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A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata succeeds on so many levels, it’s astonishing! I love historical fiction, because I learn so much while I absorb myself in the story. A Place to Belong covers the time after WWII is over, and Japanese-Americans are leaving the prison camps. Hanako, a 12-year-old girl, crosses the ocean with her family to Japan to live with her father’s family in a tenant farm just outside Hiroshima. The horrific sight of the destroyed city is vividly depicted (disturbingly enough that the ages 10 and up is well-warranted) and Hanako’s struggle to stay present in gratitude rings true.

But it is this book’s emotional core that resonated so strongly with me. Her grandparents provide Hanako with a bounty of unconditional love and care for her future that I just wanted to wrap myself in. Selfless, proud (and quite touchingly funny!), her grandparents make this novel truly one to remember for years. To see Hanako grow in her own selfless love for her brother is beautiful and sweet, and a testament to her family’s strength.


About Robin: Robin Stern has always worked around books, from her teenage job at Waldenbooks, to academic and public libraries (she is trained as a children’s librarian), to Books Inc! She loves connecting people with books. She runs the Wit and Whimsy Book Club for children 8-12 at the Campbell Books Inc. and has an all-ages storytime on Sundays at 11:00 AM.

 

Bookseller Robin

 

A Place to Belong Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481446648
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 14th, 2019

Happy Pride Month!

Throughout the month of June, Books Inc. will be celebrating Pride Month with displays (and events) in our stores featuring titles for all ages. Below are some of our stores current displays. Stop by your local Books Inc. and see what they have showcased because they're always changing and ask a bookseller about some of their favorites. We'll be updating this blog, and the post over on the kids blog, throughout the month wtih recommendations and reviews.  

**Most of these displays feature an array of age ranges, not all appropriate for young readers, so a list of Children's specific books will be at the end of this post.**

Books Inc. Palo Alto 

Books Inc. Palo Alto's Pride Display

On this display from Left to Right from the Top, Row 1: Love Is Love by Michael Genhart 

Row 2: Art of Feminism by Helena Reckitt, Art and Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes from Past and Present! by Arabelle Sicardi, UNICORN SOCKS.

Row 3: (a bit hidden) Read with Pride Scholastic sign, MORE unicorn merchandise, Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker, Rainbow merchandise, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia, Boy Erased by Garrard Conley, Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity by Arlene Stein, Kiss Number 8 by Ellen T. Crenshaw

Row 4: Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, unicorn mug and rainbow socks, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders, Red Bunny & Yellow Bunny by Claire Garralon, The Family Book by Todd Parr, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres

Row 5: Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington, Except When they Don't by Laura Gehl, Damron Men's Travel Guide 52nd Edition by Gina Gatta, A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown, Out Magazine, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee , Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Row 6:Do One Fun Thing Everyday journal, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? : A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel, GRL PWR Journal, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

 

Books Inc. Berkeley 

Books Inc. Berkeley Pride Display

Starting with the display on the left, from the top-left corner:

My to Moms and Me by Michael Joosten and Izak, Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, Autonomous: A Novelby Annalee Newitz, a Note Pad, On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks , Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books,  Yay! You're Gay! Now What What?: A Boy's Guide to Life by Riyadh Khalaf, Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee,Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton, This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, When Brooklyn was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan, Who Are You?: A Kids Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee, A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Maddy G. and J.R. Zuckberg

Display on right, from top-left corner:

RAINBOWS, Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, In the Darkroom by Susa Faludi, PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times by The New York Times, Socks, Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman,The Book of Pride by Mason Funk, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Rainbow Bike Lights, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju, The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia by Gayel Salamon, Do One Fun Thing Everyday journal, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin 

Berkeley Favorite

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Review: "This book is a joyous performanc of self-love. All Julian can think about is being a mermaid, but he is worried about what his Abuela will think. Illustrated with bold flora and fauna and bright colors, this book is beautiful all around."- Sam 

 

Opera Plaza

Opera Plaza Pride Display

Starting from top left: The Music of What Happens by Bill Koinsberg, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders,Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson, They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera, Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books,  Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva, Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro, Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danford, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell,Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin, The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, Peacful Fights for Equal Rightsby Rob Sanders, What If It's Us? By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera 

 

Mountain View

Mountain View Pride Display

Starting from the top left:

Row 1: Jacobs Room to Choose by Sarah Hoffman, Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Row 2: What If It's Us? By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, Her Royal Highness by Rachael Hawkins, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee , The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee,Runaways by Christopher Golden, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Music of What Happens by Bill Koinsberg,The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown, These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling, The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashely Poston, Kiss Number 8 by Ellen T. Crenshaw, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, Huntress by Malinda Lo

Row 3: Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar, None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, Yay! You're Gay! Now What What?: A Boy's Guide to Life by Riyadh Khalaf, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju, Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson, This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman

Row 4: Love Is Love by Michael Genhart , Vanilla by Billy Merrell, George by Alex Gino, Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout, et al., We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danford, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendaby Becky Albertalli, Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Row 5: Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes from Past and Present! by Arabelle Sicardi, Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman, Who Was Frida Kahlo? by Sarah Fabiny, What Was Stonewall? by Nico Medina, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders

Row 6: Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books, My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten, My Two Dads and Me by Michael Joosten , Frida Kahlo: My First Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara,  A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlo Bundo, Jill Twiss, and EG Keller

Love Is Love Cover Image
By Michael Genhart, Ken Min (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781939775139
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Little Pickle Press - May 2018

Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present! Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781786034762
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Wide Eyed Editions - September 17th, 2019

Maiden & Princess Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499807769
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: little bee books - April 2nd, 2019

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution Cover Image
By Rob Sanders, Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524719524
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2019

Red Bunny & Yellow Bunny Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781492680147
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - March 2019

The Family Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316070409
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 2010

Except When They Don't Cover Image
By Laura Gehl, Joshua Heinsz (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808049
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Published: little bee books - May 21st, 2019

Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

True Colors Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524787806
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - December 24th, 2018

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Cover Image
By Rob Sanders, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399555312
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights Cover Image
By Rob Sanders, Jared Andrew Schorr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534429437
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

Scholastic Fall 2019 Preview!

Scholastic just released a series of mini videos on their website showcasing their Fall 2019 titles, including Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeir, Alan Gratz, many many more! 

These books range in ages. Enjoy scrolling through them and watching short videos starring the atuhors, creators, and editors that work so hard to make these books for us. Then keep an eye out for them on your local Books Inc.'s shelves this Fall. 

See New Books from Da Chen, Alan Gratz, Sharon Robinson, Maggie Stiefvater, and More on the Scholastic Online Preview

Start watching now!

 

 

 

NatGeo B2G1 Summer!

It's that wonderful time of a year again! Stock up on some of our favorite National Geographic titles this June during our By 2 get 1 free promotion.

Nat Geo Buy 2 Get One Free

Fuel the curiosity with some of the titles below or find many MANY more at your local Books Inc..

National Geographic Readers: Amelia Earhart (Readers Bios) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781426313509
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: National Geographic Children's Books - August 6th, 2013

National Geographic Readers: What Is an Archaeologist? (L3) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781426335112
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: National Geographic Children's Books - July 30th, 2019

National Geographic Readers: Climb, Koala! Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781426327841
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: National Geographic Children's Books - July 25th, 2017

Get Lost in 5 Worlds! - Graphic Novel Adventure for Young Readers

 

For fans of Amulet and Nimona, pick up 5 Worlds

Get lost in 5 Worlds.

Bonus! Boya Sun is local to the Bay Area! 

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior Cover Image
By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator), Boya Sun (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781101935880
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince Cover Image
By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator), Boya Sun (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781101935910
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018

5 Worlds Book 3: The Red Maze Cover Image
By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator), Boya Sun (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781101935941
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

Books Inc. Beach Blanket Book Bingo!

Summer Book Bingo poster

Books Inc. Beach Blanket Book Bingo!
For Grades K - 8

What better way to pass the summer days than with great books?! Pick up a Beach Blanket Book Bingo card for your grade level at your local Books Inc. and join the fun!

Simply fill 5 spaces in a row (horizontally, diagonally, or vertically) with the title of the books you’ve read, visit your local Books Inc. to get your bingo card spaces stamped, and earn a $5 Books Inc. Gift Card.

Or . . . Are you feeling ambitious? Go for a blackout and get EVERY square on your bingo card stamped to earn a $10 Books Inc. Gift Card + a swag bag filled with Advanced Reader Copies of books that haven’t hit the shelves yet!

More ways to earn a stamp: If any of the suggested titles on the front of this book bingo card are a part of a series, ANY of the titles from the series also count for a spot on your bingo card!

Beach Blanket Book Bingo runs May 15 to July 31 and is for grades K through 8. Stop by your local Books Inc. to pick up your Beach Blanket Book Bingo Card. Or Download your grade level here!

Click here for Grades K-2

Click here for for Grades 3-4

Click here for Grades 5-6

Click here for Grades 7-8

Happy Reading!

The Un-Friendship Bracelet (Craftily Ever After #1) Cover Image
By Martha Maker, Xindi Yan (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534409071
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Little Simon - March 27th, 2018

What Is Inside THIS Box? (Monkey and Cake) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Olivier Tallec (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338143867
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Orchard Books - February 26th, 2019

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984852090
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Published: Dragonfly Books - December 11th, 2018

Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! Cover Image
By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534432697
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Published: Little Simon - December 18th, 2018

Ranger Rick: I Wish I Was a Wolf (I Can Read Level 1) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062432193
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Published: HarperCollins - December 31st, 2018

What Is NASA? (What Was?) Cover Image
By Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ, Ted Hammond (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781524786038
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Published: Penguin Workshop - May 7th, 2019

Escape This Book! Titanic Cover Image
By Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525644200
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

It's Me. (Catwad #1) Cover Image
By Jim Benton, Jim Benton (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338326024
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Graphix - March 26th, 2019

Bethany Hamilton (She Dared) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338149029
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - January 2019

Me and Marvin Gardens (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545870764
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 26th, 2019

New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: HarperCollins - February 5th, 2019

The Alcatraz Escape (The Book Scavenger series #3) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250308702
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2019

You Go First Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062414199
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 9th, 2019

The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338185713
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 29th, 2019

Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316531337
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399549762
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399546853
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Published: Penguin Books - January 22nd, 2019

You Bring the Distant Near Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374304904
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 12th, 2017

The Crossover (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544935204
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Movie Tie-in Edition): Young Readers Edition Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984816122
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Puffin Books - March 26th, 2019

Romper Announces New Wonder Woman Graphic Novel for Tweens by Shannon and Dean Hale!

Shannon and Dean Hale, beloved authors of Princess in Black, Real Friends, Princess Academy, Spirit Animals, and many many more, announced on Romper that they've been working on a graphic novel series for a new imprint of DC comics: DC Zoom, featuring the adventures of 11 year-old Diana, before she becomes Wonder Woman! Take a look at this beautiful cover!

Diana Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Victoria Ying

The art is done by the magnificent Victoria Ying, who's most known for her work on the Unicorn Magic series. 

Read the Romper article for an interview with Shannon and for a look inside the book. 

Diana Princess of the Amazons hits shelves January 7th. Preorder your copy today! 

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