In book one, we meet the five "Dragons of Destiny" who have been hidden from power-hungry dragon queens so they may one day fulfill the prophecy and bring peace to the dragon kingdoms. But like all coming-of-age stories, these five young dragons tire of their cramped quarters and attempt to set off into the great big world. Unfortunately, their escape does not go as planned -- they are captured by one of the reigning dragon queens. The dragonets have to call on all their skills and cunning to escape her clutches and continue on their journey. The great thing about this series is that the dragon voices sound like kids -- no complicated language, and the world Sutherland builds seems to just instantly exist. Highly recommended for kids 9+! Reviewed by Amy from Chestnut
This is the story of Noi, the lonely son of a fisherman who finds a little whale washed ashore after a storm. Of course Noi takes him home, puts him in his bathtub, and shares with the little whale all about his life on the seashore. Noi's father eventually helps him reunite the whale with his family, which in turn brings Noi and his father closer together. The illustrations are so charming with details that add to its sweetness. Make sure to look out for all six cats!
Reviewed by Samantha at Laurel Village
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!
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.
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/