Ages 8-10

Children's events for readers aged 8-10.

Class: Karen Benke - Rip ALL the Pages! A Creative Writing Summer “Play-Shop” for Kids

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 9:30am to Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:30pm

July 20 - 23 • 9:30 am - 12:30 am • for ages 9-12 • $430

 

Rip ALL the Pages! A Creative Writing Summer “Play-Shop” for Kids. 

Sharpen your observations skills, dive into the deep-end of original detail, and master your own metaphors and similes.

Limited to 18 students (ages 9-12) the only requirement is a favorite pen and a willingness to surprise yourself. We’ll tip words over to find out what breathes underneath, hike for haiku, sneak around and listen—aka eavesdrop!—for dialog, explore making images to create our poems, sudden fiction, letters, and more. 

All materials and sort-of-healthy snacks included.

 

Karen Benke is the author of Rip the Page! Leap Write In! Write Back Soon! and Rip ALL the Pages! from Roost Books|Penguin Random House and translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Founder of The Writers Nest and Program Director of Creative Writing Adventures (a nonprofit program of CalPoets), she taught writing for 23 years as a California Poet in the Schools and now brings her imaginative writing "play-shops" into libraries, bookstores and art centers internationally. 

Visit her at www.karenbenke.com or creativewritingadventures.org

 

 

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

Special INK Event: Grant Faulkner - Brave the Page (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for a special INK meeting with author Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo!

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! On November 1 every year, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. In 2018, more than 300,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo, and more than 150,000 kids in 10,000 classrooms took part in their Young Writers Program. Join us on Friday evening, November 15th for a special INK meeting with Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner to discuss Brave the Page, the official NaNoWriMo handbook!

Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo's central mission that everyone's stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more!

Brave the Page features an exclusive introduction by Jason Reynolds, as well as original essays throughout from Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies) and more.

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of the online literary journal 100 Word Story and the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Writer's Digest, and Poets & Writers. He is the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. With its first event in 1999, the organization's programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the "Now What?" Months.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Raina Telgemeier - Guts (Palace of Fine Arts)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

Tickets from $22 - $45 (includes a copy of Guts)

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

In Guts, Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face--and conquer--her fears.

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com.

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Each ticket includes a copy of Guts as well as a special signed book plate. Patrons will also have the opportunity to take a photo with Raina after the event, with higher-tier tickets guaranteeing an earlier place in line. Though Raina will not be signing any memorabilia, autographed copies of her other books will be available for sale before and after the event.

 

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Sonia Antaki - Red Dove Listen to the Wind (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

It's 1890, and the vast prairies of the Dakota Territory are empty of the buffalo that once sustained the people. Thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces a stark choice: leave her Lakota home to live in the white man’s world her father came from, or stay, and watch her family starve.

On the long, dusty trail between her village and the fort, she breaks a sacred tradition and eats the fruit of the Dead Man’s Plum Bush. Her grandfather, wise in the ways of her people, gives her a medicine pouch that allows her to enter the thoughts and feelings of others—and truly listen. With it, she confronts the cruelties of the nun at the boarding school, and the horrors of the massacre at Wounded Knee. With her beloved pony, Red Dove Listen to the Wind follows Red Dove as she begins a journey across the Great Plains to find her true place in the world—and learns that her greatest power comes from within herself.

Of Swiss, British and Syro-Lebanese ancestry, Sonia Antaki was born in Egypt and came to the U.S. as a child. Before discovering her passion for middle grade and young adult fiction, she had several careers–as a professional singer, a financial analyst, a Tony-nominated Broadway producer and an advocate for the Arts and Native traditions. She and her amazing dog Ziggy live in California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Rosanne Parry - A Wolf Called Wander (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter. Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he meets a mate and they start a new pack of their own.

Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey), who traveled a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest, A Wolf Called Wander is an irresistible tale of survival. It invites readers to experience and imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth.

Rosanne Parry has spent a lifetime hiking and camping in Oregon’s wilderness and has come to love it’s wide-ranging landscapes and wild creatures (except perhaps for the banana slug) Rosanne is the author of Heart of a Shepherd, Last of the Name, and three other award-winning novels for middle grade readers. She is the captain of the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring workshop for young avid readers and writers, sponsored by the Oregon SCBWI and Powells Bookstore. She is a bookmonger at the legendary indie bookstore Annie Blooms of Portland Oregon, and she writes in a treehouse in her backyard. You can find Rosanne at www.rosanneparry.com

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Karen Benke - Rip ALL the Pages! (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 3:00pm

Meet & Greet!

Special Event for Kids!

Aimed at third graders and up, Rip ALL the Pages will get you writing, ripping, playing on and off the page. “Rip ALL the Pages is a super-rad book packed with smart, engaging, challenging writing prompts that are sure to stoke the creative fires in writers of all ages!” ~Kate Schatz, NY Times bestselling author of Rad Girls Can! and My Rad Life.

Karen Benke is the author of Rip the Page! (now translated into Russian and Korean), Leap Write In! (for teens) and Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing.  A longtime Poet in the Schools, she now runs The Writers Nest at the refurbished Mill Valley Lumber Yard. Her books are used by educators, parents, and the children/tweens/teens they’re written for. They have received praise from FamilyFun Magazine, Children’s Book Review, Guernica, and other magazines. Stop by to have a book signed and receive a literary inspiration gift.

 

1 Ferry Building
#42
San Francisco, CA 94111

Launch Party: Margot Elaine Jones - Beneath the Dragonwood Trees (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

A musical fairytale, Beneath the Dragonwood Trees takes us into the woods on a journey reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel, Peter and the Wolf, and even a hint of Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

What lies ahead in this enchanted forest of wacky witches for a lost boy and his stalwart furry and feathered friends? Original songs, musical score, and a wild-haired storyteller guide us on our way in this Broadway-style escapade about a boy’s quest – with his talking animal pals – to catch  the dreaded Wolf and win a Badge of Honor. In the end, Peter learns a great lesson – that the love between family and friends is far more valuable than a Badge of Honor.

Nationally-acclaimed director, composer, choreographer, independent filmmaker, and thirty-year veteran of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Margot Elaine Jones brings us this Broadway-style musical comedy in a print edition with rich and delightful illustrations and QR CODES that connect to bonus songs.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Breton W. Kaiser Taylor - The Dragon of Emerhill (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Special Event for Kids
Path to Publishing Launch Party!

Noreia, a 13-year-old French princess, is an obedient girl until the day disaster strikes Emerhill Kingdom. After a coastal shipwreck, her dragon friend Stalwart is accused of sinking the ship. Noreia's affections for her friend turn to defiance. When Noreia seizes the chance to defend her dragon friend, Noreia defies her father, while obeying her heart. She faces a voyage to an island she has never seen. There, she will struggle to survive with help from the fairies of Fay Linn, on Dragonera Isle!

Breton W. Kaiser Taylor introduces the Fay Linn Trilogy with his debut novel, The Dragon of Emerhill. In this richly illustrated fantasy novel, he depicts a child's need for independence, friendships, and guidance toward a world that is just and full of hope. As a survivor of juvenile kidney disease, he understands children's need for a sense of independence. Made in watercolor and pen and ink, his illustrations make the story come to life. His website is available with information on his writing and artistic process at: thedragonofemerhill.com.

 

 

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Katherine Applegate - An Evening With (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone, Home of the Brave, continues on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.

Wishtree
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories...Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Endling #1: The Last
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and slaughtered, Byx fears she may be the last of her species: the endling. As Byx sets out to find safe haven—and perhaps even another of her kind—she meets new allies, who have their own motivations for joining her quest. Together this ragtag group of animals and humans will help put into motion events that could bring the kingdom to the brink of war.

Sometimes You Fly
This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to “remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail...sometimes you fly.”
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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