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Storytime Takeover with Jacki Kellum and The Donkey's Song

Saturday 11/19 10 AM | Storytime Takeover with Jacki Kellum and The Donkey's Song
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 10:00am

Children will experience the first Christmas through new eyes in this heart-tugging story of the Nativity, told by the gentle but determined donkey that carried Jesus's parents to Bethlehem. It's a perfect Christmas gift book for snuggling up and sharing.

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Square Books, Jr. is excited to announce this Storytime Takeover with veteran storyteller and children's author Jacki Kellum and her debut book The Donkey's Song. 

Join us Saturday, November 19th at 10 AM at Square Books, Jr. for a story hour that will include not only a reading, but also a sing-along and donkey puppet making!

About the Book

Sleepy but strong, I clip-clopped along
to rest in a stable with straw.

The wonder of the first Christmas miracle is movingly told with descriptions of scented pine, warm candlelight, fresh hay, and a "sweet angel sound" as a gentle donkey welcomes the baby Jesus. Each page has adorable, moonlit images of the humble farm animals that were there to witness and comfort.

This luminous, soothing song of hope, friendship, conviction, and faith is one that families will return to each Christmas for years to come.

About the Author

JACKI KELLUM is a painter and writer who works from her studio in the Ozark Mountains. The Donkey's Song is her debut picture book. See more of Jacki's work at jackikellum.com, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @jackikellum.

About the Illustrator

SYDNEY HANSON is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory E. Lang. Sydney was raised in Minnesota alongside numerous pets, and her illustrations and paintings still reflect a love for animals and the natural world, in picture books such as The Donkey's SongPanda Pants, and Hugo and the Impossible Thing. In addition to her book illustrations, Sydney is an experienced production artist who has worked for animation companies such as Nickelodeon and Disney Interactive. Follow Sydney on Instagram at @sydwiki.

Praise For

"Utterly adorable."—Kirkus

"A sweet and gentle introduction to the nativity story."—Publishers Weekly

“Kellum uses short, lyrical stanzas to describe the sights and scents of the manger, such as the flicker of candlelight and the smell of pine. . . . Illustrations seem to glow with soft light, which gives each spread a cozy warmth.”—School Library Journal

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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
The Donkey's Song: A Christmas Nativity Story By Jacki Kellum, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacki Kellum, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593375051
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2022

Children's Book Festival Meet & Greet: Rajani LaRocca

Children's Book Festival Meet & Greet 3/31/22 4 pm Rajani LaRocca Square Books Jr.
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 4:00pm

In partnership with the Lafayette County Literacy Council  and the Junior Auxiliary of Oxford, Square Books Jr. is delighted to host Rajani LaRocca, the 2022 Children's Book Festival's featured author for a special Meet & Greet signing. Can't make it? Reserve signed copies of Where Three Oceans Meet and Midsummer's Mayhem. Personalization available.

About the Author

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks. Learn more about Rajani and her books at www.RajaniLaRocca.com and TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. She also cohosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.

About the Children's Book Festival

The goal of the Children’s Book Festival is to give each child a book of their own, which they will read along with classmates and their teacher during the school year. The Children’s Book Festival serves more than 1,200 area first-graders and fifth-graders from schools in Lafayette County and Oxford. Committees made up of local school librarians, teachers, and representatives from the Lafayette Literacy Council (sponsor of the first grade), Junior Auxiliary of Oxford (sponsor of the fifth grade), and Square Books, Jr. choose the book each year.

Event address: 
Square Books Jr.
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Where Three Oceans Meet By Rajani LaRocca, Archana Sreenivasan (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419741296
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 24th, 2021

Midsummer's Mayhem By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499810646
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Published: Yellow Jacket - May 4th, 2021

Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math By Rajani Larocca, Archana Sreenivasan (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781885008978
Published: Lee & Low Books - October 27th, 2020

I'll Go and Come Back By Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207170
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

Red, White, and Whole By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

My Little Golden Book About Kamala Harris By Rajani LaRocca, Ashley Evans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Ashley Evans (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593430224
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Published: Golden Books - August 31st, 2021

Much Ado About Baseball By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499811018
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 15th, 2021

Storytime Takeover: Erin Austen Abbott presents Family Field Trip

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Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 10:00am

OUTDOOR STORYTIME! SEE YOU AT THE R.S.V.P. Plaza (next to Square Books Jr.)

Need ideas for Spring Break adventures? Join us for a special sensory-themed storytime presented by Erin Austen Abbott, author of Family Field Trip: Explore Art, Food, Music, and Nature with Kids

Can't make it? Reserve a signed copy here. Personalization available. 

With more than 40 family-friendly cultural activities and adventures, Family Field Trip makes it easy to incorporate moments of learning and exploration into life with kids.

In this engaging guide, parents and caretakers will find simple-to-follow ideas and tips for cultural experiences the whole family can enjoy, whether they are at home, exploring the neighborhood, or taking a vacation.

Drawing on a range of popular experiential educational techniques—including Montessori, World Schooling, Forest Schooling, and moreFamily Field Trip is the perfect handbook for any family with young children and an invaluable resource for raising kids who will grow into curious, well-rounded citizens of the world.

• Gives parents the tools and inspiration to turn the world into a giant field trip full of opportunities to teach children cultural appreciation
• Provides parents with easy ways to incorporate learning, adventure, and exploration into both travel and daily life
• Tackles a range of lessons and topics without being prescriptive or overwhelming

By exploring sites, languages, and foods of the world, Family Field Trip is an inspiring guide to raise globally minded kids who appreciate art, food, music, nature, and more.

Activities include starting a supper club to introduce kids to the basics of cooking, having conversations that encourage empathy and cross-cultural understanding, designing fun scavenger hunts for any kind of museum, exhibit, or park, packing for trips with kids, and more.

• Perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers who aspire to raise open-minded world citizens with good taste
• A lovely gift for the adventurous, travel-loving family
• Great for readers who enjoyed How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Atlas of Adventures by Rachel Williams, and Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

About the Author

Erin Austen Abbott is a Mississippi-based writer, early childhood educator, and former travel nanny. She writes about parenting, design, and more on her lifestyle blog, Ameliapresents.com. Her first book, How to Make It, was published in 2017.

Event address: 
Square Books Jr.
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655

YA Virtual Event: Erin Craig in conversation with Elizabeth Lim & Victoria Lee for SMALL FAVORS

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00pm

All Hallows Reading


Join YA "Sisters Grimm" Erin A. CraigElizabeth Lim, and Victoria Lee for a spooky panel celebrating Erin's latest novel Small Favorsa mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows.

This event is free to attend but registration is required. Click here to RSVP. 

Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.

Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls.

Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from going up in flames.

About the Author

Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage-managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, an embroidery enthusiast, a rabid basketball fan, and a collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in West Michigan with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, House of Salt and Sorrows, has sold over 100,000 copies since it burst onto the scene in 2019.

About the Hosts

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent her childhood writing ghost stories and fantasizing about attending boarding school. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, which she uses to overanalyze fictional characters and also herself. Lee is the author of A Lesson in Vengeance as well as The Fever King and its sequel, The Electric Heir. She lives in New York City with her partner, cat, and malevolent dog. Visit her online at victorialeewrites.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sosaidvictoria.

Elizabeth Lim grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was raised on a hearty diet of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth was a professional film and video game composer, and she still tends to come up with her best book ideas when writing near a piano. An alumna of Harvard College and the Juilliard School, she now lives in New York City with her husband and her daughter. Spin the Dawn (book 1 in the Blood of Stars duology) was her first original novel, and Unravel the Dusk is her second. She is also a contributor to the New York Times Bestselling "A Twisted Tale..." series. Visit her at elizabethlim.com Follow her on Twitter at @LizLim Follow her on Instagram at @elimpix

Praise for...

A POPSUGAR Best Book of July Pick!

★"[A] gloriously dark fairy tale...Erin A. Craig has conjured a spellbinding tale of magic and horror."—Shelf Awareness, starred review

“If you’re looking for a book to give you goosebumps as you read, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!”—The Nerd Daily

"A chilling tale about what lurks in the shadows of the people you think you know."—TOR

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig will give you chills no matter how hot it is outside."—Popsugar

"An engrossing combination of the supernatural and human psychology."—Kirkus

"Small Favors is as much about humanity as it is about horror. Perfect for readers who love mysteries and the macabre."—BookPage

"Fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Erin Bowman will enjoy this lushly built, ominous rural America."PW

"Craig twists a slow-burn fairy tale around classic horror tropes that ultimately land on satisfying beats."—SLJ


Hauntingatmospheric, and immersive.”--Bustle

“Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing. . .a perfect step into escapism and away from real life.”--Hypable

"It’s a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too."--The Wall Street Journal

"Chilling and atmospheric."--Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds

"Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose  . . . a richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling."--PW

"The novel’s vivid, evocative atmosphere will please fans of the gothic . . . chills aplenty."--The Bulletin

"Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance . . . compulsively readable."—SLJ

"This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family."--Booklist

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Small Favors By Erin A. Craig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593306741
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 27th, 2021

Signed Bookplate Editions Available

STORYTIME TAKEOVER: Robin Preiss Glasser for Grand Jeté and Me

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 11:00am

Fancy Nancy fans, rejoice!  Square Books Jr. is pleased to welcome illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser for a special storytime takeover celebrating the release of Grand Jeté and Me

Tune in Wednesday, October 20th at 11: 00 am CT on Facebook Live

Signed bookplate available with purchase.


This Christmas, join a young girl and her grandmother as they embark on a holiday adventure to see The Nutcracker together! Her grandmother, known as Grand Jeté, was once a prima ballerina and danced in The Nutcracker herself, and now she’s sharing the magic of this special ballet. Former prima ballerina Allegra Kent and bestselling Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser collaborate to create an inspiring and festive tale for the littlest dancers and Nutcracker fans everywhere.

"The detailed illustrations, featuring the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker costumes and sets, are joyous and bubbly."  — Kirkus Reviews

Grand Jeté is an expert on everything elegant and makes sure to always model the proper etiquette of a poised ballerina. Her granddaughter wants to be just like her one day.

Take a bow!

Straight spine.

Look your best.

And always carry flowers!

Follow the pair as they embark on an unforgettable trip to their favorite theater to see The Nutcracker—sharing the spirit of ballet wherever they go.

Robin Preiss Glasser actually wore tiaras and tutus when she danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she happily spends her days in jeans, drawing. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She won the Children’s Choice Award for Best Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Robin and her family live in Southern California.



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Square Books Jr. Facebook Live
Grand Jeté and Me: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids By Allegra Kent, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062392022
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 19th, 2021

BONUS STORYTIME TAKEOVER: John Patrick Green & Dave Roman for InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:30pm

Square Books Jr. is pleased to welcome John Patrick Green in conversation with Dave Roman for a special BONUS storytime takeover and drawing demo celebrating the release of InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S., the latest chapter in the hilarious sewer-loving secret agent adventure series.

Tune in Tuesday, September 28th at 12:30 pm CT on Facebook Live

Will InvestiGators Mango and RoboBrash be able to solve this latest mystery in the hilarious adventure series perfect for fans of Dog Man?!

With agent Brash trapped in a mysterious coma, the technicians at S.U.I.T. have designed the ultimate replacement: RoboBrash! This high-tech replica has been programmed with all of the original Brash’s crime-fighting skills and knowhow—but it seems he’s got a few bugs in his system! Will Mango and his new partner be enough to stop the giant ants that are on a rampage in the city? Orchestrated by the spaced-out villain, Maestronaut, and Houdino, the dinosaur escape artist, it seems criminals are certainly upping the ANT-y!

About the Author

John Patrick Green is a human with the human job of making books about animals with human jobs, such as HippopotamisterKitten Construction Company, and the New York Times bestselling InvestiGators. John is definitely not just a bunch of animals wearing a human suit pretending to have a human job. He is also the artist and co-creator of the graphic novel series Teen Boat!, with writer Dave Roman. John lives in Brooklyn in an apartment that doesn't allow animals other than the ones living in his head.

About the Host

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis (with John Patrick Green) and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror, Nursery Rhyme Comics and the Flight series. Roman teaches at the School of Visual Arts, is a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, and is currently the editor for First Second’s Science Comics and History Comics ongoing series of nonfiction graphic novels. He lives in NYC and draws a webcomic called Starbunny, Inc. You can find him online at yaytime.com and @yatime


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InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S. By John Patrick Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250220059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 28th, 2021