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Kids' Events and Story Time

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Nick Kennedy & Josh Trujillo - Lost Beast, Found Friend

Tuesday, July 7, 11am CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome illustrator Nick Kennedy and author Josh Trujillo, who will read aloud their new picture book, Lost Beast, Found Friend, on Facebook Live at 11am CST on July 7. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Lost Beast, Found Friend from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Lost Beast, Found Friend is the moving, uplifting adventure story about an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a magical beast.

Keelee is a brave, young girl who discovers a purple, fuzzy, funny beast! Together the two must make their way across this fantastic land to return Beast to his home. This is a touching tale of friendship and fun that children will want to revisit again and again. The children’s book is the debut of painter Nick Kennedy and comics writer Josh Trujillo (Dodge City). Lost Beast, Found Friend transports readers to a lush, tropical world, and Kennedy’s unique style gives Keelee and her new friend a vivid fantasy world to play in. This book will stick with readers of all ages long after story-time is over. Lost Beast, Found Friend is a charming and vibrant adventure story for the explorer in all of us!

Josh Trujillo is a writer, editor, and comic book creator based in San Rafael, California. He has worked with clients including Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Shanken Creative Group, Oni Press, Telltale Games, and DC Comics, among others. His work spans different genre and audiences, specializing in children's fiction, fantasy, humor, history, romance, gaming, and LGBTQ issues. Trujillo speaks for inclusiveness and diversity in popular media, and works alongside groups including the USC ONE Archive and Prism Comics. Josh loves his dog, his country, and is of good moral fiber. You can remain updated on his work by following Josh on Twitter @LostHisKeysMan.

Nick Kennedy grew up in Alabama, drawing all day long. When he got older, he moved to California. He kept drawing and painting and creating all kinds of art. He is home whenever there is a box of colors and an empty piece of paper.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 11:00am

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Jessie Sima - Jules vs. the Ocean

Thursday, June 18, 11am CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books is very excited to announce another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome author/illustrator Jessie Sima, who will read aloud her new picture book, Jules vs. the Ocean, on Facebook Live at 11am CST on June 18. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Jules vs. the Ocean from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a story about a young girl determined to impress her older sister by building elaborate sandcastles, even if that means standing up to the ocean and its smash-happy waves!

Jules is going to build the biggest, the fanciest, and the most excellent sandcastle. Her sister will be so impressed.

But the ocean has other plans.

Jules keeps building bigger, fancier, and more excellent castles, and waves keep smashing them.

And when the ocean takes her bucket, that is the final straw.

Jules is going to take a stand!

From beloved storyteller Jessie Sima comes the tongue-in-cheek story of the sand, the sea, and sisterhood—told with her signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.

"The clear, natural-sounding text reads aloud well, and large-type words and capitalization indicate which words to emphasize. In the digital artwork, the rounded lines and harmonious colors set a pleasing tone while depicting the characters expressively. This sunny picture book recreates a child’s memorable encounter with nature." Booklist 

Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. She grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that she was a storyteller. Once she figured it out, she told her family and friends. They took it quite well. She is the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New Pet; and Jules vs. the Ocean. You can visit her at JessieSima.com.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 11:00am

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Christian Robinson - You Matter

Wednesday, June 3, 11am CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books is very excited to announce our first Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honoree Christian Robinson, who will read aloud his new picture book, You Matter, on Facebook Live at 11am CST on June 3. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of You Matter from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson.

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

"Simple and heartfelt, the refrain of Caldecott Honoree Robinson’s poem speaks directly to readers: “You matter." By seeing all life as intertwined—ancient and new, minuscule and gargantuan...Robinson represents life as both interconnected and precious. It’s a profound thought expressed with singular focus and eloquence." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He presently lives in northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the aurora borealis. Visit him online at TheArtofFun.com.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 11:00am

Left Bank Kids Club: Mad Libs Valentine's Party

Friday, February 14, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Valentines mad libsA special Vlanetine's Day Kids Club meeting!

Party with sweet treats and make your own Mad Libs valentines!

Grab your Kids Club Passport* and get ready for Valentine's themed fun!

*New members can pick up a passport at the event

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 4:00pm

Storytime with Cliff

Left Bank Books

Storytime with Cliff, Left Bank BooksJoin us for Storytime with Cliff every Saturday at 10:30am!

Storytime welcomes children of all ages, and all families large and small, and usually lasts about 30 minutes. Some storytimes feature a guest author, or an activity that ties in to the books we've read that day. There is a cat in the store, but as he doesn't like picture books, he doesn't often join us. Questions? Email info@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:30am

Storytime with Cliff

Left Bank Books

Storytime with Cliff, Left Bank BooksJoin us for Storytime with Cliff every Saturday at 10:30am!

Storytime welcomes children of all ages, and all families large and small, and usually lasts about 30 minutes. Some storytimes feature a guest author, or an activity that ties in to the books we've read that day. There is a cat in the store, but as he doesn't like picture books, he doesn't often join us. Questions? Email info@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:30am

Storytime with Cliff

Left Bank Books

Storytime with Cliff, Left Bank BooksJoin us for Storytime with Cliff every Saturday at 10:30am!

Storytime welcomes children of all ages, and all families large and small, and usually lasts about 30 minutes. Some storytimes feature a guest author, or an activity that ties in to the books we've read that day. There is a cat in the store, but as he doesn't like picture books, he doesn't often join us. Questions? Email info@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:30am

Storytime with Cliff

Left Bank Books

Storytime with Cliff, Left Bank BooksJoin us for Storytime with Cliff every Saturday at 10:30am!

Storytime welcomes children of all ages, and all families large and small, and usually lasts about 30 minutes. Some storytimes feature a guest author, or an activity that ties in to the books we've read that day. There is a cat in the store, but as he doesn't like picture books, he doesn't often join us. Questions? Email info@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 10:30am

Left Bank Kids Club: Nathan Hale - Major Impossible

Thursday, January 16, 4pm
Left Bank Books

nathan hale, major impossibleA super special Kids Club meeting with author of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, Nathan Hale himself!

John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring. When the Civil War began, Powell went to fight for the Union, and even after he lost most of his right arm, he continued to fight until the war was over. In 1869 he embarked with the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, ten men in four boats, to float through Grand Canyon. Over the course of three months, the explorers lost their boats and supplies, nearly drowned, and were in peril on multiple occasions. Ten explorers went in, only six came out. Powell would come to be known as one of the most epic explorers in history! Equal parts gruesome and hilarious, this latest installment in the bestselling series takes readers on an action-packed adventure through American history.

Grab your Kids Club Passport* and get ready for adventure with Nathan Hale!

*New members can pick up a passport at the event

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer - The Cloud Lasso

Saturday, November 9, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, The Cloud LassoLeft Bank Books welcomes local poet and author Stephanie Schlaifer, who will sign and discuss her debut children's book, The Cloud Lasso.

Delilah learns to lasso all the clouds out of the sky as she navigates her feelings of sadness and isolation after her grandfather dies. Big gloomy clouds have hung over Delilah’s head and heart since her beloved grandfather died. But remembering an old trick he taught her on the farm, she lassos all the clouds out of the sky as she navigates her feelings of sadness and isolation. The Cloud Lasso is a poetic meditation on loss, memory, and paying homage to those we’ve lost.

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer is a poet and installation artist in St. Louis. She is the author of Cleavemark (BOAAT Press, 2016), and has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation "The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs" at the Des Lee Gallery. The Cloud Lasso is her first children's book. She lives in St. Louis

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:30am

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