Shanda McCloskey Book Launch Party!
Tuesday, May 1st – 6 pm
Little Shop is SO EXCITED to host the book launch for the STEM-friendly, girl-powered picture book DOLL-E 1.0 by local author and illustrator Shanda McCloskey! This delightful book is a much-needed ode to the tech geek girls that are the coders, engineers and developers of tomorrow. McCloskey’s affectionately-illustrated pages reveal a precocious little scientist named Charlotte, who doesn’t know what to do with the doll her mother gets for her…until she decides to upgrade her little companion herself—and learns something about appreciating the simpler things in the process.
Brendan Kiely in conversation with Nic Stone!
Thursday, May 3rd – 7 pm
Little Shop is honored to welcome bestselling author Brendan Kiely, author of the New York Times best seller All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds) back to Decatur! TRADITION is a powerful YA novel that explores the dark side of tradition, the toxicity of male privilege, and the dangerous effects of rape culture. The book pushes readers to ask tough questions about not only the destructive nature of sexual violence but also what role they personally play in perpetuating it. Kiely has crafted a feminist work that invites readers to stand up for what’s right and challenges men to be better feminists. TRADITION is a reminder that we are stronger together. Kiely will be joined in conversation by local author and Little Shop favorite Nic Stone, author of DEAR MARTIN!
This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of TRADITION from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!
Art Night with Mike Lowery!
Friday, May 4th – 7 pm
Little Shop LOVES Mike Lowery. In addition to writing and illustrating amazing books for kids like Random Illustrated Facts and Doodle Adventures, he creates incredible stand-alone illustrations and makes Atlanta PROUD. Come to the shop on Friday, May 4th for a fun night of drawing in books, doodling, and admiring Mike’s work! He’ll be doing some drawings and we’ll have some materials out for the artist in all of us. We will also have Mike’s prints on sale for the event! Be sure to come by for ART NIGHT. It’s a great event for the whole family.
And May the 4th be with you!
Kate Rope Book Launch Party!
Saturday, May 5th – 7 pm
Strong as a Mother is a practical and compassionate guide to preparing for a smooth start to motherhood. Everyone knows the secret to having “the Happiest Baby on the Block.” This is your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block. It will prepare you with humor and grace for what lies ahead, give you the tools you need to take care of yourself, permission to struggle at times, and professional advice on how to move through it when you do.
Craft and Storytime with Natalie Nelson!
Sunday, May 6th – 2 pm
Our storytime will feature a very special guest: local illustrator Natalie Nelson! Her new book, A Storytelling of Ravens, is a beautiful exploration of the unusual collective nouns used for certain animals, and she’s excited to lead a craft session for kids to make their own images. Bring the whole family and have some creative fun with Natalie!
Kim Smith Back to the Future Storytime!
Wednesday, May 9th – 4 pm
Kim Smith is the amazing author and illustrator behind the picture book re-imaginings of Home Alone, E.T., and The X-Files, and she is on tour for her latest Pop Culture Classic, BACK TO THE FUTURE! We are so excited to have her coming to the shop — unless, of course, she was already here and will be back at the same time yet again — for a special presentation and story time. Be sure to join us and share an 80s classic with your little ones!
This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Back to the Future from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.
Aisha Saeed Book Launch Party!
Saturday, May 12th – 3 pm
Local author and Little Shop favorite Aisha Saeed has written her first ever middle grade book, and we are so honored to be the site of her launch! Amal Unbound is a gorgeous book, and we can’t wait to share it with our community. Learn more about it below! And join us for reading, signing, and CAKE.
This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Amal Unbound from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.
Aisha Saeed’s middle-grade debut tells the compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.
Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.
There’s More to Come!