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Indie's First Storytime with Ace Atkins and Curious George


Authors and illustrators around the country will volunteer at their favorite independent bookstore to read aloud, to celebrate stories and indie bookstores.

Local author, Ace Atkins, reads 

Readings, activities, costumes, and an appearance by Curious George!
Event date: 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:00am
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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Children's Book Week


We are thrilled to participate in the 95th celebration of Children’s Book Week this year (May 12th-18th).

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

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, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!

 


Children's Book Week Highlights!

Children's Book Week is a truly national celebration, with events taking place from coast to coast.

Square Books Jr. will participate by hosting:

Sarah Frances Hardy, with her new book Paint Me May 10 at 10 a.m.
Laurie Fisher with Where Do the Go on Game Day? May 14 at 10 a.m.
Indie's First Storytime with Curious George and Ace Atkins May 17 at 10 a.m.
Live mannequin readings in the Square Books Jr. window all day Saturday May 17.
Volunteer mannequins can sign up in the store for twenty minute shifts.

History

Children's Book Week originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books. He proposed creating a Children's Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.

Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1944, the newly-established Children's Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children's Book Week. In 2008, Children’s Book Week moved from November to May. At that time, administration of Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creating original materials, was transferred to Every Child a Reader -- a 501 (c)(3) literacy non-profit dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children -- and the Children's Book Council became a CBW anchor sponsor.

Today
The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919, and the task remains the realization of Frederic Melcher’s fundamental declaration: “A great nation is a reading nation.”

Event date: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 10:00am
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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Sarah Frances Hardy signs PAINT ME!

Description


Red, blue, and yellow are just the tip of the iceberg when you have a good imagination. In this colorfully illustrated story, a young girl makes her way through the day--first painting a portrait of her dog, and then painting anything and everything she can find. With a simple, affectionate plot that teaches colors and embraces the "creative process" for many kids, Paint Me offers a message of love and discovery.

Featuring a heartwarming story and simple yet striking illustrations from author and illustrator Sarah Frances Hardy, Paint Me encourages children to explore their creativity and express themselves while learning their primary and secondary colors. For parents who remember reading Harold and the Purple Crayon when they were young, or for those who love more recent books about art such as Beautiful Oops, this is one sweet story you won't want to have missing from your library.
Event date: 
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00am
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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Paint Me! Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781628738131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sky Pony Press - May 20th, 2014

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Lori Nichols signs MAPLE

Description


Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.

When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

About the Author


Lori Nichols spent her childhood in northwestern Pennsylvania surrounded by maple trees. As she grew, so did her love of trees and nature. She now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three free-spirited daughters. Many days you can find Lori and her family under their maple tree, eating lunch, playing kickball or just being loud. Maple is her first picture book.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 10:00am
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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Maple Cover Image
By Lori Nichols, Lori Nichols (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399160851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 20th, 2014

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Jane Nickerson signs THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR

Description


A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest. All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.
When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion.
Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.
From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”

About the Author


For many years, JANE NICKERSON and her family lived in a big old house in Aberdeen, Mississippi, where she worked as the children's librarian at the local public library. She has always loved the South, "the olden days," gothic tales, houses, kids, writing, and interesting villains. Her first novel was Strands of Bronze and Gold, a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale. Jane and her husband now make their home in Ontario, Canada.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 11:00am
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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The Mirk and Midnight Hour Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385752862
Availability: Special Order -- Email or Call for Availability
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

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Andy Griffiths signs THE-26 STORY TREEHOUSE

Description


Andy and Terry live in a 26-story treehouse. (It used to be 13 stories, but they've expanded.) It has a bumper car rink, a skate ramp, an antigravity chamber, an ice cream parlor with 78 flavors, and the Maze of Doom—a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again. Well, not yet, anyway.

This time, the two friends have a whole week to finish their next book, and Andy even knows what it should be about—the story of how he and Terry first met. But, life is NEVER boring in the treehouse, and emergency shark operations, giant storms, and wooden pirate heads are just the beginning….

About the Author


New York Times-bestselling author Andy Griffiths, who wrote The 13-Story Treehouse, What Body Part Is That?, Killer Koalas From Outer Space, The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow, The Cat on the Mat Is Flat, and The Day My Butt Went Psycho! is at his best in these wild storytelling adventures, perfect for readers of all ages, which hit #1 on the Australian bestseller list. 

Terry Denton has worked with Andy on many books, including The 13-Story Treehouse series, and Killer Koalas From Outer Space. He lives in Australia with his wife and three kids.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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The 26-Story Treehouse Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026910
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 1st, 2014

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Storytime with the Grinch


25 Days of Grinchmas will spread good deeds throughout the community, building a sense of togetherness and holiday spirit while supporting local retail shops during the holiday season.

Stop by Square Books, Jr. from November 16 through December 14 to pick up a Grinchmas bingo card. Mark off good deeds done at home, in the community, and at 1 of 28 participating stores around the Square. After you've bingoed, take the card back to Square Books, Jr. and you will receive a "grow your heart three sizes button."

Another way to do good deeds is to purchase a book at 20% discount for Leapfrog and place a heart ornament on the Grinchmas tree. We will have a special storytime on Saturday, December 14th to celebrate all the good deeds done and the Grinch himself will be in attendance.
Event date: 
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:00am
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780394800790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 1957

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