March 18, 2018

april 2018 events

Jason Reynolds Author Event!

Sunday, April 8th – 3 pm at the Decatur Library

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Jason Reynolds is coming BACK to Decatur! Fresh off his Printz AND Newbery Honor awards for Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds is publishing For Every One, a soaring poem for the dreamer and creator in all of us, and Sunny, the newest installation in his Track Series! We are honored to call this prolific, important, and deeply talented author a friend of Little Shop. Do not miss your opportunity to meet one of the most important voices in literature today!

This event is FREE and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of one of the new books (For Every One or Sunny) to earn a place in the signing line! PLEASE NOTE: This event is at the Georgia Center for the Book, located on the lower level of the Decatur Library, NOT at the shop.

More on For Every One:
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

Katherine Applegate Author Event!

Tuesday, April 10th – 4:30 pm

Newbery Award winning author Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan) is returning to Little Shop! Join us for a delightful event to celebrate her new PICTURE BOOK, Sometimes You Fly. This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to “remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail . . . sometimes you fly.”

You can view the trailer here!

This event is FREE and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Sometimes You Fly in order to earn a place in the signing line!

Doreen Spicer-Dannelly Author Event!

Wednesday, April 11th – 6 pm

We’re jumping for joy! Doreen Spicer-Dannelly, the writer/producer/director best known for developing Disney Channel’s “The Proud Family,” has written her first book, and she’ll be visiting Little Shop for a super fun event! Ms. Spicer-Dannelly has been a champion for inclusive kid’s programming in Hollywood, and we love that she’s bringing her influence into the world of kid’s lit with her debut middle grade novel, Love Double Dutch! Brooklyn native, MaKayla a.k.a Kayla, the double Dutch Queen of middle school, is ready to take her double Dutch team all the way to the National Jump-off. But when she’s forced to leave Brooklyn for Charlotte, North Carolina, will she have to trade her double Dutch dreams for the worst summer of her life?

This event is FREE and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Love Double Dutch! from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

Gene Luen Yang Author Event!

Friday, April 13th – Machines at 6:30 pm; Gene at 7 pm – at the Decatur Library

Little Shop favorite (and former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature) Gene Luen Yang is coming to Decatur to celebrate the newest graphic novel in his Secret Coders series: Potions and Parameters! In addition to being one of the best graphic novelists ever, Yang has created a program called “Reading Without Walls,” which calls us all to explore books about characters who look or live differently than us, topics we haven’t discovered, or formats that we haven’t tried. In what we think is the PERFECT marriage of “Secret Coders” and “Reading Without Walls,” we are hosting a contest leading up to the event in partnership with Decatur Makers! We challenge YOU (and a team of your choosing) to create a simple machine from found objects that will break down a wall made of Legos! We will put the machines on display before the event beginning at 6:30, ask audience members to vote, and the winning team will win fabulous prizes from Little Shop and Decatur Makers. The Decatur Makers space will be open for teams on the following dates:

March 28 for Family Build Night between 5:00 and 7:00
April 1 for Girls Maker Club between 3:00 and 5:00

April 11 for Open Build Night between 7:00 and 9:00

Let’s build some cool machines, break down some reading walls, and celebrate Gene Luen Yang!

This event is FREE and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Secret Coders: Potions and Parameters from us in order to earn a place in the signing line. The machine demonstrations will begin at 6:30, and the author event will begin at 7:00.

Alison Broderick Author Event!

Friday, April 20th – 7 pm

We are so excited to welcome local author Alison Broderick to the shop to celebrate her picture book, Samuel Stanley Scotty Snight! Samuel Stanley Scotty Snight is a redheaded, freckle-faced, chubby second grader who loves to eat! From potatoes and steak to cookies and cake, he is passionate about mealtime. Unfortunately, good dental hygiene does not interest Samuel as much as satisfying his hunger. Samuel Stanley Scotty Snight will not brush his teeth at night, and consequences soon follow. This fun picture book is a great lesson on taking care of your teeth and perfect for the whole family!

This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of the book from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.

You can order the book here!

Ginger Zee Author Event!

Tuesday, April 24th – 5 pm

Ginger Zee, the chief meteorologist for ABC News, is coming to town! Chasing Helicity is the first novel in her new middle grade series, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s chosen Little Shop as a stop on her tour! Learn more about the book below, and be sure to join us for a fun and informative event!

Helicity is well aware that her name is unusual – kind of like Helicity herself. The word Helicity means to spin, and for as long as she can remember, Helicity has been fascinated by the weather. The weather is Helicity’s escape from her own reality – may that be school, her father’s strict discipline, or her brother’s imminent departure for college where he’s all set to play football. One fateful day, Helicity and her horse head out on a long ride to take a break from life at home. Even with her vast experience with weather, Helicity is unprepared for the elements she faces. The choices Helicity makes before, during, and after that storm will have a lasting effect on her family and her future.

This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Chasing Helicity from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

You can order the book here!

Little Shop Slumber Party!!!

April 27-28 (5pm – 9am) | Current 3-5 Graders

With Krista & Sunny

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $100

Are you a girl currently in the 3rd-5th grade? Do you love sleepovers? Have you ever wondered what goes on at Little Shop of Stories after hours? Now’s your chance to find out! Miss Krista and Miss Sunny are hosting a girls-only slumber party at the bookstore! Join us for an unforgettable evening of playing games, eating pizza and popcorn, watching movies, reading books, making crafts, sharing secrets, telling stories, and trying to get some sleep (no promises)! Breakfast will be provided in the morning. Just bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toothbrush, your favorite doll or stuffed animal, and a smile! Cost is $100. All proceeds will benefit On The Same Page, our community-wide reading initiative, bringing families together around the same book. Space is limited to 20 girls. You must register in advance at Little Shop, or by phone at 404-373-6300.

Independent Bookstore Day!!!!!!

Saturday, April 28th

Independent Bookstore Day is a national celebration of … independent bookstores like us!

Here’s what we’re doing:

Celebrating our 10th anniversary on East Court Square!

(we had previously been below Eddie’s Attic)

Coffee and doughnuts for our early shoppers!

Snacks in the afternoon while supplies last!

 11 am     A special storytime with guest stars Elephant & Piggie!

 1 to 3 pm     Authorly Advice Booth with superstar author Laurel Snyder!!!

 7pm     Book Launch Event

Becky Albertalli and Emily X.R. Pan in conversation with Aisha Saeed!

All Day

Limited edition Independent Bookstore Day swag for sale!

$5 Golden Tickets to benefit our On The Same Page!

(Every ticket is a winner!)

Free exclamation points!!!!!


Yes, Laurel Snyder has had a big year. Her early reader, Charlie & Mouse, won the coveted Theodore Seuss Geisel Award!
Her middle grade novel, Orphan Island, was longlisted for the National Book Award!
But on Independent Bookstore Day Laurel will be serving as the Little Shop of Stories Book-Advice-Giver-In-Chief!
Don’t know what to read next? Ask Laurel!
Don’t know what book to buy that special person in your life? Ask Laurel!
Don’t know the Second Law of Thermodynamics? Ask Laurel!

Laurel will be at your service from 1 to 3pm!

Then we’ll finish the day with Becky Albertalli and Emily X.R. Pan in conversation with Aisha Saeed at 7pm!

You won’t want to miss any of the Independent Bookstore Merriment and Mirth!

Becky Albertalli and Emily X.R. Pan in conversation with Aisha Saeed!

Saturday, April 28th – 7 pm

As if Independent Bookstore Day wasn’t already our FAVORITE day of the year (outside of Labor Day weekend and the Decatur Book Festival!) …we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Becky Albertalli’s launch for Leah on the Offbeat that evening! She will be in conversation with Emily X.R. Pan, author of The Astonishing Color of After, moderated by Aisha Saeed, author of Written in the Stars and the upcoming Amal Unbound (which, spoiler alert, will also be launched at Little Shop in May). We cannot wait to share these two phenomenal YA books with our community. Learn more about them below!

This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of one of the books from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

Leah on the Offbeat

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, “Love, Simon”—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.

She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

You can order the book here!

The Astonishing Color of After

No two people experience love or grief the same way. THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is a poignant reminder that both can take on a multitude of forms. For fifteen-year-old Leigh Chen Sanders, grief takes the form of a bird. Leigh is absolutely certain that when her mother died by suicide, she turned into the bird that seems to be haunting her – ever present yet inscrutable. After she discovers a box of letters from her mother’s childhood, Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents. In her search for the bird, Leigh chases after ghosts, uncovering deep family secrets and forging a new relationship. An artist by nature, Leigh uses color to express her emotion: the initial shock of experiencing a death are muted hues, while the realization of the profound loss is florescent. As she grieves, Leigh must grapple with the fact that at the same time she kissed her best friend and longtime crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. What she thought was the best day of her life was actually the worst.

With lyrical prose in the vein of Jandy Nelson and clear concise language reminiscent of the works of Celeste Ng, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER places Pan firmly on the map of young adult authors with impactful careers ahead. A poignant juxtaposition of the past and the present, the real and the imagined, Emily X.R. Pan’s debut novel is a stunning reminder of what it means to love and live after loss.

You can order the book here!