August 7, 2020

august 2020 events

Tehlor Kay Mejia with Aisha Saeed: Virtual Event!

Monday, August 10th at 1 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live

Fans of Rick Riordan Presents REJOICE! Tehlor Kay Mejia has written the first installment of a NEW RRP series, and we can’t wait to share this amazing book inspired by Mexican mythology and folklore with you!! Learn more about Paola Santiago and the River of Tears below, and make plans to tune in on Monday, August 10 at 1pm/ET to hear an exciting conversation with Tehlor Kay Mejia and Aisha Saeed, local author of AMAL UNBOUND, DIANA AND THE ISLAND OF NO RETURN, and more! We cannot WAIT for this event and this incredible book (hitting shelves on August 4).

Purchase Paola Santiago and the River of Tears here (out 8/4):

More about Paola Santiago and the River of Tears:
Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths.

Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . .

Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.

The Ocean Calls Virtual Story Time with Tina Cho and Jess X. Snow!

Tuesday, August 11th at 1 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live

WHAT A TREAT!! For the first time, we are thrilled to host a virtual story time with both the author AND illustrator! Join us on Tuesday, August 11 at 1pm/ET on Facebook Live for a reading and discussion with Tina Cho and Jess X. Snow, the team behind the gorgeous new picture book, The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story. Learn more about this incredible book below, and be sure to purchase your copy here:

More about The Ocean Calls:
A breathtaking picture book featuring a Korean girl and her haenyeo (free diving) grandmother about intergenerational bonds, finding courage in the face of fear, and connecting with our natural world.

Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea–generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. To Dayeon, the haenyeo are as strong and graceful as mermaids. To give her strength, Dayeon eats Grandma’s abalone porridge. She practices holding her breath while they do the dishes. And when Grandma suits up for her next dive, Dayeon grabs her suit, flippers, and goggles. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma’s guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean’s many gifts.

Tina Cho’s The Ocean Calls, with luminous illustrations by muralist Jess X. Snow, is a classic in the making.

Virtual Story Time with T.L. McBeth!

Wedensday, August 12th at 1 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live

Y’all…are you ready to LAUGH? Come get giggly with us on Wednesday, August 12 at 1pm/ET on Facebook Live with T.L. McBeth, the author and illustrator of Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse! There will be reading, drawing, and a whole lot of laughing. Learn more about this hilarious new picture book below, and be sure to grab your copy here:

More about Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse:
T. L. McBeth’s Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse is the hilarious picture book tale of a child’s illustrated creation who (never having seen himself) thinks he’s extraordinarily beautiful.

Randy knows he’s a beautiful horse—everyone says so. From his silky coat to his perfect smile to his very name, reserved only for the most special of creatures, Randy is beyond compare.

This laugh-out-loud picture book plays with expectations and takes you inside a child’s imaginary world, through construction-paper mountains, popsicle-stick forests, and sandpaper deserts. Readers are sure to fall for this maybe-not-so-beautiful but wholly endearing character.

Bimran Jeet Singh and Baljinder Kaur Ticketed Virtual Event!

Tuesday, August 26th at 5 p.m. EDST on Zoom Webinar

Just announced!! Little Shop of Stories is thrilled to host Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, activist and author, and illustrator Baljinder Kaur for a virtual event to celebrate the release of Fauja Singh Keps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon. This event will be hosted over Zoom webinar, and registration is required. Learn more about the ticket types available and this amazing book below!

Webinar Only – FREE. Comes with a registration link for the 8/25 Zoom webinar.
Book Ticket – $20. Comes with a registration link for the 8/25 Zoom webinar and one copy of Fauja Singh Keps Going to be picked up at Little Shop of Stories.
Book + Shipping Ticket – $25. Comes with a registration link for the 8/25 Zoom webinar, one copy of FAUJA SINGH KEEPS GOING, and shipping anywhere in the US. Please inquire about international shipping!

More about Fauja Singh Keps Going:

The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.

Every step forward is a victory.

Fauja Singh was born determined. He was also born with legs that wouldn’t allow him to play cricket with his friends or carry him to school miles from his village in Punjab. But that didn’t stop him. Working on his family’s farm, Fauja grew stronger to meet his own full potential.
He never stopped striving. At the age of 81, after a lifetime of making his body, mind, and heart stronger, Fauja decided to run his first marathon. He went on to break records all around the world and became the first person over 100 to complete the grueling long-distance race.

With exuberant text by Simran Jeet Singh and exhilarating illustrations by Baljinder Kaur, the true story of Fauja Singh reminds us that it’s both where we start and how we finish that make our journeys unforgettable.

Bonnie Clark and Summer Macon Virtual Event!

Wednesday, August 26th at 1 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live

Little Shop of Stories is thrilled to host local author Bonnie Clark and illustrator Summer Macon for a virtual launch! They’ll be celebrating their new picture book Catching Thoughts on Wednesday, August 26 at 1pm/ET on Facebook Live. This book is a simple and beautiful exploration of persistent thoughts and anxiety for kids. Learn more below! And be sure to grab a copy for your home library here:

More about Catching Thoughts:
Have you ever had an unwelcome thought that you just couldn’t get rid of, no matter how hard you tried to push it away?

In Catching Thoughts, a girl is plagued by an unwanted thought. No matter what she does–ignore it, yell at it, cry about it–the thought won’t go away. Frustrated and discouraged, she finally looks that bad thought in the face and says, “”Hello.”” At last, she is able to notice other more beautiful, positive thoughts all around her. As she catches hold of new thoughts, the girl discovers she can fill her mind with whatever she chooses.

For every child who has been weighed down by sadness or anxiety, this story teaches kids how to acknowledge unwanted thoughts, show them compassion, then actively replace them with positive thoughts instead. Catching Thoughts is a quiet, thoughtful story that teaches readers how to practice mindfulness, focusing on thoughts that bring beauty, joy, and calm into their lives.