Picture Books

Events featuring picture books.

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 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

Michael Genhart - Rainbow (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Join us to celebrate Pride at a special story time for ages 0-8. Our story teller Clare will be joined by guest author Michael Genhart to read picture books for children on the theme of LGBTQ families and Pride. We'll also have rainbow flags to color and make.

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride is a must-have primer for young readers featuring bright colors that celebrate LGBTQ+ pride, rainbow families, and the meaning of each stripe of the rainbow flag.  Readers will celebrate the life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony, and spirit that rainbows in this book will bring.

Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He lives with his rainbow family in Marin County. 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 the author of several picture books including Love Is Love and there are more on the way!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Merriam Saunders - My Whirling Twirling Motor (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

In My Whirling Twirling Motor, Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him all the time and sometimes he just can't settle. When his mom wants to talk to him, he figures he's in trouble...but she has a surprise for him instead! Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on ADHD, behavior management, and helping children focus on the positives.

Merriam Saunders is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in Kentfield, CA.Tammie Lyon is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Olive and Snowflake, the Eloise series, and the Katie Woo series.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jeanne Walker Harvey - Boats on the Bay (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event
Meet & Greet

Houseboats, ferries, fishing boats, sailboats . . . see all the boats parade on the bay

Boats on the Bay is a large-format picture book about a bunch of boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text. Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, the book features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop.

Jeanne Walker Harvey lives in Sausalito, California, where she watches all of the boats on the bay from her house on the hill. She is the award-winning author of several picture books, including Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines; My Hands Sing the Blues, Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey;Honey Girl the Hawaiian Monk Seal; and Astro the Stellar Sea Lion. In addition to being a writer, Jeanne is a docent at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Joan Schoettler - Ruth Asawa (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 10:00am

Meet & Greet
Special Event for Kids!

Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life by Joan Schoettler portrays a remarkable artist, teacher, and woman. Ruth Asawa believed in making the world a better place. She understood that exposing children to art was one path toward that goal. From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Asawa’s life journey is one filled with family, art, injustice, inner strength, education, and arts activism. She drew upon her transformative life experiences and worked with unconventional mediums, using lines, space and wire to create sculptures that move people today.

Asawa became known as the “Fountain Lady” for the many public fountains she designed. One she created was the San Francisco Fountain outside the Grand Hyatt. Asawa worked with children from different parts of the city to create whimsical bas-relief panels that she incorporated into the design. Public support has kept this magnificent piece in place, a monument to a courageous and inspirational artist.

Author Joan Schoettler grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she became acquainted with Ruth Asawa’s wire sculptures and fountains. At Asawa’s celebration of life, a seed was planted to write Ruth Asawa’s story for children. Schoettler earned an MA in reading and language arts from Fresno Pacific University and taught in elementary schools before teaching children’s literature and storytelling at California State University, Fresno, nurturing her passion for children’s literature and her love of teaching. She has invited students of all ages into her world of children’s literature, immersing them in the nuances of writing and the art of storytelling. Joan is the author of two other picture books, A Home for George and Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth for which she was awarded the 2012 APALA Award for Best Picture Book. She lives in Fresno with her husband where they raised three sons.

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Special Story Time Guest: Danielle Anderson-Craig - The Magic of We (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 9:30am

Special Event for Kids!

The Magic of We is a children's picture book by Danielle Anderson-Craig and illustrated by her friend and fellow teacher (they teach at same school!), Carly Dooling. It is a tender tale of blossoming friendship in which two children meet and are transported into a world where the ordinary becomes fantastic and the known becomes surreal as their shared experience creates unlimited imagination and play. The refrain "Being with you..." reverberates throughout the pages of detailed imagery, lush with color and imagination. A first book for both Anderson-Craig and Dooling, The Magic of We combines the magic of music and the music of words to describe the amazing feeling of finding someone who "fits" you.

Poet and kindergarten school teacher Danielle Anderson-Craig was the longtime love of the late organ and keyboard player Ikey Owens. Anderson-Craig wrote the The Magic of We as an homage and a celebration of connection and closeness. She graduated from the University of Southern California with an American Studies & Ethnicity/Philosophy degree. Her work as an educator of primary school aged children spans over 15 years, with most of her experience in the Montessori environment.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin Ballet - Nutcracker Story Time (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 4:30pm

Join Marin Ballet at Book Passage on November 30th at 4:30pm to hear the magical tale of The Nutcracker.  This unique telling of the holiday classic will feature a costumed visit by some of the characters from the ballet’s cast.  The dancers will be available to take photos and sign autographs after the reading.  This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Nutcracker tradition to little ones! 

Follow it up by seeing Clara’s whimsical adventure come to life at the Marin Center on December 8th and 9th.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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