When most people think of poetry for kids, Shel Silverstein often comes to mind, and rightly so since his poems are a silly and delightful right-of-passage for any child. April, being National Poetry Month, offers the perfect time to take a look at the variety and scope of poetry for children beyond the Silverstein collections. … Continue reading Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!
There are only so many hours in the day, so many days in a year, and always, there are more books than we can possibly read. You probably understand this problem. Many of us on staff at BookPeople keep track of the books we read over the course of a calendar year. There are always … Continue reading Kids Books from 2014 You Might Have Missed
We love this state of ours. It's rich in history, culture, beauty, great food, and talent. Here are some of our favorite kid's books written by Texas authors or books about the Lone Star State. Merrilee~ Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein My mom used to say you could … Continue reading Home Sweet Texas
Keep Austin Weird is a familiar and apropos motto here in Austin. In BookKids, we even have a weird picture book section. Books get shelved in weird if they are just a little off beat for some reason. It could be the artwork, story, format, or the general "feel" of the book that gets it … Continue reading Keep Austin Reading Weird 2015
At BookPeople, we are often matchmakers between readers and books. We absolutely love this part of our job. In fact, everyone at the store likes doing this so much, that we are setting up readers on blind dates with books for Valentine's Day! All you have to do is tell us a little bit about … Continue reading Sweet books for our sweeties
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
We are right in the thick of the fall release season. Our shelves in BookKids are starting to approach the bursting point because we are getting so many great new books each week. We will probably wrap up our special edition BookKids new release blog posts in the coming weeks. As always, we'll continue to … Continue reading BookKids New Releases – 9/23/14
It's a special week. September 21-27, 2014, is Banned Books Week. This week, "is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, … Continue reading BookKids Celebrates Banned Books!
The fall books have started to arrive on the shelves in BookKids, and it's another great week for new children's books! We are getting so many new and great books, that it's hard to keep up. It's also very exciting. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be sharing that excitement and … Continue reading New Kids Releases – 9/16/14
Roald Dahl's arguably most widely known book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is fifty years old this year. Since its publication, countless children and parents have delighted in the humor, adventure, and imagination of the story. Many have waited breathlessly with Charlie Bucket to see a Golden Ticket inside the wrapper of his chocolate bar. … Continue reading Scrumdiddlyumptious! – Celebrating Roald Dahl