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STORYTIME TAKEOVER: Shelli R. Johannes and Mike Moran for THEO THESAURUS

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:00am

Miss Jill and Square Books Jr. are pleased to welcome author and illustrator team Shelli R. Johannes and Mike Moran for a special storytime takeover celebrating their picture book Theo TheSaurus: The Dinosaur Who Loved Big Words.

Tune in Wednesday June 16th at 10:00 am CT on Facebook Live.

When a big vocabulary leads to big confusion, Theo TheSaurus learns that there are some things you can say without any words at all! 

Theo TheSaurus is a little dino who loves words--the bigger the better! And he's determined to share that love with his new classmates in his new school, no matter that they don't understand him at first. But when a trip to the athenaeum (also known as the library) becomes a visit to the auditorium instead, and a suggestion to play conceal-and-search (or hide-and-seek) only earns him looks of confusion, Theo realizes that misinterpretations can actually just be plain confusing! It's only when his newfound friends find a way to show they care that Theo learns that sometimes, there are things more important than words.

In this sweet and funny book filled with bright art, a brand-new dino character, and a full glossary of big words at the end, readers have tons of fun--and learn some new words along the way! It's FANCY NANCY for the dino-loving set!

About the Author

Shelli R. Johannes (srjohannes.com) is the author of the Cece Loves Science series. An animal lover, she can often be found volunteering with animal conservation groups or rescuing strays off the side of the highway. Shelli lives in Atlanta with her husband, two kids, and a whole bunch of pets. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @srjohannes.

About the Illustrator

Mike Moran (mikemoran.net) is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, animation, children's books, toy packaging, apps, and trade show convention tents to greeting cards. A huge baseball and Beatles fan, he lives with his wife and two sons in Florham Park, New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikemoran_illo.


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Theo TheSaurus: The Dinosaur Who Loved Big Words Cover Image
By Shelli R. Johannes, Mike Moran (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593205518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - June 15th, 2021

Virtual Event: Brittney Morris in conversation with Angie Thomas for THE COST OF KNOWING

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 5:30pm

Join YA authors Brittney Morris and Angie Thomas (a Mississippi native) for a discussion of Morris’ newest book, The Cost of Knowing.

Registration required. Click here to RSVP.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.

It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.

And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes. With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.

About the Author:

Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She is also the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club. You can find her online at AuthorBrittneyMorris.com and on Twitter or Instagram @BrittneyMMorris.

About the Host:

Angie Thomas is the author of the bestselling novels Concrete Rose, The Hate U Give, and On the Come Up. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.

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Virtual: Zoom
The Cost of Knowing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534445451
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021


Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 5:00pm

Join author Max Brallier as he discusses his newest book, the first-ever graphic novel in the New York Times-bestselling The Last Kids on Earth series—with over 5 million copies in print! Now a Netflix Original series.

Purchase required to attend. Readers will receive a link to the event closer to the date. Pre-order your signed bookplated copy here. Limited supply of FREE! inflatable baseball bats available with purchase.

Includes SIX brand new Last Kids short stories by Max Brallier, featuring full-color art by Anoosha Syed, Xavier Bonet, Lorena Alvarez, Jay Cooper, Christopher Mitten, and The Last Kids on Earth series illustrator Douglas Holgate!

The kids and their monster buddies are hanging out in the tree house, when Jack launches into an epic, totally-heroic, super rad story of one of his many post-apocalyptic adventures. Of course, after he's finished, everyone's eager to one-up his tale with a story of their own. Soon, Quint, Dirk, June and Skaelka, and even Globlet regale the group with sometimes outrageous, often hilarious details of their action-packed escapades during the monster-zombie apocalypse. Their stories are capped off by a special double-length feature which will finally reveal the mysterious whereabouts of two villainous villains to prep readers for the 7th book in the series coming Fall 2021!

About the Author:

Max Brallier is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, Galactic Hot Dogs, and Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He is a writer and producer for Netflix's Emmy-award-winning adaptation of The Last Kids on Earth. Max lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Visit him at MaxBrallier.com.

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The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales from the Tree House Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate (Illustrator), Jay Cooper (Illustrator), Anoosha Syed (Illustrator), Lorena Alvarez (Illustrator), Christopher Mitten (Illustrator), Xavier Bonet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593350065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

Virtual Storytime: Paper Bag Princess Day

Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 10:00am

Join Square Books Jr. and our storytime maven Jill as we host a special storytime for the second annual Paper Bag Princess Day. Celebrate with little readers and dragons everywhere! 

Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power. If you don't have a copy of The Paper Bag Princess, Square Books Jr. carries paperbackhardcover, and board book editions, and if you purchase it in the store on March 6, you'll get a special gift from the publisher.

Tune in on Facebook live this Saturday at 10 am to join this fun event! 

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiance, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

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Virtual: Facebook Live
The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773210308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Annick Press - April 10th, 2018

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773210292
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Annick Press - April 10th, 2018

Paper Bag Princess (Board Book Unabridged) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773214054
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Annick Press - September 8th, 2020

Virtual Event: Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell with FOLLOW THAT FROG

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 5:00pm

Join Philip Stead and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell as they celebrate the release of their newest picture book, Follow That Frog, on February 11th at 5:00 pm CST.

Please register to attend this event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

When a curiously croaking stranger comes knocking at the door, Aunt Josephine launches into a rambling tale about her lifelong pursuit of a rare giant frog.

Eccentric Aunt Josephine poignantly ignores a stranger knocking at her door as she tells her niece Sadie the story of her time in the jungles of Peru, cataloguing amphibians for the scientific team of Admiral Rodriguez. When the admiral’s son was suddenly swallowed by a giant frog, Aunt Josephine gave chase in a journey which took her around the world.

In the tradition of their previous collaborations The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery, this is a story full of rambunctious fun and sensationally appealing artwork.

About the Author:

Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Their collaboration, Music for Mister Moon, won the Great Lakes Great Reads Award. Philip has written and illustrated many picture books including Hello, My Name is RubyJonathan and the Big Blue BoatA Home for BirdAll the Animals where I Live, and Vernon is on His Way. He also illustrated Charlotte Zolotow's In My Garden for Holiday House. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


About the Illustrator:
Matthew Cordell
is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow and Hello Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, recipient of four starred reviews, and the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children's books including Philip C. Stead's books The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery, which was a Washington Post Best Book. He wrote and illustrated Another BrotherWish, and Hello! Hello!, a New York Times Notable Children's Book. Matthew lives near Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.

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Follow That Frog! Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823444267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - February 2nd, 2021