He's big! He's hairy! He's not real. Or is he? Join us in welcoming fall at Green Bean Books on September 22, from 12-4pm, with a fun Bigfoot themed craft station! And what would a Bigfoot craft be without Bigfoot BOOKS to go with it?! We've got so many fun new releases to share with you, all featuring that mysterious Sasquatch. The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon is a hilarious twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf folktale, full of charming illustrations and a clever narrative.
Don't Squish the Sasquatch, by Kent Redeker is a fun and fast-paced story about the woes of being big. Sasquatch makes it very clear upon boarding Mr. Blobule's bus that he doesn't like being squished by anyone. The Silly, modern illustrations by Bob Staake are the perfect compliment to this totally original tale. Kids will love shouting, 'Don't Squish the Sasquatch!' as each goofy new passenger boards the bus. The perfect story time read-aloud!
What does the hairiest, smelliest, most dashing Bigfoot Prince look for in a mate? Why, someone equally hairy and smelly of course! In Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella, by Tony Johnston, Prince Bigfoot throws a forest-wide search for a new princess in this funny re-telling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. Kids will love the hilarious dialogue, and the gleeful illustrations of the happy Bigfeet and their beloved forest.
Come on down to Green Bean to check out even more great titles, and mark your calendars for Bigfoot craft day! With special vials of Bigfoot hair and even Bigfoot Rescue kits, we've got all your Sasquatch needs covered this fall!
Think small this fall at Green Bean! Over the course of six after-school workshops, we'll be making books--from pop-ups to journals--small enough for our pockets, each a little bit different from the last. Using real bookbinding tools and array of media, we'll learn about structure and content as we craft the books below. Sign up for one class or all six! Because these books are so wee, they take a wee bit of patience. Recommended Ages: 7 and up, or anyone who ADORES miniatures!
(Can you believe these teensy Harry Potter books!)
Class 1: September 18 Nature Journals
Class 2: October 2 Mini Pop-Ups
Class 3: October 16 Astronaut Wrist Books
Class 4: October 30 Flip books and Thaumatropes
Class 5: November 13 The Itty Bitty Great Big Book of Riddles
Class 6: December 4 Mini Keychain Book (with Hard Covers!)
Classes are from 3:30-4:30 pm, every other Wednesday starting September 18. Contact us at 503.954.2354 or stop by Green Bean Books to reserve your spot! Space is limited, and we can't wait to see you there!
Amazing 1:12 miniature of 'Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten'!
We can hardly believe it, but fall is right around the corner, and so is the new school year! The apples and pears are ripening and the maple leaves are already starting to turn, and of course... Educator Night at Green Bean Books is almost upon us!
If you are a teacher or a librarian you are invited to attend this special, FREE, annual event on the beautiful Green Bean books patio. Share your love of children's books, sip some wine, and socialize with fellow educators and Green Bean booksellers. Come and hear about all the hottest new kids' books of the season, and get great book recommendations for your classroom or library. There will even be a raffle for Green Bean Books gift certificates and other merchandise! Enjoy your 20% off new books discount in addition to a special 20% discount on used books all on this special night.
Mark your calendars for the evening of August 19th, from 6:30-8pm.
Call 503-954-2354 to RSVP.
We can't wait to see you there!
Green Bean Books and artist Sarah Fagan announce 2 week-long, half-day camps this summer for artists ages 8 to 11.
Each week involves guest artisans and field trips around Alberta. Expect bookbinding and game making projects, glass fusing, pottery painting, and even a lesson in homemade candy.
Each week culminates with a party and art show.
July 22-26: Westward Ho! Pioneer Crafts from the Oregon Trail
$175/week; includes all materials and snacks
Bind a journal like the ones Lewis and Clark used when mapping out the American West, try your hand at churning butter, and assemble a glass brooch while reliving excerpts from books like Little House on the Prairie.
August 5-9: Mythology and Magic: Arts from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome
$175/week; includes all materials and snacks
Craft a homemade board game from Ancient Egypt, learn about papyrus and early paper, learn about Greek pottery and paint ceramics at Mimosa Studios on Alberta, while learning about theater and mythology from days past.
Space is limited; sign up by calling 503-954-2354, or visiting Green Bean Books!
Easter is just around the corner! We're celebrating with two Egg Hunts. There will be candies, coupons, and gift certificates in the eggs. A live rabbit will be for show after the first hunt. An egg race for the older kids will follow after theirs.
Call 503-954-2354- for more details and to register! (The Egg Hunts for both age groups are all full!)
Until then, here are some children's books to enjoy the holiday!
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Jan Brett showcases her exquisite and detailed illustrations to tell the tale of Hoppi as he competes with the other rabbits to have the best decorated eggs for Easter. Feeling discouraged after seeing how beautiful others have done theirs, he goes to the woods to reflect but stumbles upon an unexpected discovery. Readers will love the surprise in this charming, unforgettable picture book.
The Bad Easter Bunny by Isabel Atherton with illustrations by Stephanie Rohr
The Easter Bunny doesn't feel appreciated for all his efforts. This literally makes him blue. But his sadness soon turns to red hot anger and he causes lots of havoc in the neighborhood. When a little girl expresses her gratitude, things change for the better. Fun illustrations and a good message make this picture book a good read for the family.
Ollie's Easter Eggs by Olivier Dunrea
Fans familiar with Olivier Dunrea's Gossie & Friends series- and those new to the board books- will fall in love with these adorable characters in this fun installment. All the goslings are gathering and dying eggs- except Ollie. When their eggs go missing, they go on a wild-goose chase looking for them!
The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood with illustrations by Maggie Kneen
Little Duckis in search of a golden egg in this vibrant lift-the-flap book! A wonderful surprise awaits him at the end.
If these books aren't enough to get you hopping to Green Bean, we also got in adorable spring time stuffed animals and toys! They're perfect gifts to put in your young reader's Easter basket!
The red carpet! The glamor! The contestants!
It's book award season, don't you know and the announcements for two of the biggest awards, The Caldecott and The Newbery medals, are just around the corner. So who are the main contenders this year? The awards are always veiled in secrecy (even the nominees) but we love making educated guesses! Even here at Green Bean, the team is divided on who will take the gold!
Unanimously loved by the staff, Wonder by R.J. Palacio has a real chance at the Newbery this year. Not exactly new to the children's book scene (Palacio is also a children's book editor and designer of fantastic covers), Wonder has been a huge hit with both adults AND kids. The story of an ordinary boy with facial abnormalities, it was a true standout this year. (She also visited Green Bean over the summer on her book tour and was incredibly kind and gracious so she gets extra 'nice points' from our staff!)
It's no secret that we (especially Jennifer!) love Grace Lin, but her newest book, Starry River of the Sky, is quite possibly her best. The first book in the series, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, won a Newbery honor back when it came out in 2011, but Lin has outdone herself with this newest folk-tale-meets-modern story. She certainly deserves a gold medal at some point for her flawless skill, so the question remains: will it be for this book?
Other contenders might possibly be Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, or Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker (my favorite) but every few years we are completely surprised by the winner, so who knows?!
So what of the Caldecott? I, personally, think the Caldecott will be much harder to predict this year, but if we were to judge based solely on customer appreciation, Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen would take the cake. Klassen released two other fabulous books last year, but the illustrations for Extra Yarn are extra special... and totally appropriate for this very chilly weather we are having!
Another standout was Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (herself, no stranger to award-talk), particularly with Portland readers. If the peoples of the frozen north have multiple words for snow, then surely Portlanders' understand that the same is true for the color green! The rich, almost textured illustrations of each shade of green and how it appears in our beautiful world are absolutely breathtaking.
While we loved Julie Fogliano and Rebecca Stead's gorgeous, And Then It's Spring, we wonder if the committee would choose to honor Stead again so soon after winning two years ago. And what about Baby Bear Sees Blue, by Ashley Wolff? Is it special enough to edge out a juggernaut like Klassen? What do you think? Do you have any favorites this year for Caldecott or Newbery? Let the prediction game begin!
Happy New Year!
Is one of your resolutions to read more in the upcoming year? If so, here are some great titles we love and think you should get your hands on as soon as possible!
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Mo Willems has got to be one of the funniest writers out there right now for kids. He's able to take a familiar story and give it a fresh and hilarious spin as he does with his latest picture book, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Parents will laugh out loud as they read this to their kids!
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
I wasn't sure what to expect from Jon Klassen's follow up to his hilarious picture book I Want My Hat Back. To my surprise, I loved This is Not My Hat even more! Filled with the same wry humor, I found the illustrations here richer and more lush. The words tell one story, the pictures another. This was a popular read aloud during our weekly story time.
Larry Gets Lost in Portland by Michael Mullin and John Skewes (Illustrator)
With the fun and colorful illustrations in Larry Gets Lost in Portland, kids will enjoy seeing the familiar famous landmarks they've visited- or will visit- as they follow the adventures of Larry the dog!
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
I tend to recommend The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom to boys who like plenty of laughs and adventure in a book. Readers will enjoy the twists with the stories and characters they may already be familiar with- Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and their respective Princes Charmings. While our heroes do have to battle trolls, dragons, and witches (or, at least, one of each), it's also a journey of self-discovery and finding out what one is truly capable of. Amid all their adventures, it was great to see the friendships between the characters develop.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
When customers keep recommending the same books to me, I tend to listen. I understood why Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was such a favorite with kids and parents alike. It's Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz that take place in China. I love stories within stories and Grace Lin's illustrations are just beautiful. This is perfect for anyone looking for a strong female protagonist.
These are just a handful of books we love to recommend at Green Bean Books. One of the best things about being a bookseller is getting to know our customers and trying to find that perfect book for them. So, stop on by and let us help you with your resolution to read more!
We're excited to announce the dates for the next Bookmaking Class series with Sarah Fagan!
One parent raved, "Sarah's ideas, expertise, and patience are inspiring She encourages the kids to collaborate and help each other when appropriate, and/or gives individual attention as well."
These classes are held every other Wednesday starting January 16th from 3:30PM-4:30PM. They are great for kids ages 5-8 and are only $10 per child, per class. Sign up for one or all six by giving us a call or stopping by the store!
The twinkle lights are up and our "book tree" is in the window...the holidays are in full swing at Green Bean Books! The sound of tires whooshing in the rain and our little sign tinkling against the door as customers come and go never fail to get me in the Christmas spirit. Fulfilling wishlists for eager young readers truly is one of the best jobs in the world.
Of all the fun new features we've added to the store this year, one of our most popular has easily been the new, "Perfect for Reading Aloud," section. Full of whimsical and sweet chapter books (and a few picture books!), this little section is a go-to favorite for parents and kids looking for something magical with a classic feel. There have been many winter and holiday books in this style published or re-issued recently, and we're so excited to have them on our shelves for all your holiday read-aloud needs!
We couldn't be more excited about the reissue of Miss Suzy by Miriam Young. A tidy little brown squirrel named Miss Suzy has her cozy winter den taken over by pushy, greedy, gray squirrels--oh no! With a little ingenuity and help from some kind toy soldiers, Miss Suzy will have her den back in no time. A book many grown-ups will remember from their own childhoods, Miss Suzy is wonderful winter title for either giving or keeping!
Alison Jay is one of our very favorite author/illustrators here at Green Bean and her books have a special way of speaking to children of many different ages. There really is something in her work for everyone, and her newest picture book, Christmastime, is no exception. Perfect for a night of family reading!
Something for Christmas by Palmer Brown is part of the New York Review children's collection (which you might recognize by their beautiful, red, cloth spines!), and is the perfect sized chapter book for a stocking stuffer! The simple story of a baby mouse trying to figure out the perfect gift for his mother, Something for Christmas is the perfect holiday chapter book to read by the fireside.
A new title sure to become a winter classic is A Perfect Day by Carin Berger, author of Little Yellow Leaf. Her illustrated collages are the perfect mix of sweet and modern, and her text is the perfect celebration of winter and the natural world. I know quite a few Portland kids who would LOVE more than one "pefect" snow day this year!
What could be a more fitting read-aloud than the original version of E.T.A. Hoffman's, The Nutcracker, illustrated by none other than the late Maurice Sendak? This large-scale, fully illustrated chapter book will certainly become a family treasure. Even if you can't take the kids to the theater for a performance of The Nutcracker, you can still make it a tradition in your home. Sendak's rendering of Marie's dreamworld is nothing short of breathtaking.
So why not start a new family holiday tradition of reading aloud this year? Come in and check out these little gems and so many others we've got on display. Happy Holidays!
As I've shared before, the board books we get in always amuses me. I'd like to focus on two new series both of which introduces the youngest of readers to classics!
The first is from the Baby Lit collection and features six well-loved titles- A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, and Romeo & Juliet. The first two are color primers and the rest are counting books. Cute illustrations by Alison Oliver make Jennifer Adams' simple texts come to life. For example, in Dracula, we see 5 heroes still smiling, fully unaware of the dangers that await them, and 9 boxes including one coffin keeping a sleeping Dracula safe from the sun. Three more titles are expected to hit shelves early next year expanding into different concepts like weather, ocean, and opposites!
Another series is the aptly named Cozy Classics. Jack and Holman Wang share timeless stories with just twelve words for each and accompanied by wonderful needle-felted illustrations! Currently, there are Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice available with Les Miserables and War and Peace coming out in Spring 2013.
These are perfect for the little readers in your life!