Picture Books

Events featuring picture books.

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.

 

 

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.

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Meg Fleming - Ready, Set, Sail! (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Celebrate with author Meg Fleming as she launches her fun new picture book Ready, Set, Sail! We'll have crafts, story time and snacks to make a perfect party for kids aged 2-6 and their grown-ups.

Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build! The wordplay and sing-song nature of this text makes this the perfect read-aloud book that kids will enjoy participating in. Whether it's the child or the parent who loves sailing, this charming book about two friends in the sea will inspire a love of sailing in a new generation of readers.

Meg Fleming is an award-winning children’s book author and a Literary Art's Ambassador. Her books, I Heart You, Ready, Set, Build! and Ready, Set, Sail! have been lauded by The Washington Post, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist, but most importantly, they are loved by dreamers of all ages. She writes from her home outside of San Francisco with her husband, their three kids and a sock-loving dog named Gypsy.

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Under the Sea - Story Time and Crafts (Sausalito Store)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

Ahoy there Narwhals! Join our children's book specialists Mari and Clare for a special Spring Break Under the Sea Story Time. We'll read our favorite ocean stories -- including Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea -- sing a few sea shanties and make paper jelly fish to take home. 

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Second Sunday Stories: Suzanne Mirviss - Hello from Sammi! (Sausalito Store)

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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Meet a real Western Screech Owl named Buho. Buho will be helping author Suzanne Mirviss present her new book, Hello From Sammi! Sammi is a small curious owl from Point Reyes who writes an open letter to an “Owl Friend” she doesn’t know yet. Seagulls and whales deliver Sammi’s message and in return, she receives letters from owls all over the world.

Suzanne Mirviss can teach you to recognize the call of a Western Screech Owl or a Barn Owl. As the Education Coordinator for the Hungry Owl Project, and also a Nature Guide for WildCare, Suzanne shares her love of animals and the environment with children and adults. Her outdoor education activities followed a career as an instructor in the field of Recreation at San Francisco State University. Suzanne lives in Novato near Mt Burdell, with its ancient oaks and resident owls.

 

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Second Sunday Stories: Jess Hong - Lovely (Sausalito)

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!

Jess Hong earned a degree in illustration at the Academy of Art in 2016. It was there that she developed a passion for children’s book illustration and where Lovely was born. Being terribly near-sighted, heavily tattooed, and Asian-American are some of the things that make her lovely.

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Travis Nichols - Betty's Burgled Bakery (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

Join author Travis Nichols for a book talk and a drawing project for kids in attendance!

When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled But how? Something isn't quite right -- and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what Alliteration abounds in Betty's Burgled Bakery, a comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits.

Travis Nichols writes books, draws, paints, and makes comics. He is the author of a number of award-winning books for young people, including the previous title featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, Fowl Play, a mystery told all in idioms. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ying Compestine - The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event!

In The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes, Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of him by stealing his stores of rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make "magical" new clothes for him. Anyone who is honest, the young emperor explains, will see the clothes' true splendor, but anyone who is dishonest will see only burlap sacks. The emperor dons a burlap sack, and the ministers can't help but fall for his cunning trick.

Ying Chang Compestine grew up in Communist China and now lives in Lafayette, California. She is a popular author of children's books, cookbooks, and novels.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gianna Marino - If I Had a Horse (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:30am

Special Children's Event!

* Pre-order the book from the Book Passage website and receive a 10% discount! Books will be signed and can be picked up at or after the event. *

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If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino.

If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me.
But if I stayed quiet, he’d learn to be my friend.
I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me.
And together, we could do anything.

Marino’s vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Gianna Marino was born in San Francisco and spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. Her explorations expanded after graduating from high school and in order to afford her many journeys, Gianna had several jobs at once: apprenticing a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer and driving horse carriages through the park. Gianna explored many corners of the world, from Africa and Asia, to the South Pacific and Europe, to crewing on sailboats in the high seas. At work and school, she became known as “Boomerang”. Gianna finally landed a full-time freelance gig designing toys for children, but after several years in a corporate box with no windows, she left for good and began writing and illustrating books for children.Her books include Meet Me at the Moon, Following Papa’s Song, Too Tall Houses, and Night Animals. Though she still wanders the world, Gianna now lives in Northern California and works full-time writing and illustrating.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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