December 6, 2019

february 2020 events

How Do We Love Thee?

Let us count the ways.

We love thee to the depth and breadth and height our soul can reach.

Firstly, for the rest of February, customers with a 30030 zip code can request FREE SAME-DAY HOME DELIVERY! Seriously. So long as we have it in stock. Call in your order before 4 p.m., pay over the phone, and we’ll deliver it to your abode THAT DAY. Want it gift wrapped? You’ll get it gift wrapped.

We love thee to the level of everyday’s most quiet need.

Secondly, did you pay to park? For the rest of February, show us your parking receipt for an hour or more of parking and, if you spend $25 or more in the shop, we will give you a $5 gift card to be used on your next purchase! It’s like FREE PARKING!

We love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all our lives!

Thirdly, for our grown-up readers, we present BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK! We’ve selected some of our favorite adult titles for each zodiac sign. All books are $14, so come in and find your sign or maybe a sign that’s compatible. And if you’ve read the book already, you can return it!

We love you. Thank you for making us a part of your community and allowing us to be a part of your reading lives for almost FIFTEEN YEARS. We are humbled, grateful, and excited for the future.

A Celebration of the Black Child Storytime with Tiffany Rose!

Sunday, February 9th  – 2 pm

Little Shop is thrilled to host a Celebration of the Black Child Story Time with the perfect special guest, author/illustrator TIFFANY ROSE! Tiffany’s debut picture book, M is for Melanin, is an ABC book unlike any other and one that belongs on every bookshelf. Join us as she reads her own title as well as other favorites that feature and uplift Black children. This is a fun and FREE story time for ALL children! No need to register, just come on by. If you’d like to get a copy of M is for Melanin signed by Tiffany Rose, be sure to purchase at least one copy from us to earn a place in the signing line! You can learn more about this beautiful book below. We look forward to celebrating with you on February 9 at 2pm!

More about M is for Melanin:

M Is for Melanin is an empowering alphabet book that teaches kids their ABCs and celebrates Black children!

M is for Melanin
shining in every inch of your skin.
Every shade, every hue.

All beautiful and unique.

Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they’re in.

Be bold. Be fearless. Be YOU.

Lola Dutch Valentine’s Event with Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright!

Wednesday, February 12th  – 6 pm

What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright are back with a new Lola Dutch picture book, Lola Dutch I Love You So Much, and we’re hosting them during the week of VALENTINE’S DAY! So bring the family to the shop and celebrate love with the ever-delightful Lola Dutch. Learn more about the new book below!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Lola Dutch I Love You So Much in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Lola Dutch I Love You So Much:

This is Lola Dutch, a delightfully creative girl who loves her friends SO much. When they’re having a bad day, Lola knows just what to do to make each of them feel better:

She sews cozy pajamas for Gator,
constructs the perfect reading nook for Crane,
and takes Pig to the park!

Lola loves showing her friends how much she loves them! But there’s one special friend she’s forgotten–Bear! Can Lola decide on the perfect way to express how much he means to her?

The curious and inspired Lola Dutch knows that when it comes to showing friendship and appreciation, there’s no such thing as too much. And maybe because of that, the thing Lola’s friends love the most is . . . LOLA DUTCH!

Inspired by their own four gorgeously creative children, Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright are thrilled to continue this fun series about the unstoppable Lola Dutch, a larger-than-life character perfect for fans of Olivia and Fancy Nancy.

Erin Hunter BRAVELANDS Event!

Thursday, February 13th  – 5 pm

Erin Hunter is coming to town! There’s a new Bravelands book coming out, and we’re honored to announce that Little Shop is a part of Erin Hunter’s national tour to promote it. Please join us to celebrate the release of Bravelands: The Spirit-Eaters on February 13 at 5pm. There will be a presentation and a signing to follow. PLEASE NOTE: ERIN WILL SIGN ONLY 2 WARRIORS BOOKS PER PERSON. There is no limit on Bravelands or Survivors series books! Learn more about this latest title below.

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Bravelands: The Spirit-Eaters from us to earn a place in the signing line! Again, please note that only 2 Warriors books can be signed per person for this event. There is no limit on Bravelands or Survivors series books.

More about Bravelands: The Spirit-Eaters:

Heed the call of the wild…discover the fifth book in this action-packed, New York Times bestselling animal fantasy series from the author of Warriors!

Set in the African savannah and told from three different animals’ points of view, Bravelands will thrill readers who love Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire, as well as the fans who’ve made Erin Hunter a #1 nationally bestselling phenomenon.

True evil has come to Bravelands… Only hope will drive it out…

As the new Great Father, the young baboon, Thorn, hopes to guide Bravelands to peace after a period of great turmoil. But a pack of rogue wolves lurks among the Great Herd, committing acts so evil they threaten to shatter that peace before it’s even begun.

The animals of the Great Herd must once again unite to defend their home against those who would watch it burn.

Meet and Greet and Signing with Ru Xu!

Thursday, February 27th  – 6 pm

Just announced! One of our favorite graphic novelists is coming to town, and we’ll be hosting her for a casual meet and greet and signing. Come meet Ru Xu to ask her questions and chat while getting your copies of Newsprints and EndGames signed! The event is free and open to all. We will have copies of both books on hand! Learn more about these wonderful titles below. If you’re already a Ru Xu fan, we can’t wait to see you! And if you or your child love graphic novels but haven’t read the work of Ru Xu yet, we can’t wait to introduce you to a new FAVORITE.

More about Newsprints:
Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There’s a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what’s printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever.
But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out that she’s a girl, she’ll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves… and to save each other.

Mayra Cuevas Book Launch!

Saturday, February 29th  – 5 pm  – at the Decatur Library

Join us to celebrate the release of Mayra Cuevas’s young adult debut, Salty, Bitter, Sweet! This event will take place at the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library. Atlanta author Kimberly Jones (I’m Not Dying with You Tonight) will be in conversation with Mayra to discuss the book. There will be an audience Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for sale at the event. Be sure to purchase a copy from us to earn a place in the signing line!

Event timeline:

Saturday, February 29, 2020

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mayra Cuevas in conversation with Kim Jones and audience Q&A

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Author book signing

Parking: Free parking is available in the deck behind the Decatur Library, accessible through Sycamore Street.

You may register for the event using the Eventbrite link below. However, you don’t need to register to attend. Walk-ins welcome!

About Salty, Bitter, Sweet:

A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped … especially when the chances of things heating up with an intriguing boy and becoming a food star in the kitchen are both on the chopping block.

Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.

The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?

Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.

How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?

About Mayra:

Mayra’s YA contemporary #OwnVoices debut SALTY, BITTER, SWEET hits shelves on March 2020. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra is a professional journalist and fiction writer who prefers love stories with a happy ending. Her debut fiction short story was selected by best-selling author Becky Albertalli to appear in the Foreshadow YA serial anthology Issue 04 in April 2019. She is currently a special projects producer and writer for CNN. She keeps her sanity by practicing Buddhist meditation and serving on the Board of Directors of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. She lives with her husband, also a CNN journalist, and their cat, in the charming town of Norcross, Georgia. She is also the step-mom to two amazing young men who provide plenty of inspiration for her stories. Her claim to fame came as her family appeared in Season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers.


Earlier this month …

Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed Book Launch!

Tuesday, February 4th  – 7 pm  – at the Decatur Library


Twenty very cool swag bags will be raffled off on this evening. Everyone who pre-orders a Book Ticket will automatically have their name entered in the raffle!


This event is now at the Georgia Center for the Book, located on the bottom floor of the Decatur Library.

215 Sycamore Street  Decatur, GA 30030

Little Shop of Stories is thrilled to partner with the Decatur Education Foundation to host the official launch for Yes No Maybe So, the new YA novel from NYT bestelling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Aisha Saeed (Amal Unbound) as part of our Celebrating Diverse Voices series! Decatur Education Foundation and Little Shop of Stories are partnering to lift up diverse voices through children’s and young adult literature. Join us for a fun moderated conversation at the Decatur Library, followed by a signing. We have two ticket types for this event:

1. BOOK TICKET: Comes with one copy of Yes No Maybe So, a swag postcard, a special LSOS exclusive print, a seat at the event, and a place in the signing line.

2. BOOK TICKET + PARENT: For children coming to the event with a parent chaperone. Comes with one copy of Yes No Maybe So, a swag postcard, a special LSOS exclusive print, TWO seats at the event, and a place in the signing line.

You can purchase a Book Ticket or a Book Ticket + Parent here.

SIGNING AND PHOTO GUIDELINES TO COME. If you cannot come to the event but would like a signed copy of Yes No Maybe So that comes with the swag postcard and LSOS exclusive print, please order through this link to our website.

Want a preview? Here’s a link to a conversation with Aisha and Becky.

Owly Launch with Andy Runton!

Wednesday, February 5th  – 6 pm

Little Shop of Stories is so excited to host the launch party for local author and illustrator Andy Runton’s newest graphic novel, Owly: The Way Home! Whether you’re a long-time Owly fan or excited to discover Owly for the first time, this event is sure to be fun for all. Join us for a presentation and signing to celebrate this exciting release from Scholastic Graphix! Learn more about OWLY: THE WAY HOME below, and mark your calendars to join us. Hooray, Atlanta creators! Hooray, OWLY!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Owly: The Way Home from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Owly: The Way Home:

Owly is a good-natured little owl, and he’s always helping those around him. But despite his kindness, he seems to frighten would-be friends away before they even give him a chance, just because he’s an owl. That all changes, though, once Owly meets Wormy. Like Owly, Wormy is in need of a good friend, too — someone who can be counted on for a helping hand, a good laugh, and a great adventure!

Through a unique blend of words and symbols, Owly can be read by the youngest readers, and is a great introduction to graphic novels!

Second Annual Harry Potter Book Night!

Thursday, February 6th  – 5 to 8ish pm

Join us and the Brick Store Pub in the worldwide celebration of Harry Potter Book Night. Wizarding robes and fancy dress encouraged!

(What kind of national award winning children’s bookstore would we be without at least one annual event with a national award winning pub?)

You will be able to Bedazzle Your Own Wand and a Make Your Own Snitch!
$3 for one, $5 for both. Tickets available the night of the event. While supplies last!

Eric Smith in conversation with Lauren Morrill!

Saturday, February 8th  – 5 pm

Attention, YA fans! We’ve been hearing all the amazing buzz about Eric Smith’s latest novel, Don’t Read the Comments, and we are thrilled to announce that he’ll be visiting the shop on February 8! Come on by at 5pm to hear Eric in conversation with local author and dear friend to Little Shop, Lauren Morrill. There will be a signing to follow. This conversation is sure to be a blast, so mark your calendars now, and learn more about Don’t Read the Comments below!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Don’t Read the Comments from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Don’t Read the Comments:
Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…

And she isn’t going down without a fight.