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Up There... Old Books for Young Readers
(Above) A page from Tomi Ungerer's 1962 children's classic, The Three Robbers

A few days after Alsatian artist and author Tomi Ungerer passed away last month at 87, I read one of his final works at Wednesday storytime, Fog Island; a story itself cloaked in mystery, with a matching palette of blue, gray, and dark brown. Redolent of Hansel and Gretel, siblings Cara and Finn lose and find themselves on a misbegotten journey by curragh to an island they've been warned about. And yet, in characteristic Ungerer-fashion, their eerie adventure can't live without a requisite dose of absurdity, which the Hans Christian Andersen Prize winner valorized in every one of his 140 plus books for children and grownups. As one young reader in attendance observed, the Fog Man's feet were stepping on his own long, white beard, quietly turning a frightening figure into a friend, with an unparaded gesture of delight. "Have you ever noticed how children's attention is drawn by details?" writes Ellen Handler Spitz in The Brightening Glance. "So much meaning comes through the fine points." Ungerer's career, beginning in grade school under German occupation, was devoted to making such meaning available to readers of all ages, in part by recognizing fear as a necessary entryway, perhaps a fog, to courage.

As 57th Street Books quietly celebrates our nomination for the Women's National Book Association's 2019 WNBA Pannell Awards, which "honor bookstores that enhance their communities by using exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading among their young patrons," we want to LOUDLY thank you, our community, for inspiring, challenging, and reading with us. Which is to say, enhancing what we're here to do. Being a bookstore takes courage, and thanks to you we're getting there. 
Colin, et al. at 57th Street Books 
Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books (Phaidon Press)
Tomi Ungerer

Books for Young Readers

Read With (0-3 years) 
Wild Baby
Cori Doerrfeld

As her baby goes on a mad dash through the jungle, it’s up to mama to make sure the curious little orangutan doesn’t get into too much trouble. With a simple, playful rhyme, this adorable and humorous story illustrates the oftentimes chaotic but always loving bond between parent and child.
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Christian Robinson

Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

    What if you…
another perspective?
another world?
another you?
Read Aloud (3-7 years)
Lubna and Pebble
(Dial Books)
Wendy Meddour, illus. by Daniel Egnéus

Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does. This emotionally stirring and stunningly illustrated picture book explores one girl's powerful act of friendship in the midst of an unknown situation.
A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks
(Sterling Children's Books)
Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by Xia Gordon

With a voice both wise and witty, Gwendolyn Brooks crafted poems that captured the urban Black experience and the role of women in society. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and ultimately published 20 books of poetry, two autobiographies, and one novel. Alice Faye Duncan has created her own song to celebrate Gwendolyn’s life and work, illuminating the tireless struggle of revision and the sweet reward of success.

The Collectors
(Greenwillow Books)
Jacqueline West

Even the smallest wish can be dangerous. That’s why the Collectors are always keeping watch.

The Collectors sweeps readers into a hidden world where wishes are stolen and dreams have a price. Fast-paced, witty, and riveting, this contemporary fantasy adventure has magic woven through every page.
(Katherine Tegen Books)
Corey Ann Haydu

“Readers will feel for the brave, unconventional Elodee, who both affirms her individuality but also feels the loneliness of it... A hope-tinged tale about the long aftermath of tragedy.”ALA Booklist

The world tilted for Elodee this year, and now it’s impossible for her to be the same as she was before. So when Elodee’s mom gets a new job in Eventown, moving seems like it might just fix everything. Everything may be “even” in Eventown, but is there a price to pay for perfection—and pretending?
Read Alone (8 and up)
Forever, or a Long, Long Time
Caela Carter

A Kirkus Best Book of 2017 • An ALA Notable Book

Flora and her brother, Julian, don’t believe they were born. They’ve lived in so many foster homes, they can’t remember where they came from. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past—for only then can they really begin to build their future.
Comics Will Break Your Heart
(Roaring Brook Press)
Faith Erin Hicks

"The plentiful references to comics and conventions will delight fans new and old." —Booklist

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).
(Viking Books for Young Readers)
Laurie Halse Anderson

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying.
Lovely War
(Viking Books for Young Readers)
Julie Berry

Save the date: Julie Berry presents Lovely War Tue. 4/30 at 57th Street Books!

A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love.
On the Come Up
(Balzer + Bray)
Angie Thomas

The highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Ben Brooks, illus. by Quinton Wintor
A New York Times bestseller
Boys can be anything they want to be! This timely book joins and expands the gender-role conversation and gives middle-grade boys a welcome alternative message: that masculinity can mean many things.
The Bluest of Blues
(Harry N. Abrams)
Fiona Robinson

A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkins--the first person to ever publish a book of photography. Weaving together histories of women, science, and art, The Bluest of Blues will inspire young readers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and creativity.
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
(W.W. Norton & Company)
Neil deGrasse Tyson, with Gregory Mone

From the difference between a star and a supernova to what matter and dark matter really are, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry will turn young people into budding experts on the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe. Along the way, Tyson’s characteristic wit ensures a journey packed with fun.
This Promise of Change
(Bloomsbury Children's Books)
Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history.
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder
(Lerner Publishing Group)
Ni Jun

“The stories move gracefully between reality and fantasy, a bit like Miyazaki movies, but sweeter.”—The New York Times Book Review

Yu’er and her grandpa live in a small neighborhood in Beijing—and it’s full of big personalities. There’s a story around every corner, and each day has a hint of magic.


Events for Young Readers

Events for Young Readers at 57th Street Books 
Lettering artist and author Jessica Hische signs copies of her debut picture book, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave. Don't wait to boldly go where no reader has gone before with Chicago's YA Superstar Samira Ahmed, a trip to the moon, and more out of this world events for young readers below!
Samira Ahmed presents Internment
Sunday, March 31st 3pm at 57th Street Books
New York Times bestselling and ABA "Indies Introduce" selection, Samira Ahmed joins us to discuss her new story of a terrifying, futuristic United States where Muslim citizens are forced into internment camps. With the help of newly-made friends also trapped within the camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment questions the imaginary boundaries that separate us and challenges readers to fight the complicit silence that exists in our society today.
Suzanne Slade presents Daring Dozen
Thursday, March 14 6pm at 57th Street Books
Join us for a reading with Suzanne Slade, engineer by degree and award-winning author of more than 100 books for children, who will present Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon, illustrated by Alan Marks. Young space enthusiasts and future astronauts welcome! Slade will be sharing free "Space Selfies" and a "To the Moon" quiz. Come and participate for a chance to win a bookmark with an actual moon rock.
Storytime with Caldecott Medalist Vera Brosgol
Saturday, April 6 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Join us for a very special storytime with Caldecott Medalist Vera Brosgol, reading from her new book The Little Guys. The Little Guys might be small, but they aim to be mighty. As they head off to find breakfast, they can conquer anything through teamwork—cross deep waters, dig through obstacles, and climb the tallest trees. Nothing can stop them! But as they begin to amass more than they need, the creatures in the forest ponder—what happens when no one can stop the Little Guys? This slyly funny and rambunctious read-aloud explores how strength in numbers only works when the whole community unites together.
Storytime with Lara Musard - The Syrup Book
Sat. 3/2 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Logan Center Family Saturdays - Children's Bookathon
Sat. 3/2 2pm at Logan Center for the Arts
Storytime with Jay Fleck - Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
Sat. 3/9 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Storytime with Alice McGinty - Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World
Sat. 3/16 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Katy Loutzenhiser presents If You're Out There
Thu. 3/21 6pm at 57th Street Books
South Side Story TimeArts + Public Life
Sun. 3/31 10am at the Greenline Performing Arts Center

57th Street Books on the Road

An Evening with Thomas Lennon
Monday 3/11, 7:30pm at Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre | 1022 Lake Street
Oak Park native Thomas Lennon brought Reno 911!'s Lt. Dangle and The Odd Couple's Felix Unger to life. Now, the noted screenwriter of the Night at the Museum franchise presents the first book in a new saga, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents’ innocence. Fast paced, action packed, and completely hilarious, this is the start to an exciting new middle-grade series. Purchase tickets here!

Coming Soon!

Adam Rubin, best-selling author of Dragons Love Tacos, presents High Five
Wed. 4/17 6pm at 57th Street Books
Rachel DeWoskin presents Someday We Will Fly
Wed. 5/1 6pm at the Co-op

"As far as I can go back, I feel fear. Fear of life. And this is good because once you have fear, you have to discover courage."

Tomi Ungerer
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