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Celebrate your right to fREADom!

Defend free speech & collect some amazing custom works of art! Beginning December 1st the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will be holding its annual Auction of Children’s Book Art with proceeds supporting the Kids’ Right to Read Project.

The week-long eBay auction will include work by Eric Carle, Rosemary Wells, Jon J Muth, Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Steve Light.

Join three time California Young Readers medal-nominee, and 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award-winner Tim Myers for a special holiday storytime in celebration of his latest picture book, The Christmas Stick. A delightful exploration of the power of imagination, the pleasure of doing, and the heart-soothing joy of giving, Tim's latest is the perfect treat for the season!

 

Event date: 
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA

Once Upon an Alphabet, By Oliver Jeffers

A new Oliver Jeffers book, should Be on the shelves now! You will want to C it. Definitely. He has a story about Every letter of the alphabet For you to enjoy. Expressive, clever, Gorgeous, and Hilarious Illustrations fill every page with color, laughter, and smiles in typical Jeffers style. You can’t miss it, the cover is a lovely neon orange. Read it, oKay? You will Love it.

-Chantal Boucher, Books Inc. Mountain View

Join local author David Griswold for a special Saturday Storytime in celebration of his first children's book, Mother, What is the Moon? Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this picture book is a poetic bedtime story that follows a mother and son on their journey to understand why the moon changes in the sky.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA

 

Young Writers Program on Saturday December 6th! Books Inc. Opera Plaza proudly presents a reading featuring a potential-filled panel of authors that have participated in the joy that is National Novel Writing Month, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determinations, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

For more information on this awesome program visit: http://NaNoWriMo.org/

Event date: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA

The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

“In the beginning of this book, Aldwyn, a young alley cat, is being chased by a bounty hunter for having stolen fish from the fish market (which Aldwyn really did not think was that big of a deal.) Running through the streets of Bridgetower, Aldwyn finds a street that he has never seen. He sees some very strange things on this street, like an elderly lady selling dead flowers. Who would want to buy dead flowers, Aldwyn thinks. Suddenly he is aware of his surroundings and realizes that the bounty hunter is right beside him. Aldwyn sees an open window and jumps in. He realizes that this is a pet shop with mysterious kinds of creatures. Moments later, Jack, a young wizard in training, chooses Aldwyn for his familiar (a wizard’s magical companion animal), not realizing that Aldwyn has no magic powers… or does he? I really recommend the first book in The Familiars series for people who love Warriors or Harry Potter.”

Elliot Ingle, age 9

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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot

by Caroline Carlson

 

Yer lookin' for an adventure unlike ar-ny other? Come ye aboard, unless ye be little girls--little girls aren't allowed-- WHAT?! What do you mean girls aren't allowed?

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of becoming a pirate though she finds that becoming a full-fledged member of the VNHLP (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates) because she is a girl. Hilary is determined to prove those blasted pirates (and her father who extremely disapproves of villainy and pirates) completely WRONG. Hilary sets off with her trusty pilfered sword and her lawfully inherited Magical Gargoyle and answers a Pirate Want-Ad looking for able bodies to join a crew on a quest to unearth a treasure 'worth more than gold'. I say hop aboard the galleon called 'The Pigeon' and set sail on a magical quest for this treasure--but be ye forewarned--this treasure is not what it seems. The best pirates have always been women though there are some fearsome guy pirates as well. Recommend this to a little swashbuckler who is quite the defiant one.

- From Books Inc. at SFO

 

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The BOOK BUSTERS MIDDLE READER BOOK CLUB (ages 8-12) will discuss Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
 
The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.

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