The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

PODCAST: Otis October 7, 2009

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:56 pm

Otis

by Loren Long

(Philomel, hardcover, $17.99)

Recommended for ages 2-5

This is my favorite picture book of the year! You will fall in love with Otis and his little calf. Long’s illustrations give the book a classic look and feel.

Buy this book from your local independent bookstore.

Listen to the Podcast!

Advertisements
 

PODCAST: Odd and the Frost Giants

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:51 pm

Odd and the Frost Giants

by Neil Gaiman

(HarperCollins, hardcover, $14.99)

Recommended for ages 6-10

This short fable is the perfect introduction to Neil Gaiman for younger readers. Odd may be a cripple, but his bravery and smarts help save his village.

Buy this book from your local independent bookstore.

Listen to the Podcast!

 

PODCAST: Princess Hyacinth

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:48 pm

Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

by Florence Parry Heide, illus. Lane Smith

(Schwartz & Wade, hardcover, $17.99)

Recommended for ages 3-6

What’s a floating princess to do? Your kids will fall in love with Princess Hyacinth, who uses her smarts to solve her sticky situation.

Buy this book from your local independent bookstore.

Listen to the Podcast!

 

PODCAST: The Amanda Project

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 9:42 pm

The Amanda Project: invisible i

by Stella Lennon

(Harper Teen, hardcover, $16.99)

Recommended for ages 12+

In this new interactive series, we try to unravel the mystery of Amanda Valentino. When Amanda goes missing, leaving behind a series of perplexing clues, three of her friends must come together to unravel the mystery. Visit the book’s website for clues to Amanda’s disappearance: http://theamandaproject.com/

Buy this book from your local independent bookstore.

Listen to the Podcast!

 

Seattle Bookstore Tour: Part 3

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 2:50 pm

First up, the Eagle Harbor Book Company! This Bainbridge Island independent recently rearranged its entire store, and it looks great. Manager Paul was on hand to give me a tour. Paul is a former president of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Staff Picks abound at Eagle Harbor. This extensive selection has an eye-catching display near the front of the store.

Staff Picks abound at Eagle Harbor. This extensive selection has an eye-catching display near the front of the store.

EagleHarbor2

I love the colorful letters announcing Eagle Harbor's Children's Section.

I love the colorful letters announcing Eagle Harbor's Children's Section.

We saved Seattle’s most fabled bookstore for last. That would be The Elliott Bay Book Company, of course! What a store.

The Elliott Bay Book Company

The Elliott Bay Book Company

Isn't it glorious?

Isn't it glorious?

I bought a handful of used books at Elliott Bay – I just couldn’t resist! I think I spent about 2 hours there… I could have stayed all day. I love bookstores!

(A note to Seattle bookstore fans: I know I forgot to visit Third Place Books. It was the last store on my schedule but an extra-long daytrip kept me from getting there. I’ll make sure to hit it on my next visit!)

 

Seattle Bookstore Tour: Part 2 October 6, 2009

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 2:50 pm

Oh my gosh, Queen Anne Books. Talk about a gorgeous store. Seriously, I loved this place. Let’s see some pictures!

QueenAnne2

Such a great way to display picture books!

I'm super jealous of Queen Anne's display tables. They do them so well!

I'm super jealous of Queen Anne's display tables. They do them so well!

Check out those pineapples!!

Check out those pineapples!!

More bookstores tomorrow!

 

Seattle Bookstore Tour: Part 1 October 5, 2009

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 9:41 pm

A few weeks ago, I got to go to Seattle to visit one of my best friends from college. Oh, what wonderful bookstores there are in that city!

First up, the book vending machines:

Book Vending Machine featuring Obama's Inaugural Speech, Mysteries, and Pocket Sudoku

Book Vending Machine featuring Obama's Inaugural Speech, Mysteries, and Pocket Sudoku

How great is that!?! I love it.

The first proper bookstore we visited was Lion Heart Book Store, located in Pike Place Market. We met David, who refers to himself as the 5th caretaker of the store, which opened in 1961. This funky store has a mix of new and used titles.

David, caretaker of Lion Heart Book Store

David, caretaker of Lion Heart Book Store

Store number two, also in Pike Place Market, was Golden Age Collectables. This store is heaven for graphic novel and comics fans.

goldenage1

Graphic novel and comics fans will love this selection!

Look at this wall! Delicious.

And up third was Left Bank Books. A Seattle institution since 1973, Left Bank is collectively owned and operated by its workers. It doesn’t get more indie-fabulous than that.

Left Bank Books

LeftBank2

Left Bank Books has a funky interior, filled with art.

Left Bank's very own Kids' Book Corner!

Left Bank's very own Kids' Book Corner!

Stay tuned for photos from Queen Anne Books, Eagle Harbor Book Company, and The Elliott Bay Book Company!