Ages 4-8

Children's events for readers aged 4-8.

Alexandra Boiger - Max & Marla Are Having a Picnic (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Best friends Max and Marla are back in this charming spring tale of friendship and forgiveness. Max and Marla know how to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. So when the first sunny day of spring comes along, they've got the perfect plan--a picnic! They pack up their favorite dishes and their comfiest blanket and then they're off to the lake. Once they settle in, Max realizes the picnic needs one more thing to be just right: a bouquet for Marla. But while he's gone, Marla falls asleep, leaving their picnic prey to some thieving squirrels. Max returns to find their spread ruined and says it's all Marla's fault. But best friends can't stay mad for long... Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic is another adorable ode to friendship from fan favorite Alexandra Boiger.

Alexandra Boiger grew up in Munich, Germany, as the youngest of seven children. She studied graphic design at the Fachhochschule Augsburg before working in feature animation at Warner Brothers and DreamWorks. After working in animation, Alexandra decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a children's book illustrator, gathering a following as the illustrator of the popular Tallulah series. Max and Marla was her debut as both author and illustrator. Alexandra now lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Meg Fleming - Ready, Set, Sail! (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Celebrate with author Meg Fleming as she launches her fun new picture book Ready, Set, Sail! We'll have crafts, story time and snacks to make a perfect party for kids aged 2-6 and their grown-ups.

Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build! The wordplay and sing-song nature of this text makes this the perfect read-aloud book that kids will enjoy participating in. Whether it's the child or the parent who loves sailing, this charming book about two friends in the sea will inspire a love of sailing in a new generation of readers.

Meg Fleming is an award-winning children’s book author and a Literary Art's Ambassador. Her books, I Heart You, Ready, Set, Build! and Ready, Set, Sail! have been lauded by The Washington Post, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist, but most importantly, they are loved by dreamers of all ages. She writes from her home outside of San Francisco with her husband, their three kids and a sock-loving dog named Gypsy.

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Under the Sea - Story Time and Crafts (Sausalito Store)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

Ahoy there Narwhals! Join our children's book specialists Mari and Clare for a special Spring Break Under the Sea Story Time. We'll read our favorite ocean stories -- including Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea -- sing a few sea shanties and make paper jelly fish to take home. 

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Travis Nichols - Betty's Burgled Bakery (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

Join author Travis Nichols for a book talk and a drawing project for kids in attendance!

When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled But how? Something isn't quite right -- and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what Alliteration abounds in Betty's Burgled Bakery, a comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits.

Travis Nichols writes books, draws, paints, and makes comics. He is the author of a number of award-winning books for young people, including the previous title featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, Fowl Play, a mystery told all in idioms. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ying Compestine - The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event!

In The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes, Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of him by stealing his stores of rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make "magical" new clothes for him. Anyone who is honest, the young emperor explains, will see the clothes' true splendor, but anyone who is dishonest will see only burlap sacks. The emperor dons a burlap sack, and the ministers can't help but fall for his cunning trick.

Ying Chang Compestine grew up in Communist China and now lives in Lafayette, California. She is a popular author of children's books, cookbooks, and novels.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gianna Marino - If I Had a Horse (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:30am

Special Children's Event!

* Pre-order the book from the Book Passage website and receive a 10% discount! Books will be signed and can be picked up at or after the event. *

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If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino.

If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me.
But if I stayed quiet, he’d learn to be my friend.
I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me.
And together, we could do anything.

Marino’s vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Gianna Marino was born in San Francisco and spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. Her explorations expanded after graduating from high school and in order to afford her many journeys, Gianna had several jobs at once: apprenticing a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer and driving horse carriages through the park. Gianna explored many corners of the world, from Africa and Asia, to the South Pacific and Europe, to crewing on sailboats in the high seas. At work and school, she became known as “Boomerang”. Gianna finally landed a full-time freelance gig designing toys for children, but after several years in a corporate box with no windows, she left for good and began writing and illustrating books for children.Her books include Meet Me at the Moon, Following Papa’s Song, Too Tall Houses, and Night Animals. Though she still wanders the world, Gianna now lives in Northern California and works full-time writing and illustrating.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Event - Holiday Story Time (Sausalito)

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:00am

Calling all kids for a very special holiday-themed storytime! Local children's book authors Sam Barondes, Jennifer Gennari, Captain Phil Howe, and Elizabeth Shreeve will be reading their favorite holiday stories.

Join us for a festive morning (you can come in your Christmas pajamas if you want!) of hot cider (coffee for the adults) and cookies; listen to local children’s authors read from their favorite holiday books, including Captain Phil’s Spouts: The Whale Who Saved
Christmas
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100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Gianna Marino - If I Had a Horse (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 5:00pm

Special Children's Event!

* Pre-order the book from the Book Passage website and receive a 10% discount! Books will be signed and can be picked up at or after the event. *

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If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino.

If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me.
But if I stayed quiet, he’d learn to be my friend.
I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me.
And together, we could do anything.

Marino’s vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Gianna Marino was born in San Francisco and spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. Her explorations expanded after graduating from high school and in order to afford her many journeys, Gianna had several jobs at once: apprenticing a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer and driving horse carriages through the park. Gianna explored many corners of the world, from Africa and Asia, to the South Pacific and Europe, to crewing on sailboats in the high seas. At work and school, she became known as “Boomerang”. Gianna finally landed a full-time freelance gig designing toys for children, but after several years in a corporate box with no windows, she left for good and began writing and illustrating books for children.Her books include Meet Me at the Moon, Following Papa’s Song, Too Tall Houses, and Night Animals. Though she still wanders the world, Gianna now lives in Northern California and works full-time writing and illustrating.

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Special Children's Event: Ian Lendler - Little Sid (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:00pm

Featuring special guest, Spirit Rock family-meditation expert, Dawn Scott.

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha.

A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn't be given---happiness.

Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.

With Lendler's delightful prose and Bouma's lyrical artwork, Little Sid weaves traditional Buddhist fables into a classic new tale of mindfulness, the meaning of life, and an awakening that is as profound today as it was 2,500 years ago.

Ian Lendler is the author of the acclaimed Stratford Zoo graphic novel series and the picture books, Undone Fairy Tale, Saturday, and One Day A Dot. He is at one with the universe, but only when eating pizza. He lives near San Francisco, CA.
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin Ballet - Nutcracker Story Time (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join Marin Ballet at Book Passage to hear the magical tale of the Nutcracker. This unique telling of the holiday classic will feature a costumed visit by some of the characters from the ballet’s cast.  The dancers will be available to take photos and sign autographs after the reading.  This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Nutcracker tradition to little ones!  Follow it up by seeing Clara’s whimsical adventure come to life at the Marin Center on December 9th and 10th.  

Purchase Nutcracker Tickets Here:
http://www.marinballet.org/performance/nutcracker-season/

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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