Signed Copies from One of Our Favorite Local Authors!

Books Inc. Laurel Village is proud to be the local bookstore for Raina Telgemeier, author of the wildly popular graphic novels, Smile, Sisters, and Drama. One of the lovely things about being an author's store, is that they stop by and sign stock! All three titles are available in signed editions. Check stores for stock.





Kids Movies Based on Books!

The BFG teaser trialer has just been released, and we're extremely excited to see this new adaption of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book!


In honor of this big release, we'd like to remind you of a few other classic stories getting reboots in the coming year!


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll



The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Favorite Children's Books of 2015!

The year is coming to an end, which mean's it's time for all the Best of 2015 lists! Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, The Library Journal, Parent's Magazine, The New York Times, and many more companies are putting their favorites out there. Here are our top 10 favorite Children's books of 2015, voted on by your lovely Books Inc. booksellers!

1. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

"We knew the crayons quit, but what did they do?  Well, Neon Red travels around the world.   Orange & Yellow have melted together.   Pea Green has changed his name to Esteban and is looking for adventure, but… it’s raining… so that enough adventure for him.  A HILARIOUS follow up to The Dray the Crayons Quit."

— Sharon at Books Inc. in Palo Alto

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

"This is the same story we know and love, but now with gorgeous color illustrations. Whether you’ve read the series over and over, or you’re just starting it for the first time- this is the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of ALL ages! "

— Caitlin from Books Inc. Children’s Department

3. The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Marvels follows many generations of a theater family, starting in 1766,told entirely in stunning drawings for the first 387 pages. On page 390 weenter 1990 and the text story of Joseph Jervis and his mysterious uncle Albert Nightingale who lives in a house that seems to be stuck in the lastcentury. Selznick explores story, truth and family so touchingly that you will hug the book to your heart when you finish.”

— Sharon at Books Inc. in Palo Alto

4.The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull

"This sweet, quiet tale is the story of sea tiger and a shy merboy named Oscar. It’s a story about friendship and imagination, and the gorgeously illustrated underwater world will stay with you long after you finish reading."

— Caitlin from Books Inc. Children’s Department

5. Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec

"One day Louis, just an ordinary everyday sheep, is grazing in his pasture when a gust of wind blows a crown in his path.  He picks up the crown, places it on his own head, and his life is suddenly changed forever.  No longer content with his regular-sheep life, Louis sets out to be King of the sheep.  But what starts out with the best of intentions, quickly dissolves into chaos.  This book is definitely in the same vein as Seuss' The Butter Battle Book or Yertle the Turtle with its message of what happens when absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Perhaps for a slightly older crowd (4-7), the book definitely brings up topics that are great for discussion, especially given the current climate of global politics."

— Katherine at Books Inc. in Laurel Village

6.The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear

“An eloquently told celebration of the wonders and joys of reading that goes beyond simply telling children to read and instead shows them why they should.” 

— Jayne at Compass Books at SFO

7. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish is simply brilliant. A 12 year old girl deals with grief in a most unusual way. Perfect for 10 and up but adults should read it too. Readers who loved Counting By Sevens will treasure it.”

— Glen from Mountain View

8. Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliot

"I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE MABEL, a spoiled, privileged Frenchie Bulldog! Her antics will make you cringe and laugh! I can picture Nathan Lane reading this book, dahling. I hope he will write more Naughty Mabel stories! Anyone who has owned a spoiled pet, will be able to relate to this."

— Dori from Books Inc. in Mountain View

9. Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin

"FACT: Robots are awesome, and so it this book! This is a smart and very funny story about the power of imagination, with an amazing fold-out surprise at the end."

— Caitlin from Books Inc. Children’s Department

10. George by Alex Gino

“George, or rather Melissa is a girl.  She’s known this ever since she was little.  Ut everyone says she’s a boy.  Determined to be who she is, Melissa and her best friend come up with a plan to show everyone the truth.  I loved Alex Gino’s GEORGE and how the story is about how one girl and her community face problems together despite roadblacks.  An incredibly lovely and important debut”

— Ren at Compass Books at SFO

2016 Morris Award Finalists Announced

Every year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selects five books as finalists for the William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. Here are their picks for 2016:



Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times-as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.
Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz-two extraordinary new voices-this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.


Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared.
But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden's father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son's hands; Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial.
Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden's saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.
Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.


The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows-the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family's show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure "magia ""negra, " black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it's a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace's life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.


The winner of the Morris Awards will be announced January 11th.

To learn more about the Morris Awards and the YALSA, visit their site. Find all these books at your local Books Inc. or order online.

Cassandra Clare Releases A New Series

The big news today is the announcement of Cassandra Clare's Lady MIdnight, the first book of a new Shadowhunters novel, available March 2016 .

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions . . .

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago―has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind―and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his
family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Click here for the original article and  to read an excerpt. Preorder at your local Books Inc.!

Twain's End

Lynn Cullen’s masterful novel, Twain’s End, retells the last years of the great writer’s life and addresses the questions surrounding the relationship he had with his secretary at the time, Isabel Lyon.  For them, I tinkered with a Whiskey Cocktail and put a great head on its shoulders.  

The foam?  Why yes, it is supposed to remind you of someone. 

Twain’s End
2 oz Bourbon
.25 oz simple syrup
1 dash Abbott’s Original Bitters
1 dash Bad Dog Sarsaparilla Dry Bitters
Shake all vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with Twain’s Foam.

Twain’s Foam
1 egg white
.5 oz lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons sugar
Beat the egg white on low speed until the air bubbles decrease and turn white.
Add lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and slowly add the sugar.
Continue whipping until everything is fluffy, glossy, and firm.
Add the bitters and whip just a bit more.