Children's Events

Theodore Boone & the Thrill of Rights (play)

This event will be held at the Lafayette County Courthouse at 6 p.m. It's free and open to the public. 

We are thrilled to be hosting "Theodore Boone & the Thrill of Rights," an interactive traveling bus tour based on John Grisham's Theodore Boone series. During the show, the audience will learn basic concepts of the American justice system while being introduced to the world and characters of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. The performance will include sound effects, interactive skits and games, and audience members will act as a jury. A poster signing will follow the show.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142417225
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 3rd, 2011

Tom Angleberger signs DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK: An Origami Yoda Book

Time for this event is 4 p.m.

Tom Angleberger’s Strange Case of Origami Yoda was hailed as “delightful” by the New York Times and called “the most original novel of the year” by the Boston Globe. Angleberger is also the author of Horton Halfpott. His website is He lives in Christianburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author-illustrator Cece Bell.

About the book: The hilarious, clever, and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda!

It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoda–related humiliations, Harvey manages to get Dwight suspended from school for being a “troublemaker.” Origami Yoda pleads with Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by making a new case file—one that will show how Dwight’s presence benefits McQuarrie. With the help of their friends, Tommy and Kellen record cases such as “Origami Yoda and the Pre-eaten Wiener,” “Origami Yoda and the Exploding Pizza Bagels,” and “Origami Yoda and Wonderland: The Musical.” But Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet have a secret plan that could make Dwight’s suspension permanent . . .

With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy sequel to his breakout bestseller.




Darth Paper Strikes Back (Origami Yoda #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419700279
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - August 23rd, 2011

Eric Litwin & James Dean signs PETE THE CAT: Rocking in My School Shoes

This event will be held at Off Square Books at noon. 

Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, harmonica-blowing, national-award-winning, fun and folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He is also a co-founder of The Learning Groove™, a dynamic early music education company. Eric has recorded several award-winning children's music CDs. This is Eric's first picture book.

About the book: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song . . . because it's all good.

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By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
ISBN: 9780061910241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 26th, 2011


Otis creator and author Loren Long will be signing at Square Books, Jr. on Thursday, September 8. Time for this event is 10:30 a.m.

About the book: Otis and his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day playing their favorite game, follow-the-leader. The bull, however, has no interest in playing and stays in his pen, where he delights in intimidating the other animals.

Suddenly the day turns frightening: the birds stop chirping, the wind picks up, and the sky turns dark and stormy. It's a tornado! Otis rouses a game of follow-the-leader to get all of the farm animals safe and sound in the dried-up riverbanks of Mud Creek. But Otis hears a cry in the distance - it's the bull, still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.

This brand-new adventure is a perfect accompaniment to any Otis lover's bookshelf and story time.

Otis and the Tornado Cover Image
By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399254772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - September 6th, 2011

Alex & Hal Malchow sign THE SWORD OF DARROW

In a magical realm filled with creatures of every possible shape and size, war is brought upon the peaceful kingdom of Sonnencrest by evil goblin King Malmut. Princess Babette, the only surviving member of the royal family, manages to escape and seeks refuge with Asterux, a powerful wizard who agrees to teach Babette magic, and who disguises her as an ugly gypsy girl to protect her from King Malmut’s thugs.

Ten years later, Babette must use the magic she has learned to help aid the kingdom’s only hope at defeating the goblins’ horrible reign: Darrow, a lame boy who can barely pick up a sword but has a great gift for inspiring others. With Babette’s unseen help, Darrow begins a journey to free his country once and for all and bring peace back to Sonnencrest.

Written by a father and his then eight- year-old son who struggled with a learning disability at the time, "The Sword of Darrow" is an enjoyable adventure that shows how even the unlikeliest of heroes can rise up against injustice.

Kate DiCamillo EVENT at Off Square Books

We're excited to announce that Newberry award-winning author, Kate
DiCamillo will be coming to Square Books, Jr. in May. DiCamillo is the
author of some of our favorite children's books including The Magician's Elephant, The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, Great Joy, the Mercy Watson series and many, many more. You don't want to miss this event with one of today's best children's authors. 

The Magician's Elephant Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763644109
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2009


Artist Alex Beard, author of the The Jungle Grapevine, brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears.

The monkeys that live at the foot of the Mbuno Hills in Africa love to play games. One day while playing Elephant in the Middle with their large friend, their ball, a nut from an ancient baobab tree, rolls into a cave where the troop of monkeys never go. It is dark inside and possibly filled with horrible beasts! When they venture in, they discover instead that the walls are covered with paintings of animals. Elephant shows the monkeys how they too can create artwork using their hands and feet as “stamps” and mud as their medium. But things are never quite as easy as they seem.

Monkey See, Monkey Draw Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810989702
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2011

The Jungle Grapevine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810980013
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2009

John Bemelmans Marciano signs MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE at Square Books, Jr.

The time for this event is 11 a.m. 

Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before, when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the presidentÕs lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules. With a bouncy read-aloud text and gorgeous watercolor pictures, Madeline at the White House is in the best tradition of the beloved Madeline books.

Please note that John will not be signing any of his grandfather's books. 

Madeline at the White House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670012282
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 25th, 2011


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