Hicklebee’s located at 1378 Lincoln Ave. in San Jose, CA is the ultimate children and young adult bookstore. At Indie Store Finder, Hicklebee’s says this about themselves; “[We] do almost anything to get books into the hands and minds of children.” Any educator and/or parent knows how important a task that is and any bookstore that has been around since 1979 and has the caliber of events and book titles that Hicklebee’s does, deserves to be recognized.
Even though the lazy days of summer are coming to an end, there are plenty of good times to look forward to in the world of children’s literature. The following events are taking place at Hicklebee’s now through October 2010. Check the store’s website for more information or call the store at (408) 292-8880.
Margi Preus will visit Hicklebee’s on Thursday, August 26 from 3 – 4:30 pm. Her newest historical fiction title for young adults is Heart of a Samurai, a story of a group of Japanese fishermen picked up by a passing American ship in 1841. The book is based on a true story. Other titles for children by Margi Preus include The Peace Bell and The Legend of the Lady Slipper.
Doris Dillon Day will take place on Monday, August 30. Twenty percent (20%) of all sales at Hicklebee’s on this day will go to the ALS Foundation and the Doris Dillon Library at Graystone School. This is an annual event that honors the woman who served as a teacher and librarian and inspired a love of books in all she met.
The Teen Book Swap will take place at Hicklebee’s on Wednesday, September 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $8. Space is limited for this fun event at which Heidi Kling, author of The Sea, will appear as a special guest. Each attendee is asked to bring a book they enjoyed but are willing to part with to exchange with another teen. Pizza, music and the opportunities to win Advanced Reader Copy books, in addition to 10% savings on all purchases made during the event are all planned.
Author of Liar, Liar Pants On Fire, Zoobreak, and the soon-to-be-released Framed, among others, Gordon Korman, will be visiting Hicklebee’s on Tuesday, September 21 from 3 – 4:30 pm. Griffin Bing is once again the main character in Framed. This time Griffin is dealing with a tough new principal. A Super Bowl ring is stolen from the school’s trophy case and Griffin’s retainer is left in its place! Will Griffin be able to find out who actually stole the ring before he ends up in serious trouble?
Rosemary Wells, author of more than 120 children’s books including the Max and Ruby books, the McDuff books, and historical fiction for older children has two new books she will share with Hicklebee’s patrons. Ms. Wells will be visiting Hicklebee’s on Saturday, October 16 from 2:30 – 4 pm to introduce fans to these two new releases recommended for readers 7 – 14. My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood tells the story of Dino, whose family must move to New York when the Communist Party takes over Cuba. On the Blue Comet is written by Bagram Ibatoulline and illustrated by Rosemary Wells; it brings together the story of trains, the Great Depression, and a boy in search of his father.
On Thursday, October 21, from 3 – 4:30 pm, author Peter Sis will be visiting Hicklebee’s. Peter Sis is the author of such books as The Tree of Life, Starry Messenger, and Madlenka. His newest release, Madlenka, Soccer Star reunites readers with Madlenka and the city block where she lives and plays. She has a new soccer ball and everyone wants to join her in a game. Madlenka is the true soccer star, though!
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