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Children's Book Week Events!

During the week of May 2-8th, Books Inc. will be celebrating Children's Book Week throughout the Bay Area. "Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!" Check out their website for more information!  The following is a list of the events we're hosting in our stores, we hope you stop by to help us celebrate!

Monday, May 2, 2016:

At Books Inc. Burlingame

Celebrate children’s book week with co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, television and movie producer, and bestselling author Lin Oliver in celebration of Danger! Tiger Crossing and Splat! Another Messy Sunday. The first two books in her thrilling new middle-grade series, Fantastic Frame, Lin’s new series will immediately suck readers in with its combination of a fast-paced adventure and full-color art this time in the style of pointillism! Audience Q&A and a book signing will follow Lin's talk and reading.

At Books Inc. Laurel Village

Celebrate Children's Book Week with not one, but TWO talented author / illustrators! Mike Curato will be joining us in celebration of Little Elliot's latest adventure,Little Elliot, Big Fun; and Ruth Chan will read from her adorable debut picture book, Where's the Party?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016:

At Books Inc. Alameda

Celebrate Children's Book Week with New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Mylnowski and the ninth installment in her fantastic Whatever After series, Genie in a Bottle! Abby and her little brother, Jonah, have a magic mirror in their basement that takes them to different fairy tales -- which they always wind up messing up. But sometimes, it's for the better: Snow White doesn't eat the apple, Cinderella gets a job she loves, etc. In this enchanting ninth installment, the siblings fall into the story of Aladdin. They're excited to be in this world of magic carpets and genies ... but making three wishes isn't so easy, and soon hilarities and hijinks ensue! These books are feminist fairy tales for a new generation.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016:

At Books Inc. Mountain View

May the 4th Be With You!

Join Auntie Dori for a special Star Wars themed storytime with a reading from Star Wars: 5-Minute Star Wars Stories. Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes! (Up to age 11) 

Refreshements will be served.

Thursday May 5, 2016:

At Books Inc. Opera Plaza:

In conjunction with Children's Book Week Not Your Mother's Book Club™ proudly presents a night full of good vs. evil, love and loss, and thrills and chills with Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three ThingsJeff Zentner, author of The Serpent KingLaura McNeal, author of The Incident on the Bridge; and Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners.

Saturday, May 7, 2016:

At Books Inc. Mountain View

Celebrate Children's Book Week at Books Inc. and meet everyone's favorite cat, Bad Kitty at Books Inc. Mountain View! Auntie Dori will read from an assortment of the hilarious series by Nick Bruel, and themed activities and snacks will be provided. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016:

At Books Inc. Burlingame

The SECOND SUNDAY BOOK CLUB will hold its first meeting! Join Burlingame for a parent & child orientation to welcome members into their brand-new, middle-grade book club! 

April Chu Loves!

April Chu Loves

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

I am currently working on the illustrations for my next picture book. about Kate Warne, America’s first female detective, written by Marissa Moss. Kate worked as a Pinkerton agent and helped solve some of the most famous cases in history. However, her existence remains a mystery. She died at a young age and little is known about her, including her real name. 

When I started brainstorming ideas for the illustrations, I wanted the book to have the look and feel of a classic detective or heist movie. I was also really inspired by graphic novels, which have all the elements of a good film – relatable characters, strong pacing, and intriguing viewpoints. One of my favorite graphic novels is Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. The story is about Anya, a young teenage girl in high school who is trying hard to fit in. Sounds pretty familiar, right? The story takes a spooky twist when she befriends the ghost of a young girl from 1918 named Emily. Slowly, the story takes a dark turn when Emily’s past starts to unravel…

Vera’s illustrations are done in simple grey tones and her line work offers just enough details to depict the characters’ emotions and how this thrilling tale unfolds. 


I am an architect with an architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  I currently reside in Oakland, California.  Most important, I love illustrating and storytelling and it all started when I was very little…

One of my most vivid and earliest memories as a young child was my drawing of an old man sitting on a stool.  I couldn’t believe how lifelike he turned out!  I showed my grandmother who immediately told my mom, “Did you know your daughter can draw?!”  I fell in love with drawing ever since.  Everyday after school I would watch cartoons and then try to create my own characters and stories.  My school notebooks were often filled with more outlandish doodles than actual notes. 

I am a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

April Chu's wonderful illustrations are featured in In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, and Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark.

Books Inc. - April 2016 Newsletter

 

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