January 23, 2019

march 2019 events


Mike Lowery Illustrator / Author Event!

Saturday, March 16th  – 6 pm

Come spend an evening with author, illustrator, and world traveler Mike Lowery on March 16th at 6pm!

Mike will launch TWO new books: Slightly Jet Lagged, a collection of Mike’s travel sketches, and America’s National Parks, by Lonely Planet. At this all-ages event, Mike will share stories from some of his trips, discuss his practice of keeping a travel sketchbook for over two decades, as well as sign (and draw in) his books.

Mike is a New York Times best-selling (and best smelling) illustrator, and lives right here in Decatur. He has worked on dozens of books for kids and adults, including Mac B Kid Spy by Mac Barnett, The Gingerbread Man: Loose in the School by Laura Murray, and his own title, Random Illustrated Facts.


Purim Storytime

Sunday, March 17th  – 2 pm

The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year in late winter/ early spring. It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the book of Esther. To celebrate, we have a festive dinner, give gifts of food to friends, monetary gifts to the needy, and read the story of the miracle. The miracle of Purim came about in a mysterious, hidden manner (Queen Esther was able to save the Jewish nation because she kept her faith and nationality a secret until exactly the right moment). Because of this, it is customary to “hide” your identity on Purim by dressing up in your favorite costume!

This year, Purim begins on Wednesday night, March 20, and continues through Thursday, March 21 until nightfall.  To kick off the celebrations, Little Shop of Stories will be hosting a Purim story time with Chabad Decatur on Sunday, March 17. We’ll be reading the story of Purim from a 2 foot long, beautifully illustrated children’s book, and giving out delicious Hamantashen (a special pastry believed to be shaped like Haman’s hat). All costumed attendees will receive a prize at the door, and we will be packing Purim food gifts which will be distributed on Purim to Decatur residents who want to celebrate Purim but are not likely to receive a Purim gift on that day.

YA Night with Samira Ahmed and YATL!

Wednesday, March 20th  – 6 pm at the Decatur Library

JUST ANNOUNCED! We are having a YA NIGHT at the Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL with a YA book swap at 6:00, an event with Samira Ahmed in conversation with Julian Winters at 6:30, and then YATL Live at 8:00 with Rebecca Ross, Kati Gardner, Elizabeth Tammi, and Jessica Khoury and Laurel Morrill as the guest host!

BOOK SWAP – 6:00
For the book swap, bring a YA book that you love to share with a new friend!

SAMIRA AHMED IN CONVERSATION WITH JULIAN WINTERS – 6:30
If you ask the staff at Little Shop what books we are most excited for, right at the top of our list is Internment, the newest book by New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed! We are so thrilled to host her in conversation with local author Julian Winters as they discuss this amazing new book. You can learn more about this book below. We hope you can join us for a fun and lively discussion as two great authors talk about their books and everything YA!

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

More about Internment:

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.


Atlanta Science Festival Event

ANIMALS – JUST LIKE US! with Bridget Heos

Friday, March 22nd  – 6 pm

Bridget Heos, author of the Just Like Us! series of books, discusses with kids the various ways that humans share similarities to other living things. Cats enjoy naps. Birds decorate their homes. Fish go to school (and find safety in numbers). Plants drink water. Ants build roads. This just scratches the surface! Books will be available for sale at the event and Bridget will sign them!

This event is free!!!

Check out Bridget’s website for more information.


Bridget Heos Author Event!

Saturday, March 23rd  – 11 am

First it was Mustache Baby. Then it was Mustache Baby Meets His Match. And now it’s Arrr, Mustache Baby!

It’s the third book in Bridget Heos’ funny and surprising Mustache Baby picture book series!

“Wait,” you say, “wasn’t Bridget Heos just at Little Shop of Stories last night as part of the Atlanta Science Festival? Doesn’t she write all these great nonfiction books? She writes picture books as well?!”

Yes, Bridget Heos does it all.

So get up early and come to Little Shop for a morning of facial hair and fun! We’ll have a grrrrrrrrrreat time!

Check out Bridget’s website for more information.


Greg Pizzoli Author Event!

Monday, March 25th  – 5 pm

Greg Pizzoli, yes THE Greg Pizzoli, is coming to Little Shop! We love him for so many delightful picture books, and we can’t wait to add The Book Hog to the list. This newest book is a book-lover’s dream and will be the perfect addition to your library. Learn more about the book below! And be sure to join us for an early evening story time, presentation, and signing. Something to make your Monday BRIGHT!

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

More about The Book Hog:

The Book Hog loves books-the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell-and he’ll grab whatever he can find. There’s only one problem: he can’t read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.

Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli presents a new character who is sure to steal your heart in this picture book full of humorous charm and vivid illustrations.


Events from earlier this month!


Laura Silverman Book Launch!

Sunday, March 3rd  – 3 pm

We love launches. We love local authors. We ESPECIALLY love launches for local authors! We are thrilled to welcome Laura Silverman, the author of Girl Out of Water, back to Little Shop to celebrate the release of her newest YA novel, You Asked for Perfect. Learn more about the new book below, and be sure to join us for a fun celebration, presentation, and signing.

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

More about You Asked for Perfect:

For fans of Adam Silvera and Nina LaCour comes a timely novel about a teen’s struggle when academic success and happiness pull him in opposite directions.

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violinist, dedicated volunteer, active synagogue congregant, and expected valedictorian. And he works hard―really hard―to make his success look effortless. A failed calculus quiz is not part of his plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. But as his grade continues to slide, Ariel realizes he needs help and reluctantly enlists a tutor, his classmate Amir. The two have never gotten along, but Ariel has no other options.

Ariel discovers he may not like calculus, but he does like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.


Nick Bruel Author Event!

Wednesday, March 6th  – 4:30 pm

It’s no secret that Little Shop LOVES Bad Kitty. (We think Nick Bruel is pretty cool, too!) You may recall that Bad Kitty was the winner of our presidential election in 2016 (long may she reign!). So you can imagine that we are over the moon to be hosting Nick Bruel, the creator of Bad Kitty, on his tour for his newest installment, Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble. Learn more about the new title below! And be sure to join us for an after school presentation and signing that is sure to be a hoot.

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble:

There’s terrible news in the neighborhood next to Kitty’s!

A conflict there is growing worse and worse. It started as an argument and has now turned into a full-fledged fight. Worst of all: The cat shelter has been destroyed.

Kitty’s family decides it’s time to do something to help. They have an idea to foster as many displaced kittens as possible.

Kitty won’t mind, right?

Well . . . not exactly. Kitty does seem to mind.

She minds A LOT.

Will our favorite bad-tempered friend learn to share her space, her food, and **GASP!** her toys?

Find out in this hilarious and poignant addition to the Bad Kitty series.


Christian Robinson Author Event!

Thursday, March 7th  – 5:30 pm

Christian Robinson is one of our absolute favorite illustrators, known for gorgeous works such as Last Stop on Market Street and The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade. We couldn’t be more excited that he’s on tour for his first book that’s all his own and that he’s coming to Little Shop along his way! Learn more about his amazing wordless picture book, Another, below. Please join us for an event with this inspiring and award-winning artist! It’s the perfect event for the whole family.

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

More on Another:

In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

What if you…

encountered another perspective?

Discovered another world?

Met another you?

What might you do?


Atlanta Science Festival!

Saturday, March 9th through Saturday, March 23rd

It’s awesome!

Little Shop is hosting a couple of events: one on March 11th and one on the 22nd. See below.

Click here to go to their website and see all the amazing events that will be going on during these two incredible weeks!


Mac Barnett Author Event!

Sunday, March 10th  – 2 pm

Sunday Storytime just got REALLY SPECIAL. Join us during our usual 2:00 storytime hour to meet a very special guest … MAC BARNETT! Mac is one of our favorite authors of picture books (and chapter books, too!), and he’s back at it with Circle, the final book in his shapes trilogy (illustrated by Jon Klassen). Learn more about this latest book below! We hope you can join us for a story time that will be full of laughter and fun.

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

More about Circle:

Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle.

This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.


Atlanta Science Festival Event

EATING BUGS: A GRAPHIC NOVELIST’S PERSPECTIVE! with Blue Delliquanti

Monday, March 11th  – 7 pm

Blue Delliquanti spent years researching and diving into the world of entomophagy (the practice of eating insects) to write her graphic novel Meal. Come hear about her culinary adventures and research process as she tells us all about how Meal came to be. We’ll have scientist and entomophogist Chelsea Thomas there to tell us more about why eating insects should be the wave of the future. And maybe you’ll get to try one of these delightful treats!

There is a fee of $5 per family to attend this event. This includes the free buffet!

This event is being co-sponsored by Air Serenbe.

Tickets can be purchased here. There was an error on the Eventbrite website indicating that sales had ended. There are tickets still available and can be purchased now. We apologize.

Copies of Meal will be available for purchase at the event! Check out Blue’e website here.


Keith O’Brien Author Event!

Wednesday, March 13th  – 6 pm

We love learning about women who dared to defy barriers, and we are thrilled that Keith O’Brien has adapted his book Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History for young readers! Keith O’Brien will be visiting Atlanta, and we can’t wait to have him for an event right here in the shop. We will have copies of the adult and young reader’s editions on hand. Learn more about this amazing book below! And join us for an evening of learning that is fun and exciting and perfect for kids and adults alike!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Fly Girls (adult or young reader’s edition) from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Fly Girls:

Fly Girls is the true story of women willing to risk everything, even their lives, to do the thing they loved. It’s the hidden history of women striving to change the world, despite defeat after defeat. These female fliers – sometimes called “fly girls” – shattered the original glass ceiling, battled injustices which feel all too timely today, fought the men trying to stop them, and ultimately prevailed.

Fly Girls tells of 5 remarkable women who came from all classes and all over the country:

  • Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota;
  • Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee;
  • Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled;
  • Ruth Nichols, society girl from Rye, NY, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family’s expectations.
  • And Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita, Kansas.

Keith O’Brien is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate.

Keith O’Brien Author Event!

Wednesday, March 13th  – 6 pm

We love learning about women who dared to defy barriers, and we are thrilled that Keith O’Brien has adapted his book Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History for young readers! Keith O’Brien will be visiting Atlanta, and we can’t wait to have him for an event right here in the shop. We will have copies of the adult and young reader’s editions on hand. Learn more about this amazing book below! And join us for an evening of learning that is fun and exciting and perfect for kids and adults alike!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Fly Girls (adult or young reader’s edition) from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Fly Girls:

Fly Girls is the true story of women willing to risk everything, even their lives, to do the thing they loved. It’s the hidden history of women striving to change the world, despite defeat after defeat. These female fliers – sometimes called “fly girls” – shattered the original glass ceiling, battled injustices which feel all too timely today, fought the men trying to stop them, and ultimately prevailed.

Fly Girls tells of 5 remarkable women who came from all classes and all over the country:

  • Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota;
  • Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee;
  • Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled;
  • Ruth Nichols, society girl from Rye, NY, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family’s expectations.
  • And Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita, Kansas.

Keith O’Brien is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate.