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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! 

Jeanne DuPrau Loves

Bejeweled Street

If  wreckage can be beautiful, you’ll find just that in Chris Cleave’s devastating novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven.  Surveying the aftermath of the first bombs dropped on London during WWII, Mary North observes that, in too many neighborhoods, every window had been blown out and shards of glass bejeweled the streets. For Mary, then, something English, something lovely. 


Bejeweled Street
1.5 oz. Plymouth Gin 
.5 tsp. Blackberry jam

Add gin and jam to an ice-filled shaker. Shake. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with the bubbly. Garnish with a dollop of jam. Silver spoon optional.