Children's Book Week Events

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.


HELP PROMOTE LITERACY BY READING 20 MINUTES A DAY -- As part of our Children's Book Week Celebration, we will be competing in a national book display competition and we need your help! Please sign up to participate in our live mannequin display to run all Saturday, May 18th beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will sit in the display window at Square Books, Jr. for 20 minute intervals throughout the day. E-mail or come by the store to sign up.

This year, Square Books, Jr. is an official event host site for the 94th annual celebration of Children's Book Week. On Saturday, May 18th at 10 am, come to a special storytime and meet the infamous Bad Kitty, live and in person! Cat food will be served.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, librarie, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!

Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

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Signed copies of From Midnight to Guntown at Square Books

Square Books' current # 1 bestseller is the new book by John Hailman, From Midnight to Guntown, a collection of fascinating and often hilarious true crime stories based on the author's 34 years of experience as a federal prosecutor.   
     Hailman, a one-time journalist with a nationally syndicated wine column and the author of Thomas Jefferson on Wine, and presently an Overby Fellow at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi, applies his excellent writing skills to this marvelous new book. Check out this fun fifteen minute interview with Steve Yates of the University Press of Mississippi -- and call Square Books for your copy, signed or inscribed, as you wish. A great gift in this season for grads, moms, or dads, so don't forget to ask for our free gift wrapping.

Celebrate Screen Free Week

Turn off your laptops and Ipads and cozy up next to a reading lamp with a good book. Across the USA people are participating in Screen Free Week (April 29-May 5) by Unplugging and Reading a book, out loud or to yourself. Just read already.

Wednesday Storytime will feature a reading from Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino. Don't miss it at 10 a.m. Soem other great titles for Screen Free Week are Duck & Goose, Goose Needs A Hug by Tad Hills, Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Rashka, and Bluebird by Bob Staake.

Hot Type & Love Stories -- Cool Reads Soon at Off Square Books

Paperback originals have a way of sneaking up on us, so here is fair warning we soon will be hosting two authors of paperback originals -- a great way to meet exciting authors of new books at affordable prices.

On Monday, April 29, debut novelist Rhonda Riley will be here with The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope (Ecco, $15.99). Booksellers here say they are reminded of The Time Traveler's Wife and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and Lauren Groff makes comparisons to Alice Munro and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, saying the novel is "the most resonant and touching love story I've read in a very long time."

Then on Thursday, May 2, Ben Greenman will read from The Slippage (Harper Perennial, $14.99), a romantic novel about mid-life marriage that Karen Russell calls "relentlessly funny." Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and has written three story collections and two previous novels, Superworse and Please Step Back.   
Enter these two dates in your calendar for promising events.

2nd Annual World Book Night

In partnership with the Lafayette County Literacy Council, Square Books celebrated the second annual U.S. World Book Night on Tuesday. World Book Night provides an opportunity to give books to those who have limited access or exposure to literature.  Over 25 local volunteers went out into the community to share the experience of reading with others by giving away approximately 600 books. Some of the recipients were the Boys and Girls Club of Batesville, Oxford’s More Than a Meal program, members of the Oxford-Lafayette and Pontotoc libraries, residents of Hermitage and Azalea Gardens, women at the Lafayette County Detention Center, and high school students in Oxford, Como, and Marks, MS.

A reception was held at Off Square Books on Friday for the volunteers to meet one another and share their plans for giving away their books. A big thank you to everyone who participated and to all the authors who waived royalties as well as the many companies who paid for printing costs to make World Book Night a success. We look forward to an even bigger WBN next year!