Monthly Archives: November 2009

Holiday Handselling

Josie Leavitt - November 12, 2009

It’s time to start selling books hand over fist! The holidays are descending on us far sooner than we think. Forget that it was 55 degrees in Vermont today, sooner or later there will be snow on the ground and folks will come in with lists. Lists of people who need presents. It’s our job as booksellers to make sure no one on any list goes without a great book, or two (or three) this holiday season. Just how we do that is the fun of being a bookseller. I love the challenge of the holidays. I try to open the store early, by 8:30 if I can, to get the parents after they drop the kids off, and I go all day. Holiday shoppers are like a captive audience of folks needing recommendations. It’s fun, it’s challenging and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being a great handseller is about listening and sharing. You listen to what the customer says they want, or who they’re looking to buy a gift for (this is the harder category) and then you share with them what you think they’ll like. I find pure enthusiasm for a book does more to sell it than anything else. If you love a book and can convincingly talk about why you love the book, you’ll have a much better chance of selling that book, to anyone. My favorite part of the holidays is hearing three months later how much Aunt Betty loved the book I recommended. This is what makes me happiest as a bookseller: hitting the nail on the head and coming up with a great book for a customer.

I listen to what a customer tells me about the gift recipient. Sometimes they don’t have much information to share and that can make them feel bad. I try to allay any anxiety about that and focus instead on what they do know. Sometimes all I have to go on is "He’s nine. " Okay then, here are three books I think a nine-year-old boy might really like.

I try to limit my suggestions to three books. I find more than that can be overwhelming. I also booktalk each book, and sometimes more than three booktalks can be a lot for some folks to stand through. I try very hard not to hover, so I leave them with a comfy chair and their stack of books and I check in with them after they’ve had a chance to look at the books. Sometimes, the first group gets rejected and then you must find other books. This can be trying, especially if you’re busy and you just love the books you recommended, but I find that taking that extra time often pays off. Happy customers return, and more importantly, the books will be better suited to their intended recipients.

If the store is really busy, I’ve been known to triage customers according to the ages they’re shopping for. It’s fun and saves me having to discuss the same book three times in a row. I get all the folks buying books for middle schoolers in the middle grade section and pick four or five books (with a group, I’ll always do more than three, so folks can hold a book). The beauty of this technique is everyone starts talking and then the group is basically handselling to each other, comparing what their kids liked and didn’t like.

I have to share the best holiday handselling I’ve ever seen. Picture Elizabeth Bluemle, bookseller extraordinaire,  two years ago when The Book Thief came out in paper back. She had just been talking about with a group of customers about why she loved the book. A customer asked her if the book was really good. Elizabeth just raised one eyebrow and the woman bought two.

One of the keys to a successful holiday season is to know your stock and be able to be conversant on as much as you can. While I’m not really a huge adult non-fiction reader, I need to be able to discuss at least a few titles with anyone who walks in the door. Read outside your genre. You never know when a young reader is going to veer into the adult section and they’ll expect you to follow them, knowledgeably.

The other key to success is to have titles in your head for each age group and to make sure you have those titles in stock. Talk to your co-workers about their go-to books. Knowing what other staff loves increases what you know, and can only help you sell books.

The key to the holidays is to remember that everyone just wants to get the right book. Money is tighter now than it’s been, and if folks take longer, they’re not being difficult, they’re deciding how best to spend 15 or 20 dollars. Mostly, the holidays are when I get wear my Santa hat and remember why I love selling books.

THE STARS SO FAR (Updated 11/11/2009)

Elizabeth Bluemle - November 11, 2009

Here’s the updated list of starred reviews for 2009 children’s books. For book covers and more information, I’ve created the 2009 Stars Library on

This month saw two books join the 5-star list: Frances Hardinge’s fantasy, THE LOST CONSPIRACY (Harper), and Elizabeth Partridge’s MARCHING FOR FREEDOM: WALK TOGETHER, CHILDREN, AND DON’T YOU GROW WEARY (Viking). Two more books hopped up to the 4-star level: BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF BASS REEVES, DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda), and JOHN BROWN: HIS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM by John Hendrix (Abrams).  Several books joined the 1-, 2-, and 3-star lists. Congratulations to all of you hardworking authors, illustrators, editors, art directors, and publishers!

Every year, many worthy books slip by without any starred reviews. In the comments field, I’d love to hear from booksellers and librarians: What are the books you’ve loved this year that HAVEN’T received any stars? (Authors and publishers, as tempting as it may be to use this as a forum to promote your books, please don’t. It’s always obvious, and ends up hurting more than helping.)

These starred reviews come from Booklist, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn BookKirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

***** 5 STARS *****

CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWINS’ LEAP OF FAITH. Deborah Holt Heiligman. (ISBN 978-0805087215. $18.95. YA.)

CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE. Phillip Hoose. (Melanie Kroupa/FSG. ISBN 978-0374313227. $19.95. MG/YA.)

FIRE. Kristin Cashore. (Dial. $17.99. ISBN 978-0803734616. YA.)

THE LION & THE MOUSE. Jerry Pinkney. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-0316013567. PreS-Grade 1.)

THE LOST CONSPIRACY. Frances Hardinge. (HarperCollins. $16.99. ISBN 978-0060880415. Grades 6-10.)

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD. Francisco X Stork. (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. $17.99. ISBN 978-0545054744. YA.)

MARCHING FOR FREEDOM: WALK TOGETHER, CHILDREN, AND DON’T YOU GROW WEARY. Elizabeth Partridge. (Viking. $19.99. ISBN 978-0670011896)

MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11. Brian Floca. (Richard Jackson/Atheneum. ISBN 978-1416950462. $17.99. Grades 2-5.)

SEASON OF GIFTS, A. Richard Peck. (Dial. $16.99. ISBN 978-080373082. MG.)

TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA. Shaun Tan. (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. $19.99. ISBN 978-0545055871. YA.)

WHEN YOU REACH ME. Rebecca Stead. (Wendy Lamb/Random House. $15.99. ISBN 978-0385737425. MG.)

WINTERGIRLS. Laurie Halse Anderson. (Viking, $17.99. ISBN 978-0670011100. YA.)

**** 4 STARS ****

ALL THE WORLD. Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster. $17.99. ISBN 978-1416985808. Ages 4-7.)

BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF BASS REEVES, DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda. $17.95. ISBN: 978-0822567646)

BUTTON UP! WRINKLED RHYMES. Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Petra Mathers. (Harcourt. $16. ISBN 978-0152050504. PreS-Grade 2.)

CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-439023498. MG/YA.)

DINOTHESAURUS: PREHISTORIC POEMS AND PAINTINGS; written and illus. by Douglas Florian. (Simon & Schuster. $17.99. ISBN 978-1416979784. Grades 2-5.)

THE ETERNAL SMILE. Gene Luen Yang. Illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. (Roaring Brook/First Second. $16.95. ISBN 978-1596431560. YA.)

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE. Jacqueline Kelly. (Holt. $16.95. ISBN 978-0805088410. MG.)

THE FROG SCIENTIST. Pamela S. Turner. Illustrated with photos by Andy Comins. (Houghton. $18. ISBN 978-0618717163)

HEROES OF THE VALLEY. Jonathan Stroud. (Disney-Hyperion. $17.99. ISBN 978-1423109662. MG/YA.)

HOOK. Ed Young. (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. $17.95. ISBN 978-1596433632. PreS-Grade 1.)

IF I STAY. Gayle Forman. (Dutton. $16.99. ISBN 978-0525421030. YA.)

JOHN BROWN: HIS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. John Hendrix. (Abrams. $18.95. ISBN 978-0810937987)

RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS: A YEAR IN COLORS. Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. (Houghton. $16.00. ISBN 978-0547014944. Ages 5-8.)

THE SNOW DAY. Komako Sakai. (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-0545013215. Ages 3-5.)

THE STORM IN THE BARN. Matt Phelan. (Candlewick. $24.99. ISBN 978-0763636180)

SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST ALL-GIRL SWING BAND IN THE WORLD. Marilyn Nelson. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. (Dial. $21.99. ISBN 978-0803731875)

THUNDER-BOOMER! Shutta Crum. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. (Clarion. $16. ISBN 978-0618618651.Ages 4-7.)

YUMMY: EIGHT FAVORITE FAIRY TALES. Lucy Cousins. (Candlewick. $18.99. ISBN 978-076364474)

*** 3 STARS ***

ALL THE BROKEN PIECES. Ann E. Burg. (Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-054508092. YA.)

ALMOST ASTRONAUTS: 13 WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM. Tanya Lee Stone. (Candlewick. $24.99. ISBN 978-0763636111. Grades 5-8.)

ANNE FRANK: HER LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES. Menno Metselaar & Ruud Van der Rol. Translated by Arnold J Pomerans. (Flash Point. hardcover, $19.99. ISBN 978-1596435469. paperback, $12.99. ISBN 978-1596435476)

ASHLEY BRYAN: WORDS TO MY LIFE’S SONG. Ashley Bryan. Photos by Bill McGuinness. (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. $18.99. ISBN 978-141690541. Ages 8-12.)

BINKY THE SPACE CAT. Ashley Spires. (Kids Can. hardcover, $16.95. ISBN 978-1554533091. paperback, $7.95. ISBN 978-1554534197)

BIRDS. Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. (Greenwillow. $17.99. ISBN 978-0061363047. Ages 3-5.)

BREATHLESS. Jessica Warman. (Walker. $16.99. ISBN 978-0802798497)

BROTHERS STORY, THE. Katherine Sturtevant. (FSG. $16.99. ISBN 978-0374309923)

BUBBLE TROUBLE. Margaret Mahy. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. (Clarion. $16. ISBN 978-0547074214. Ages 3-7.)

BURN MY HEART. Beverley Naidoo. (HarperCollins/Amistad. $15.99. ISBN 978-0061432972. MG.)

THE CARBON DIARIES 2015. Saci Lloyd. (Holiday House. $17.95. 978-0823421909. Grades 9-12.)

CHICKEN LITTLE. Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. $16.95. ISBN 978-1596434646. PreS-K.)

CORETTA SCOTT. Ntozake Shange. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. (Harper/Tegen/Amistad. $17.99. ISBN 978-006125364. Ages 4-9.)

CREATURE OF THE NIGHT. Kate Thompson. (Roaring Brook. $17.95. ISBN 978-1596435117. Grades 9-12)

CROSSING STONES. Helen Frost. (FSG. $16.99. ISBN 978-0374316532)

DARWIN. Alice B. McGinty. Illustrated by Mary Azarian. (Houghton Mifflin. $18. ISBN 978-0618995318. Grades 1-4)

THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS: THE TRUE STORY OF BOB AND JOE SWITZER’S BRIGHT IDEAS AND BRAND-NEW COLORS. Chris Barton. Illustrated by Tony Persiani. (Charlesbridge. $18.95. ISBN 978-157091673. Ages 8-12.)

THE DEMON’S LEXICON. Sarah Rees Brennan. (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster. $17.99. ISBN 978-1416963790. YA.)

DINOTRUX. Chris Gall. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-031602777. A
s 4-8.)

THE DUNDERHEADS. Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by David Roberts. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763624989. Ages 6-10.)

ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE. Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Gary Kelley. (Disney-Hyperion. $16.99. ISBN 978-0786851416. Grades 2-5.)

A FOOT IN THE MOUTH: POEMS TO SPEAK, SING, AND SHOUT. ed. by Paul B. Janeczko, illus. by Chris Raschka. (Candlewick. $17.99. ISBN 978-0763606633. Ages 8-12.)

GERTRUDE IS GERTRUDE IS GERTRUDE IS GERTRUDE. Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Calef Brown. (S&S/Atheneum. $16.99. ISBN 978-1416940883. Ages 4-10.)

HIGHER! HIGHER! Leslie Patricelli. (Candlewick. $15.99. ISBN 978-0763632410. Preschool.)

LEVIATHAN. Scott Westerfeld. Illustrated by Keith Thompson. (Simon Pulse, $19.99. ISBN: 978-1416971733)

LIAR. Justine Larbalestier. (Bloomsbury. $16.99. ISBN 978-1599903057)

LITTLE CHICK. Amy Hest. Illustrated by Anita Jeram. (Candlewick. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-763628901. Ages 3-6.)

LOOKING LIKE ME. Walter Dean Myers. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. (Egmont. $18.95. ISBN 978-1606840016)

THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT. Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763644109. Grades 4-7.)

MISSION CONTROL, THIS IS APOLLO: THE STORY OF THE FIRST VOYAGES TO THE MOON. Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl. Illustrated by Alan Bean. (Viking. $23.99. ISBN 978-0670011568. Grades 5-8.)

MITTEN, THE. Retold by Jim Aylesworth. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. (Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-0439925440)

MY PEOPLE. Langston Hughes. Photos by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (Atheneum/Ginee Seo. $17.99. ISBN 978-1416935407. Ages 4-8.)

THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS. Langston Hughes. Illus. by E.B. Lewis. (Disney-Jump at the Sun. $16.99. ISBN 978-0786818679. Ages 4-8.)

NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. Justina Chen Headley. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-0316025058. YA.)

ORANGUTAN TONGS: POEMS TO TANGLE YOUR TONGUE. Jon Agee. (Disney-Hyperion. $16.99. ISBN 978-1423103158. Ages 4-8.)

PHARAOH’S BOAT. David Weitzman. (Houghton Mifflin. $17. ISBN 9780547053417. Grades 4-7.)

PRINCESS HYACINTH: THE SURPRISING TALE OF A GIRL WHO FLOATED, by Florence Parry Heide. Illustrated by Lane Smith. (Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. ISBN 978-0375937538)

RAVEN SUMMER. David Almond. (Delacorte. $16.99. ISBN 978-0385738064)

REDWOODS. Jason Chin. (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. $16.95. ISBN 978-1596434301. PreS-Grade 3.)

RIOT. Walter Dean Myers. (Egmont USA. $16.99. ISBN 978-1606840009)

ROBOT ZOT! Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by David Shannon. (S&S. $17.99. ISBN 978-1416963944)

A SAVAGE THUNDER: ANTIETAM AND THE BLOODY ROAD TO FREEDOM. Jim Murphy. (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster. $17.99. ISBN 978-0689876332. Grades 6-10.)

THE SMALL ADVENTURE OF POPEYE AND ELVIS. Barbara O’Connor. (FSG. $16.99. ISBN 978-0374370558)

SOLACE OF THE ROAD. Siobhan Dowd. (Random/David Fickling Bks. $17.99. ISBN 978-0375849718)

TSUNAMI! Kimiko Kajikawa. Illus. by Ed Young. (Philomel. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399250064. Grades K-3.)

THE VAST FIELDS OF ORDINARY. Nick Burd. (Dial. $16.99. ISBN 97800803733404. Grades 9-12)

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. Grace Lin. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-0316114271. Ages 8-12.)

WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK, A: A FOREST OF POEMS. Deborah Ruddell. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1416942115. $16.99. Gr. 3-5.)

WRITTEN IN BONE: BURIED LIVES OF JAMESTOWN AND COLONIAL MARYLAND. Sally M. Walker. (Carolrhoda. $22.95. ISBN 978-0822571353. MG/YA.)

YEARS OF DUST: THE STORY OF THE DUST BOWL. Albert Marrin. (Dutton. $22.99. ISBN 978-0525420774. Grades 5-8.)

YOU NEVER HEARD OF SANDY KOUFAX?! Jonah Winter. Illustrated by André Carrilho. (Schwartz & Wade/Random House. $17.99. ISBN 978-0375837388)

** 2 STARS **

11 BIRTHDAYS. Wendy Mass. (Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-0545052399)

14 COWS FOR AMERICA. Carmen Agra, with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. (Peachtree. $17.95. ISBN 978-1561454907)

1968. Michael T. Kaufman. (Roaring Brook/Flash Point. $22.95. ISBN 978-1596434288)

ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING: HOW TO TURN YOUR DOODLES INTO COMICS. James Sturm and Andrew Arnold et al. (Roaring Brook/First Second. $12.95. ISBN 978-1596433694)

AFRICAN ACROSTICS: A WORD IN EDGEWAYS. Poems by Avis Harley. Illustrated with photos by Deborah Noyes. (Candlewick. $17.99. ISBN 978-0763636210)

AFTER THE MOMENT. Garret Freymann-Weyr. (Houghton. $16. ISBN 978-0618605729)

AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES. Gennifer Choldenko. (Dial. $17.99. 978-0803734609)

ALBERT EINSTEIN. Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Boris Kulikov. (Giants of Science Series) (Viking. $15.99. ISBN 978-0670063321)

ALL GOD’S CRITTERS. Bill Staines. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. (Simon & Schuster. $16.99. ISBN 978-0689869594)

ALL IN A DAY. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Nikki McClure. (Abrams. $17.95. ISBN 978-0810983212)

ALL OF BABY, NOSE TO TOES. Victoria Adler. Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. (Dial. $14.99. ISBN 978-0803732179)

ALONG FOR THE RIDE. Sarah Dessen. (Viking. $19.99. ISBN 978-0670011940)

ALPHABEASTIES AND OTHER AMAZING TYPES. Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss. (Blue Apple. $19.99. ISBN 978-1934706787)

ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL. Nora Raleigh Baskin. (Simon & Schuster. $15.99. ISBN 978-1416963783)

THE ASK AND THE ANSWER. Patrick Ness. (Candlewick. $18.99. ISBN 978-0763644901)

BEFORE COLUMBUS: THE AMERICAS OF 1491. Charles C. Mann. (S&S/Atheneum. $24.99. ISBN 978-1416949008)

BILLY AND MILLY, SHORT AND SILLY. Eve B. Feldman. Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning. (Putnam. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399246517)

BLOODLINE. Katy Moran. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763640835)

A BOOK. Mordicai Gerstein. (Roaring Brook. $16.95. ISBN 978-1596432512)

BOOK OF SLEEP, A. Il Sung Na. (Knopf/Borzoi. $15.99. ISBN 978-0375862236)

BRING ME SOME APPLES AND I’LL MAKE YOU A PIE: A STORY ABOUT EDNA LEWIS. Robbin Gourley. (Clarion. $16. ISBN 978-0618158362)

BROKEN SOUP. Jenny Valentine. (HarperTeen. $16.99. ISBN 978-0060850715)

CARS ON MARS: ROVING THE RED PLANET. Alexandra Siy. (Charlesbridge. $18.95. ISBN 978-1570914621)

A CHAIR FOR ALWAYS. Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061722790)

CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER: THE SEARCH FOR JOHN WILKES BOOTH. James L. Swanson. (Scholastic Press, $16.99. ISBN 978-0439903547)

CHILDREN OF WAR: VOICES OF IRAQI REFUGEES. Deborah Ellis. (Groundwood. $15.95. ISBN 978-0888999078)

CITY I LOVE. Lee Bennett Hopkins. Illustrated by Marcellus Hall. (Abrams. $16.95. ISBN 978-0810983274)

COLD SKIN. Steven Herrick. (Front Street/dist. Boyds Mills. $18.95. ISBN 978-1590785720)

THE COLOR OF EARTH. Kim Dong Hwa, trans. from the Korean by Lauren Na. (Roaring Brook/First Second. ISBN 978-1596434585)

CROW CALL. Lois Lowry. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. (Scholastic, $16.99. ISBN 978-0545030359)

THE CUCKOO’S HAIKU AND OTHER BIRDING POEMS. Michael J. Rosen. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. (Candlewick. $17.99. ISBN 978-0763630492)


THE DEVIL’S PAINTBOX. Victoria McKernan. (Knopf. $16.99. ISBN 978-0375837500)

DJANGO: WORLD’S GREATEST JAZZ GUITARIST. Bonnie Christensen. (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. $17.99. ISBN 978-1596434226)

DOOM MACHINE, THE. Mark Teague. (Scholastic/Blue Sky. $17.99.
ISBN 978-0545151429)

DOPE SICK. Walter Dean Myers. (HarperTeen/Amistad. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061214776)

DUCK! RABBIT! Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. (Chronicle. $16.99. ISBN 978-0811868655)

EVERYTHING FOR A DOG. Ann M. Martin. (Feiwel and Friends. $16.99. ISBN 978-0312386511)

FLASH BURNOUT. L.K. Madigan. (Houghton. $16. ISBN 978-0547194899)

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. Carrie Ryan. (Delacorte. $16.99. ISBN 978-0385736817)

FUNNY BUSINESS: CONVERSATIONS WITH WRITERS OF COMEDY. Leonard S. Marcus. (Candlewick. $21.99. ISBN 978-0763632540)

GENTLEMEN. Michael Northrop. (Scholastic Press. $16.99. ISBN 978-0545097499)

GHOSTS OF WAR: MY TOUR OF DUTY. Ryan Smithson. (HarperTeen/Collins. $16.99. ISBN 978-006166468-7)

GOING BOVINE. Libba Bray. (Delacorte. $17.99. ISBN 978-0385733977)

GRACIAS / THANKS. Pat Mora. (Lee & Low. $17.95. ISBN 978-1600602580)

THE GREAT AND ONLY BARNUM: THE TREMENDOUS, STUPENDOUS LIFE OF SHOWMAN P. T. BARNUM. Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Ray Fenwick. (Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $18.99. ISBN 978-0375841972)

HANNAH’S WINTER. Kierin Meehan. (Kane/Miller. $15.95. ISBN 978-1933605982)

HATE LIST. Jennifer Brown. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-0316041447)

HEART OF A SHEPHERD. Rosanne Parry. (Random House, $15.99. ISBN 978-0375848025)

HEARTSINGER. Karlijn Stoffels, trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. (Scholastic/Levine. $16.99. ISBN 978-0545069298)

HELLO BABY! Mem Fox. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. (S&S/Beach Lane. $15.99. ISBN 978-1416985136)

HIGHWAY ROBBERY. Kate Thompson. Illustrated by Johnny Duddle and Robert Dress. (Greenwillow. $15.99. ISBN 978-0061730344)

HOME ON THE RANGE: JOHN A. LOMAX AND HIS COWBOY SONGS. Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler. (Putnam. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399239960)

HONK, HONK, GOOSE! CANADA GEESE START A FAMILY. April Pulley Sayre. Illustrated by Huy Voun Lee. (Holt. $16.95. 978-0805071030)

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT. Natalie Standiford. (Scholastic. $17.99. ISBN 978-0545107082)

THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED. Nancy Farmer. (Atheneum. $18.99. 978-1416907374)

JEREMY DRAWS A MONSTER. Peter McCarty. (Holt. $16.99. ISBN 978-0805069341)

JUMPED. Rita Williams-Garcia. (HarperTeen/Amistad. $16.99. ISBN 978-0060760915)

KALEIDOSCOPE EYES. Jen Bryant. (Knopf. $15.99. ISBN 978-0375840487)

KING OF THE SCREWUPS. K.L. Going. (Harcourt. $17. ISBN 978-0152062583)

LAST NIGHT I SANG TO THE MONSTER. Benjamin Alire Saenz. (Cinco Puntos. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1933693583)

THE LAST OLYMPIAN. Rick Riordan. (Hyperion. $17.99. ISBN 978-1423101475)

THE LION’S SHARE: A TALE OF HALVING CAKE AND EATING IT, TOO. Matthew McElligott. (Walker. $16.99. ISBN 978-0802797681)

LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES. Laini Taylor; illus. by Jim Di Bartolo. (Scholastic/Levine, $17.99. ISBN 978-0545055857)

LISTEN TO THE WIND: THE STORY OF DR. GREG & THREE CUPS OF TEA. Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. (Dial. $16.99. ISBN 978-0803730588)

LUCY LONG AGO: UNCOVERING THE MYSTERY OF WHERE WE CAME FROM. Catherine Thimmesh. (Houghton. $18. ISBN 978-0547051994.

MACHINES GO TO WORK. William Low. (Holt. $14.95. ISBN 978-0805087598)

THE MAN WHO LIVED IN A HOLLOW TREE. Anne Shelby. Illustrated by Cor Hazelaar. (Atheneum. $17.99. ISBN 978-0689861697)

MOON RABBIT. Natalie Russell. (Viking. $16.99. ISBN 978-0670011704)

THE MUSEUM OF MARY CHILD. Cassandra Golds. (Kane/Miller. $16.99. ISBN 978-1935279136)

MY UNCLE EMILY. Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. (Philomel. $17.99. ISBN 978-0399240058)

NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED. Mo Willems. (Hyperion. $16.99. ISBN 978-1423114376)


NIC BISHOP BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS. Nic Bishop. (Scholastic. $17.99. ISBN 978-0439877572)

NOTHING BUT GHOSTS. Beth Kephart. HarperTeen. $17.99. ISBN 978-0061667961)

ONCE UPON A TWICE. Denise Doyen. Illustrated by Barry Moser. (Random. $16.99. ISBN 978-0375856129)

ONCE WAS LOST. Sara Zarr. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-0316036047)

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COLD HANDS, WARM HEART. Jill Wolfson. (Henry Holt. $17.99. ISBN 978-0805082821)

COLOR OF HEAVEN, THE. Dong Hwa Kim. Translated by Lauren Na. (First Second. $16.99. ISBN 978-1596434608)

THE COMPOSER IS DEAD. Lemony Snicket. Music by Nathaniel Stookey. Illustrated by Carson Ellis. (HarperCollins. $17.99. ISBN 978-0061236273)

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DISTANT WAVES: A NOVEL OF THE TITANIC. Suzanne Weyn. (Scholastic. $17.99. ISBN 978-0545085724)

DO NOT BUILD A FRANKENSTEIN! Neil Numberman. (Greenwillow. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061568169)

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DOG DAYS. Jeff Kinney. (Abrams.Amulet. $13.95. ISBN 978-0810983915)

DOG IN THE WOOD, THE. Monika Schroder. (FSG. $17.95. ISBN 978-1590787014)

THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS. Yona Zeldis McDonough. Illustrated by Heather Maione. (Viking. $14.99. ISBN 978-0670010912)

DOWN DOWN DOWN. A JOURNEY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. Steve Jenkins. (Houghton. $17.00. ISBN 978-0618-966363)

DRAGONBREATH. Ursula Vernon. (Dial. $12.99. ISBN 978-0803733633)

DRAGONFLY. Julia Golding. (Marshall Cavendish. $17.99. ISBN 978-0761455820)

THE DREAM STEALER. Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Peter Sis. (Greenwillow. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061755637)

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DUCK TENTS. Lynne Berry. Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. (Holt. $16.95. ISBN 978-0805086966)

THE DUEL: THE PARALLEL LIVES OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON & AARON BURR. Judith St. George. (Viking. $16.99. ISBN 978-0670011247)


EARTH IN THE HOT SEAT: BULLETINS FROM A WARMING WORLD. Marfé Ferguson Delano. (National Geographic. $16.95. ISBN 978-1426304347)

EARTHGIRL. Jennifer Cowan. (Groundwood. $17.95. ISBN 978-0888998897)

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EIDI. Bodil Bredsdorff. Translated by Kathryn Mahaffy. (Farrar. $16.99. ISBN 978-0374312671)

EL BARRIO. Debbi Chocolate. Illustrated by David Diaz. (Holt. $16.95. ISBN 978-0805074574)

THE ELEVATOR MAN. Stanley Trachtenberg. Illustrated by Paul Cox. (Eerdmans. $18. ISBN 978-0802853158)

EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL IN LOVE. Lauren Tarshis. (Dial. $16.99. ISBN 978-0803733213)

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THE ENEMY: A BOOK ABOUT PEACE. Davide Cali. Illustrated by Serge Bloch. (Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. $15.99. ISBN 978-0375845000)

EPOSSUMONDAS PLAYS POSSUM. (Coleen Salley. Illustrated by Janet Stevens. (Harcourt. $16. ISBN 978-0152064204)

ERIKA-SAN. Allen Say. (Houghton Mifflin. $17. ISBN 978-0618889334)

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A WRITER’S LIFE. Catherine Reef. (Clarion. $20. ISBN 978-0618987054)


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EVOLUTION REVOLUTION. Robert Winston. (DK. $16.99. ISBN 978-0756645243)


EYE FOR COLOR, AN: THE STORY OF JOSEF ALBERS. Natasha Wing; illus. by Julia Breckenreid. (Holt. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-805080728)

EYES LIKE STARS (THEATRE ILLUMINATA, ACT I . Lisa Mantchev. (Feiwel & Friends/St. Martin’s. $16.99. ISBN 978-0312380960)

THE FABULOUS FEUD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Richard Egielski. (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. $16.99. ISBN 978-0439930505)

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FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. (Delacorte. $16.99. ISBN 978-0385736152)

FAMILY SECRET, A. Eric Heuvel. Translated by Lorraine T. Miller. (Farrar. $18.99. ISBN 978-0374322717. Pb $9.99. ISBN 978-0374422653)

THE FANTASTIC UNDERSEA LIFE OF JACQUES COUSTEAU. Dan Yaccarino. (Knopf. $16.99. ISBN 978-0375855733)

THE FATAL CHILD. John Dickinson. (Fickling/Ranom House. $17.99. ISBN 978-0385751100)

THE FETCH. Laura Whitcomb. (Houghton. $17. ISBN 978-0618891313)

FINN THROWS A FIT. David Elliott. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763623562)

FLAWED DOGS, THE NOVEL: THE SHOCKING RAID ON WESTMINSTER. Berkeley Breathed. (Philomel. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399252181)

FLETCHER AND THE SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS. Julia Rawlinson. Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. (Greenwillow. $17.99. ISBN 978-0061688553)

FLYGIRL. Sherri L. Smith. (Putnam. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399247095)

FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN’T HAVE. Allen Zadoff. (Egmont. $16.99. ISBN 978-1606840047)

FRANKIE PICKLE AND THE CLOSET OF DOOM. Eric Wight. (S&S. $9.99. ISBN 978-1416964841)

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FROGS. Nic Bishop. (Scholastic. $17.99. ISBN 978-0439877558)

FROGS AND TOADS ALL SANG, THE. Arnold Lobel. Illustrated by author & Adrianne Lobel. (HarperCollins. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061800221)

FUNNY HOW THINGS CHANGE. Melissa Wyatt. (FSG. $16.95. ISBN 978-0374302337)

GATEWAY. Sharon Shinn. (Viking. $17.99. ISBN 978-0670011780)

THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS. Jane Smiley. Illustrated by Elaine Clayton. (Knopf. $16.99. ISBN 978-0375862274)

GIANT-SLAYER, THE. Iain Lawrence. (Delacorte. $16.95. ISBN 978-0385733762)

GINGERBREAD PIRATES, THE. Kristin Kladstrup. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763632236)

THE GIRL WHO THREW BUTTERFLIES. Mick Cochrane. (Knopf. $15.99. ISBN 978-0375856822)

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THE GOBLIN AND THE EMPTY CHAIR. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon. (S&S/Beach Lane. $17.99. ISBN 978-1416985853)

GOLDILOCKS. Ruth Sanderson. (Little, Brown. $16.99. ISBN 978-0316778855)

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS. Adapted by Gennady Spirin. (Marshall Cavendish. $17.99. ISBN 978-0761455967)

THE GOLDSMITH’S DAUGHTER. Tanya Landman. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763642198)

GOOD DOG, AGGIE. Lori Ries. Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer. (Charlesbridge. $16.99. ISBN 978-1570916454)

GREAT DEATH, THE. John Smelcer. (Holt. $16.99. ISBN 978-0805081008)

GREENER GRASS. Caroline Pignat. (Red Deer. paperback. $12.95. ISBN 978-0889954021)

HAMLET: A NOVEL. John Marsden. (Candlewick. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763644512)

HAPPENSTANCE FOUND. P. W. Catanese. (S&S/Aladdin. $16.99. ISBN 978-1416975199)

HARRY AND HORSIE. Katie Van Camp. Illustrated by Lincoln Agnew. (Balzer & Bray/HarperTeen. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061755989)

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A SNEEP? Tasha Pym. Illustrated by Joel Stewart. (FSG. $16.95. ISBN 978-0374328689)

HENRY’S NIGHT. D.B. Johnson and Linda Michelin. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $16. ISBN 978-0547056630)

HOW DO I LOVE YOU? Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church. (Cartwheel/Scholastic. $8.99. ISBN 978-0545072700)

HOW DO YOU WOKKA-WOKKA? Elizabeth Bluemle. Illustrated by Randy Cecil. (Candlewick. $15.99. ISBN 978-0763632281)

HOW MANY BABY PANDAS? Sandra Markle. (Walker. $15.99. ISBN 978-0802797834)

HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD. Claudia Mills. Illustrated by Heather Maione. (Farrar. $15.95. . ISBN 978-0374334871)

HOW TO SCRATCH A WOMBAT: WHERE TO FIND IT…WHAT TO FEED IT…WHY IT SLEEPS ALL DAY. Jackie French. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley. (Clarion. $16. ISBN 978-0618868643)

HOW TO STEAL A CAR. Pete Hautman. (Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-0545113182)

HURRY UP AND SLOW DOWN. Layn Marlow. (Holiday House. $16.95. ISBN 978-082342178-7)

I AND I: BOB MARLEY. Tony Medina. Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. (Lee & Low. $19.95. ISBN 978-1600602573)

I HEARD GOD TALKING TO ME: WILLIAM EDMONDSON AND HIS STONE CARVINGS. Elizabeth Spires. (Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. $17.95. ISBN 978-0374335281)

I WANT TO BE FREE. Joseph Slate. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. (Putnam. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399243424)

THE IMAGINARY GARDEN. Andrew Larsen. Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher. (Kids Can. $16.95. ISBN 978-1554532797)

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INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER. Julie Halpern. (Feiwel & Friends. $16.99. ISBN 978-0312382520)

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NO MORE US FOR YOU. David Hernandez . (HarperTeen. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061173332)

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TOON TREASURY OF CLASSIC CHILDREN’S COMICS, THE. Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, ed
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UP CLOSE: BILL GATES. Marc Aronson. (Viking. $16.99. ISBN 978-0670063487)

UP CLOSE: THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Michael L. Cooper. (Viking. $16.99. ISBN 978-0670011346)

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. (Zonderkidz. $16.99. ISBN 978-0310711926)

A WALK IN NEW YORK. Salvatore Rubbino. (Candlewick.$16.99. ISBN 978-0763638559)

WAR GAMES. Audrey Couloumbis and Akila Couloumbis. (Random House. $16.99. ISBN 978-0375856280)

THE WATERS & THE WILD. Francesca Lia Block. (HarperTeen. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061452444)

WE ARE THE WEATHER MAKERS: THE HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE. Tim Flannery. Adapted by Sally M. Walker. (Candlewick. $17.99. ISBN 978-0763636562)

WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT. Zachary Shapiro. Illustrated by Jack E. Davis. (Putnam. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399243936)

WE TROUBLED THE WATERS. Ntozake Shange. Illustrated by Rod Brown. (Harper/Amistad. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061337376)

WHAT BLUEBIRDS DO. Pamela F. Kirby. (Boyds Mills. $16.95. ISBN 978-159078-6147)

WHAT IS THIS? Antje Damm. (Frances Lincoln /PGW. dist.. $15.95. ISBN 978-1845078997)

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY: FROM THE FILES OF A HARD-BOILED DETECTIVE. Jeanie Franz Ransom and Joe Dumpty. Illustrated by Stephen Axelsen. (Charlesbridge. $15.95. ISBN 978-1580891097)

WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?: HOW ALICE ROOSEVELT BROKE THE RULES, CHARMED THE WORLD, AND DROVE HER FATHER TEDDY CRAZY. Barbara Kerley. Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. (Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-0439922319)

WHAT WOULD EMMA DO? Eileen Cook. Simon Pulse. paperback, $7.99. ISBN 978-1416974321)

WHEN ROYALS WORE RUFFLES: A FUNNY & FASHIONABLE ALPHABET! Chesley McLaren and Pamela Jaber. Illustrated by McLaren. (Schwartz & Wade. $16.99. ISBN 978-0375851667)

WHEN THE SNOW FELL. Henning Mankell. Translated by Laurie Thompson. (Delacorte. $15.99. ISBN 978-0385734974)

WHEN YOU MEET A BEAR ON BROADWAY. Amy Hest. Illustrated by Elivia Savadier. (Farrar/Melanie Kroupa. $16.99. ISBN 978-0374400156)

WHERE TEDDY BEARS COME FROM. Mark Burgess. Illustrated by Russell Ayto. (Peachtree. $16.95. ISBN 978-1561454877)

WHITE NOISE: A POP-UP BOOK FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES. David A. Carter. (Little Simon. $22.99. ISBN 978-1416940944)

THE WHITE WITCH. Janet Graber. (Roaring Brook. $17.95. ISBN 978-1596433373)

WHITEFOOT: A STORY FROM THE CENTER OF THE WORLD. Wendell Berry. Illustrated by Davis Te Selle. (Counterpoint. $22. ISBN 978-1582434322)

WHOO GOES THERE? Jennifer A. Ericsson. Illustrated by Bert Kitchen. (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. $17.99. ISBN 978-1596433717)


WILD GIRL. Patricia Reilly Giff. (Wendy Lamb/Random House. $15.99. ISBN 978-0375838903)

WILD THINGS. Clay Carmichael. (Front Street/ dist. by Boyds Mills. $18.95. ISBN 978-1590786277)

WILLOUGHBY AND THE LION. Greg Foley. (HarperCollins/Bowen. $17.99. ISBN 978-0061547508)

WILSON AND MISS LOVELY: A BACK-TO-SCHOOL MYSTERY. John Stadler. (Random/Corey. $9.99. ISBN 978-037584478-2)

WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED. J. C. Phillipps. (Viking. $15.99. ISBN 978-0670010929)

WINTER WOOD (TOUCHSTONE TRILOGY 03). Steve Augarde. (David Fickling/Random House. $17.99. ISBN 978-0385750749)

THE WIZARD OF RONDO. Emily Rodda. (Scholastic. $16.99. ISBN 978-0545115162)

WOMBAT WALKABOUT. Carol Diggory Shields. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (Dutton. $16.99. ISBN 978-0525478652)

WONDERLAND. Tommy Kovac. Illustrated by Sonny Liew. (Disney. $19.99. ISBN 978-1423104513)

WOOF: A LOVE STORY. Sarah Weeks. Illustrated by Holly Berry. (HarperCollins. $16.99. ISBN 978-0060250072)

THE YANKEE AT THE SEDER. Elka Weber. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. (Tricycle. $16.99. ISBN 978-1582462561)

THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY. Kathryn Fitzmaurice. (Harper. $16.99. ISBN 978-0061624971)

YOU ARE THE FIRST KID ON MARS. Patrick O’Brien. Illustrated by Patrick O’Brien. (Putnam. $16.99. ISBN 978-0399246340)

THE YOUNG INFERNO. John Agard. Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. (Frances Lincoln. $19.95. ISBN 978-1845077693)

YOUNG SAMURAI: THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. Chris Bradford. (Disney-Hyperion. $16.99. ISBN 978-1423118718)

YUM YUM! WHAT FUN! Mara Bergman. Illustrated by Nick Maland. (Greenwillow. $17.99. ISBN 978-0061688607)

ZENITH. Julie Bertagna. (Walker. $16.99. ISBN 978-0802798039)

ZERO IS THE LEAVES ON THE TREE. Betsy Franco. Illustrated by Shino Arihara. (Tricycle. $15.99. ISBN 978-1582462496)


Any mistakes are mine; collating all of these is quite a project, and definitely subject to human error. Authors and publishers, please let me know if I’ve missed any, at shelftalker2 @ gmail dot com.

Please Would Someone Do a Book with Brigette Barrager?

Alison Morris - November 10, 2009

Let’s launch a children’s book illustration career right here, today, on this very blog, shall we? The other day, while preparing a post to help you with your holiday shopping, I stumbled across the work of an immensely talented young woman who has a shop on Etsy. Her name? Brigette Barrager.

Because she is reportedly tired of hearing how much her illustrations resemble some of the work by the late great Mary Blair, I will instead point out the fact that Brigette’s illustrations feel fresh, hip, and playful. I love her use of color, and I love her caricatures of both people and animals, their exaggerated features adding so much to their personalities.

Looking at her sketches, it’s clear she can craft complex characters with just a few strokes of the brush or pen. Even her singular drawings (like this napkin doodle) suggest a larger narrative.

I have never met Brigette personally and I know little about her beyond what I’ve been able to read on the web, but I’ve seen enough at this point to know that this woman is hot stuff. (I’m referring here to her art, but it’s also true that Brigette herself is completely adorable.)

She graduated from CalArts in 2007 with a BFA in Character Animation. She appears to be gaining recognition in the animation world, but has only illustrated one book so far.

And what book is that? A staple-bound, 8" x 8" format movie tie-in for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the cover of which features a still from the movie rather than a sampling of Brigette’s wonderful interior art (see sample pages below from The Weather Report: with Sam Sparks written by Alison Inches, published by Simon Spotlight, August 2009).

I think Brigitte deserves opportunities much finer than this. In an October 2008 interview she said, "I would really, really like to do a graphic novel in the future, and a children’s book or two." I know this is still the case, as I wrote to Brigitte before posting this, JUST to confirm it. She is NOT looking for an agent, but, yes, she would love to hear from publishers.

For the sake of all of us who enjoy seeing this level of talent on the pages of the books we read, I’m hoping you’ll contact this woman. Take a look at her blog, review the work in her portfolio, see the art she’s posted on Flickr, buy up the items in her Etsy store, and get in touch. After she’s done amazing work for you and sold tons of books/won lots of awards, you can thank me. Preferably with original art or hmm… Maybe a high-paying job as a talent scout who trolls Etsy looking for undiscovered genius? That’d be fine too.

As for the Etsy items that first made me go, "Oh, WHAT FUN! Who is this woman??" That would be the Miss Librarian Paper Doll. Get yours here.

A Great Author Event

Josie Leavitt - November 9, 2009

We had a great author event on Saturday with Grace Lin, whose latest book is When the Mountain Meets the Moon. The event drew a diverse crowd of happy children and parents. (One child had actually made a card for Grace, which was awfully sweet.) Three things contributed to the success of this event.

The first was our promotion. The event was listed on our website, our entire email list got an invitation to the event on Thursday morning, and we had our event posters up all over town. I saw some new faces at the event and asked how they heard of it. This leads to item number two: author websites.

Grace’s website is fabulous. It’s chock full of information without being overwhelming, and it’s very easy to navigate. Sometimes authors get really cutesy with their websites and it can be infuriating. As much as I loved the Harry Potter books, I grew to hate J.K. Rowling’s website because I could never figure out what to do in what order. Grace’s site is visually pleasing and she helps promote getting autographed books for folks who can’t make it to the event by including the store phone number — very smart.

As booksellers we can never underestimate the power of the author website. Kids, and parents, check their favorite author websites, a lot. When there’s new info or local events listed, they pay attention and often try to make the event, as this one family did. So, I had a great win-win Saturday. Four people who checked Grace’s website, came to the event and then fell in love with my store and signed up for my email list.

Lastly, what makes a great event is the author. Grace had a presentation that was engaging for all. First, she read a very lively part of the book. The reading took about six minutes, which is the right amount of time for a crowd that skewed younger. Then we had a craft activity. If you look closely at the photo on the left, you can see the number 5. All the kids, parents and one bookseller had a sheet of paper and a pen and we learned how Grace drew the dog (the same dog she’s been drawing since she was 8) for The Year of the Dog. This was simple and do-able for everyone in the room.  See the finished dog on the right. Grace explained this process easily and patiently. And I must say I think everyone was pleasantly surprised at how well their dogs came out, except me. My dog wound up with too many eyes.

There is a fourth thing that can help an event and that’s the social networking sites. I didn’t have a chance to ask anyone if they saw our tweet or Facebook status for the event, but it can’t hurt you to do this. If your store is on the net with a website, you might want to think about creating a "fan of…" for your store. It’s amazing how many of your customers will find you and become fans. Grace and I were talking after the event about promotion and she said it’s the general rule that people need to see things three times for it to sink and be remembered, or acted upon, so between the store and author, if a promotion’s done well, you can reach that number very easily and increase your chances of a successful event.

I’m going to practice my dog now and get the eye in the right place.

What’s on Your Nightstand?

Josie Leavitt - November 5, 2009

I’m curious what everyone is reading right now. Currently I’m reading two books: The Maze Runner and The Demon’s Lexicon. I don’t normally read this much fantasy, especially concurrently, but both of these are extremely compelling and I can’t bear not to read a little of each every night; they speak to different audiences who I think will enjoy them as much as I am. My current challenge is to not leap ahead into the spring 2010 galleys, although they look very yummy. I’m trying to get ready for the holidays by reading some gems that I might have missed.

As we are approach the heart of the fourth quarter, I find myself eyeing my shelves thinking about what I can actively sell to all the various gift purchasers shopping in my store. I know what my favorites are: Wintergirls, The Lion & the Mouse, School of Fear, Once Was Lost, the new Mysterious Benedict Society, The Julie Andrews’ Poetry Collection… the list could go on and on.

So, what’s in your bag, e-reader, or on your bedside table? And, what can’t you wait to handsell to gift purchasers this holiday season?

To Give or Not to Give

Josie Leavitt - November 4, 2009

The season for charitable giving (and giving) is upon us. I have been keeping track of the number of times this fall I’ve been asked to make a donation. Every day someone has come in or called at least once a day for the last forty days. Really, every day someone has asked the store for something: a gift card, a book, several books, a whole gift basket, etc., and all for very good causes. 

As a small business owner in a small community, it’s hard to say no to anyone who walks in with a simple request. But as some point you have to say no. Or do you?

I give gift cards almost exclusively. I like the gift card because the auction winner has to come back to the store to redeem their prize and I might gain a new customer. The charities don’t like them as much because very seldom do folks bid more than the face value of the gift card. Although, at some schools, where the kids really love our store, there have been bidding wars. I don’t like giving books because then there’s not necessarily an enticement for the winner to come back to the store. I set an amount a month of what I can afford to give away, assuming all the gift cards get redeemed. Once I reach that number, I try to stick to it unless a very good customer comes in and asks for a donation.  There’s only one situation where I have no real problem saying no and that’s when someone comes to me and they’ve never been to my store and their event seems too far to bring a new customer to the store.

I do love it when the grade school kids come in and make the plea themselves. There is something really touching about a third grader coming and reading something they’ve written off a crumpled piece of paper about how their class is raising money for field trips. I never say no to these little guys. But I do make them work for it, just a little. I don’t let them get away with having their parents explain their mission. I like their speeches, and secretly, I’ll always give more to a kid than to an adult.

When I feel inundated with requests, another thing I do is limit the kind of organization I give to. If it’s not book/child related, I have a much easier time saying no. But it’s so hard to say no to anyone.  I’ve already bought four enormous Christmas wreaths and given away over $100 in gift cards in the last three weeks. Oh, and I’m on the hook for several rolls of gift wrap for another charity.

I’d be very curious to know how other bookstores deal with the requests they get from the many good organizations that seek donations.

Pay-As-You-Go Reading

Elizabeth Bluemle - November 3, 2009

Guest blogger Kenny Brechner from DDG Booksellers writes:
As you can see from this PW article, Simon & Schuster is now selling e-chapters of books. As exciting as this advance is it doesn’t go nearly far enough, which is why, at DDG, our crack team of scientists has just developed the next big advance for reading, the Corneal Lens “Pay as you go” E-Reading Register.
When you fill your car with gas you only pay for what goes in the tank, right? And that’s the beauty of the CLERR™: you only pay for what you actually read. As easy to put in as a contact lens, the CLERR™ emits a colorless laser image which interacts with the CLERR™ portable E-Reader, or any of the vast available CLERR™ digital library of ebooks and e-magazines, available for you to read on any computer. The way it works is that you can download whatever you want for free. You just pay as you read!
As your eyes pass over any CLERR™ digital content, the CLERR™ lens transmits a colorless infrared beam which interacts with the text and wirelessly transmits the number of characters you read, automatically debiting your credit card .002 cents per character. You don’t pay for what you don’t read! And if your credit card is overdrawn? No problem. The CLERR™ will deliver a searing pain into your cerebral cortex, letting you know to deposit more funds.
Frequently asked questions about the CLERR™:
Can other people steal a peak at your CLERR™ digital content without wearing their CLERR™ lens? No, it is only intelligible if you have a CLERR™ lens in.
Can I put in my CLERR™ lens myself? Sure!
Can I remove my CLERR™ lens myself? No! Only a DDG CLERR™ technician can remove the lens.
Can I re-read text with the CLERR™? You can re-read up to 1,000 characters for free, and after that re-read passages are charged at a special half-off rate. The re-reading rate is currently the same whether you re-read because you liked it a lot or because you’ve forgotten it. Hopefully we’ll have the capability of making finer distinctions soon.
And, with the introduction of CLERR™ billboards, movies, television shows, posters, and flyers, you’ll be able to pay for almost everything you read!
Should you worry about being trapped out on the street because your credit card is overdrawn and every written object you see is causing your CLERR™ lens to transmit searing pain to your cerebral cortex? No! Just shut your eyes and ask someone to guide you to the nearest bank.
CLERR™ developer Kenny Brechner demonstrates an overdraw with destitute prototype tester Margaux DePue. Good thing she was paid her test-subject money up front!

Best Costume Ever

Josie Leavitt - November 2, 2009

I hope everyone had a splendid Halloween. I just wanted to report on two costumes I saw at the coffee shop across the street from the Flying Pig on Saturday.

I can safely say that I feel like I’ve now made it to the pinnacle of bookselling; someone made a costume from my store name! And aren’t they adorable? Stephanie, the Flying Pig on the left, said she’s been trying to be a flying pig since we moved to Shelburne three years ago. She kept waiting for someone else on staff to join her, and this year she finally got a co-flying pig, Emily, sort of like me and Elizabeth.

Here they are from the back. They insisted on this photo. They’re very proud of their tails. And really, why shouldn’t they be?

As if two grown-ups dressing up like flying pigs weren’t enough, Allie, one of our favorite teen customers, above, chose to dress as a flying pig as well. Pretty cool, huh?