Up There... Old Books for Young Readers

The sense of having nothing to fear but fear itself was never as lovably or humorfully apparent, in my opinion, than in Jon Stone's modern classic The Monster at the End of this Book (Little Golden Books, 1971). In the space of a few pages, Stone unmasks a simple, if exhilarating, story of self-acceptance that suggests our deepest fears might just lead to our deepest selves. Plus, it's fun to do the Grover voice. -Colin 
Seminary Co-op Bookstores are pleased to partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival as the official festival bookseller this year, providing sales at over 50 events around the city this fall! We have handpicked a few events of special note for young readers, and are excited to offer a discount on tickets to bestselling young adult novelists and 2017 National Book Award nominees Erika L. Sánchez and Jason Reynolds. Find details below and a complete list of upcoming CHF events on sale now at a special rate for subscribers at
Erika L. Sánchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Sun. 10/29 2pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater / 77 E. Randolph St.

Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down
Sun. 10/29 4:30pm at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium / 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Using the Co-op promo code: After adding any quantity of Book + Ticket (Public) and/or General Public type tickets to your basket for any one or more of the applicable events, enter the promo code Seminary17 at checkout to receive a member discount ($3 per ticket) on those tickets. 
Events for Young Goblins Readers at 57th Street Books 
(Above) Award-winning illustrator Ed Steckley shows off his and young Rube Goldberg's simply mad inventions in Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017) at 57th Street Books' weekly Saturday Storytime.
Mama Fresh Costume Storytime
Saturday, October 28 10:30am at 57th Street Books

Young ghosts and goblins, werewolves and witches, join Chicago's Mama Fresh, Miss Miranda and Her Banjo, and 57th Street Books' Franny Billingsley for a scary good Costume Storytime on Saturday, October 28! Children and adults are invited to come dressed in costume for spooky stories, songs, and Halloween fun for all ages (especially those 0-6). Learn more about Mama Fresh's Fresh Approach to Mom Life at

Halloween Fun at 57th Street Books
Saturday, October 28 4pm at 57th Street Books

Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to a Halloween Party at 57th Street Books! Come in costume* for a fun-filled night of spooky stories, campfire songs, in store trick-or-treating, sickening stew (à la Macbeth) and more!

Happy Halloween!

* Literary reference appreciated, though not required

South Side Storytime with Jarochicanos
Sunday, October 29 10am at BING Reading Room / 307. E. Garfield Blvd.
It's the last Sunday of the month and South Side Story Time is back with special hosts Jarochicanos! We'll have kid's apparel shopping from Kido and books available for purchase from 57th Street Books. Come meet other parents and caretakers in the neighborhood. Currency Exchange Café will keep you caffienated with coffee on the house and water or juice for your little one. Excited to see you there!
Storytime at the 61st St. Farmers Market
Saturday, November 11, 11:30am at Build Coffee / 6100 S Blackstone Ave.
Join storytellers Bess Cohen and 57th Street Books' Franny Billingsley for our monthly story time at Build Coffee! This month we'll be featuring special guest author Valerie Reynolds reading her new book, The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy!

Come early or stay after to enjoy the 61st Street Farmers Market, South Side Chicago's premier farmers market! 
Penelope March is Melting BOOK LAUNCH with Jeff Ruby
Sunday, November 19 3pm at 57th Street Books
Celebrate the release of Penelope March is Melting, "A freezer full of tasty worldbuilding" (Kirkus), with author and Chicago magazine's chief dining critic Jeff Ruby!

“It is easier to look the other way. But if you do, terrible things can happen."

Eve Bunting
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