Up There... Old Books for Young Readers
What do 57th Street Storytellers Franny & Colin and Dragons have in common? A love of tacos, of course. And other farm fresh foods, too. Savor summer's remains on Saturday, August 18, as 57th Street Books and Mama Fresh take Storytime outdoors and on the road for a Farm Fresh Storytime at Antique Taco Bridgeport (and find more upcoming events for hungry minds below). On the table is Franny's reissued classic, modern fable, Farmer Duck, in which a loutish farmer is ousted by a company of farm friends determined to share in the labor and fun. Find this and more summer reads to see you through Labor Day in store and below, and don't forget to signup for our Summer Reading Challenge here or in store for a special invitation to our September 15 Pizza Party with Medici on 57th! 
Farmer Duck 25th Anniversary Edition (Candlewick Press) 
Martin Waddell, Helen Oxenbury 
Read Aloud (3-7 years) 
The Ugly Five (Scholastic Press) 
Julia Donaldson, illus. by Axel Scheffler 

Who's that singing on the savannah? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's (Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo) brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

What's Your Favorite Bug
(Henry Holt & Company)
Eric Carle and Friends 

In this companion to What's Your Favorite Animal? and What's Your Favorite Color?, Eric Carle and fourteen other beloved children's book artists illustrate their favorite bugs and explain why they love them.
Read Alone (8-12 years) 
Ghost Boys (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) 
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world. 

Blue Window (Candlewick Press) 
Adina Rishe Gewirtz

From acclaimed author Adina Rishe Gewirtz comes a riveting novel in the vein of C. S. Lewis and E. Nesbit, full of nuanced questions about morality, family, and the meaning of home. When siblings Susan, Max, Nell, Kate, and Jean tumble one by one through a glowing cobalt window, they find themselves outside their cozy home -- and in a completely unfamiliar world where everything looks wrong and nothing makes sense. Soon, an ancient prophecy leads them into battle with mysterious forces that threaten to break the siblings apart even as they try desperately to remain united and find their way home.
“This is the book my teen self would have loved, and my adult self immediately obsessed over. I turned the pages of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing so quickly the pads of my thumbs were worn smooth by the time I finished it. It provokes the mind, tickles the spirit, and April May is the terribly relevant young protagonist we’ve been waiting for.” Ashley C. Ford, writer

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green--cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow--spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.

This fall's most anticipated YA release is coming September 25, but you can pre-order your signed copy from 57th Street Books today! Signed stock is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Reserve your copy here
Events for Young Readers at 57th Street Books 
NOLA-bred books and beignets were on the menu July 11 with Caldecott Honor Winner Bryan Collier (above), who read and discussed his award-winning love letters to New Orleans, Trombone Shorty and The 5 O'Clock Band, along with original art from his storied career in children's literature. Miss the event? Don't sweat. Pick up a signed copy and save the date for these upcoming events for young readers at 57th Street Books! 
Farm Fresh Storytime with Mama Fresh 
Saturday, August 18 12pm at Antique Taco Bridgeport / 1000 W. 35th St. 
Join Mama Fresh & 57th Street Books as we take our Storytime on the road! We are joining our friends Antique Taco, Sod Room, Sarah Jayne Lane Music and Big City Readers for a Farm Fresh Storytime! This Kid Market celebrates little kids doing big things! We can't wait to see you for crafts + food + cool stuff.
Storytime with Ruth Spiro
Saturday, September 8 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Join Ruth Spiro, author of the popular Baby Loves Science board book series for a special storytime to celebrate the latest books in the series, Baby Loves Gravity! and Baby Loves Coding!
Christina Matula presents The Shadow in the Moon: A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival 
Sunday, September 16 11:30am at 57th Street Books
Join Christina Matula for The Shadow in the Moon: A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a unique blend of traditional folklore and contemporary customs that brings the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival to life. Purchase your copy and receive a complimentary, limited edition tote, available for in store pickup or (optional) mail order, while supplies last. 
The Children's Book Fair of Hyde Park 
Sunday, September 16 11-5pm / 1300 E. 57th St. 
Celebrate 31 years with the Children's Book Fair of Hyde Park, a free festival featuring book vendors, authors, dance groups, musicians and cultural organizations, as it triumphantly returns to 57th Street! Browse and purchase new and rare books, meet authors and receive a free signed copy of their book (while supplies last), make and take crafts, and enjoy storytelling from some of the areas best tellers! Arrive by noon to join the parade of storybook characters!
Jan Jacobi presents Young Lincoln, in conversation with Steve Chapman 
Saturday, September 22 3pm at 57th Street Books
Journey down the Mississippi with Lincoln enthusiast and educator Jan Jacobi and the Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman for a look at the life of Young Lincoln, a novel about Abraham Lincoln as a boy that brings history to life. 
Epic Reads Meet-Up  
Wednesday, September 26 6pm at 57th Street Books
Get ready to book shimmy and join celebrated YA authors Kristen Ciccarelli (The Caged Queen)Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire) & Ibi Zoboi (Pride) for an epic event unlike any other! The format is "speed-dating style": authors will rotate and talk with each small group of 10-12 people, allowing for intimate, candid conversations 

Please note: this is a ticked event. Tickets include your choice of one of our three Epic Reads authors' books. Find tickets, book options, and more info here.
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From A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) 

Two sisters and their grandmother celebrate a popular Chinese holiday with family. Their favorite part? Mooncakes, of course––along with Ah-ma's story of the ancient Chinese tale of Hou Yi, a brave young archer, and his wife, Chang'E. A long, long time ago, Hou Yi rescued the earth from the heat of ten suns. The Immortals rewarded him with a magic potion that could let him live in the sky with them forever. But when a thief tries to steal the potion, what will Chang'E do to keep it out of dangerous hands? The sisters are mesmerized by Ah-ma's retelling and the fact that the very mooncakes they enjoy each holiday are a symbol of this legend's bravest soul.

Christina Matula's The Shadow in the Moon: A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival comes to 57th Street Books on Sunday, September 16. Read ahead and learn more about this harvest festival with selections from Matula's recommended Mid-Autumn Festival reading list:

A new book by author illustrator Grace Lin, it tells an original story of young Little Star and her love of mooncakes, combined with a clever way to explain the phases of the moon.

Another favorite by Grace Lin.  The book depicts a modern day family and their traditions for their Mid-Autumn Festival gathering.

  •  Mooncakes by Loretta Seto. illus. by Renné Benoit

A young girl and her parents celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and her parents tell her three Chinese legends around the moon:  Chang’e, the Lady in the Moon; Wu-gang the Woodcutter; and the Jade Rabbit.

This is a great resource for legends behind popular Chinese holidays, with recipes and ideas for crafts to go along with them.  The section of the Mid-Autumn Festival covers the origins of the festival, the legend of Hou Yi and Chang’e, a mooncake recipe, and recounts an interesting story about the role of mooncakes in overthrowing invading Mongols.

Two young sisters in a modern day setting listen to their grandmother tell them the tale of the of the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival, complete with a brave archer, a magic potion, and the Lady in the Moon. 

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