VIRTUAL: Monthly Bedtime Storytime

Put on your jammies, and join authors Todd Sturgell (Except Antarctica),  Mượn Thị Văn (Wishes), and Jamie Michalak and Kelly Murphy (Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter) for our monthly bedtime storytime! Click here to register for this Zoom webinar.

About Except Antarctica:

Featuring a rogue group of cheeky animals who love nothing more than a challenge and a flustered, helpless narrator, this is an hilariously meta picture book about animal habitats on every continent

Turtles are found on every continent EXCEPT Antarctica. But not for long!

When a David Attenborough-esque narrator explains that turtles are found everywhere except Antarctica, one determined turtle sets out to prove him wrong. After recruiting other non-Antarctic animals along the way—much to the narrator's dismay—the turtle and his adventurous friends travel through fields, forests, and cross an entire ocean to reach their goal. But what exactly do they do once they get there?

Perfect for anyone who's ever gone a little too far to prove a point, this nature-documentary-gone-wrong is a gleefully funny lesson in determination and the beauty of having a contingency plan.

TODD STURGELL is an illustrator, author, and freelance art & creative director. In his previous career as a corporate advertising art director, he worked with national brands including The Home Depot, Hyundai, Red Lobster, and 7-11. He lives, hikes, draws, and watches nature documentaries in the North Carolina mountains with his wife, daughters, and dog Max (named for a certain famous picture book character). He has not yet been to Antarctica.

About Wishes:

An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.

Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on one of the youngest members of the family. Inspired by actual events in the author's life, this is a narrative that is both timely and timeless. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the story chronicles a family's difficult and powerful journey to pack up what they can carry and to leave their world behind, traveling to a new and unknown place in a crowded boat. With sparse, poetic, and lyrical text from acclaimed author Mượn Thị Văn, thoughtful back matter about the author's connection to the story, and luminous, stunning illustrations from Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree Victo Ngai, Wishes tells a powerful and timely story in a gentle and approachable way for young children and their families.

Wishes is a must-have book for every child's bookshelf. We have a limited number of signed art prints (signed by Mượn and illustrator Victo Ngai) - please request one in the Comments section of your order.

Mượn Thị Văn loves to read books of all shapes and sizes. She first began reading yellow-spined hardbacks about a certain girl detective before graduating to longer novels and then picture books (it’s true, she doesn’t remember reading picture books as a young child). So few books reflected her formative experiences, though, that she desired to bring new and different stories into the world. When she's not writing, Mượn likes to roam the forests of California with her family. Visit her online at www.muonthivan.com.

About Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter:

In a clever take on the "night at the museum" theme, a little mouse with a genius for collecting leads picture book readers--and seek-and-find aficionados--on a thrilling nocturnal adventure.

Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter is both a rollicking story with a dash of danger and, in its final eye-popping spreads, a seek-and-find challenge. As the clock in the great museum tick-tocks past midnight, a little mouse with a sack and a treasure map scurries past the guards. Plucky and intrepid Dakota Crumb scours the museum for artifacts, including the famous Purple Jewel of Cairo (a gumdrop stashed in an exhibit). By day, the little mouse shares her carefully curated finds with fellow tiny creatures that flock to Miss Crumb's tiny Mousehole Museum. A feast for sharp-eyed readers--who'll delight in circling back after the story to pore over the illustrations in search of treasure--this gently suspenseful tale, splashed with soft, dusky hues, evokes a world of wonders after dark.

Jamie Michalak is the author of the acclaimed Joe and Sparky series and Frank and Bean.

Kelly Murphy is the award-winning author-illustrator of The Boll Weevil Ball and illustrator of Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters and Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters, both by Jane Yolen, as well as many other picture books and chapter books for young readers.

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Except Antarctica Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728233260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Explore - July 6th, 2021

Delightful and hilarious.--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

Turtles are found on every continent EXCEPT Antarctica. But not for long Follow along as a rogue group of determined animals embark on an adventure (and defy their flustered narrator in the process) in this funny animal picture book for kids


Wishes Cover Image
By Muon Thi Van, Muon Thi Van, Victo Ngai (Illustrator), Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338305890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - May 4th, 2021

An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.

Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on one of the youngest members of the family.


Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter Cover Image
By Jamie Michalak, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536203943
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 23rd, 2021

In a clever take on the "night at the museum" theme, a little mouse with a genius for collecting leads picture book readers--and seek-and-find aficionados--on a thrilling nocturnal adventure.


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