The Blue Bunny Books and Toys
Special Events


Bedtime Storytime with Anna Staniszewski

Friday, March 27
at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We welcome children's author Anna Staniszewski to our monthly Bedtime Storytime with Catching Joy on Friday, March 27th, at 6:30 p.m. Anna will be sharing her new picture book " Power Down, Little Robot" and kids are encouraged to wear their pjs and also to bring a new pair of kids pajamas to donate to the non-profit Solutions at Work, which helps homeless families. Besides reading bedtime stories and sharing cookies and milk, we will be making a simple robot craft. All welcome! FREE

Meet Author Cynthia Lord
Saturday, March 28
at 11:00am - 12:30pm

The Blue Bunny Bookstore will be hosting a booksigning and Q and A with Newbery-Award winning author Cynthia Lord on Saturday March 28th, 2015. Lord is the author of the bestselling middle grade novel RULES about a young girl growing up with a brother who has autism, and her struggle to find acceptance and balance in her life. Cynthia will also be sharing her other middle grade novels, TOUCH BLUE, and HALF A CHANCE, as well as her HOTROD HAMSTER and SHELTER PET SQUAD books for early readers. All are welcome.

Orangutanka! Kick off to Poetry Month Booksigning with Renee Kurilla
Saturday, April 4
at 11:00am - 12:30pm

Join us as we kick off National Poetry Month with illustrator Renee Kurilla, signing her new collaboration with Margarita Engle, Orangutanka, told in verse! The book uses the little known form of "tanka" poetry, an ancient Japanese format; the modern form is unrhymed and consists of five lines (short, long, short, long, long) of linked poems. 

Great reviews so far for this well-crafted book:

Praise for Orangutanka:

"Engle presents a delightful tale of five orangutans in a string of linked tankas, an ancient Japanese form of poetry . . . A playful and instructive introduction to a little-known form of verse." - Kirkus Reviews

"A sprightly introduction to orangutans through nimble wordplay and attractive book design . . . This well-crafted book, with its accomplished verses and smattering of facts, should earn a wide audience." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"Warm, rewarding portrait of these intelligent apes." - Publishers Weekly

Afterschool Author Special: Elise Broach and Chris Tebbitts
Thursday, April 9
at 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Blue Bunny is so happy to be a quick pit stop on the journey of author Elise Broach and Chris Tebbitts, who will be enroute to the Massachusetts Reading Association. Stop by with the kids on your way home from school. These two are superstars!

ELISE BROACH is the author of 17 books for children, ranging from board books to young adult novels. Her middle-grade mystery, Masterpiece, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award of the Association of Booksellers for Children. Her picture book When Dinosaurs Came with Everything was named Time Magazine's #1 Children's Book of the Year and also won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. Her recent Superstition Mountain mystery trilogy has received numerous honors, including the Reading the West Book Award and the Junior Library Guild's Top Pick for Mysteries.

CHRIS TEBBETTS is the author and co-author of many books for young readers, including five New York Times bestsellers. Titles include the STRANDED series with Jeff Probst, the MIDDLE SCHOOL series with James Patterson, and the young adult novel M OR F? with Lisa Papademetriou, named to the New York Public Library's List of Books for the Teen Age. Middle School, the Worst Years of My LIfe received a Hawaii Children's Choice Award and an Oregon Reader's Choice Award, and Stranded received a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination.

Meet Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple
Saturday, April 11
at 11:00am - 12:30pm

Jane Yolen is the author of over 300 children’s book, including the bestselling “How do Dinosaurs” series, “Owl Moon” and “Devil’s Arithmetic.” She has collaborated with her daughter, Heidi Stemple, on “Bad Girls,” “Not all Princesses Dress in Pink” and the newly-released “You Nest Here with Me,” illustrated by the Caldecott-winning artist Melissa Sweet. Join Jane and Heidi as they welcome Spring with this latest picture book, and speak about and sign some of their other favorites. All welcome!

Meet Graphic Novelist Gareth Hinds
Friday, April 17
at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We are so pleased to welcome critically-revered graphic novelist Gareth Hinds back to The Blue Bunny. Gareth has masterfully adapted many of the classics to the graphic novel format, including Bewulf, The Odyssey, and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, and most recently, Macbeth. This latest of his works has received a beyond-glowing review in the NY Times, as well as positive reviews in The Horn Book, PW, and Kirkus, who also selected it as one of their "12 Top Teen Titles" for February, and it is a Junior Library Guild Selection. We encourage all fans of the graphic novel genre to take the opportunity to meet this giant in the field. All welcome.