Kids' Events and Story Time

Independent Bookstore Day at Left Bank Books

Saturday, April 24
In-store Browsing 10am-6pm
Online 12am-11:59pm

Left Bank Books is thrilled to announce our long-awaited
Reopening to In-store Browsing,
beginning during our 
Independent Bookstore Day Celebration
on Saturday, April 24.
That day, the community is invited to participate in in-store and online special promotions, activities for children and teens, opportunities to purchase exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise, and an evening online poetry event. In-store browsing will be open from 10am to 6pm.

Left Bank Books closed to in-store browsing last March at the same time as much of the country did to protect the community during the pandemic. Out of necessity, our business model shifted to online and phone sales and we were grateful to receive massive support from our customers during this uncertain time. It is thanks to our community that we are here now and able to welcome people inside again starting April 24.

We will reopen to browsing with significant policies in place to continue protecting public health. Customers will be asked to remain correctly masked at all times while inside, to use hand sanitizer upon entering and frequently during their visit, and to maintain 6 feet social distancing from others. Additionally, we will limit customer in-store occupancy to a maximum of 15 people at a time. We will provide clear signage and markings on the ground to help visitors understand how to safely enter and exit and maintain social distance both inside and outside while awaiting entrance. 

Activities planned for the Independent Bookstore Day celebration and reopening include:
  • an outside Dance Party Storytime with Cliff at 10:30am,
  • an outdoor Young Adult Open Mic at 1pm, and
  • a virtual Independent Bookstore Day/National Poetry Month Celebration event with area poets on our Facebook Live at 7pm.
  • Throughout the day, customers can also enter for a chance to win a $15 LBB Gift Certificate! Simply follow these steps: 
    • Shop in person at Left Bank Books on April 24;
    • Take a selfie with your Left Bank purchase in front of our Independent Bookstore Day window;
    • Post your pic on Instagram on April 24 and tag #IBDLBBSTL and @leftbankbooks.
    • Winners will be selected randomly and notified on Monday, April 26.
Special promotions for that day only include:
  • free shipping on online orders when you spend $75 or more (from midnight to midnight); 
  • a free tote bag when you spend $50 or more in person inside the store; and
  • a free "blind date with a book" when a minimum $5 donation is made in person to the Left Bank Books Foundation nonprofit (all while supplies last).
  • Exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise will be available only for in-store purchase starting at 10am on April 24. Items not sold out will become available for purchase online after 6pm. Quantities are limited and first come, first served. No holds or pre-orders are possible.

Left Bank Books Co-owner Kris Kleindienst is very excited to reopen to the public, "We are thrilled to open our doors to the community we have so missed. The generous support and the understanding we received as we navigated uncharted territory last year sustained us. We have great books and gifts and can't wait to share them with our friends in person!"

Curbside pickup, shipping, and home delivery will all remain available when the store reopens. Customers will still be able to order online and by phone. After April 24, in-store browsing will remain available Mondays through Thursdays, from 10am to 6pm; Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am to 8pm; and Sundays, 11am to 6pm. 
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am

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

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