Ages 4-8

Children's events for readers aged 4-8.

Special Children's Event: Kathryn Otoshi - Draw the Line (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Draw the Line is a powerful and poignant picture book about forgiveness from Kathryn Otoshi, author of the bestselling book One.

When two boys draw their own lines and realize they can connect their lines together—magic happens! But a misstep causes their lines to get crossed.

Push, pull, tug, yank!
Soon their line unravels into an angry tug-of-war.

With a growing rift between then, will the boys ever find a way to come together again?

Award-winning author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi uses B&W illustrations with thoughtful splashes of color to create a powerful, multi-layered statement about friendship, boundaries, and healing after conflict.

Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning author-illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero, and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character assets and to help teachers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. She lives in San Francisco.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Children's Event: Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris - Her Right Foot (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, uniquely American in its frank tone and honest look at the literal foundation of our country, acclaimed author Dave Eggers and debut illustrator Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue, her raised right foot.

What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to the story of America.

Originally scheduled for publication in 2018, the creators and Chronicle Books were inspired by events in the United States at the beginning of 2017 to bring Her Right Foot to young readers as soon as possible. The need to offer welcome to new Americans is needed now more than ever.

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human-rights crises; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Patricia Polacco - Remembering Vera (Sausalito)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Remembering Vera begins in 1962 when a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island, the Coast Guard Base in San Francisco Bay, when a seaman named Dave Bunch was mopping the floor. It was love at first sight. At first the men decided to hide the pup from the Commander, thinking she wouldn’t be allowed. But soon enough all of the men in the barracks fell hard for the little dog. Then one day when high waves challenged another vessel at sea, it was Vera’s fierce determination and natural swimming ability that brought the life preserver and safety line to the sinking boat. Vera became a hero and the beloved pet and mascot of the San Francisco Coast Guard.

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.



100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

SF-Marin Food Bank Benefit: Todd Parr - Love the World (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:00am


10% of Proceeds from Book Sales to Benefit SF-Marin Food Bank!

Come celebrate the release of Todd Parr’s latest book, Love the World, and help feed your neighbors in need at the same time.  Todd has decided to turn his launch party at Book Passage in Mill Valley into a fundraiser for his new friends at the SF-Marin Food Bank.  With 1 in 5 people in need of food assistance in Marin County alone, it’s more important than ever that we all band together to make sure families, children, seniors and people with disabilities all have access to healthy, nutritious food. SF-Marin Food Bank will have food collection barrels at the event and someone on hand to collect additional donations and volunteer names. 

Todd Parr is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 40 children’s books. Empathy is at the core of Todd’s stories; they are about acceptance, differences, and promoting empowerment for kids in a simple, fun way. Through his books, Todd has partnered with Target, Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and several other organizations to promote reading. He has created merchandise for Macy’s, developed his own children’s clothing line, and had work displayed in the windows of FAO Schwarz.

About SF-Marin Food Bank

The SF-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to our nutrition-education classes and food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need.  We are on target to distribute more than 48 million pounds of food this year, 60% of which is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Picture Book Club: Dashka Slater - The Antlered Ship (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

PIcture Book Club Event!

At least once a month at Book Passage, kids aged 4-8 and their grown-ups have the chance to hear a picture book read aloud by the author or illustrator. These events will always be after school, midweek and feature our favorite newly published books. Picture Book Club is also available as a subscription service, one new signed picture book per month can be delivered to the child (or adult) of your choice. Contact or call 414-927-0960 ext 402 for more information about Picture Book Club.


In The Antlered Ship, an inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?

Dashka Slater’s four picture books have won widespread praise for their inventive language and vivid imagery. Baby Shoes was named one of the best children’s books of 2006 by both Booklist and Nick Jr.magazines and was chosen for the Texas 2x2 list. The Sea Serpent and Me was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a finalist for the Cybil and Chickadee Awards. Dangerously Ever After was named the 2013–14 Surrey Picture Book of the Year based on the votes of over 12,700 elementary school students. Slater is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dawn Scott - Spirit Rock Mindfulness for Children (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Book Passage welcome children of all ages to experience an hour of joy, compassion and mindfulness. Enjoy moments of connecting to others, stillness, movement, celebration, singing, and children’s mindful book readings. Come play, share, learn and open your heart!

Led by Spirit Rock’s Family Program Coordinator and Teacher, Dawn Scott.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Second Sunday Stories: Teri Sloat - Zip! Zoom! on a Broom (Sausalito)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.


One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

So begins the witchy counting story Zip! Zoom! on a Broom. Counting up from 1 to 10 and back down again, ten witches jump on a broom -- and then fall off one by one Written in pitch-perfect rhyme, and full of fun read-aloud energy that will have kids memorizing lines and clamoring to read the book again and again, this book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun.

Teri Sloat has written and/or illustrated over twenty trade books for young readers, including From One to One Hundred, I'm a Duck!, and the Farmer Brown series. Among her honors are a New York Times Best Picture Book, an ABA Pick of the List, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Notable Science Trade Book. 


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94925

Back to School Link: Deborah Underwood - Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten & Teacher Cat (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Join us for a "Back to School Link" social on Friday, September 29 at 4pm when author Deborah Underwood will read and sign her new school books, Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten and Here Comes Teacher Cat. Parents, teachers and kids can make new friends, buy some fun books and raise money for the school at the same time.


Here Comes Teacher Cat
Cat is not pleased to be tapped as substitute teacher. Not only is it cutting into his naptime, but a roomful of kittens is a little, well, scary. At school, he’s faced with six adorable kittens and follows the lesson plan of music, building, and painting—only in pure, mischief-making Cat style. By the end, Cat has learned a thing or two about inspiring others by being himself.

Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten
When Arnold has concerns about the first day of school (what if the teacher turns out to be the villain, Zorgo?), he sends his alter ego, Super Saurus, to kindergarten instead. His teacher Mr. Z welcomes both Arnold and his super-sized imagination, and when classroom events take a surprising turn, Super Saurus saves the day.


Deborah Underwood is the author of many picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella; Good Night, Baddies; and New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, and Here Comes Easter Cat. Please visit her online at


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Story Time: Michael Genhart - Books for Nourishing Friendships (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event!

Join author Michael Genhart for a storytime filled with a selection of his beloved picture books, including...

Peanut Butter & Jellyous
This is a story about two friends -- Peanut Butter and Jelly. When Peanut Butter wants to branch out and discover new friends, Jelly gets very...jealous! The kids are the problem-solvers and decide that they can explore new friendships while still preserving the one they have. This playful read-aloud book teaches kids that there's room for plenty of friendships in life. Includes a "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" about noticing the signs of jealousy and what they can do to help.

Mac & Geeeez!
This is a whimsical story about a friend who wants to be the center of attention but tries in all of the wrong ways. Mac loves hanging out with Cheese when it's just the two of them, but when Cheese is around other people, he starts to annoy Mac. Cheese tries too hard to be popular by acting like someone he's not. When Mac explains that it's better to just be himself, Cheese realizes that being real is what it's all about! Includes a "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" with information about what it means to be yourself and what they can do to help.

Cake & I Scream!
Cake & I Scream! is a story about a friend who tries to get his way by being bossy and loud. Cake and Ice Cream are best friends, but Cake starts to notice that when Ice Cream wants something, he wants it right now! It becomes annoying to everyone else, and Ice Cream soon realizes that screaming at others is a quick way to lose friends. This story shows that friends bring out the best in each other, if you let them! Includes a "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" about negotiating friendship issues.

So Many Smarts!
So Many Smarts! introduces kids to a variety of "smarts" and teaches that them there is more than one way to be smart. It encourages readers to look at their own combination of brain power and skills to determine how they might learn best, excel, and be themselves. Based on the theory of multiple intelligences, this book shows kids that all of the different skills they have require various types of smarts as well as how they can celebrate their differences. A "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" offers more information about the different smarts outlined in the book and ways to support children exploring their unique strengths.

I See You
I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is unseen by everyone around her—except for a little boy. Over the course of a year, the boy is witness to all that she endures. Ultimately, in a gesture of compassion, the boy acknowledges her through an exchange in which he sees her and she experiences being seen. This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a conversation about homelessness. In a "Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors," there are discussion questions and additional resources about helping the homeless.


Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He lives with his family in Marin County. 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 the author of several picture books.




51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Second Sunday Stories: Lily Williams - If Sharks Disappeared (Sausalito)

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.


A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be big, like a whale, tiny, like a shrimp, and even scary, like a shark. Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land. What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?

In If Sharks Disappeared, artist Lily Williams explores how the disappearance would affect other animals across the whole planet and details the importance of keeping sharks, and our oceans, healthy.

Lily Williams is an author, illustrator, and storyteller who seeks to inspire change through education. Her work covers many topics, from the trophic cascade in the award-winning animated documentary short film FINconceivable, to menstruation in the webcomic The Mean Magenta and upcoming graphic novel, Go With The Flow (First Second, 2019). Lily believes in the power of making information fun, educational, and accessible for all audiences. Lily grew up in Northern California where she graduated from California College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Animation. She spent time working in feature film animation in Los Angeles before diving into freelance full time. When she isn’t creating, Lily can be found dreaming about the smell of cold winter air, listening for the sound of airplanes on a rainy day, playing with her rescue rabbits (Owen and Oliver), and perfecting her waffle recipe.


100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965


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