Saturday, October 29

The Why Chromosome - Library Booster Boxes

Following our previous events, Book by Book and Bridge to Books supporters have collected another great bunch of titles that will go to a lucky school or public library at The Why Chromosome! Thanks so much to Penguin Books for Young Readers, Abrams Books, and our individual donors for helping us put more books in the hands of kids.

For Young Adult readers:

Alex Rider: Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
Almost True and When I Was Joe by Keren David
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
The Batboy and The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Blade: Playing Dead by Tim Bowler
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel by Nat Gartler and Steve Lieber
Department Nineteen by Will Hill
Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
Episodes: My Life as I See It by Blaze Ginsberg
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Hunger: Gone, Book 2 by Michael Grant
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint
Pendragon Book 10: The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale
Return to Treasure Island by John O’Melveny Woods
A Scattering of Jades by Alexander C. Irvine
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Troll’s Eye View ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

For Middle Grade readers:

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Alex Rider: Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
The Best of John Bellairs 2 (The Johnny Dixon Mysteries) by John Bellairs
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Crows and Cards by Joseph Helgerson
The Emerald Casket (Archer Legacy) by Richard Newsome
Gideon: The Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (QP) by J. K. Rowling
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
Kaimira: The Sky Village by Monk & Nigel Ashland
The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian
Slob by Ellen Potter
Standard Hero Behavior by John David Anderson
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

More titles may be added tomorrow... if you are attending the event, you absolutely may contribute a title or two to these library booster boxes! They just have to be age-appropriate, hardcover, and recent or classic titles.

Each attendee will be able to "vote" by raffle ticket for a school or library represented at the event. More details will be available at the event sign-in table.

Sunday, October 23

2011 Author Feast and Trade Show

Yesterday, the Southern California Indpendent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) hosted their annual Author Feast and Trade Show at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel.  With over 200 booksellers, publisher reps, and book lovers in attendance, it was a bit like Christmas for bibliophiles.  Alethea and I drove down to attend part of the day and ended up staying until nearly the very end. 

Below is a list of everyone that was there yesterday that has some connection with Bridge to Books:

Our Bookstore Friends:
Andrea Vuleta - Mrs. Nelson's Bookstore
Maureen Palacios - Once Upon A Time
Kris Vreeland - Once Upon A Time
Candace Moreno - San Marino Toy and Book Store
Leanna Herrera - Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
Morgan Turnage - Vromans, Kids Department
Steven Ross - Vromans, Kids Department
Kasey Komai - Vromans, Kids Department
Jessica Dobson - Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe

Our Publisher Reps:
Kelly Stidham - Simon & Schuster
Nicole White - Penguin
Erin Zlotnik - Random House

Our Teacher and Librarian Friends:
Cindy Beggs
Cathy Blackler
Caroline Gill
Tatiana Guyer
Anita Knight

Our YABC, Writer and Blogger Friends:
Thuy Lam (RNSL Nite Lite)
Non Wels (Subject + Verb)
Katie Altman (Bookyurt)

Our SoCal Author Buddies:
Andrew Smith
John Stephens
Jessi Kirby
Marie Lu
Katie Alender
Jessica Brody
Mary Pearson
Alyson Noel

Nicole White
True, it was very exciting seeing Oliver Jeffers (Stuck) and Maggie Stiefvater (Scorpio Races) present at lunch.  And the evening with Brian Selznick (Wonderstruck) as Keynote speaker was priceless.  However, there really was something beyond special when Nicole White (Sales Rep for Penguin) received the Award for Book Rep of the Year and Andrew Smith received an award for his book - Marbury Lens.  It felt a little like close family was being recognized.

More thank you's to Andrea Vuleta from Mrs. Nelson's Books who has been the President of the SCIBA Board of Directors for the last two years.  -- I told her that I thought she knew how to throw a fantastic party.  But according to her, the secret is to have great people and occasionally use the "mom voice" to keep everyone moving in the right direction.

If you are in Southern California, SCIBA hosts a Literacy Dinner for Teachers and Librarians every February.  Keep an eye on SCIBA's home page for when registration opens for the Dinner.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 2

The Bridge to Books QR-Tee

This is what Alethea'll be wearing at the OC Children's Book Fest today:

Curious about QR codes?

You can use a smartphone app to read the code--it'll take you to the designated web page.

(Go on, try it--you can scan it from your computer screen.)

Just for today, Alethea won't mind if you use your camera to snap at something behind her back ;D

Bridge to Books supporters, you can wear this too! 

Just print it on a T-shirt transfer and you're ready to go.