Hello, Children and Children’s Book Fans,
March has a limited number of events in the Children’s Department, due to spring break at the end of the month.
We start the month on Sunday, March 5 at 3 pm with a pizza party for our Young Adult reviewers with author Elizabeth Briggs to celebrate the release of her book Future Threat, the second in the Future Shock trilogy. We will also provide an introduction to our YA Reviewer Program for those who are interested in participating. This event is free, but we ask that you RSVP by calling The Book Stall at 847 446-8880.
The second week of March means ScreenBreak Week! In association with the Winnetka Alliance, we work throughout the week to take your kids’ minds off of their tablets, phones, and televisions. The fun begins on Tuesday, March 7 at 4:30 pm with an origami Yoda party. Join us for a celebration of the wisest green Jedi in the galaxy. After a brief review of who Yoda is and what he can do, participants will learn to make their own Yoda out of paper and sheer Jedi willpower. (Ages 7 - 9) Space is limited. Please call us at 847 446-8880 to register for this free
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A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir, masterfully blends elements of fantasy with the surprise and intrigue of a true adventure. The sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, this novel continues to captivate readers with the stories of Laia, Elias, and Helene. Helene, recently inaugurated as the Blood Shrike, is tasked with the capture and public execution Elias Veturius, traitor to the empire. And if Helene’s feelings for Elias don’t complicate her mission enough, Elias is traveling with Laia to free her brother from prison. But when new alliances come to light, it appears that saving—or defeating—the empire may be harder than it seems. Complete with a conniving Commandant, rebel scholars, and mystical warfare, Tahir’s story doesn’t only entertain; it dares you to join the adventure.
-Review by Natalie R.
On Thursday, March 9 at 1 pm, we’re thrilled to host Kelly Jensen, former librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked, for a signing of
her new book Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. In Here We Are, 44 writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like.
Friday, March 10 at 6:30 pm: Calling all kids! Calling worn-out parents! Shhhhh. Join us for a Friday night storytime designed to relax and entertain you at the end of a busy week. Sherri Duskey Rinker will join us and read from her new picture book Mighty, Mighty Construction Site! Wear your PJ’s, curl up with a fave stuffed animal, and listen to tales that will send you to the land of Nod. No registration required.
(Ages 3 and up).
On Saturday, March 11 at 3 pm, find out what happens when we give your kid a brownie! Listen to stories about baked goods, including If You Give A Mouse a Brownie, and then decorate (and eat) a brownie of your own! We can only bake so many brownies, so registration is required, as space is limited. Call 847 446-8880 to register. (Ages 4 - 6) Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
On Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 am, local author Iretta Dwyer returns to The Book Stall to celebrate her picture book Donut Day. There will be donuts!
And here are two of my new book recommendations:
Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, llustrated by Matthew Cordell ($17.99). Little Louie has the Worst. Cold. Ever. All he wants is his mom, but every time he tries to call her, his dog, Bob, comes running. This hilarious picture book is sure to delight at storytime, as readers attempt to voice the worst cold in history. Sometimes you just need your Bob (but not Bob).
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ($17.99). Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. As Book Page says, We Are Okay “tells a story more of absence than presence, looking with calm directness at grief and betrayal and the ways they can multiply outward. It’s a beautiful, devastating piece of art.” A sure hit for fans of John Green and Sara Zarr. Ages 13 and up.