On the eve of Banned Books Week, YA author Patrick Ness spoke to an enthusiastic audience at BookPeople about the inspiration behind his new book, Release. He talked about the impact Judy Blume’s Forever had on him-- its raw honesty and accurate portrayal of teenagers and sexuality was previously unheard of, and for those reasons, … Continue reading Celebrating Banned Books Week in BookKids!
Author Chris Barton has allowed us to share his conversation with Paige Britt, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, the author and illustrators behind Why Am I Me? To sign up for Chris's newsletter and be eligible to win a copy of this great new picture book, click here! Why Am I Me? has quickly become … Continue reading Chris Barton talks with Paige Britt, Sean Qualls, Selina Alko
Here at BookPeople, we LOVE signed books. As avid readers and collectors, we're constantly looking for beautiful books to add to our shelves, to our homes. We also love giving signed books as gifts-- what's the point in finding a book you love if you can't share it with someone who would appreciate it as … Continue reading Introducing our NEW Kids Books by Mail!
We can’t believe summer flew by so quickly, but alas, here we are: it’s back-to-school time! We LOVE helping proud parents find a special gift for their young readers, or kids searching for that perfect title to calm first-day jitters. We put together two displays featuring a few of our most beloved back-to-school titles, including … Continue reading School’s back in session at BookKids!
As June approaches, the BookKids team is hard at work, preparing for all things SUMMER—we’re talking the 5 Book Dive Reading Challenge, Camp Half-Blood, author-led storytimes, and more awesome projects to keep our readers busy until school returns. This is an amazing season at BookPeople; the store fills with the sounds of summer, music and … Continue reading Preparing for Summer in BookKids
Spring came early in Austin, as it tends to, and the wildflowers— at least the bluebonnets, the Indian paintbrush, and the poppies— are making room for the heartier Mexican hats and sunflowers. Gardens are growing lush with all the wonderful rain, ready to burst with fruits and vegetables! It’s the perfect time of year to learn more … Continue reading April Browsing in BookKids
There have been so many great children's books this year, I hardly know where to begin. Many of my favorites from this year (Viva Frida, Brown Girl Dreaming, The Farmer & the Clown, The Right Word, Tiny Creatures, Greenglass House, Egg & Spoon, I'll Give You the Sun, Grasshopper Jungle) are included in our Winter … Continue reading Ellen’s BookKids Favorites of 2014