Boy, have I got lovely news for valentines of all ages! Curious George will be participating in Kids Heart Authors Day, on this Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th. Authors and illustrators will be gathering at independent bookstores throughout New England to sign books and talk about their writing and drawing. The event will take place between 10 am and 12 pm. Stay tuned for details on which of your favorite children's and YA authors and illustrators we will be hosting!
In book news, we finally have Wabi Sabi (by author Mark Reibstein and illustrator Ed Young) back in stock! I've heard some book club folks predicting this could be a serious Caldecott contender, so be sure to take a peek and form your own opinion before the awards are announced at the end of this month. You can find it on our features table, alongside Free to Be...You and Me, Our White House, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. River of Words, the story of William Carlos Williams, is still on order, despite how many people are still pining for it! We are also sad to announce to fantasy-adventure super-fans that a staff favorite, Kristin Cashore's Graceling, is out of stock at the publisher. We have one copy left as I write this, so you better act quick! They are already reprinting it, so we can only hope that it will back before we go into withdrawal. Jeff Kinney's third installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Last Straw, is practically marching its way off the shelf, so let's just hope that the publisher keeps up with the frenetic demand.
This month is so full of anticipation and excitement! In addition to the Newbery and Caldecott medals and the arrival of The Last Straw, there are bound to be inauguration parties (or Obama-Rama, if you want to get extra festive about it). Check out Rachel's round-up of all things Barack here so you're prepared!