Kids and Teens Events

Elizabeth Partridge - Boots on the Ground (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Children's Event

America's war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.

The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people--six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee--that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans' struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam.

With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge's unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.

Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor winner, and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange;This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth; and Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780670785063
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

"Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction."*


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Playwell Tek - Build It! Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

To celebrate the launch of three new Build It! books we're partnering with Playwell Tek to bring you a free hour of LEGO® building fun. We'll be building trains, dinosaurs and sealife, with help from one of Playwell's expert teachers.

About Build It! Books
This series of visually rich instruction books for LEGO® creations is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Inside Build It! Trains, you'll find a range of creative models to put together, created using classic sets, or bricks that LEGO® obsessives may already have at home. Each book in this interactive series contains 3-5 dioramas featuring a diverse range of models. Full color, step-by-step diagrams guide you through the process, enhancing the fun.

About Playwell Tek
Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.We teach through play. We explore, solve problems, and express ourselves through LEGO®. Our curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it's fun!

Play-Well Marin's Activity Center also offers a drop-in/open build. This is a creative space for children to build using their imagination and creativity with access to millions of LEGO® parts. Our Play-Well staff members are on hand to provide guidance and assistance where needed. Our Activity Center also includes a large collection of LEGO® sets for sell as well as individual parts for sell.

 

Build It! Trains: Make Supercool Models with Your Favorite Lego(r) Parts Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781513261133
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Graphic Arts Books - April 17th, 2018

This series of visually rich instruction books for LEGO(R) creations is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Inside Build it Trains, you'll find a range of creative models to put together, created using the LEGO(R) Classic set 10697 and LEGO(R) Wheels set 9387, or bricks that LEGO(R) obsessives may already have at home.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kate DiCamillo & Katherine Applegate - In Conversation (Edna Maguire Elementary School)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Book Passage is very proud to present an evening with Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate on Friday, April 20 at 7pm. Join us for a free event at Edna Maguire Elementary School where these much-loved Newbery Award winning authors will talk about their books, about the importance of children's literature and answer questions from fans of all ages.

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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.

 

El Verano de Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9786077359043
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Published: Editorial Oceano de Mexico - April 1st, 2017

Ten-year-old Raymie Clarke has come to realize that absolutely everything depends on her. And she has a plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and come home.


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By Kate DiCamillo, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763658335
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 3rd, 2017

Conceived by Kate DiCamillo and featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim, this nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.


Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Four Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763678814
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

What will it take for a cynical older sister to realize she's a born accordion player -- with music in her heart?


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By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763687649
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016

Now available in a digest paperback edition The beloved 2014 Newbery Medal winner by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo.


Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547633909
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate, a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life. A perfect gift for baby shower, birthday, or graduation.


Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .


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$7.99
ISBN: 9781250091666
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Published: Square Fish/Feiwel and Friends - September 26th, 2017

In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.


The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship.


Edna Maguire Elementary School
80 Lomita Dr.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Alysia Helming - Protogenesis (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Young Adult Event!

With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right...

The Greek Mafia may be involved. Vivid dreams of ancient deities consume her sleep. A maze of clues leads her to believe that her mother is still alive... She must go to Greece. The answers to her perilous quest lie there, as Helene braves into the unknown of a new life, torn between two Greek guys and a new world that literally awaits her.

And who knows, maybe the Greek gods and goddesses are on her side... or maybe not. After all, nothing is as it seems.

Over 500 people in Greece have contributed to the author's research for Protogenesis, including renowned Greek archeologists, cultural and mythology experts, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Due to the overwhelming support  author Alysia Helming has received from so many in Greece, Protogenesis has been selected to be featured as part of the United Nations' 2018 World Book Capital event in Athens. The book features theme song "Forever & Tonight" by Platinum Greek Singer, Kostas Martakis.

 

Protogenesis: Before the Beginning Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781612969701
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Black Rose Writing - March 26th, 2018

With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right...


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ed Steckley - Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Special Children's Event!

Join us for a Saturday morning story time with the illustrator of Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day. A must for young inventors, tinkerers and makers.

Inspired by her grandfather, cartoonist Rube Goldberg, Jennifer George mixes humor and education in Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day. Readers follow Rube as he sets out on a typical school day, overcomplicating each and every step from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to bed at night. If Rube’s inventions are any indication, “normal” means something very different in the Goldberg household. For Rube, up is down, in is out, and the simplest path to accomplishing an everyday task—like brushing his teeth or getting dressed—is a humorously complicated one.

Ed Steckley is an award-winning illustrator whose clients include MAD magazine and innumerable advertising agencies worldwide. He lives in Queens, New York.

 

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By Jennifer George, Ed Steckley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419725586
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 29th, 2017

If Rube's inventions are any indication, "normal" means something very different in the Goldberg household. For Rube, up is down, in is out, and the simplest path to accomplishing an everyday task--like brushing his teeth or getting dressed--is a humorously complicated one.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Andy Weiner & April Chu - Down by the River (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. Fishing days are Art's favorite. He loves learning the ropes from Grandpa--the different kinds of flies and tackle and the trout that frequent their favorite river. Art especially appreciates Grandpa's stories. But, this time, hearing the story about Mom's big catch on her first cast ever makes Art feel insecure about his own fishing skills. But, as Art hooks a beautiful brown trout, he finds reassurance in Grandpa's stories and marvels in the sport and a day spent with family, promising to continue the tradition with his own grandkids generations later.

Written by Andy Weiner and illustrated with lush imagery by rising star April ChuDown by the River celebrates fishing, family, and fun.

Andy Weiner is a longtime publishing professional and an avid fly-fisher. He lives in Albany, California. 

April Chu is an architect and an illustrator of children's books, including Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine and In a Village by the Sea. She lives in Oakland, California.

 

 

Down by the River Cover Image
By Andrew Weiner, April Chu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419722936
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. Fishing days are Art's favorite. He loves learning the ropes from Grandpa--the different kinds of flies and tackle and the trout that frequent their favorite river. Art especially appreciates Grandpa's stories.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Aaron Blabey - Bad Guys (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:30pm

Aaron Blabey is visiting us all the way from Australia and Book Passage is really excited to have him with us. He'll be talking about his hilarious series of early chapter books, including The Bad Guys in Intergalatic Gas and The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha. They're bad guys, everyone knows that. They're scary and dangerous and ...well just BAD. But these guys want to be heroes. And they're going to prove it by doing good deeds ...whether YOU want them to or not.

An actor for many years, Aaron Blabey also worked in advertising, taught at an art college, and held down many other, odder jobs before he began writing for children. Australian success of Blabey’s pup-filled Pig the Pug picture book series has made its way to the U.S., with three books in the series now available. Along with his bestselling Bad Guy series, Blabey, who will be touring in North America for the first time in Spring 2018, is taking U.S. readers by storm. Aaron lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia with his family and devotes his time to writing, illustrating, and advocating for children.

 

The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338189575
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 26th, 2017

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it Sure, they might have to "borrow" a rocket. And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits. And Mr. Piranha miiiight have eaten too many bean burritos. Surviving this mission may only be one small step for man, but it's one giant leap for the Bad Guys.


The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys (the Bad Guys #6) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338189599
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 27th, 2018

The Bad Guys are vanishing A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Maxine Schur - Marielle in Paris (Sausalito Store)

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event

In Marielle in Paris, Marielle the mouse has worked her dressmaking magic for nine days and nine nights to create nine beautiful dresses for Madame Sooree’s nine daughters. Finished at last, Marielle goes to bed, but when she wakes up, the dresses are gone! With no time to lose, Marielle must overcome her fear of heights to take a wild ride with her friend Pierre the pigeon to recover the missing party dresses, which have been scattered across Paris.

Maxine Rose Schur is an award-winning travel journalist and children’s book author. As the recipient of the Joan G. Sugarman Award given by the Washington Independent Writer’s Legal and Educational Fund, Ms. Schur was a Baker-Nord Guest Lecturer on Writing for Children in the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. She currently offers small-group writing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Paris.

 

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780764979354
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pomegranatekids - September 15th, 2017

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Jan Jacobi - Young Lincoln (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Special Children's Event

Young Lincoln is a novel about the childhood and young adult years of Abraham Lincoln. Abe himself tells the story of his years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Abe encounters the same problems that young adults have faced for generations: tension with a demanding parent; the need for friendship and the need to be alone; feeling shy and awkward around girls; recurrent depression; and what path to follow in his life.

Using primary sources, drawing mostly on materials gathered by Lincoln’s law partner, William H. Herndon, Jan Jacobi gives young adult readers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln they do not encounter in their history books. Abe has serious doubts and concerns about his future, his ability to cope with loss, his lack of religious faith, and his relationship with his father. It is a youth and young adulthood of struggle, doubt, and loss—and there is no guarantee he will survive it.

Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Ever since he came to St. Louis, he has been reading and writing about Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.

 

Young Lincoln Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681061122
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Reedy Press - February 1st, 2018

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.

 

Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399175053
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 27th, 2018

Best friends Max and Marla are back in this charming spring tale of friendship and forgiveness


She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524741723
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Published: Philomel Books - May 30th, 2017

Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.


She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History Cover Image
By Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525516996
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel Books - March 6th, 2018

The companion to Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger's #1 New York Times bestseller, She Persisted. Perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists and little kids who are ready to take on the world.


Max and Marla Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399175046
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 13th, 2015

Two fearless Olympians sled to victory in this delightful new picture book


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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