February 15, 2021

april 2021 events

Kelly Jordan Virtual Event!

Thursday, April 1st at 6 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


Kelly Jordan is BACK, friends! The fabulous local author of The Blue Cottage returns with another gentle and delightful picture book, Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle, and we can’t wait to celebrate her, virtually! Kelly will also be stopping by the shop to sign and personalize copies, so order yours today at the link below. Be sure to put your personalization details in the order comments. You CAN order multiple copies with different personalizations, should you wish to give the book as a gift!

Purchase Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtlehttps://littleshopofstories.indielite.org/book/9781645671527

More about Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle:

Young readers will witness rare and extraordinary natural event as a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell. With nothing but the light of the moon to act as a guide, readers will follow the newborn turtles’ harrowing attempts to outpace a series of predators on their march toward the glistening shore. After only narrowly avoiding hungry crabs, owls, and foxes, the turtle rides ocean waves to a calm clearing. Following a moment of peace in the still ocean water, the turtle joins the rest of its pack on a dive into the moonlit sea to continue the voyage home.

Told with a beautiful, lyrical rhyming sequence, this book introduces readers to the birth cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle. Through the newborn turtle’s eyes, both kids and adults will marvel at the majestic, and sometimes dangerous seaside landscape from a perspective rarely seen before.

ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD Virtual Launch with Roshani Chokshi and Shannon Messenger!

Monday, April 5th at 7 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


Want a signed/personalized copy of Aru Shah and the City of Gold? Order at the link below and put your personalization details in the order comments! We can ship domestically and internationally. If this is an international order, email info@littleshopofstories.com for assistance.

ARU SHAH IS BACK! We can’t wait to celebrate the fourth installment of the Pandava series, Aru Shah and the City of Gold, with author Roshani Chokshi in conversation with Shannon Messenger! Join us for what’s sure to be a BLAST of a conversation on Facebook Live on Monday, April 5 at 7pm/ET. Learn more about the book below and mark your calendars NOW!

More about Aru Shah and the City of Gold:

Best-selling author Rick Riordan Presents the penultimate book in the Pandava series by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi.

Aru Shah and her sisters–including one who also claims to be the Sleeper’s daughter–must find their mentors Hanuman and Urvashi in Lanka, the city of gold, before war breaks out between the devas and asuras.

Aru has just made a wish on the tree of wishes, but she can’t remember what it was. She’s pretty sure she didn’t wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper’s daughter, like her.

Aru also isn’t sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The gods have been too devious up to now. Case in point: Kubera, ruler of the city of gold, promises to give the Pandavas two powerful weapons, but only if they win his trials. If they lose, they won’t stand a chance against the Sleeper’s troops, which will soon march on Lanka to take over the Otherworld.

Aru’s biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they’ve done before she has to wage the battle of her life?

Filled with wondrous magic, unforgettable creatures, manipulative gods, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, this fourth book in the Pandava series, a fantasy adventure loosely based on mythology, will leave readers wishing they could read the finale right now.

Amira’s Picture Day Virtual Event with Reem Faruqi and Fahmida Azim!!

Monday, April 12th at 5 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


From the local author of Little Shop favorite Lailah’s Lunchbox comes another beautiful picture book, Amira’s Picture Day! Join Reem Faruqi and illustrator Fahmida Azim for a virtual event to celebrate this important and fun story. All copies purchased from Little Shop of Stories will come with a signed bookplate! Learn more about this delightful book and check out how to order below.

Order Amira’s Picture Dayhttps://littleshopofstories.indielite.org/book/9780823440191

More about Amira’s Picture Day:

Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can’t wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There’s just one hiccup: it’s also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once?

Just the thought of Eid makes Amira warm and tingly inside. From wearing new clothes to handing out goody bags at the mosque, Amira can’t wait for the festivities to begin. But when a flier on the fridge catches her eye, Amira’s stomach goes cold. Not only is it Eid, it’s also school picture day. If she’s not in her class picture, how will her classmates remember her? Won’t her teacher wonder where she is?

Though the day’s celebrations at the mosque are everything Amira was dreaming of, her absence at picture day weighs on her. A last-minute idea on the car ride home might just provide the solution to everything in this delightful story from acclaimed author Reem Faruqi, illustrated with vibrant color by Fahmida Azim.

Ramadan Story Time with M.O. Yuksel and Hatem Aly in conversation with Rahim Snow!

Sunday, April 18th at 2 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


We are thrilled to continue one of our FAVORITE Little Shop traditions, virtually, and with some very special guests! Join us for Ramadan Story Time on Sunday, April 18 at 2pm/ET on Facebook Live. In addition to local author and friend of the shop Rahim Snow, we are honored to welcome M.O. Yuksel and Hatem Aly, the creators of the new picture book In My Mosque. Whether Ramadan is a tradition you celebrate with your family or you’d like to learn more, we invite ALL children to read and celebrate with us. Learn more about IN MY MOSQUE below, and mark your calendars to tune in on 4/18!

Order In My Mosquehttps://littleshopofstories.indielite.org/book/9780062978707

More about In My Mosque:

Step in and discover all the rituals and wonder of the mosque in this lyrical debut picture book from M. O. Yuksel, with gorgeous artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator Hatem Aly. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom, this book is perfect for fans of All Are Welcome and The Proudest Blue.

No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone is welcome here. From grandmothers reading lines of the Qur’an and the imam telling stories of living as one, to meeting new friends and learning to help others, mosques are centers for friendship, community, and love.M. O. Yuksel’s beautiful text celebrates the joys and traditions found in every mosque around the world and is brought to life with stunning artwork by New York Times bestselling illustrator Hatem Aly (Yasmin series, The Proudest Blue, The Inquisitor’s Tale). The book also includes backmatter with an author’s note, a glossary, and more information about many historical and significant mosques around the world.

Becky Albertalli in conversation with Julian Winters!

Tuesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. EDST

We’ve been waiting for Kate in Waiting! YA Fan Favorite Becky Albertalli has a new book, and we are thrilled to help launch it! Becky will be in conversation with fellow author and friend, Julian Winters on Tuesday, April 20th at 7pm ET on Zoom.


Webinar Only – FREE. Comes with a link to the exclusive Zoom webinar on 4/20 at 7pm/ET.

Pre-Order Book Bundle: $22. Comes with a personalized, signed copy of Kate in Waiting (to be shipped/picked up after it’s released on April 20)and a link for the exclusive Zoom webinar on 4/20 at 7pm/ET.

Both domestic and international shipping are available. See Eventbrite for details!

Here’s more about Kate in Waiting:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and rom-com queen Becky Albertalli comes a buoyant new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life, and, yes, theater.

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

Paddy Donnelly Virtual Event!

Thursday, April 22nd at 5 p.m. EDST on Facebook Live


Hooray! Author and illustrator Paddy Donnelly will be joining us all the way from across the pond to celebrate the release of his latest picture book, The Vanishing Lake! Join us for reading, drawing, and FUN. All copies purchased from Little Shop of Stories will come with a SIGNED BOOKPLATE, and we can ship domestically and internationally. Learn more about this wonderful book below, and mark your calendars for 4/22!

Order The Vanishing Lakehttps://littleshopofstories.indielite.org/book/9781953458032

More about The Vanishing Lake:

A captivating tale that celebrates a young girl’s determination, a granddad’s wisdom, and the fantastical wonders of the natural world.

Something mysterious is happening at Lake Loughareema. There are days the lake is beautiful, shimmering, and full. And then there are other days . . . where the lake is completely empty. Meara asks her granddad WHY the water disappears, but every time he blames far-fetched culprits: Narwals! Mermaids! Giants! Unsatisfied with these wild tales, Meara sets out to look under every pebble and search every hill—exploring the entire island to uncover the truth for herself. Little does she know the answer is much larger than she realizes, and it might just take stepping back and opening her eyes to the impossible to discover the magic of Lake Loughareema.

From debut author-illustrator Paddy Donnelly comes a captivating tale celebrating a young girl’s determination, a granddad’s wisdom, and the fantastical wonders of the natural world.

Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Independent Bookstore Day is a national celebration of indie bookstores and all they do for our communities. We hope you’ll join us! We’ll have guest authors, really cool book merch ONLY available through participating bookstores, and lots of books to share!