February 11, 2021

march 2021 events

Laxmi’s Mooch Virtual Launch with Shelly Anand and Nabi H. Ali!

Tuesday, March 2nd at 6 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


HOORAY! Long time friend of Little Shop of Stories Shelly Anand has written a picture book, and we couldn’t be more THRILLED to help launch Laxmi’s Mooch into the world! Join us for a virtual launch on Tuesday, March 2 at 6pm/ET on Facebook Live featuring Shelly, the book’s illustrator Nabi H. Ali, and maybe even more special guests! The event is free and open to all. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book, Shelly will be signing and personalizing copies purchased from Little Shop of Stories. Use the link below to order and put your personalization details in the order comments. We can make books available for contact-free pickup or we can ship them anywhere in the WORLD! Learn more about the book below and mark your calendars to join us for this very, VERY special launch.

More about Laxmi’s Mooch:

A joyful, body-positive picture book about a young Indian American girl’s journey to accept her body hair and celebrate her heritage after being teased about her mustache.

Laxmi never paid much attention to the tiny hairs above her lip. But one day while playing farm animals at recess, her friends point out that her whiskers would make her the perfect cat. She starts to notice body hair all over–on her arms, legs, and even between her eyebrows.

With her parents’ help, Laxmi learns that hair isn’t just for heads, but that it grows everywhere, regardless of gender. Featuring affirming text by Shelly Anand and exuberant, endearing illustrations by Nabi H. Ali, Laxmi’s Mooch is a celebration of our bodies and our body hair, in whichever way they grow.

The Passover Guest Virtual Story Time with Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin!

Wednesday, March 17th at 7 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


Join us a very special pre-Passover treat as we welcome the author and illustrator team behind the beautiful new picture book The Passover Guest! Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin will both join us virtually for a story time and conversation. Be sure to tune in, and grab a copy of The Passover Guest for your home collection! You can learn more about the book below.

More about The Passover Guest:

Muriel assumes her family is too poor to hold a Passover Seder this year– but an act of kindness and a mysterious magician change everything.

It’s the Spring of 1933 in Washington D.C., and the Great Depression is hitting young Muriel’s family hard. Her father has lost his job, and her family barely has enough food most days, let alone for a Passover Seder. They don’t even have any wine to leave out for the prophet Elijah’s ceremonial cup.

With no feast to rush home to, Muriel wanders by the Lincoln Memorial, where she encounters a mysterious magician in whose hands juggled eggs become lit candles. After she makes a kind gesture, he encourages her to run home for her Seder, and when she does, she encounters a holiday miracle, a bountiful feast of brisket, soup, and matzah.

But who was this mysterious benefactor? When Muriel sees Elijah’s ceremonial cup is empty, she has a good idea.

This fresh retelling of the classic I.L. Peretz story, best known through Uri Shulevitz’s 1973 adaptation The Magician, has been sumptuously illustrated by noted graphic novelist Sean Rubin, who based his art on photographs of D.C. in the 1930s. An author note with information about the holiday is included.

Temple Grandin Virtual Event with Atlanta Science Festival!

Monday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. EDST on a Zoom Webinar

Dr. Temple Grandin presents The Outdoor Scientist!

Please join New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned scientist Dr. Temple Grandin for a virtual presentation and discussion of her new book, The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World.

In the book, Dr. Grandin introduces young readers to leading scientists of the day, shares insights from her life, and includes 40 interactive outdoor projects to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around them. This book releases on April 6, 2021.

This event is co-hosted by Little Shop of Stories and the Atlanta Science Festival. The virtual event is free to attend, but you must register for a ticket to gain access to the exclusive Zoom webinar. Learn more about Dr. Temple Grandin and ticket types below!


Webinar Only – FREE. Comes with a link to the exclusive Zoom webinar on 3/22 at 7pm/ET. For safety, this link will be sent the day of the event.

Pre-Order Book Bundle: $22. Comes with a copy of The Outdoor Scientist (to be shipped/picked up after it’s released on April 6), a signed bookplate, and a link for the exclusive Zoom webinar on 3/22 at 7pm/ET. For safety, this link will be sent the day of the event.


Domestic and international shipping is available as an ADD-ON. Please select the shipping option that is right for you! If you do not add-on shipping, your book will be made available for pickup at Little Shop of Stories, located in Decatur, GA.


Temple Grandin (templegrandin.com) is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of twelve books on autism and animal behavior, including the national bestsellers Calling All Minds, Thinking in Pictures, and Animals in Translation. Dr. Grandin was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2018 she was made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

Virtual Event with Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi!

Tuesday, March 23rd at 6 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


Exciting news! The Atlanta-native authors behind the pen-name Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi are teaming up to bring us a special virtual event celebrating the release of their incredible middle grade novel, Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found! We’re delighted by Kingston and know you will be, too, so make plans to meet the amazing authors behind the story on Tuesday, March 23 at 6pm/ET on Facebook Live. And be sure to grab a copy of the book for your collection! This is one you do NOT want to miss.

PURCHASE HERE: https://littleshopofstories.indielite.org/book/9780525516866

More about Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found:

Magic has all but disappeared in Brooklyn, but one tenacious young magician is determined to bring it back in this exciting middle grade mystery.

Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn–the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston’s father was King Preston, one of the world’s greatest magicians. Until one trick went wrong and he disappeared. Now that Kingston is back in Echo City, he’s determined to find his father.
Somehow, though, when his father disappeared, he took all of Echo City’s magic with him. Now Echo City–a ghost of its past–is living up to its name. With no magic left, the magicians have packed up and left town and those who’ve stayed behind don’t look too kindly on any who reminds them of what they once had.

When Kingston finds a magic box his father left behind as a clue, Kingston knows there’s more to his father’s disappearance than meets the eye. He’ll have to keep it a secret–that is, until he can restore magic to Echo City. With his cousin Veronica and childhood friend Too Tall Eddie, Kingston works to solve the clues, but one wrong move and his father might not be the only one who goes missing.

More about the authors:

Rucker Moses is the pen name of Craig S. Phillips and Harold Hayes Jr. They both hail from Atlanta and started telling stories together at the University of Georgia. Together, they’ve been nominated for three Emmys for writing in a children’s program and have written for TV shows based on books by R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike. They also make virtual reality experiences and own a production company named SunnyBoy Entertainment. In no particular order, their favorite things to write about are ninjas, magic, space, and abandoned amusement parks. When not doing all that, they are hanging with their wonderful families at home in Los Angeles.

Theo Gangi is a novelist and writing teacher based in Brooklyn. He’s written several acclaimed novels and short stories, and he’s worked on shows for Netflix. He writes far-out adventures that happen right next door. He directs the MFA program at St. Francis College and lives with his wife, young son, and their dog. Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found is his first book for young readers.

Virtual Story Time with Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham!

Thursday, March 25th at 5 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


STOP THE PRESSES! One of the most dynamic duos of all time is BACK TOGETHER with a delightful new picture book! Join us on Thursday, March 25 at 5pm/ET to celebrate the release of Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn with author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham! This is the team behind Real Friends and Princess in Black (along with Dean Hale) so…you know you can’t miss this! Learn more about the book below and be sure to grab a copy for your collection. We can’t wait!!

More about Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn:

From bestselling superstar duo Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham comes a delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship—and being exactly who you want to be!

Kitty thinks she might be a unicorn.

She feels so perfectly unicorn-y! “Neigh!” says Kitty.

But when Unicorn clop clop clops over, sweeping his magnificent tail and neighing a mighty neigh, Kitty feels no bigger than a ball of lint.

Can this unlikely pair embrace who they are, and truly see one another?

In their first picture book together, the magical, bestselling team of Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham put their horns together for the most heart-bursting, tail-twitching, fuzzy-feeling, perfectly unicorn-y story imaginable.

Virtual Story Time with LifeLine Animal Project!

Tuesday, March 30th at 5 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


What a special treat! We’ll have foster doggies and kitties live on screen for a super fun virtual story time with LifeLine Animal Project, a wonderful organization helping furry friends find forever homes. We’re excited to share some of our favorite dog and cat stories with you and some REAL LIFE DOGS AND CATS, TOO!

Learn more about LifeLine (and donate if you can!) here: https://lifelineanimal.org/