currently the executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She and Henry both live in Los Angeles.

Varian Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which was named a 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book among other accolades. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. In addition, Varian has written for the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts middle-grade fantasy series as well as novels and short stories for YA audiences.

Lisa Yee’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her other novels for young people include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and a series about a 4th grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). She also the author of American Girl’s Kanani books, the DC Super Hero Girls middle grade novel series, Good Luck, Ivy, and the Lea Clark series.

Special Event for Kids: Mike White - Mellybean and the Giant Monster (Virtual Event)

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 10:00am

Friday, November 6, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET • Virtual Event via Twitch

Tune in for a special virtual event with San Francisco author Mike White who will be presenting his new graphic novel Mellybean and the Giant Monster! Mike's presentation will engage your elementary students with details about his new book as well as a fun how-to-draw tutorial. If your students (or you!) have questions for the author, please email them to mallen@bookpassage.com.

Melly loves to play games. All her feline friends want to do, though, is take a nap. So when she doesn't leave them alone, the cats trick her into burying a shoe in the backyard. But the small prank turns into a big problem when Melly falls down the hole . . . and it magically transports her to another world!

Melly lands smack-dab in the middle of a scuffle between a group of knights and a huge monster. But Melly soon befriends the grumpy giant, learning he isn't as scary as he seems. He's being hunted by a greedy king—one who has also been stealing from his people and locking them up in the dungeons. So although Melly is desperate to find a way back home to Mama and Papa (her human owners), she makes it her mission to help her new friend and the kingdom. But how could someone so tiny defeat such a powerful king? It may just take a game that only Melly can win.

Mike White was born and raised in Toronto. He worked for five years in children's television animation before moving to San Francisco in 2008 to make mobile games and apps. In 2018, after getting nachos for lunch, Mike and his girlfriend, Carol, were walking around an outdoor mall and met a cute little puppy at a pop-up adoption event. After much consideration they adopted the puppy and named her Melody, and her delightful and infectious personality became the inspiration for Mellybean. You can follow all things Mellybean on Twitter @Mellybeanpup and by visiting Mellypup.com.

POSTPONED: Special Event for Kids: Lea Lyon - Ready to Fly (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV. Although there aren’t many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility. A librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet and the determined seven-year-old, with the help of her new books, starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet. Soon Sylvia learns how to fly—how to dance—and how to dare to dream.

Lyrical, and easy-to-read text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings.

Includes a foreword from Sylvia Townsend, a brief history of the bookmobile, an author’s note, and a further reading list.

Lea Lyon always wanted to create children’s books when she was a little girl. Now, after several other careers, Lyon is living out her dream. Ready to Fly is the first children’s book she’s written. She has illustrated six award-winning picture books, including Say Something by Peggy Moss and Keep Your Ear on the Ball by Genevieve Petrillo. Her book Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi was named an ALA Notable Book. You can visit her at www.lealyon.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Susan B. Katz - The Story of Frida Kahlo & The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists in the world, but before she made history with her beautiful paintings and brave spirit, she went through a life-changing accident that would have made many people want to give up. The Story of Frida Kahlo explores how she went from a young girl from a small Mexican town to one of the most well-known painters in history, and how she fought to overcome setbacks and follow her passion to create amazing artwork and make the world a more colorful place.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman ever to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before she fought for equal rights and made history, Ruth was a curious kid who loved to read about strong women who were making important changes. In school, Ruth wished girls could have as many opportunities as boys. She soon learned that by studying and working hard, she could change her life-and the world. The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg explores how she went from a young girl during World War II to one of the most celebrated leaders in America.

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant, and social media strategist. As a former bilingual educator of over 25 years, Susan incorporates props, puppets and multimedia into her presentations making them interactive and engaging. She is the author of All Year Round which was named "Best New Book of 2016" by The Children's Book Review. She translated it into Spanish as Un Año Redondo in 2017. My Mama Earth won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book of 2012 as well as being named "Top Green Toy" by Education.com. ABC, Baby Me! debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in three months. ABC School's For Me was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and reviewed as "having verse that never misses a beat." Susan is also the Founder and Executive Director of www.ConnectingAuthors.org, a national non-profit bringing children's book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook. When she's not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach. Her website is: www.susankatzbooks.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Tracy Tandy - Druk & Mita and Moonwitch of Crushtide Island (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Druk & Mita

As Mita falls asleep beneath the familiar stars of Bhutan, she meets the young dragon, Druk. Druk and Mita explore the universe, aging side-by-side, always expanding their ability to love. The simple, yet profound story and enchanting illustrations bring to life the flora, fauna, and Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas. Readers’ hearts will open along with Druk and Mita’s on this journey of love and transformation. Illustrated by award-winning artist, Cara Bevan.

Moonwitch of Crushtide Island

Cunning moonwitch, Impolara, has discovered that cats really do have nine lives. She’s convinced that she does too, but to live them and rule Dream, she needs rare Dreamdancer, Rose. Can a handful of friends—feline, human and magical—save Rose and stop Impolara’s plot to rule Dream forever? In Moonwitch of Crushtide Island, they’ll risk everything to find out. Leap into Book II of the Dreamhaven Series. Illustrated by award-winning artist, Cara Bevan.

Tracy Tandy is the author of Dreamhaven, Moonwitch of Crushtide Island, Druk & Mita, Alphabet Dreams, Alphabet Dreams Coloring Book, and the award-winning sci-fi short story, Deadline. Ms. Tandy believes dreams and love arrive on our doorstep in remarkable (sometimes furry) packages. Whether writing for children or adults, she consults with her opinionated feline characters, extraterrestrial detectives, a wily witch and a Bhutanese dragon. Her life is never boring. Read more at tracytandy.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Eunice & Sabrina Moyle - Go Get 'Em, Tiger! (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 11:00am

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

The award-winning Hello!Lucky team brings their bold style and surefire laughs to a picture book about an exuberant tiger tackling life’s challenges and coming out on top. Go Get 'Em, Tiger is perfect for celebrating any big milestone, from the first day of preschool to college graduation, and every goalpost in between.

Hello!Lucky is all about using creativity to spread joy, fun, and kindness. Founded by sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle in 2003, Hello!Lucky is an award-winning letterpress greeting card and design studio working with dozens of partners to create products, including Abrams’s pun-derful children’s books: My Mom Is Magical!, My Dad Is Amazing!, Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power, Kindness Rules!, and Christmas Is Awesome!. They also offer bedding, ceramics, socks, stationery, custom photo albums, and more. Hello!Lucky is based in San Francisco.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Special Event for Kids: Michael Genhart & Priscilla Burris - Accordionly (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can't understand each other's language and there is a lot of silence, but their grandson's clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family! Accordionly includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.

Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is also the author of several picture books including: Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli; So Many Smarts!, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown; I See You, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; a series about nourishing friendships, illustrated by Steve Mack; Peanut Butter & Jellyous; Mac & Geeeez!; Cake & I Scream!; and Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, illustrated by Anne Passchier, as well as Love Is Love, illustrated by Ken Min. Love Is Love is a 2019 ALA GLBT Round Table Rainbow Book List selection as well as a 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Book. His work was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, BookTrib, KidLit411, and BookRiot. Several of his books have been translated into different languages. He has been a member of APA for thirty years, SCBWI since 2011, and is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. When he is not in his office treating patients or writing books for kids, he is outdoors gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends. He and his husband are proud parents of a recent college graduate who now teaches marine science, her dream job!. He lives with his family in Marin County. Visit him on his website www.michaelgenhart.com, Facebook (@picturebookauthor), and Instagram (@michaelgenhart). 

A native Californian of Hispanic descent, author-illustrator Priscilla Burris counts herself blessed to have grown up across her neighborhood street from the local public library in East Los Angeles, where her love and devotion for children's books was born. Creating characters and images whether in the real world or digitally, Priscilla delights most in bringing out the element of expression and emotion.  She is enthusiastically involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwi.org) as the U.S. Illustrator Coordinator & Advisor, as well as a member of their Board of Advisors.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Event for Kids: Elisa Kleven - Hiro's Hats (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids!

High in the mountains of Japan, a snow monkey named Hiro finds a cheerful hat.

"Snow monkeys don't need hats!" his brother tells him, but Hiro's hat does more than keep him warm—it is also a friend. Only a robin understands, and when Hiro's hat disappears, she surprises him, in time, with two more hats, each as playful and full of life as his first.

Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 children's picture books, among them Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story, Welcome Home, Mouse, The Paper Princess, The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Sun Bread, as well as Abuela, by Arthur Dorros, De Colores, by Jose Luis Orozco, and The Weaver, by Thacher Hurd. Her books have received awards and honors from the American Library Association, The New York Times, The Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and pets.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Event for Kids: Sherri Duskey Rinker - Three Cheers for Kid McGear (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:00am

Special Event for Kids!

She might be small, but she's got it all—she's Kid McGear, Skid Steer! Kid McGear is the newest truck to join the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site crew and she's eager to help with even the roughest and toughest construction work. But when a steep cliff puts the other trucks in danger, can the new Kid on the site prove she's big enough for even this big, big job?

Three Cheers for Kid McGear is a timeless tale of perseverance and overcoming obstacles that will resonate with readers and listeners of all ages.

Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers. Sherri lives with her photographer husband and two sons in St. Charles, Illinois.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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