Kids and Teens Events

CANCELED: Katherine Applegate - Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:00am

Unfortunately, Katherine Applegate has to cancel her fall tour, but we hope to reschedule in January! If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Children's Events Dept. at 415-927-0960 ext. 1 

 

Special Children's Event! 

Newbury medalist Katherine Applegate presents the extraordinary true story of a special gorilla who was captured as a baby in the Congo and brought to a mall in America to attract shoppers. After public pressure mounted to find a better way of life for him, Ivan became a fixture in the hearts of many, while his story became a national symbol of animal welfare. 

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544252301
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Published: Clarion Books - October 7th, 2014

In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.


Shirin Bridges, Janie Havemeyer, and Gretchen Maurer - A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses Series

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

Part of our special Children's Book Day events! 

 

Meet authors Shirin Yim Bridges, Janie Havemeyer and Gretchen Maurer as they discuss their lively middle grade novels that bring world mythologies to life! Each story is told through the eyes of a goddess, in a fun and intimate first-person voice. In addition, each book provides fascinating cultural context and details on the mythology, customs, history and geography encountered in the story. 

 

Other authors visiting for Children's Book Day include Ian Lendler (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth) and Molly Idle (Flora and the Penguin)!  

 

 

Call Me Athena: Greek Goddess of Wisdom (Thinking Girl's Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781937463946
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Published: Goosebottom Books - September 2nd, 2014

Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom, steps fully formed from her father's head into the already established world of the Olympians. A motherless newcomer, she has to find her own place and purpose. Her adventures bring her down to Earth, where she forms close bonds with the Greek Heroes. Her attachment to three in particularDiomedes, Odysseus, and Achillesdraws her into the Trojan War.


Call Me Ixchel: Mayan Goddess of the Moon (Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781937463960
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Published: Goosebottom Books - October 14th, 2014

Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon, is a spunky young goddess throwing lightning bolts with her friends until she meets and falls in love with the God of the Sun. Their tempestuous relationship leads to many colorful adventures, including an elopement across the Milky Way, a visit to the underworld, and a sojourn with the Vulture King. But can the sun and the moon stay together?


Call Me Isis: Egyptian Goddess of Magic (Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781937463953
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Published: Goosebottom Books - July 29th, 2014

Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Magic, thinks herself destined for a charmed life as the Goddess-Queen of Egypt. But in one fell swoop she loses her love, her home, even her magical powers. For the sake of Egypt and her infant son, Horus, she has to put this topsy-turvy world aright. Her adventures take her out into the realm of humans and down into the underworld.


Ian Lendler - The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 2:30pm
Part of our special Children's Book Day events! 

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

When Ian Lendler was younger, he really enjoyed acting in the theater. He was, however, extremely terrible at it. So he became a writer of children's books (An Undone Fairy Tale and Saturday) and non-fiction. But in order to support his family, he took a day job de-worming animals at the Stratford-on-Avon Zoo. He immediately recognized the talents of the troupe and began working with them on diction, dialect, and not eating the audience. When not working with his talented cast and crew, Ian sells lemonade on the sidewalk and plays the ukulele in San Rafael, CA. 
 
Other authors visiting for Children's Book Day include Molly Idle (Flora and the Penguin) and Shirin Bridges, Janie Havemeyer, and Gretchen Maurer (A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses Series)! 
 
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth Cover Image
By Zack Giallongo (Illustrator), Ian Lendler
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626721012
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Published: First Second - September 30th, 2014

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.


Jacqueline Briggs Martin - Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious tells the story of how one child's search for delicious led to a dream for all children to share the joy of tasty food—the same joy we get from a beautiful song, or a starry sky. This search for good food eventually led Alice Waters to France, and then back home to Berkeley, California, where she started Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard. For Alice, a delicious meal does not start in the kitchen, but in the fields with good soil and caring farmers.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the Caldecott Award winning author of Snowflake Bentley and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.

 

Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious (Food Heroes) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Hayelin Choi (Illustrator), Alice Waters (Afterword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780983661566
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Published: Readers to Eaters - September 1st, 2014

Chef Alice Waters has always been friends with food.
The search for good food led Alice Waters to France, and then back to Berkeley, California, where she started Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard. For Alice, a delicious meal does not start in the kitchen, but in the fields with good soil and caring farmers.


Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (Food Heroes) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Eric-Shabazz Larkin (Illustrator), Will Allen (Afterword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780983661535
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Published: Readers to Eaters - September 10th, 2013

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage--or a basketball--in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.


Rick Yancey - The Infinite Sea

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave finds Cassie Sullivan in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven't seen the depths to which the Others will sink nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate. 

Rick Yancey is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

*To preordered an autographed copy of The Infinite Sea, be sure to mention "autographed" in the Comments section of check out!

The Infinite Sea (5th Wave #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399162428
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Published: Putnam Publishing Group - September 16th, 2014

The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as "wildly entertaining."
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.


Kathryn Otoshi - Two

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance. She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made. At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly, One only wants to play with Three. "ONE, THREE, odds we'll be " they chant. Two feels left out. But what can she do? Another character-building counting book by award-winning author Kathryn OtoshiTwo is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.

Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning writer & illustrator living in the Bay Area. Books she's written & illustrated include: What Emily Saw, Simon & the Sock Monster, One - winner of 10 nationwide awards -and her upcoming bookZero. Books she has illustrated only include: Marcello the Movie Mouse, The Saddest Little Robot, and Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat. 

 

 

Two Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780972394666
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Published: Ko Kids Books - September 23rd, 2014

Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly One only wants to play with Three. "ONE, THREE, odds we'll be " they chant. Two feels left out.


Molly Idle - Flora and the Penguin

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 1:00pm

Part of our special Children's Book Day events! 

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin in Flora and the Penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

Molly Idle began her career as an artist working for DreamWorks Animation, and from there she leapt into the world of children's books. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

 

Other authors visiting for Children's Book Day include Ian Lendler (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth) and Shirin Bridges, Janie Havemeyer, and Gretchen Maurer (A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses Series)!  

Flora and the Penguin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452128917
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 30th, 2014

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results.


Mac Barnett - Telephone

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

It's time to fly home for dinner! In Telephone, the latest witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of several picture books, including Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Mac lives in Berkeley, California.

 

Telephone Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452110233
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

It's time to fly home for dinner In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner?


Christine Bronstein - Stewie Boomstein Starts School

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:00am

Christine Bronstein and illustrator Karen Young team up to bring children and parents a great new read-aloud in Stewie Boomstein Starts School.

The book begins as a fun story about Stewie Boomstein—a loud, sometimes cranky, funny boy—who has a very bad day at school and how he and his family overcome his problem. In the second half of the book, there is a parent tips section, which includes concrete tips for parents from our interviews with two renowned child and education specialists. Stewie Boomstein Starts School is aimed to help parents and children smooth the transition into school. 

Christine Bronstein is the founder of A Band of Women and their publishing house, Nothing But the Truth Publishing. Based on her experience with her own children, and her interviews with child specialists, Stewie Boomstein Starts School is about dealing with the fear of the unknown that many children feel on their first day of school and how parents can help turn this often traumatic transition into an exciting journey and familial bonding experience.

Karen Young is a Rhode Island School of Design alum and an art therapist. She moved next door to Christine in 2013, and fell in love with the story. She wishes this book had been available when her daughter Grace began pre-school, and feels confident it will help other parents with the transition. 

 

Stewie Boom! Starts School Cover Image
By Bronstein, Young (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780988375499
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Published: Nothing But the Truth Publishing - June 30th, 2014

Stewie BOOM Starts School will help children aged 3-6 prepare to enter pre-k or kindergarten. Stewie BOOM is a loud, comical, and sometimes cranky child, who has a big problem: he had a very bad first day of school His entire family (including the pets) works together to solve Stewie's problem. The next day, Stewie has a very good day at school.


Rachel DeWoskin - Blind

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma’s darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin’s brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.

Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as a consultant, writer, and the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by Sundance. She is the author of two other adult novels, Repeat After Me and Big Girl Small, which received the ALA’s Alex Award. Rachel has a BA in English from Columbia and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Rachel lives with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls in Chicago, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. Blind is her first YA novel.



 

Blind Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670785223
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 7th, 2014

When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her.


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