Kids and Teens Events

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

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

Thank You Thursday with Karen Benke (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for our second “Thank You Thursday!” It’s a movement!

Start the habit of writing a note of gratitude on Thursdays – every week, or month, or even occasionally. Led by Karen Benke, author of Write Back Soon! and project founder Susan Birnbaum, we’ll provide thank-you cards, pens, and postage. Who would you thank? A teacher, a favorite author, a store clerk? We’ll hand-write cards and think about gratitude.

ALL ages are welcome!

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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

Special Story Time Event: Children's Book Week with Clare

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am

Join our storyteller Clare for a special story time to celebrate Children's Book Week!

She'll read from picture books nominated for the Children's Choice Book Awards including There's a Dragon in Your Book, Julian is a Mermaid, and Down by the River.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Story Time Guest: Christie Matheson - Bird Watch (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 10:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Join us for a special story time with Christie Matheson, the author and illustrator of Bird Watch!

There are treasures hiding in the trees! Can you find them? One, two, three little birds, on up to ten (plus other woodland creatures) are just waiting to be discovered. From the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Tap the Magic Tree, this stunning picture book merges basic concepts of counting with elements of a treasure hunt. With different species of birds and other forest animals hiding in the trees and bushes, there is something new to discover on every page. Patience is rewarded as readers learn to count backward from ten, uncover new birds, and learn about the diverse ecosystem of the forest.

Christie Matheson is a master at creating simple picture books that encourage children to interact with the natural world. Beautiful watercolor and collage art, a playful counting text, and a search-and-find theme will have children and parents returning to Bird Watch again and again.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Story Time Guest: Kara Navolio - Everybody Can Dance! (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 9:30am

Everybody Can Dance! shows children of all cultures experiencing the joy of dance together. Children with disabilities tap a beat alongside others swinging to ballroom or bouncing to Bollywood. The fun, rhyming text will have any child asking for a repeat performance. This book can be a springboard for discussing how much we are all the same, how dance is fun for everyone, and how everybody can do it!

Kara Navolio is a children’s book author and freelance writer. Her debut picture book Everybody Can Dance! celebrates the joy of dance with a message of inclusion and shows children that no matter what you look like, your physical ability or style, everybody can dance! When she isn’t writing for children, Kara tells stories of real-life heroes, artists and authors for local newspapers. Kara has been working with children since her college days at UC Berkeley.  When she had her own two children she volunteered in their classrooms and at their schools for 16 years. Currently she is a docent at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek where she takes school children on tours and teaches art in local schools. Kara is a member of Andrea Alban’s Writer’s Tribe and Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program. She loves to read, travel, take photographs, paint, hike, dance, cook, and spend time with her family. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband and every day makes it a goal to learn something new. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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