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Children’s Book Sale: We’ve Never Done This Before

Buy 5 books at 50% off! Or 4 at 40% off. Or 3 at 30% less than the list price.

I’ve pulled and stacked all our hardcover children’s picture books right at the front door and priced them to your advantage. Help us with our inventory clearance now as we rearrange the children’s section for the first time in a couple of years.

This is the perfect opportunity to build a child’s library or stock a day-care center or church nursery. And the more you buy, the more you save.

These aren’t “scrubs.” These are our front-line books. Every hardcover picture book is 10% off, but if you buy 2, you can double your discount. Buy 3 and take off even more, up to a top discount of 50% off list.

Yes, that upper discount is below our cost, but it’s worth it for us to pass these prices on to you. We want to order for Christmas shopping season, but unless we move some of these, we won’t be able to reimagine the kids’ section in time for the seasonal rush.

Sure – we’ll be reordering some of these books as soon as you buy them.

So, here are the rules:

In-stock books only – no special orders
No layaways – buy ’em now or lose ’em
Limited to children’s hardcover picture books – no paperbacks included in this sale
Discount limited to 50%, but there is no limit on how many you can buy.
HC picture books typically sell for around $17, but some, like Seuss books, go for $8

So, if you have little ones in your life, now is the time to buy. And during your visit, if you see something else you like, make an offer. I’m feeling generous this week.

Sale starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 4, and runs until I say it’s over. I give you fair warning – I have a church group coming at 10, so the sale could be over before the week ends.


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Children’s Picture Book of the Week : The Ring Bear

This week’s book pick is The Ring Bear by N.L. Sharp, a picture book for children that I’ve always considered one of my favorites and one that I love to point people to. The Nebraska Center for the Book honored it as one of the best books for children.

The Ring Bear

As a bookseller with a healthy children’s section, I know a lot of boys who are in the same position as Robert, the hero of our tale.

Robert loved bears. Real bears and stuffed bears and bears in books. Black bears and brown bears and polar bears. He even loved to eat bears. Graham cracker bears and cinnamon bears and chocolate bears. So he wasn’t surprised when his mom said he was going to be the ring bear in his Aunt Jane’s wedding.

When Robert’s told that he’ll be wearing a suit – “a black suit with a tail, a white shirt, and a red bow tie,” he’s pretty sure he has this whole wedding thing down. He’ll look like a panda bear!

The boy proceeds to rehearse, on his own, by growling at animals, eating “berries” and drinking “honey” so as to be the very best bear he could be for the ceremony.

When finally Robert learns the truth that there are no bears in weddings, a foot-stomping fit ensues. But when Aunt Jane impresses on him just how important he is to the ceremony, Robert relents, becoming what everyone said was the best ring bearer ever.

I just love the way little kids edge into the rational world. At a certain age, they pay very close attention to every word coming from an adult’s mouth, but their comprehension can be muddled by the residue of magical thinking we treasure in all our kids. I remember my niece almost cried when her grandmother told how a friend of my father’s had “got his goat.” Though Allison had never seen or heard of her grandfather’s goat, she circulated on the edge of the adult conversation with a sad look on her face. Finally, she asked, “Did he give it back?” My puzzled mother said “Give what back, honey?,” to which Allison replied “His goat!”

This would be a wonderful book if you need to prepare your child for a wedding or any kind of formal ceremony. And it’s certain that your child will never, ever be fooled about the concept of being a ring bearer.

The Ring Bear
by N.L. Sharp, illustrated by Michael T. Hassler, Jr.
Dageforde/Prairieland Press (HC) $17.99


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Children’s Book of the Week: The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater … That Grandma Knit

The CBotW feature is proving to be very popular, providing great gift ideas for parents, uncles, and other adults looking to help build a child’s library. This week we feature The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater … That Grandma Knit, a Blossom Street Kids picture book by Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen.

The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater ... That Grandma Knit

Macomber is the author of more than 150 romance and contemporary women’s novels, including the Blossom Street series, from which this spinoff children’s book comes. From her office above a bookstore in Port Orchard, Washington, she has committed to creating at least 3 new books each year, so it’s amazing that she found the time to fit this in. Mary Lou Carney is a Hoosier from Gary, Ind. and is a senior editor at Guideposts magazine and the author of about a dozen children’s books.

Vincent Nguyen makes his living as a conceptual artist for motion pictures and he brings that camera’s-eye view to the illustrations in this heart-warming story from HarperCollins of the love between a grandson and his Grandma.

Bonus material is included from long-time knitter Macomber in the form of a knitting tutorial for kids and a full design template (but not a pattern, per se) by Susan DeRosa of Amazing Threads for experienced knitters who might want to replicate the sweater in this story.

8-year-old Cameron can’t wait to open his present from Grandma. She always gives the best presents. But when his birthday finally rolls around, he is more than disappointed at the homemade sweater his Grandma gives him. Before Grandma’s next visit, Cameron tries everything he can to either destroy the sweater or relegate it to the dustbin, but to no avail.

Still unappreciative of the sweater that he was forced to wear, by listening to his grandmother tell the story of how she selected the colors (the green stripe reminded her of Cameron’s showing his soccer prowess on the green of the playing field; the orange stripe of how much Cameron loves to eat oranges), Cameron comes to understand just how special the “truly terribly horrible” sweater is. In the end he knows that Grandma, indeed, gives the best presents.

The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater … That Grandma Knit
by Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney, illustrated by Victor Nguyen
HarperCollins (HC) $16.99


Don’t forget that on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. we will be hosting Lori Leroy for the Southern Indiana book launch of The Inadequate Conception: From Barry White to Blastocytes: What Your Mom Never Told You About Getting Pregnant. If you or a friend or family member have ever faced issues of infertility, you’ll definitely want to meet Lori and hear her upbeat take on how to survive the heartaches of trying to have a baby.


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Children’s picture book of the week : Once Upon a Banana

Today we begin our effort to provide you with at least one daily posting about books we think you should know about. Saturdays will be devoted to children’s picture books.

Once Upon a Banana City mayhem in rhyme

Jennifer Armstrong’s Once Upon a Banana uses a technique of minimalist story-telling and it’s sure to be a bedtime favorite. When a street performer’s pet monkey drops a banana peel on a crowded city street, all manner of mayhem breaks loose. Armstrong’s daring conceit is to tell the story using only common signs on the street to tell the story in rhyme (Underpass…Keep Off the Grass). She pulls this off with the striking watercolor drawings of Caldecott Medal recipient David Small. Let me tell you – it works.

Armstrong’s books are great favorites with librarians, and illustrator Small is also in great demand.

Here’s how it was described in the New York Times Book Review:

“This rambunctious tale, by Jennifer Armstrong, with illustrations by David Small, is almost wordless but packed with physical comedy. When a monkey escapes from his owner, swipes a banana, then tosses the peel on the sidewalk, it sets off a chain of clumsy chaos that topples townsfolk like dominoes.” – Jessica Bruder

Simon & Schuster
Once Upon a Banana


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