July 31, 2019

september 2019 events

David Shannon Author Event!

Tuesday, September 10th  – 5:30 pm

IT’S HAPPENING! David Shannon, picture book favorite of children since FOREVER, is finally coming to Little Shop of Stories, and we could not possibly be more delighted. His new book, Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer, is a hoot, and we can’t wait to share it with all his fans! Join us on Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 to meet and celebrate this master of children’s books. Learn more about the new book below, and MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer:

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

After snagging his toe, Mr. Nogginbody makes a visit to his local hardware store in search of solutions. Armed with a shiny new hammer, he successfully fixes the nail protruding from his floor. But the satisfaction of his first repair carries him away, and he figures that anything resembling a nail—from a lamp switch to a fire hydrant—can be fixed with a good whack. The results are predictably and theatrically disastrous, until Mr. Nogginbody arrives at a gentle awakening and recognizes that not everything is a nail.

Jen Wang Author / Illustrator Event!

Wednesday, September 11th  – 6 p.m.


If you are a friend of the shop you may know that basically the entire staff read and become obsessed with JenWang‘s graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker. When we found out she was releasing a new book…we went wild. When we found out she was going to VISIT US ON TOUR…we went completely nuts. Jen Wang is VISIONARY, and her graphic novels are not only beautiful but also imbued with an unbelievable amount of heart. Please do not miss this opportunity to meet her and celebrate her newest work, Stargazing! You can learn more about it below. Seriously, y’all…mark your calendars. Jen Wang is making the world a better place.

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of STARGAZING from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Stargazing:

Stargazing is a heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.

Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.

But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine’s strict parents aren’t around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn’t where she really belongs.

Moon’s visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine’s best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?

Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.

Ibtihaj Muhammad Author Event!

Thursday, September 12th  – 7 pm   – at Decatur High School

Please note: This event has sold out. No tickets remain.

Little Shop of Stories in partnership with the Decatur Education Foundation is honored to welcome Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad back to Decatur, this time to celebrate the release of her first picture book, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family. She will be in conversation with local author and parent Rahim Snow on September 12 at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center. Learn more about this beautiful new book and the partnership between Little Shop and DEF below. We hope you and your family can join us for this very special event!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets to attend are free, and we highly recommend that you reserve a ticket for each person in your party who is coming to the event. If you do not reserve a seat, we cannot guarantee that there will be one for you. If you would like to enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of The Proudest Blue from Little Shop of Stories at the event. We will be selling books on site!

Please note: This event has sold out. No tickets remain.

Tickets are available here.

More about Little Shop and DEF:

Decatur Education Foundation and Little Shop of Stories are partnering to lift up diverse voices through children’s and young adult literature.
Events throughout the year will bring nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators to Decatur and will include opportunities for community participation through Q&A and a book signing following each event. This is the first event for the 2019-2020 school year. Stay tuned for more!

More about The Proudest Blue:

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

Stuart Gibbs Author Event!

Tuesday, September 17th  – 5 pm

STOP THE PRESSES AND SOUND THE (FUN) ALARMS! Stuart Gibbs, the prolific author of the Spy School, FunJungle, Moon Base Alpha series and more, has a totally new series coming out this fall, and LITTLE SHOP IS ON THE TOUR! Join us for an after school event to celebrate the book birthday of Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation. You can learn more about the book below! This event is not one to miss, so make plans and COME MEET STUART GIBBS!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation:

Throughout history, the greatest scientists — Einstein, Darwin, Gallileo, Newton — have made discoveries that were too dangerous to trust humanity with. So they hid them.

But now, an evil organization is closing in on the most dangerous discovery of all — an equation developed by Albert Einstein himself that could destroy the world. Desperate, the CIA has no choice but to recruit the most brilliant person they can find to help them: A twelve-year-old genius named Charlie Thorne.

The catch: Charlie isn’t like any genius you’ve ever encountered before. She’s a daredevil. A troublemaker. And possibly a criminal.

Now, Charlie finds herself dragged into a perilous mission that will take her from the ski slopes of Colorado to the tundra of Greenland to the secret tunnels underneath Jerusalem. Along the way, she’ll have to crack a series of clues left by Einstein himself. She’ll have no idea who to trust. And her life will be in constant jeopardy.

But she’ll have to survive. Because she’s the only one who can save the world.

Julian Winters Author Event!

Friday, September 20th  – 7 pm

IT’S PARTY TIME! Julian Winters in conversation with Nic Stone for the release of How to be Remy Cameron.

It’s impossible NOT to love Julian Winters, the local YA author of Running with Lions, so you know we jumped at the chance to host the launch for his next book, How to be Remy Cameron! You can learn more about this wonderful book below. Julian will be in conversation with another dear friend of the shop, Nic Stone. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A and signing. There will also be book giveaways, so get excited and make plans to join us on Friday, September 20 at 7:00!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of How to be Remy Cameron from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about How to be Remy Cameron:

Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He’s the out-and-proud, super-likable guy who friends, faculty, and fellow students alike admire for his cheerful confidence. The only person who isn’t entirely sure about Remy Cameron is Remy himself. Under pressure to write an A+ essay defining who he is and who he wants to be, Remy embarks on an emotional journey toward reconciling the outward labels people attach to him with the real Remy Cameron within.

From the author of the bestselling novel Running With Lions, a story about overcoming the labels that try to define our lives.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (and Llama Llama Storytime)!

Saturday, September 21st  – dropoff between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 22nd  – pickup and storytime at 2 p.m.

Give your favorite stuffed animal the night of a lifetime at Little Shop! Bring them by on Saturday, September 21 between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. We will have a fun slumber party with them and take lots of pictures! On Sunday the 22nd, come by at 1:45 to pick up your friend AND a flash drive full of adorable photos from the sleepover. Stick around for our special Llama Llama costume story time to celebrate the newest Llama Llama book, MESS MESS MESS! There is a limit of one stuffed animal per child, and the cost to participate is $5. Reserve your spot today! Click here for tickets!

Rick Riordan Author Event!

Tuesday, September 24th  – 7 p.m.  – Glenn Memorial Church at Emory University

Rainbow Rowell Author Event!

Thursday, September 26th  – 7 pm   – Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College

Lauren Shippen Author Event!

Saturday, September 28th  – 7 p.m.

From the creator of the AMAZING podcast “The Bright Sessions” comes a YA novel that is not to be missed! Join us for an evening with the amazing Lauren Shippen. Learn more about her first Bright Sessions book, The Infinite Noise, below!

Lauren will be in conversation with Roshani Chokshi!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of The Infinite Noise from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about The Infinite Noise:
Lauren Shippen’s The Infinite Noise is a stunning, original debut novel based on her wildly popular and award-winning podcast The Bright Sessions.

Caleb Michaels is a sixteen-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond “typical.”

Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. Which sounds pretty cool except Caleb’s ability is extreme empathy—he feels the emotions of everyone around him. Being an empath in high school would be hard enough, but Caleb’s life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. Adam’s feelings are big and all-consuming, but they fit together with Caleb’s feelings in a way that he can’t quite understand.

Caleb’s therapist, Dr. Bright, encourages Caleb to explore this connection by befriending Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, his therapist—who seems to know a lot more than she lets on—and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be.