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Fun and educational events for the whole family

"Elephant's Story" with Tracey Pearson

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:30am


Award-winning author and illustrator Tracey Pearson will read her picture book Elephant's Story and lead kids in drawing activities at this special story hour.

In Elephant's Story, Gracie loses her favorite book. Thankfully, Elephant finds it – but when he sneezes, the book’s words go everywhere, mixing up the letters.
Elephant's friends -- alligator, seal, monkey, and bear -- try to help, but the words they create from the flyabout letters are not quite right. 

Children ages 3 - 7 will love this story of the befuddled Elephant and his animal pals and, like Gracie, they might just be inspired create a few words of their own.

Author-illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson gets kids. She understands what it takes to get a child to say, “Read it again, please.” With both carefully chosen words and chock-full-of-energy illustrations, Pearson tells her stories with a pace and rhythm that has kids anxious to turn the page to see what’s next – and she throws in a bit of humor to keep them laughing along the way.

Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374399139
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 22nd, 2013

"Africa is My Home" with Monica Edinger

Event date: 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 2:30pm

Author and former Peace Corp volunteer Monica Edinger visits Bank Street Bookstore to present her historical novel, Africa Is My Home: A Child of The Amistad.

When a drought hits her homeland in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold as a pawn by her father in exchange for rice. But before she can work off her debt, an unthinkable chain of events unfolds.

Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child -- from seeing mirrors for the first time and struggling with laughably complicated clothing to longing for family and a home she never forgets.

Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.

Monica Edinger is an educator and reviews children’s books for the New York Times, The Horn Book, and other publications. She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. Monica Edinger lives and works in New York City.

Robert Byrd is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz as well as numerous other award-winning books. He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad Cover Image
By Monica Edinger, Robert Byrd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763650384
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

"Tales of Fontania" Book Event with Barbara Else

Event date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:30pm

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Barbara Else is the winner of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award for The Traveling Restaurant and received the Honor for The Queen and the Nobody Boy.

Journey through the wonderful world of Fontania with author Barbara Else.

Hailing from New Zealand, Barbara visits Bank Street Bookstore for a special reading and signing of titles from her Tales of Fontania series,
The Travelling Restaurant and The Queen and The Nobody Boy.

In The Travelling Restaurant, twelve-year-old Jasper Ludlow's parents flee the city, leaving him behind. He finds refuge on The Traveling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr. Rocket and crewed by feisty Polly. Where is Jasper's baby sister? He journeys across seas and rivers, faces whirlpools, storms, and hungry pirates to find her. Who should he trust? His unreliable uncle, the mysterious journalist in black, or the gutsy, flute-playing orphan? Why did his parents abandon him? Who is the true monarch? And why is Lady Gall hunting him? Bear and Bee
New Blue Socks

In The Queen and The Nobody Boy, Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself in the South. But the young Queen, 12 year old Sibilla, is fed-up, too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to go with him, insisting he go north to get his mother's bag back from the Emperor of Um'Binnia.

The Traveling Restaurant: Jasper's Voyage in Three Parts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781877579035
Availability: Backordered
Published: Gecko Press - January 1st, 2012

The Queen and the Nobody Boy: Hodie's Journey (in Five Parts All about Bad Choices) Cover Image
By Barbara Else, Sam Broad (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781877579493
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gecko Press - September 1st, 2013