Summer Camp Sign Up!
Saturday, February 4th | 9 a.m.
The process has begun! We still have many openings in our summer camps.
Detailed information about our camps is posted here. Or feel free to give us a call.
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Black History Month Storytime with R. Gregory Christie!!!
Sunday, February 26th | 3 p.m.
Did you know there are great picture books about John Lewis as a kid when he preached to his family’s farm chickens? Or about Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the super soaker water gun? Or Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic runner who overcame polio to win three gold medals? Join us as we read from a fun selection of books that shine a light on some of America’s greatest people and moments.
A very special guest will be joining us on this day. We're honored to have local illustrator R. Gregory Christie come back to Little Shop of Stories. His newest book, Freedom in Congo Square (written by Carol Boston Weatherford), was just named a Caldecott Honor book and a Coretta Scott King Honor book by the American Library Association. These are two of the most prestigious awards in children's books and we're thrilled for Gregory to have been so recognized. He's an amazing artist. You can find out more about him here.
Troy Ball and Bret Witter Author Event!
Tuesday, February 28th | 7 p.m.
Note: This event will be held at the Toco Hill - Avis G. Williams Library and is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book.
This February we are thrilled to be working with Troy Ball, author of the upcoming memoir Pure Heart, co-authored by Decatur local, Bret Witter. Her new book is the beautiful story of how a pearl-wearing Southern woman and devoted full-time mother oftwo developmentally challenged sons moved to Asheville, North Carolina in her late forties and, through hard work, good friends and rare ingenuity, became the country’s foremost legal distiller of traditional Appalachian moonshine.
The Last Thursday Circle Time with Ms. Madison!
Thursday, March 2nd | 11 a.m. -- each and every Thursday
Ms. Madison is moving to Friday the following week.
Teacher & Librarian Meet & Greet
Saturday, March 4th | 5 p.m.
Are you a teacher, a school librarian, or a member of your school’s PTA? Are you interested in having authors visit your school--free of charge? Than this meet & greet is for you! We love sending authors and illustrators to schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to promote literacy and to get kids excited about reading. If you are interested in partnering with us to host an author in your school, please join us on Saturday, March 4th at 5pm. No sign-up necessary.
Strong Is the New Pretty Event!
Monday, March 6th | 7 p.m.
In her new book, Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves, local photographer Kate T. Parker has curated a collection of photos of girls and women being all they can be. Her work is strong, spunky, smart, inspirational, and fun- just like your girl! #kindnessproject
International Women's Day Storytime and More!
Wednesday, March 8th | 4:30 p.m.
This event takes place at the Decatur Farmer’s Market.
We’re so excited to partner with our local farmer’s market to celebrate International Women’s Day! Join us for a fun afternoon of storytime and more while you and your family get locally made and grown goods!
Circle Time with Ms. Krista!-- each and every Thursday
Thursday, March 9th | 11 a.m.
Ms. Krista is back, baby!
Ms. Krista will return to her Thursday at 11:00 slot and Ms. Madison will lead Circle Time on FRIDAYS at 11:00. Circle Time is our story time specially designed for children aged 0 to 3. In addition to reading stories, we sing songs, blow bubbles, and have free reading time!
Circle Time with Ms. Madison-- each and every Friday
Friday, March 10th | 11 a.m.
Little Shop is thrilled to announce the addition of a SECOND weekly Circle Time! Ms. Krista will return to her Thursday at 11:00 slot and Ms. Madison will lead Circle Time on FRIDAYS at 11:00. Circle Time is our story time specially designed for children aged 0 to 3. In addition to reading stories, we sing songs, blow bubbles, and have free reading time! The Thursday/Friday Circle Time schedule will begin on March 9/10.
YA Author Mixer Event
Saturday, March 11th | 7 p.m.
We are pleased to welcome Georgia YA and Middle Grade authors to this evening of drinks and conversation, hosted by authors Marie Marquardt and Mayra Cuevas! Swing by to meet other writers, find a critique partner or reconnect with old friends. Please RSVP online here. Registration will include a link to contribute $5 toward food and drinks for the group. Margaritas, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available!
Alli Hope Author Event!
Sunday, March 12th | 6 p.m.
We are so excited to host the launch of Alli Hope, a member of our Not-So-YA book club, and her debut novel Safe and Sound. Since her dad split a few years ago, Junior Hailey Perrish’s mother has spiraled hard toward rock bottom and threatening to take her daughter down with her. Hailey now marks time by evictions, her mother’s poker games, and voluntary Saturday School for her one promised meal of the week. She has no room for relationships, especially with someone like childhood love and golden boy Carson Hart. Hailey trusted him once and Carson failed her. She’s determined not to let herself be hurt again. If you enjoy contemporary, realistic YA fiction, then this is the event for you!
Launch the 2017 Atlanta Science Festival with Captain Mark Kelly
Tuesday, March 14th | 7 p.m.
This event will be held at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church (on the Emory University campus)
1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Join us to launch the 2017 Atlanta Science Festival with astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. He's spent more than 50 days in space, and now he's spending an evening with us!
Captain Kelly will share with us what it's like to leave planet Earth and his insider perspective on the groundbreaking yearlong NASA experiment with his twin brother on how space affects the human body.
Captain Kelly will speak at 7pm, but we welcome you to come early at 5:30pm to launch some rockets with us on the lawn of Emory's Glenn Memorial Church. Also, stick around afterwards for a book signing organized by Little Shop of Stories! Captain Kelly will be signing his Mousetronaut and Astrotwins books.
This is a ticketed event. $12, $8 for kids under 12, and $15 at the door. All information can be found at atlantasciencefestival.org.
Sean Connolly - Atlanta Science Festival Event!
Wednesday, March 15th | 6 p.m.
Sean Connolly, author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science, The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, and The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math, has a new book: The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science! It's the thrill of victory. It's the agony of defeat. It's science! Sean will explain and demonstrate the scientific principles behind all kinds of sports including the movement of knuckleballs, hang time, and karate chops.
This is a free event and open to everyone. All information can be found at atlantasciencefestival.org.
Samantha Shannon Author Event!
Thursday, March 16th | 7 p.m.
Samantha Shannon is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season, The Mime Order, and now THE SONG RISING. In the third installment of the series, we reunite with our heroine, Paige Mahoney, following a bloody battle against foes on every side—including her former mentor. Paige, after the fray, has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal clairvoyant population. This series is perfect for fans of The Magicians trilogy, as well as, the Shades of Magic trilogy--and it has great appeal for YA readers. We hope you join us for what promises to be a magical evening!
Bridget Heos - Atlanta Science Festival Event!
Friday, March 17th | 7 p.m.
Bridget Heos, author of Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA, explains the gruesome gore and guts of how forensic science works. It won't be pretty, but it will be fun -- from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the 1700s to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the important milestones in between!
Great for CSI fans! This is a free event. Due to the content, this is ideally for adults and kids 13+. All information can be found at atlantasciencefestival.org.
Little Shop Players Performance
Saturday, March 18th | 3 p.m.
Join the Little Shop Players as they perform a classic Norwegian folk tale, “Herding the King’s Hares”, in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte style! “Hares” follows one of Norway’s more popular folk characters, Espen Cinderlad, as he makes his way up in the world (much to the dismay of the royal family) with the help of a magic whistle. Doors open at 2:30pm in the Decatur Public Library auditorium!
There is no charge to see this performance!
Little Shop Players Performance
Sunday, March 19th | 2:30 p.m.
Join the Little Shop Players as they perform a classic Norwegian folk tale, “Herding the King’s Hares”, in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte style! “Hares” follows one of Norway’s more popular folk characters, Espen Cinderlad, as he makes his way up in the world (much to the dismay of the royal family) with the help of a magic whistle. Doors open at 2p.m. Follow signs to the 3rd floor performance space! This event is in conjunction with the Woodruff Arts Center Family Weekends.
There is no charge to see this performance.
Saturday, March 25th | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We have nothing to do with this event but it is one of the coolest, child-friendly things a family can do. Information can be found here. Please note that this year it is being held in the north parking lot of the East Lake MARTA Station. Thanks, City of Decatur, for doing this every year!
Kindness Project Storytime
Sunday, March 26th | 3 p.m.
Details to come.
Kindness Project Book Club
Monday, March 27th | 6:30 p.m.
The Kindness Project is all about exploring ideas of community and compassion through books, and with the Kindness Project book club we invite families to read a book together so we can talk about different experiences every month. This month we are talking about gender equality, and our book is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. It’s the turn of the century and young Calpurnia is the only sister in her rough and tumble family of brothers. Her mother wants her to be a proper young lady and sets out to groom her for marriage. But Callie has different ideas about what it means to be a girl in the world!
Roshani Chokshi Author Event!
Tuesday, March 28th | 7 p.m.
We are thrilled to once again be hosting the launch of one of our favorite local authors! Roshani Chokshi proved herself an author to watch with her young adult fantasy debut last spring, The Star-Touched Queen. Debuting at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, the novel received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and appeared on the most buzzed about lists of 2016. Chokshi once again writes a beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and magic set in the Star-Touched world with her sophomore novel A CROWN OF WISHES. Building on her intricate setting based on ancient India and Greek mythology, her follow-up is a novel spun from enchantment with a strong female heroine, and a swoon worthy prince, who team up to win back the thrones of their kingdoms.
Friday, March 31st | 7 p.m.
Join author Christina Farley as she discusses the Magical World of Publishing. Have you ever felt like the world of publishing is a lot like entering the magical world of Harry Potter? You must receive a special invitation via owl, stand on Platform 9 ¾ for entrance, and possess certain magical powers. But in reality, publishing is a feat that even Muggles like you can achieve! In this talk, attendees will gain tips to achieve those ‘magical writer abilities,’ learn the process to get an agent, and get an insider peek into the world of publishing. Christina will share with you her new book The Princess & the Page, the journey of writing the book through traveling to France, and the publishing process. This presentation is perfect for aspiring middle and high school writers.
Some past events
Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver Author Event!
Wednesday, March 16th | 7 p.m.
At the Decatur Library.
Ayyyyyyeeee. (Sorry. Diane couldn't help herself.) We are so excited to welcome Henry “The Fonz” Winkler and his writing partner, Lin Oliver, to Decatur for their super fun series for young readers, Hank Zipzer. A big thanks to our friends at the Georgia Center for the Book for partnering with us on this event. Please note: attendees must buy a copy of a Hank Zipzer book from Little Shop of Stories to gain admittance to the signing line. No memorabilia will be signed by The Fonz, Barry Zuckerkorn, or Henry Winkler. Exactomundo.
For a very thoughtful article about Henry Winkler recently published in the Washington Post -- about his Jewish German roots, growing up with dyslexia, his relationship with his father, and his Hank Zipper books -- click here.
Marcus Zusak Author Event!
Thursday, March 17th | 7 p.m.
at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Doors open at 6 p.m.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite books of all time, The Book Thief, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum to host a special Book Talk with author Markus Zusak himself. The Book Thief is the story of a young girl in Nazi Germany, told from the perspective of Death. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list for the past 10 years and has been translated into over 40 different languages. The novel received numerous awards, including a Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association and was also recently made into a major motion picture. The event will include a book talk, Q&A, and a book signing. Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but it is first come, first seated, and a purchase is required to get in the signing line.
Dan Santat Author Event!!!!
Wednesday, April 13th | 7 p.m.
“Are we there yet?” Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride--and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you'll never look at being bored the same way again. Join Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat as he takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime!
Roshani Chokshi Author Event!
Thursday, April 28th | 7 p.m.
Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia, attended Emory University, and is now in law school at University of Georgia. In other words, she’s one of us! What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only 17? Find out in her powerfully passionate new book, The Star-Touched Queen. Please join us at what’s going to be a super fun launch party for this YA book!
National Independent Bookstore Day!!!
Saturday, April 30th | All Day!
It’s a day to celebrate indie bookstores and what they bring to our communities! Join us for a day of fun including giveaways, snacks and treats, a chance to help make a world record setting tattoo chain, and a chance to win the Golden Ticket prize -- a favorite from last year!
Author Terra Elan McVoy will be on hand working as a bookseller extraordinaire!
Here's part of the schedule:
10 a.m. - CANCELED: TO BE RESCHEDULED: Shaquille O'Neal (see the post below);
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Snackie Time: Time to wake up! Enjoy complimentary coffee, orange juice, and pastries.
3 p.m. Elephant & Piggie Character Meet and Greet and Storytime as they say goodbye with their newest and final work, The Thank You Book.
5 to 7 p.m. - Happy Time: Time to shop! Enjoy complimentary beer and wine and sparkling grape juice while you browse.
More information will be posted as the day draws near.
Dori Kleber Author Event!
Sunday, May 1st | 3 p.m.
We are so excited to announce the debut book from one of our very own customers! More-igami is a terrific picture book by local author Dori Kleber, and we've been waiting anxiously for it to be published so we could to share it with you! Joey loves all things that fold--his accordion, maps, hideaway beds, and fajitas. When a classmate's mother shows him origami, he is blown away! He practices to become an origami master on on everything, including his sister's sheet music and the dollar bills in his mother's wallet. Everyone in his life gets fed up with his practicing, but he finds encouragement in an unlikely place. Complete with origami instructions in the back, this endearing, quirky book is an ode to creating art and all of the practice it takes to become a master. We hope you'll join us as we kick off Children's Book Week with a special reading and signing with Dori--complete with a chance to fold some origami of your own!
Mike Lowery Author Event!
Wednesday, May 4th | 5 p.m.
Join us in the shop for local author and educator Mike Lowery. Mike’s work has been seen on everything from greetings cards to children’s books to gallery walls all over the world, and he is a Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta. Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs!, his newest book, is a lighthearted fantasy where the reader first draws him- or herself into the story, and then continues by following prompts and adding more illustrations and doodles. This is going to be out of this world!
And may the fourth be with you.
John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall Author & Illustrator Event!
Thursday, May 5th | 7 p.m.
John Marciano (Madeline and the Cats of Rome) and Sophie Blackall (Caldecott Medal winning illustrator of Finding Winnie) have gotten together to create a great new series! In the Italian town of Benevento, witches are everywhere, causing mischief and danger. For five cousins living in Benevento, they must use all their wits and a bit of luck to escape the different fairies, spirits, and magical creatures called witches and their troublesome schemes. Come discover the fun fantasy of the Witches of Benevento series and the wonderful art that brings this magical world to life!
Terra Elan McVoy Author Event!
Friday, May 6th | 7 p.m.
Nobody writes books about friendship like Terra McVoy, and now last year's breakout hit Drive Me Crazy has a bff -- This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker. If you read Drive Me Crazy, then you already know Cassie Parker, but you don't know what happened to her best friend Fiona- unless you read this new book! So many of you responded with enthusiasm and excitement to Terra's first chapter book, that we know you'll love This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker. Join our very own Terra McVoy for rice crispy treats, bubbly drinks, friendship pins, and SUPER SECRET DIARY READING! Bring a friend, so they don't miss it and say it's all your fault.
Fierce Reads with Anna Banks, Marie Rutkoski, Cecelia Ahern, and Harriet Reuter Hapgood Author Author Author Author Event!
Sunday, May 8th | 5 p.m.
It's that time again-- the author tour that's always hotly anticipated by Young Adult lit readers! This season's Fierce Reads tour includes authors Cecelia Ahern, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Marie Rutkoski, and Anna Banks. Cecelia Ahern has written popular adult fiction before her YA debut, Flawed was released to tremendous praise. Harriet Reuter Hapgood's debut novel The Square Root of Summer is a featured title in our Summer Reading Guide. Marie Rutkoski's popular Winner's Curse series continues with Winner's Kiss. And Anna Banks wrote the bestselling Syrena Legacy series as well as the realistic YA romance Joyride, and hopes to see where her penny donation is located on our floor.
Molly Idle Author Event!
Sunday, May 8th | 3 p.m.
The author and illustrator of the wonderful, Caldecott honored Flora and the Flamingo will be coming for our Sunday storytime! Join us as she introduces her newest Flora book, Flora and the Peacocks! Flora's silent, interactive adventures dancing with birds continue as she figures out how three friends can share a dance instead of only two! If you haven't discovered this beautiful, fun series of picture books, you're in for a treat!
Brian Lies Author Event!
Tuesday, May 10th | 11 a.m.
Join us for a special storytime with best-selling author and illustrator Brian Lies. Gator Dad is a heartwarming story that demonstrates a series of very special ways children can connect with their fathers! From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day. This sweet picture book will appeal to parents and little readers everywhere!
Bret Witter Author Event!
Thursday, May 12th | 7 p.m.
Local, best-selling author Bret Witter (Monuments Men, Stronger) is celebrating the launch of his new book, Shadow War, a Tom Locke novel. On a secret mission to save a businessman’s family in Eastern Europe, an elite American mercenary, Tom Locke, navigates perilous setbacks and deadly enemies in this blistering hot series debut in the tradition of Brad Thor, Tom Clancy and Daniel Silva. Locke is an intelligent, iconoclastic soldier who specializes in pulling off the impossible. But all his brilliant preparation can’t prevent the kind of backstabbing and deception that could lead to catastrophe . . . and tip the balance of power toward Putin’s Russia. You do not want to miss out on this politically charged thriller by a local Decaturite!
Emma Virjan Author Event!
Friday, May 13th | 5 p.m.
What Little Shop needs is a PIG in a WIG! And we'll get it when Emma Virjan comes to read from her super-fun, emerging-reader, picture book series Pig in a Wig. The latest Pig in a Wig adventure is What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch: Pig and friends Rabbit and Squirrel set out to have a great picnic-- only for it to rain! Where will they find another space to munch and crunch their delicious snacks? This series is perfect for both younger picture book listeners as well as beginning readers. And, if you just so happen to have a red wig lying around, bring it-- because every event could use a reader in a wig!
Shaquille O'Neal Author Event!
Saturday, May 14th | 10 a.m.
The Georgia Center for the Book is bringing Shaquille O'Neal to Decatur for the newest book in his series, Little Shaq Takes a Chance. We'll be there selling his books.
Mr. O'Neal holds B.A., M.B.A. and Ed.D. degrees. In addition to his writing career Shaquille is a recording artist, actor, and businessman. He currently works as an analyst on Inside the NBA, broadcast on Atlanta's TNT. Once upon a time he played basketball, leading teams to four NBA championships. He was also a league MVP, 15-time All Star, and NBA Rookie of the Year. You may have heard of him.
This event is free and open to the public.
The first 300 individuals to purchase a copy of Little Shaq Takes a Chance will be given a ticket for the signing line. Mr. Shaq will sign up to three copies of Little Shaq books. He will not personalize books or sign memorabilia of any kind.
No posed photos or selfies please.
This event will be held at the First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030.
Sherman Alexie Author Event!
Wednesday, May 18th | 7 p.m.
Sherman Alexie, one of the best and most diverse American writers working today, will be at the Decatur Library to introduce his newest work and first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., the story is about a boy wanting to claim his own name. “When you talk about the Native American search for identity, it’s almost always a story of loss and pain. I wanted to write a picture book in which a kid goes on a search for identity in the context of a lovely family.”
Alexie is an acclaimed writer of poetry, short stories, literary fiction, and screenplays. He received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a semi-autobiographical account of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and attending high school off the reservation.
From the New York Times book review:
"Alexie’s expertly paced text zips along with loving interjections from the boy’s entire family, led by a precocious little sister. Morales’s richly textured art crackles with boundless energy. Somehow, in her hands the color yellow radiates with a life of its own.
"There is a crucial moment when the father recognizes his son’s struggle and concludes: “I think it’s time I gave you a new name. A name of your own.” The boy’s reaction — “My dad read my mind! My dad read my heart!” — breathes with an authentic mix of relief and exhilaration, the giddy thrill of being truly seen and understood by someone you love.
"The fitting choice for his new name (I won’t spoil it for you) cleverly allows the boy to forge a unique identity without severing ties to the past. Morales shows him standing proudly upon his father’s broad shoulders, ready to reach for new heights.
"Sometimes, to take the world by storm, all you need is the power of the right word."
This event, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book, will be held at the Decatur Library. You must purchase a copy of Thunder Boy Jr. from Little Shop of Stories in order to receive a ticket to enter the signing line.
Rick Yancey Author Event!
Tuesday, May 24th | 7 p.m.
The wait is over! Best-selling YA author Rick Yancey is returning to Decatur once again, this time to for THE OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH of the final installment of The 5th Wave trilogy, The Last Star. Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human. The heart-stopping finale to The 5th Wave will have you gripping the pages of your book till the very end.
Coy Bowles Author Event!
Thursday, May 26th | 7 p.m.
From Coy Bowles, lead guitarist in the GRAMMY-award winning Zac Brown Band, comes a children’s story about hard work and self-confidence. Will Powers: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way is a tale about overcoming self-entitlement and achieving your goals with dedication and a strong work ethic. Will's journey with music teaches him the value of hard work and the power of believing in yourself. It’s a classic story with a message that kids, parents, and teachers can relate to and rejoice in!
Alison Umminger Author Event!!!
Saturday, June 4th | 7 p.m.
Join us as our Not So YA book group hosts the launch party for Alison Umminger's debut novel American Girls! Anna is a runaway teen looking for glitz in the movie sets and stars of Hollywood. But when she gets a job researching the infamous Manson girls for a dubious movie project, she finds more parallels with their lost and dangerous lives and her own than she bargained for. American Girls is moody, dark, satirical, utterly original and surprising.
Trenton Lee Stuart Author Event!!!
Friday, June 24th | 7 p.m.
Calling all fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society as well as any budding junior detectives! Come on out to meet the awesome Mr. Trenton Lee Stewart and to hear a sneak preview of his new book (out this fall) called The Secret Keepers.
Chris Colfer Author Event!!!
Saturday, July 16th | 4 p.m.
Chris Colfer Author Event!!!
Saturday, July 16th, at 4 p.m.
Decatur High School Performing Arts Center
310 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Little Shop of Stories is pleased to welcome New York Times #1 bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor Chris Colfer once again to Decatur! On this tour he will discuss the fifth book in The Land of Stories series, An Author's Odyssey.
In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?
Chris Colfer can’t wait to see his bookhuggers on tour this July! For the very first time, Decatur and each city on his tour will host an interactive event with Chris –- reading, audience Q&A, TLOS Trivia, a costume contest, and prizes. He will pre-sign copies of book five, The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, and your ticket secures you one of these pre-signed books. You are able to purchase multiple copies of the book and each copy of any of the books in the series also secures fans a raffle ticket to win an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet immediately following the event (one raffle ticket with the purchase of every book). Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) who will get to meet him after the event, take photos, and have their books personalized.
Tickets will be available starting on Thursday, June 30th, at 10 a.m. at Little Shop of Stories or over the phone (404-373-6300). No online orders will be taken. The price of a ticket is $22.00. This will include the following:
One seat at the event (first arrived, first seated);
One signed copy of An Author's Odyssey (signed books will be distributed at the event and will not be available prior to that time); and
For Parents/Grandparents/Chaperones attending with a child, there is the option to purchase one companion ticket for $5 redeemable toward a title in The Land of Stories series
The Meet & Greet Raffle:
For attendees, each purchase of a The Land of Stories books from Little Shop of Stories will allow one entry into a raffle for a Meet and Greet with Chris after the event.
A limited number of signed copies will be sold at the event while supplies last!
Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip
Saturday, July 23rd | 3 to 6 p.m.
Scholastic is hitting the road with their Summer Reading Road Trip, and it’s coming to Little Shop of Stories! A custom RV will visit Decatur bringing a “pop up” reading festival with it. Kids and families will be able to take photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog, enjoy prizes and giveaways, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading crafts and activities. Joining us on this tour are Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic), Jackson Pearce (Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures), and Walter Wick (Hey, Seymour!). We hope to see you out on the square as we continue our summer-long celebration of reading!
This wonderful event will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center.
Sara Lynn Cramb Author Event!
Wednesday, July 27th | 6pm
Athens illustrator Sara Lynn Cramb joins us to discuss her new book If You Are Kaka, You Eat Doo Doo! Sara has illustrated nonfiction picture books and materials for a number of publishers. Her drawings of nature and the world make the discovery of new facts and ideas even more fun! Plus, her newest book is all about POOP! How can you pass that up! Come learn some poop tales from nature.
Battle of the Genres YA Author Panel
Friday, August 5th | 7 p.m.
Join us for a fun event with Jessica Brody (A Week of Mondays) and friends Jessica Khoury (The Forbidden Wish), Lauren Morrill (The Trouble with Destiny), and CJ Redwine (The Shadow Queen) (pictured). Prepare yourself for a “Battle of the Genres” (contemporary vs. fantasy) with some games and trivia and audience participation!
Saturday, August 13th | 7 p.m.
Raise a glass! Little Shop welcomes teen fans (13+) of the Broadway sensation "Hamilton" to a non-stop night of fun and fandom. The main event will be an abridged soundtrack sing-a-long. Want to be a star? Come into the shop beforehand to sign up to perform your favorite parts from your favorite songs! Or stay in the crowd and sing your heart out in the ensemble. We'll also have a costume contest and Hamilton-themed games and crafts. We promise you'll leave satisfied! NOTES: No tickets necessary. If you want to perform a song, come to the shop any day before the event and sign up. Sign-ups will end at 7:15 on the night of the event. Then it's showtime! Keep in mind that this is NOT karaoke: if you perform, there will not be lyrics on a screen (though a lyric sheet can be provided, if you need it). You'll also be singing along WITH the soundtrack, not an instrumental version. Ages 13 and up, please!
DBF Kidnote Address
Friday, September 2nd | 5 p.m.
NOTE: We are out of Kidnote tickets as is everyone else. If the auditorium is not full just prior to the start of the event we will let in people without tickets.
NOTE: If you can not make the Kidnote Address you still have a chance to see Dav! He'll be signing at the AJC Tent (near the corner of Ponce de Leon and Clairemont Avenues) from 11am to 12pm on Saturday, September 3rd.
Dav Pilkey, creator of the wildly popular and bestselling Captain Underpants series, is this year’s featured Kidnote speaker. He shares his new work, Dog Man, a tale about a new kind of hero who is half human, half canine. The Kidnote Address will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Decatur High School at 310 North McDonough Street on Friday, September 2nd at 5pm. Due to limited parking at the high school, attendees are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, walk, or park on or around the Decatur Square.
Children will have the chance for photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man, and there will be lots of fun prizes and giveaways!
AJC Decatur Book Festival
Friday, September 2nd | through September 4, 2016
It's the Eleventh Annual Decatur Book Festival!
Join 100,000 of your friends for a fantastic weekend.
Detailed information is available on the DBF website.
Tales of the Peculiar Photo Booth Event
Saturday, September 3rd | 2 to 5 p.m.
This is the release day for Ransom Riggs' Tales of the Peculiar. We'll be celebrating with a Peculiar Photo Booth.
It should be peculiarly fun.
It is also happinging in the midst of the Decatur Book Festival, which should make it just that more peculiar.
Hey - Ransom will be back in Decatur on September 10th. So buy the book, get your peculiar photo taken, read the book, and come see Ransom (who will be here with Tahereh Mafi!).
Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs Author Event!!!!!!
Saturday, September 10th | 5 p.m.
The OTP Tour with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs at the Decatur Public Library
Co-sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book, we are pleased to present Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs. In honor of the launch of their books, Furthermore and Tales of the Peculiar, our favorite literary couple will join in conversation to discuss all things magical, wonderful and peculiar! This event is free and open to the public, however, guests must purchase either a copy of Furthermore or Tales of the Peculiar in order to get into the signing line. The authors are happy to sign backlist, and to pose for photos.
Tom Angleberger Author Event!!!
Thursday, September 15th | 7 p.m.
Tom Angleberger is a beloved author and frequent visitor to Decatur, famous for his Origami Yoda series, but also for collaborations with his wife CeCe Bell, writer/illustrator of El Deafo. Now the two of them have collaborated again, this time on a series about a crime-solving venus flytrap. "Of course," you say, "yet another crime-solving venus flytrap book. When will Angleberger quit trying to ride the pop culture zeitgeist?" But this, I guarantee you, is a crime-solving venus flytrap series unlike any you have ever read before in your life! Join us as he discusses this new Inspector Flytrap series, as well as his new midgrade novel Fuzzy.
David Arnold Author Event!!!
Tuesday, September 20th | 7 p.m.
One of our favorite young adult authors is coming to Little Shop of Stories with his latest book, Kids of Appetite! If you were lucky, you might have seen David at the Decatur Book Festival last year for his debut novel, Mosquitoland. Well, get ready for an equally beautiful and well-written book. Kids of Appetite is a tragicomedy that has a submarine, a little bit of mystery, two songs about flowers, and a whole lot of love all wrapped up inside. A perfect read for teens! We cannot wait for this event! As is standard for events at the shop, this event is free and open to the public!
Danielle Page Author Event!!!
Friday, September 23rd | 7 p.m.
From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die, comes a thrilling, Maleficent-esque twist on The Snow Queen. Stealing Snow is told from the "villain's" point of view that's equal parts love story and Frozen--for young adults! This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.
Ridley Pearson Author Event!!!
Tuesday, September 27th | 6 p.m.
What if, before they were mortal enemies, Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty were boarding school roommates? And what if they had to solve a mystery involving stolen family heirlooms, secret societies, and hidden clues? And what if New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson wrote it all down in a three book series, beginning with The Initiation: Lock and Key? You'll never know the answer to this unless you come hear Ridley Pearson talk about his brand new series, as well as his past series like The Kingdom Keepers, here at Little Shop of Stories - please join us!
Soman Chainani Author Event!!!
Wednesday, October 5th | 6 p.m.
Meet Soman Chainani, the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series (The School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princes, and The Last Ever After). Wish you could go to the School for Good and Evil? Now you can! Join the ranks of heroes and villains who have walked these hallowed halls and mastered what it takes to be placed in their own fairy tales with The Ever Never Handbook. The series comes to life in this handbook full of everything students need to learn in order to survive their own fairy tale—from dress codes and school rules to alumni portraits, kingdom maps, and much, much more.
Melissa de la Cruz Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 6th | 7 p.m.
You know and love Melissa de la Cruz for her great fantasy YA and her prequels to the Descendants movie, but you've never read a Melissa de la Cruz novel like this. A contemporary YA novel about love and the American dream, this is maybe her best, most personal novel yet. Something In Between is about a young woman whose hopes for a college future are potentially dashed when she discovers her whole family is here on expired visas and they're now threatened with deportation. Before she can figure out what she's doing next, she finds herself falling for the son of a congressman. Now she doesn't know what to do, or even if she has a future in the America she grew up in. Please join us for a book filled with love, heartbreak, and hope.
Alan Gratz Author Event!!!
Wednesday, October 12th | 6 p.m.
In the height of the second World War Michael O'Shaunessey finds himself in Germany with his parents. Like most other boys in his school Michael is a member of Hitler's Youth, but unlike the other young men Michael is not a fan of the Nazi reign of terror. In fact, when he learns about the secret Nazi war mission Projekt 1065, Michael will risk his own life to stop it! Join us here at Little Shop of Stories on October 12th at 6:00pm for the release of Projekt 1065 and meet the author Alan Gratz!
Kerri Maniscalco Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 13th | 7 p.m.
We're very excited to host debut author Kerri Maniscalco on tour for her brand new book, Stalking Jack the Ripper! This YA novel is steeped in the Ripper myth, and is a wild ride of a read. Don't take our word for it-- James Patterson loves the book so much he selected it to kick off his new YA/kidlit imprint. It's a creepy, suspenseful, and full of gruesome details that blend real historical details with an intelligent and forward thinking heroine in the character of Audrey Rose Wadsworth. Join us for what looks to be a fun event!
Her book just debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list!
Friday, October 14th | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Have you heard the news? Little Shop of Stories is partnering with Decatur High School's German Exchange Program to bring its annual Root Beer Festival to the square with an Oktoberfest twist! In addition to the great soda sampling, there will be bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels and other goodies for purchase, and music, games and lots of fun! All proceeds will benefit On The Same Page, Little Shop's community-wide reading initiative, and the DHS German Exchange Program. Tickets for this event will go on sale at Little Shop of Stories on September 30th. Wunderbar!
Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family. (Food is extra.) Soda provided by the wonderful folks at Rocket Fizz.
Saturday, October 22nd | 7 p.m.
Raise a glass! Kids aged 10 to 12 are invited to HamilTWEEN Night at Little Shop on October 22 from 7 to 9. The main event is a Hamilton sing-a-long, but we'll also have crafts, games, and a costume contest inspired by the America's favorite new musical. Fans will have the option to sign up to perform songs, so ask about the sign up sheet when you're in the shop. We promise the Hamilton fun will be NON-STOP!
Haints & Saints Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 30th | 4 p.m.
Homegrown puts on this fantastic event every year. We just join in.
The parade starts at the post office, heads down Ponce, makes a right at Church, another right at Trinity, and another right on North McDonough where it ends on the Square with a musical jam.
Tuesday, November 1st | 10 a.m.
Election Season is upon us and at Little Shop this means kids get to exercise their right to vote! We are grateful to our outgoing presidents, Elephant and Piggie, who have shared their ice cream with us for four years, but it is time for new leadership!
On the Little Shop presidential ballot this year:
* Bad Kitty
* Fancy Nancy
* Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist
YA Author Panel
Sunday, November 6th | 5 p.m.
Meet Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (pictured here), authors of The Illuminae Files, and Catherine Egan, author of Julia Vanishes. In Gemina, the second installment of The Illuminae Files, two new characters on the spaceship Heimhall battle against BeiTech. Told through IMs, emails, files, and transcripts, Gemina is another exciting read from a dynamic team! Julia Vanishes, the first book in the Witch’s Child series, follows Julia, a young woman capable of becoming unseen. Her forbidden magic leads her into a life of thievery, and she finds herself posing as a maid in a wealthy woman’s home. But the woman and her eccentric guests are perhaps more sinister than Julia could have ever imagined.
HamilT(W)EEN Election Day Sing-a-Long!
Tuesday, November 8th | 1 to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the peaceful transfer of power (and a day off of school) with Little Shop! Hamilton fans ages 10 and up are invited to a sing-a-long featuring the most political songs from the hit musical Hamilton. We won’t do sign-ups for songs this time...just a big group of kids singing the songs we love together! How lucky we are to be alive right now!
On The Same Page Finale with Katherine Applegate at Agnes Scott College!
Friday, November 11th | 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
If you got On The Same Page with us -- and who didn't! -- and read The One and Only Ivan, you do not want to miss this special celebration! We’ll have special performances and a book signing with the author, Katherine Applegate. She will be joined on stage by Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates at Zoo Atlanta (and the real Ivan’s actual zookeeper from his days there). This event will be first come, first seated.
Marissa Meyer Author Event at Decatur Library!
Monday, November 14th | 7 p.m.
Lunar Chronicles author Marissa Meyer is coming back to Decatur! Make plans to come to the Decatur Library at 7 pm on November 14th for an evening filled with giveaways, snacks, costumes, raffles, and, of course, a conversation with Marissa Meyer! She is promoting her new book, Heartless, a stand-alone novel that explores the story of Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts (before she was the Queen of Hearts, natch). Known in this story only as Catherine, Meyer weaves a story of duty versus passion, dreams versus expectations as Catherine seeks to live and love on her own terms, against the wishes of her power-hungry parents. This event is not ticketed but guests will need to purchase a copy of Heartless from us in order to get a place in the signing line!
Thanks to the Georgia Center for the Book for co-hosting!
Todd Parr Author Event!
Wednesday, November 16th | 6 p.m.
Revered children’s author and illustrator Todd Parr is coming to Little Shop! He’s promoting his newest book, Be Who You Are. This book is a follow up to his best-seller It’s Okay To Be Different. Be Who You Are has the same heart and will resonate with all ages dealing with differences including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, family structure, and economic class. As always, Parr’s illustrations are playful and imaginative, making this a friendly and accessible book, even while tackling serious topics!
Torben Kuhlmann Author / Illustrator Event!
Friday, November 18th | 5 p.m.
Lucky us, Torben Kuhlmann, creator of the wonderful books Lindberg: The Tale of a Tiny Mouse and the new Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse on the Moon, is traveling all the way from his home in Germany to see us!
...Okay, he is really in town for a conference but we are thrilled that he is making a side trip to Little Shop! He will be meeting with our Middle Grade Graphic Novel book group but we wanted to invite YOU as well for what promises to be a lively discussion about beautiful books.
Jenni Holm Author Event!
Saturday, November 19th | 11 a.m.
Little Shop favorite Jenni Holm (pictured with her brother, Matthew) returns to Decatur to promote Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes! She’ll be doing a storytime, drawing demo, and a book signing.
Brendan Wenzel Story Time!
Saturday, November 19th | 3 p.m.
Join us for a very special storytime featuring acclaimed author and illustrator (and DBF alum) Brendan Wenzel! Wenzel’s book They All Saw a Cat is a beautiful look at how our perspectives shape the things that we see (and is our own Diane C.’s pick for Caldecott!) . He has also collaborated on other books with one of our other favorite authors, Angela DiTerlizzi! Brendan will be reading stories, drawing, and signing books.
S.E. Hinton at Decatur Library!
Saturday, November 19th | 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
You heard correctly: THE S.E. Hinton is coming to Decatur!!! She will be promoting the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Outsiders. This event is not ticketed, but you will need to purchase a copy of the new edition in order to get a place in the signing line. The event will feature a presentation from Hinton, giveaways, and the best excuse you’ve ever had to dress as a Greaser (or Soc). Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Stay Gold!
Thanks to the Georgia Center for the Book for co-hosting!
It's YA DAY!!!
Sunday, November 20th | 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. +
Are you a YA or Not So YA reader?
We have a fun day planned for you on Sunday, November 20th:
For $25, you get:
*11:30am Brunch at Little Shop with fellow readers
*12-12:45pm Book Talk and Galley Giveaway with rep from Penguin Young Readers Group
*1-1:45pm Panel Discussion with Tim Federle, Neal Shusterman, and Brendan Kiely
*2:30-3:15pm Panel Discussion with Laurie Halse Anderson (pictured here), Amber Smith and Ken Oppel
*Signings to follow both panels.
*One book of your choice by one of the above authors.
You must have a ticket to attend this event! As always, we appreciate your support of Little Shop by buying event books with us.
Want to attend? Call us at 404-373-6300.
Can't get enough? Check out the next event!
YA Panel featuring Rachel Cohn, Bill Konigsberg, David Levithan, Peadar O'Guilin, and Maggie Stiefvater!
Monday, November 21st | 7 p.m.
Wow! We are so excited to have so many amazing YA authors sitting down for a conversation together. David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (The 12 Days of Dash and Lily and pictured here), Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle series), Bill Konigsberg (The Porcupine of Truth), and Peadar O’Guilin (The Call) will be at Little Shop on Monday, November 21 at 7 pm. Don’t miss this chance to see all your favorites in one place! All authors will be signing books. This event is not ticketed, but you must purchase at least one book from one of these authors in order to get a place in the signing line.
Annual Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 1st | 7 p.m.
It's that time of year again!
Little Shop of Stories and other local businesses kick off the holiday season with a giant Christmas Tree Lighting on the square! Come out this Thursday for this beloved tradition, complete with carols sung by 4/5 Academy, snacks, hot chocolate, snow, and a visit from Santa.
Come join a few thousand of your neighbors! It's really a special time.
Thanks to all the local businesses who helped make this possible this year: Butter and Cream, Café Alsace, Cakes & Ale, COCO + MISHA, Cooks Warehouse, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Fabu Spa, Harry Norman Realtors, Homegrown Decatur, Leon's Full Service, McCurdy & Candler, Mudhouse Design, My Own Bookkeeper, Rocket Fizz, Starbucks, Trinity Mercantile and Design, Verisail Partners, Wild Oats & Billy Goats, J.M. Wilkerson Construction, and Worthmore Jewelers.
Little Prince Storytime
Thursday, January 12th | 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening with the Little Prince as francophone theater company Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream) presents excerpts from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved book.
Marie Marquardt Author Event!!!
Saturday, January 14th | 7 p.m.
Local YA author Marie Marquardt launches her new novel The Radius of Us with a special evening discussing her book and the plight of those fleeing violence in Latin American countries. The Radius of Us is wonderful teen love story of hope and overcoming fears in the tradition of Dream Things True and Eleanor & Park. We are very pleased to include this book launch as one of our January Kindness Project events, in which we focus on the experience of refugees and those seeking asylum in this country. Please join us for a great event.
Adam Silvera Author Event!!! (with Becky Albertalli)
Wednesday, January 18th | 7 p.m.
Little Shop Fave Adam Silvera is back with his newest book to share, History is All You Left Me, the story of a young man reeling from his former boyfriend’s sudden and shocking death. Adam will be joined by Becky Albertalli, another Little Shop darling, who is the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and the forthcoming The Upside of Unrequited.
Elise Parsley Author Event!!!
Friday, January 20th | 6 p.m.
Author/Illustrator Elise Parsley shares her funny and engaging picture books including If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!, as well as If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! Join us for a great time -- or, if you ever think of missing this author, don’t!
Charles Ghigna Author Event!!!
Saturday, January 21st | 5 p.m.
Charles Ghigna will be here to talk about his newest book, Animal Planet Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals. Did you know that an archerfish can spit water up to 16 feet? Or that the giant weta is the world's largest and heaviest insect? Animal Planet's fascinating exploration of animal oddities introduces young animal lovers to some of the most astonishing, gorgeous, and obscure animals in the world-including some brand new discoveries!
Great fun for young animal enthusiasts!
Kate O'Hearn Author Event!!!
Monday, January 23rd | 7 p.m.
Kate O’Hearn visits to share her newest book, Valkyrie, an adventurous tale steeped in Norse mythology, along with the sixth and final book in the popular Pegasus series, The End of Olympus. Putting a modern spin on mythology, Kate's books are great for Rick Riordan fans looking for something more!
Carmen Agra Deedy Author Event!!!
Saturday, January 28th | 5 p.m.
Local and beloved storyteller, Carmen Agra Deedy shares her brand new picture book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!, with us this weekend! A determined rooster refuses to be silenced by a bossy town leader in this timely tale of standing up to oppression and crowing loudly so that your voice can be heard.
Carmen is not only a terrific author, but truly one of our country's greatest storytellers. Don't miss this!
Marion Bataille Author Event!!!
Tuesday, January 31st | 6 p.m.
Brilliant graphic designer and paper craft artist Marion Bataille is visiting all the way from France, and she wants to come to Little Shop of Stories! Please join us for this once in a lifetime exploration of her books, including ABC3D and 10, among others, as well as a discussion and workshop. Great for lovers of pop-up paper artistry!