Kids and Teens Events

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Jennifer Camiccia with Lisa Moore Ramée - The Memory Keeper (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

Special Event for Kids! • In Conversation with Lisa Moore Ramée

All Lulu Carter wants is to be seen. But her parents are lost in their own worlds, and Lulu has learned the hard way that having something as rare as HSAM—the ability to remember almost every single moment in her life—won’t make you popular in school.

At least Lulu has Gram, who knows the truth about Lulu’s memory and loves her all the more for it. But Gram has started becoming absentminded, and the more lost she gets, the more she depends on Lulu…until Lulu realizes her memory holds the very key to fixing Gram’s forgetfulness. Once Lulu learns that trauma can cause amnesia, all she needs to do to cure Gram is hunt down that one painful moment in Gram’s life.

With her friends Olivia and Max, Lulu digs into Gram’s mysterious past. But they soon realize some secrets should stay buried, and Lulu wonders if she ever knew Gram at all. It’s up to Lulu to uncover the truth before the only person who truly sees her slips away. The Memory Keeper is a heartfelt middle grade debut about long-buried secrets, the power of memory, and the bond between a girl and her gram.

Jennifer Camiccia has lived in the wilds of Los Angeles, where she wrote her first book at the tender age of five; Iran, where she developed a fear of camels and a fondness for pistachios; Hawaii, with its balmy breezes and memories of learning to swim; and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now lives with her children and husband. Visit her online at JenCamiccia.com or on Twitter: @JenCamiccia.

Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and she now lives in the Bay Area of California, with her husband, two kids, and two obnoxious cats. A Good Kind of Trouble is her first novel.

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

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