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Up There... Old Books for Young Readers
In spring,
Yellow and Purple hold hands.
They beam at each other
with bright velvet faces.
First flowers,
first friends.

Poet Joyce Sidman's work first popped up in my consciousness in 2016 with the publication of her patiently distilled poem-turned picture book, Before Morning, followed by such glaring triumphs as Round and The Girl Who Drew Butterflies. Of course, Sidman's writing beams much further back, including her Caldecott and Newberry Honor-winning titles, Song of the Water Boatman and Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, respectively.

We've got a song to sing, too, this poetry month, in celebration of our being named winner of the 2019 Pannell Award in the General Bookstore category by the Women's National Book Association, in partnership with Penguin Young Readers Group. This year's jury for the award, presented annually to two bookstores that enhance their communities by fostering a love of reading, cited 57th Street Books' "exceptional passion and creativity," in pursuit of serving young readers on the south side of Chicago. We are humbled and grateful to receive this recognition on behalf of all booksellers working in under-served communities, and we thank you for inspiring and making what we do, not only possible, but
done in joy.

Join the celebration all month long, which like Joyce Sidman's poetry is springing with bright books, events, and high fives you don't want to miss, including Caldecott Honor-winner Vera Brosgol, bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos Adam Rubin, 50 very hungry years with Eric Carle's caterpillar, the return of Sant Jordi's storytime, and Independent Bookstore Day with Mama Fresh. What more could you ask for, and yet, in the words of Joyce Sidman...
New life, new hope! / Bright lemon sun, / yellow as yolk. That and more awaits below. Colin, et al. at 57th Street Books 
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (Houghton Mifflin)
Joyce Sidman, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski

Books for Young Readers

Read With (0-3 years) 
Kahlo's Koalas
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Grace Helmer

From Henri Matisse's monkeys and Jackson Pollock's poodles to Roy Lichtenstein's llamas and Wassily Kandinsky's kangaroos, this beautiful 1-10 counting book provides an imaginative learning experience that will delight adults and children alike. Introduce your little one to some of the world's best artists while teaching them their numbers 1 to 10.
Dr Laura Gehl, illus. by Daniel Wiseman

Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby's world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Oceanographer explores the oceans. With his snorkel and mask, he looks at the animals and plants under the sea.
Read Aloud (3-7 years)
The Band
(Nobrow Press)
Carles Porta

A bohemian Winnie the Pooh for artistic and musical children introduces a new adventure featuring the residents of the Hidden Valley as they figure out how to make friendships work. The third book in Tales from the Hidden Valley series captures the magic and energy of springtime in Spanish creator Carle's Porta's whimsical, folktale style.
High Five
(Dial Books)
Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri

High five author Adam Rubin 4/17 at 57th Street Books! See event details below.

From the creators of the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos. Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next.

Nobody Hugs a Cactus
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Carter Goodrich

Celebrated artist and lead character designer of Brave, Ratatouille, and Despicable Me, Carter Goodrich, shows that sometimes, even the prickliest people—or the crankiest cacti—need a little love.
Dear Boy,
Paris Rosenthal and Jason Rosenthal, illus. by Holly Hatam

The follow-up picture book to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Girl, by beloved children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter, Paris Rosenthal. Dear Boy, is an open love letter to the special boy in your life. Boys, too, need a gentle reminder that they are cool, clever, compassionate, and one of a kind.
The Little Red Stroller
(Dial Books)
Joshua Furst, illus. by Katy Wu

One handy little stroller is passed from family to family in this uplifting picture book celebration of community, diversity, and sharing. When Luna is born, her mommy gives her a little red stroller. It accompanies her and her mommy through all the activities of their day, until she outgrows the stroller and is able to pass it down to a toddler in her neighborhood who now needs it.
Carl and the Meaning of Life
(Viking Books for Young Readers)
Deborah Freedman

From the often Caldecott-buzzed Deborah Freedman, a sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world. Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: "Why?" Carl's quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest
(Greenwillow Books)
Richard Jackson, illus. by Chris Raschka

A surprising, universal, and gorgeously illustrated story about self-acceptance, love, friendship, and the joy of embracing different perspectives, this beautiful picture book by acclaimed author Richard Jackson and two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka presents a puddle with a distinct point of view.
Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts

In Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants, Ada must rely on her curious mind, her brave spirit, and her best pals Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck to solve a mystery in her own backyard. The Questioneers' adventures continue! From #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.
Read Alone (8 and up)
Long Way Down
(Atheneum Books)
Jason Reynolds

"An intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger."—Booklist (starred review)
"Astonishing."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds's electrifying novel that takes place in sixty potent secondsthe time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
The Red Scrolls of Magic
(Margaret K McElderry Books)
Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.
All for One
(G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)
Melissa de la Cruz

“This charming historical romance is a must-read for any fan of Hamilton who felt drawn in, first and foremost, by the sweeping love story.”—Booklist

In this dazzling finale to the trilogy that began with the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, the curtain closes on the epic romance of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
Peter Bognanni

"Hilarious, big-hearted, poignant...An unadulterated triumph."—Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

Movies have always helped Ethan Ashby make sense of the world. So when developers swoop in and say the classic Green Street Cinema is going to be destroyed to make room for luxury condos, Ethan is ready for battle. And so a motley crew of cinema employees comes together to save the place they love
Poetry, Nonfiction & Folk
Blooming Beneath the Sun
(Atheneum Books)
Christina Rossetti, art by Ashley Bryan

The world changes so quickly, but the joy and fun of being a child always remains. Christina Rossetti's classic nursery rhymes have embodied the simple essence of childhood for centuries, and now award-winning illustrator Ashley Bryan brings new life to them with this wonderfully illustrated selection of Rossetti's poetry.
Don't Let Them Disappear
(Philomel Books)
Chelsea Clinton, illus. by Gianna Marino

In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Taking readers through the course of a day, Don't Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely.
Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child
(Henry Holt & Company)
Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis

"Brimming with tension and adventure . . . an excellent addition to storytelling and fairy-tale collections." —School Library Journal

In Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child, Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, combining many different cultural traditions to create one narrative.

Events for Young Readers

Events for Young Readers at 57th Street Books 
Andrea Beaty dazzles the crowd with book #1 in The Questioneers series, Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, October 2, 2018 at 57th Street Books. Spring forth with more inquisitive 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.
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.
Adam Rubin, best-selling author of Dragons Love Tacos, presents High Five
Thursday, April 17 6pm at 57th Street Books
Join us for a rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition—starring YOU! 57th Street Books presents a special reading of High Five with Adam Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically acclaimed picture books, including Dragons Love TacosDragons Love Tacos 2: The SequelSecret Pizza Party, and Robo-Sauce. Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next.
Julie Berry presents Lovely War
Tuesday, April 30 6pm at 57th Street Books
Join acclaimed novelist Julie Berry for a reading and discussion of Lovely War, a sweeping, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates–and the hearts–of four mortals in their hands: 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, 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.
Storytime presents: A Very Hungry Caterpillar's 50th Birthday!
Sat. 4/13 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Dragons, Knights & Royalty, Part III: A St. Jordi's Storytime
Sat. 4/20 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Carolyn Armstrong presents Because of Khalid
Sat. 4/27 3pm at 57th Street Books
Mama Fresh Storytime: IBD Edition
Sat. 4/27 10:30am at 57th Street Books

57th Street Books on the Road

An Evening with Thomas Lennon
Sunday 4/14, 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!

Storytime presents Children's Book Week
Sat. 5/4 10:30am at 57th Street Books
Made by Maxine Storytime with Ruth Spiro
Sat. 5/11 10:30am at 57th Street Books

No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.

Christina Rossetti
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