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Gloria Burgess with PASS IT ON

Pass It On! is written by award-winning author and poet, Gloria J. McEwen Burgess and is illustrated by award-winning artist Gerald Purnell.

In this engaging and beautifully illustrated children’s book, Ernie (Earnest McEwen Jr.) dreamed of a better life for his family in the segregated South of the 1930s. More than anything, he wanted to go to college.

While working as a janitor at Ole Miss, Ernie spoke to a professor about his burning desire to go to college, setting in motion a series of events that would change his and his family’s life for all time. One of those significant events was meeting Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Faulkner.

​Faulkner helped Ernie attend college, paying for his tuition and expenses with no strings attached. His generous financial gift allowed Ernie to go to college, move out of the South, and eventually emerge from poverty. Ernie made a better life for his family, who continue to live a legacy of life-long learning and service, passing on their blessings to the next generation and the next, creating a ripple effect that will bless generations to come.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Pass It On! Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780998631424
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Sylvias Press - November 1st, 2017

Mounted Police Storytime with Oxford Police Department

Square Books, Jr. will be hosting the Oxford Police Department's mounted unit on Saturday, March 24th. Come for a story and a chance to meet the horses.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Robert the Rose Horse (Beginner Books(r)) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780394800257
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 1962

Matt de la Peña with LOVE at Square Books, Jr.

From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all.

“In the beginning there is light 
and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed 
and the sound of their voices is love.

A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life.”

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

About the Author
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Love Cover Image
By Matt de la Pena, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Juanita Floyd & Sara Berry with SUMMER OF 1969

It was the summer of 1969, and things were about to change in the life of Cozett Juanita Gambrel. Integration of public schools had begun, and she would be the only black child in her new class. Her wise mother spent the summer laying the foundation of strength and love which would be needed to face the changes. "Bring forth the heart of a child, dear Lord," her mother prayed each night for she knew the pure heart of a child did not see race but only love and friendship. This endearing story is based on the real life account of Juanita Gambrel Floyd. The lessons contained within these pages are for all people, no matter the race, no matter the age.

About the Authors
JUANITA G. FLOYD is Vice-President of Finance and Administration for CREATE Foundation and is a popular inspirational speaker and columnist. Juanita is a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College and The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor s Degree in Accounting. She is the proud parent of three wonderful children, Tyler, Taylor and Tyra and one grandson, Andrew.

SARA W. BERRY is a wife, a mother, an author, a speaker, and a teacher. She is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She is married to Dr. Mont Berry and is mother to seven incredible children and two wonderful sons-in-law, Katie and Owen, Ellie and Drew, Joseph, Troy, Joshua, Sally, and Charlie.

Event date: 
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
$16.99
SKU: 9780984126125

Storytime at SBJ with Tammi Sauer and WORDY BIRDY

Join Tammi Sauer when she reads Wordy Birdy at Wednesday storytime on February 14th at 10am.

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky….” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree….” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.

Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

“laugh-out-loud funny…caregivers will certainly find this chuckleworthy.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author
Tammi Sauer is a full-time children’s book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She is the author of twenty-eight picture books, including Wordy BirdyCowboy CampChicken DanceNugget & Fang, and Princess in Training. In addition to winning awards, Tammi’s books have gone on to do great things: Chicken Dance: The Musical is on a national tour, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book, has been published in French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Wordy Birdy Cover Image
By Tammi Sauer, Dave Mottram (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524719296
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - February 6th, 2018

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