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Illyanna (Anna for short) is the kids' expert at Books Inc. Chestnut Street. Anna's a recent graduate from Grinell College, a long time ballerina and was raised by anteaters in darkest Peru. Or somewhere in the midwest. The details get fuzzy. She will also answer to Princess Buttercup, and yes that reference comes from a book not just from the movie, it was an awesome book before it was an awesome movie, and no, I don't think this is getting off topic at all. When Anna grows up, she aspires to be a children's librarian. Or an anteater.

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We're super happy to have Summer on our team-- Summer is a freelance children's book editor who spent a decade at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books. She also runs the children and teen programming for LitQuake, San Francisco's favorite annual literary festival and is the Secretary for the Northern California Children's Bookseller Association. You can get Summer's expert help at Books Inc. Laurel Village.



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 On Sunday, April 17th, Books Inc. Burlingame hosted the first ever Shoe-La-La shoe fashion show with illustrator LeUyen Pham! Tots were invited to decorate their shoes and walk the pink carpet in honor of the new book, Shoe-La-La. Adorable! If you somehow missed this fantastic event, don't worry-- you can still meet LeUyen at Books Inc. Chestnut Street on May 7th, along with Lisa Brown and Alexandra Boiger for the 3 Rockstar Mamas in honor of Mama's Day event!
Okay, so this panel happened about 2 weeks ago... but there's been so much exciting stuff happening at Books Inc for kids that I haven't had time to write it up until now! The panelists at this discussion included upcoming Oh My Gosh, Stories! guest Lisa Brown, American Born Chinese author Gene Yang, The Walking Dead and upcoming Super Dinosaur author Robert Kirkman, Newbery Honor medalist Jennifer Holm, and illustrator Lark Pien. The panelists led a warm discussion about the future of publishing and the growing need for children's graphic novels. Because kids are so adept at pairing graphics with text, graphic novels provide a great stepping stone for emerging readers. "The line between comic books and picture books is very thin, as thin as a speech bubble," said Lisa Brown. As Jennifer Holm put it: "It's their [kids] job to read everyday. We can help them get promoted." Though authors Lark Pien, Jennifer Holm and Robert Kikman write deliberately for children, Lisa Brown and Gene Yang agreed that they don't write for an audience-- the fact that their books are marketed for kids and young adults is just a matter of happenstance. "You have to make [comics] accessible for adults, and subversive for kids," said Lisa Brown, in response to the question of age appropriate graphic novels for kids who are attracted to the superhero content of Marvel and DC. There was an agreement that there needs to be more graphic novel content for elementary school aged kids, and that often the superhero stuff isn't the way to go. Perhaps in response to the generalization that comics are for kids, graphic novel publishers have published superhero content that is SO adult (violent, sexual and disturbing) that they're losing the child audience they historically reached. When asked to recommend in print titles for newbies to the graphic novel genre, Kirkman offered BONE, Brown suggested SKIM, Yang recommended MEANWHILE (by upcoming Books Inc. Alameda guest, Jason Shiga) and both Park and Yang agreed on HEREVILLE ("myth on paper," said Yang).

Thank you, to all our Books Inc. Chestnut Street customers!!! This Saturday you helped us raise over $800 for the fantastic non profit, Room To Read! That's enough money to send two deserving girls to school for a whole year (with all the uniforms and books they'll need) and to fund 300 local language books! We had a special storytime, where we read Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Argus, Bear in Underwear and Room To Read's very own book (though not available through Books Inc) Zak the Yak, about a steadfast yak and his two friends who want to bring books to ANY kid in need. We even had a (momentary) special storytime listener, Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, who even did his part by purchasing a couple books at the event! Here at Books Inc. we're so thankful for all the artists, authors and customers who make such a crazy diversity of books, and give us the ability to supply them; working with Room To Read was a wonderful way to give back to the world that which we love most: books! 

 Missed the event? Don't worry, you can donate to Room to Read here.

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