Monday, April 20, 2015

Just Take Note Of How Many Pages You Have Left

It's even worse when someone comes up to the register and buys the book you're almost done with.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April's Television Inspired Literature

We love fairy tales, fairy tale adaptations, and spunky princesses who defy gender norms, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that we love, love, love ABC's Once Upon A Time!

Here are some books we think you'll like if you're a fan of the show:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Alex Is Reading...YOU NEST HERE WITH ME






One of my favorite recent books to appear in the kids' section is a picture book, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Semple with art by Melissa Sweet, called You Nest Here With Me. It's a simply lovely winding down book that manages to be informative and soothing at the same time. Mixed media and deft, expressive watercolors illustrate the lives of wild birds from catbird to hawk, while the text declares where each of these birds sleep--punctuated with the (human) parent's gentle reassurance that, "You nest here with me."

Sweet without being saccharine, and supplemented with a few extra facts about each of the birds at the end of the book, You Nest Here With Me is one of my favorite bedtime books in ages--likely to soothe equally its adult readers and young listeners.

In case one bedtime book isn't enough (is one bedtime book ever enough?), here are a few more we have to share.

Wonderful Bedtime Picture Books
(that you won't immediately get tired of reading) 

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Goodnight Already by Jory John, illus. by Benji Davies

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, illus. by Beth Krommes


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld


Power Down, Little Robot by Anna Stanesziewski


The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett


Somewhere around the end of this list, everyone should be getting sleepy. Happy reading, and sweet dreams!



Monday, March 30, 2015

Feelings Can Be Rough

Note: I have not read Lion Heart but I expect every feeling will make itself known.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Alex Is Reading...THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES






This is one of those books that I've thought about picking up over and over, and when I finally started reading it I kicked myself--why didn't I read it earlier?! The Cabinet of Curiosities is basically a game where four authors come up with a topic (fairies! cake! love!) and then take turns telling horrible stories about it. IT'S GREAT. Our four authors are Stefan Bachmann (The Peculiar), Claire Legrand (Winterspell), Katherine Catmull (Summer and Bird) and Emma Trevayne (Coda), and they serve up a delicious three dozen short stories that will give you the creeping and excellent sensation of reading Roald Dahl crossed with Coraline.

If after you've finished that you should want more spine-tinglers, try some of these--

WELL, THAT WAS TERRIFYING!
some satisfyingly scary books for kids and young adults

The Diviners by Libba Bray -- (YA) It's Evie's flapper tendencies that get her in trouble, not her possible psychic powers--until she lands in New York just as a ghostly serial murderer begins a terrifying spree across the city.

Heap House by Edward Carey -- In a vast mansion surrounded by a sea of garbage, our hero hears the haunting whispers of inanimate objects that can only desperately speak their human names.

Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney -- I mentioned the Last Apprentice series in my holiday post, but let me reiterate: HAIR-RAISING witches and adrenaline to spare.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman -- When your alternate universe family has buttons for eyes, you have to know something is not right. Dave McKean's spidery illustrations only add to the shivers.

The Fall by Bethany Griffin -- (YA) Poe's Fall of the House of Usher retold from the perspective of the teenage girl who lives there at the end. Do they live? Do they die?

Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn -- (Available online & used) Molly's little stepsister isn't very nice, but at least the raging ghost she's threatening Molly with doesn't exist...right?

Clockwork by Phillip Pullman -- (Available online) A chilling fairy tale set in deep winter in a fictional Germany, where stories may come to life....but not everyone gets out alive.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz -- The absolute classic of terrifying kids' books, filled with suspenseful, ghastly legends that will haunt your dreams.

Happy reading! And keep your lights on.













Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kidsmith Presents: Television Inspired Literature

We're obsessed. It's all we can think about. It's all we talk about. It's all I'm going to blog about today: Reign. CW's drama about Mary, Queen of Scots is a show a few of us children's booksellers discovered and fell in love with. Naturally after we watched all available episodes we sought out other ways to feed our obsession in the form of books. Thus, it has inspired a new monthly feature on the blog brought to you by the kidsmith booksellers.

Television Inspired Literature will go up once a month. We know first hand that book lovers can also be TV lovers and want to share our obsessions with you. Based on popular TV shows, we've come up with some YA book titles that you might enjoy if you like the show. If you have any suggestions for TV shows we should feature or books we may have missed let us know in the comments!

Without further ado may I present the first Television Inspired Literature:



Monday, March 16, 2015

Kidsmith Insurgent poster giveaway!

Hullo Initiates!

One of the perks to working in such a brilliantly established bookstore is that we get all sorts of goodies sent to us. Posters, advanced copies, bookmarks stickers, the occasional tee-shirt. Sometimes we fight over them. Sometimes our buyer claims them before we even get to see them (she has a habit of hiding all Oliver Jeffers that appear.) Sometimes the "adults" decide that if we can't play nice no one can have them.

Sometimes we decide to be nice.

This is, begrudgingly, one of those nice times.


Mostly because couple of months back the Kidsmith team started a twitter. We have a lot of enthusiasm and could only express so much of it before we started to alarm customers. We needed an outlet.

Twitter seemed an appropriate platform. It allows us to be fast and enthusiastic but still limited in length.

And we are enthusiastic and we are excited each and every time that we gain a new follower. We appreciate that you are willing and eager to read our thoughts so we wanted to do something in return.

Which leads me to...

GIVING A THING AWAY!

We were sent this really awesome poster for the Insurgent movie that comes out on Thursday.

 
See, it's brilliant!





It loves you even if you don't love the movies.


While I wouldn't mind hanging it up in my room, the wall space is devoted mostly to bookshelves. Also, I won the battle for the giant poster of the Allegiant cover so...

Anyway! We decided that it would be pretty cool to do a giveaway to all of you wonderful people!

A couple of months back the Kidsmith team started a twitter. We have a lot of enthusiasm and could only let so much of it out before we started to alarm customers. We needed an outlet.

Twitter seemed an appropriate platform. It allows us to be fast and enthusiastic but still limited in length.

And we are enthusiastic and we are excited each and every time that we gain a new follower. We appreciate that you are willing and eager to read our thoughts so we wanted to do something in return.

Unfortunately, the giveaway is only open to those in the U.S. at the moment (sorry).

So check it out and enter below!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Who knows if this goes well maybe we'll do another giveaway. I did say we get a lot of advanced copies...