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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 3:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: cool beans, , serious goose,   

    December’s Can’t-Miss Picture Book New Releases 

    The days are getting shorter, frost is on your windowpanes, and everybody’s missing a mitten. We know you’ve anticipated this moment all year, and finally it’s here—it’s SNUGGLE SEASON! Celebrate the arrival of earlier, longer storytimes with some of our favorite cozy tales this month—they’ll keep your bundled-up readers engaged and entertained as you prepare for your long winter’s nap!

    Serious Goose, by Jimmy Kimmel
    Written, illustrated and lettered by beloved late-night comedian Kimmel, this interactive picture book debut provides an open invitation for silliness. Readers of all ages will be compelled to make this very misanthropic, Serious Goose smile, and delightfully clever text will keep the story fresh for every repeat performance.

    The Cool Bean, by Jory John and Pete Oswald
    The latest tale from one of our favorite duos is filled with humor and heart, and though we hear it a lot, the message that “kindness is cool” is anything but refried, thanks to snappy text and fresh, fun illustrations.

    Love from the Crayons, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
    The Crayons are back, and they have a message that we’re sure you never tire of sharing with your little readers: LOVE! Sometimes love is bright, at other moments it’s quieter shade—turn every page to find another hue that’s straight from the heart.

    Jack Frost vs. the Abominable Snowman, by Sourcebooks
    It’s Race Day in Winter Wonderland, and Jack and Abe are primed for their thrilling head-to-head match-up. If you thought you had no power in this story, think again—the outcome of this race is up to YOU! Your young reader will squeal with delight choosing a different path during each exciting reading—add this frosty crowd-pleaser to your storytime shelf today!

    Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (Questioneers Collection Series), by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
    If you have a discerning Questioneer in your storytime audience, then you’ll definitely want to introduce him or her to Sofia Valdez, the newest activist character from the team responsible for Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere! When Abuelo injures himself at the landfill and can no longer walk Sofia to school every morning, she cooks up a plan to transform Mount Trashmore once and for all. You and your young community activists will be rooting for Sofia all the way to City Hall—and this inspiring tale will quickly become a favorite!

    Sisters First, by Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Ramona Kaulitzki
    An earnest young girl wishes fervently for a little sister, but once the baby arrives, the tiny little bundle isn’t much fun! Once she’s a little older though, the adventures start, and the magic doesn’t stop! This loving tribute to sisterhood and the magnificently unconditional friendship found therein shouldn’t be missed!

    Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon
    If Marie Kondo inspired you to transform your life and create extra room for joy, there’s a strong likelihood that she can work her magic on your young reader too! This tidying tale of true friendship will warm your heart and clear space for snuggles!

    My Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
    This witty follow-up to The Book with No Pictures brings a whole new dimension to storytime—your young raconteur will develop a personalized book of their very own for YOU to read! Simple fill-in-the-blanks (and plenty of nonsense stickers) will lead to hours of raucous storytelling—and create a hilarious moment in time that you’ll love sharing with your young reader over and over again.

    The Dinky Donkey, by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley
    If your little readers couldn’t get enough of The Wonky Donkey, we’re certain Wonky’s daughter, Dinky Donkey, will be just what the doctor ordered. As for you, start those tongue-twisting exercises now – get ready for wild rhymes and A LOT of repeat readings of this spirited tale!

    What new picture books are you excited to read this month?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 3:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: beating about the bush, brewed awakening, Genesis, just watch me, , , , thriller, , , trace of evil and dangerous to know, under occupation   

    December New Releases in Mystery and Thrillers 

    The holiday season is packed full of travel, social obligations, and time with family and friends—so there’s no better time to have a page-turning book to turn to during quiet moments, whether you’re stranded at the airport, or hiding out in the coat room. There are some fabulous holiday treats in store for mystery and thriller fans, including a compelling new antihero from the author who brought us Dexter and a perfect new British cozy starring Agatha Raisin.

    Under Occupation, by Alan Furst
    In occupied Paris in 1942, novelist Paul Ricard is handed a secret document by a stranger just before the man is killed by the Gestapo. When Ricard, realizing the document’s importance, goes out of his way to make sure it ends up in the hands of the resistance network, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn into a world of spying and subterfuge. As his involvements with anti-Nazi efforts increase, Ricard finds himself entangled with a beautiful spy and risking his life to undertake ever more dangerous assignments in this perfectly paced, edge-of-your seat historical espionage thriller.

    Genesis, by Robin Cook
    The death of twenty-eight year old social worker Kera Jacobsen seems like an open-and-shut case of a drug overdose…at first. But according to her family and friends, Kera never used drugs. And then there’s the fact that she’s ten weeks pregnant—and no one can name the father. As the mysteries and inconsistencies pile up, NYC Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery finds herself distracted from the investigation by a medical emergency, and her new pathology resident, the slightly unconventional Dr. Aria Nichols, takes the lead. Aria plans to search genealogical databases for a match of the fetus’s DNA in the hopes of discovering possible male relatives who might lead to an identification of the father. But when a close friend of the victim’s is murdered, Laurie and Aria realize their cutting-edge investigative methods might be getting them too close to the truth—and they could be next on the killer’s list.

    Just Watch Me, by Jeff Lindsay
    The author who brought us the darkly irresistible Dexter series has a new vigilante antihero for us to root for: brilliant thief and master of disguise Riley Wolfe, who never met a priceless jewel he couldn’t steal. Until now—just as Riley is getting bored of his usual stealing-from-and-occasionally-murdering-the-superrich routine, he learns that the Crown Jewels of Iran are about to be exhibited in a Manhattan museum. These gems are beyond valuable, but stealing them is completely and utterly impossible…or is it? will Don’t miss this pitch-perfect escapist crime caper.

    Beating About the Bush (Agatha Raisin Series #30), by M.C. Beaton
    When the body of Mrs. Dunwiddy, the elderly assistant to the chairman of a local manufacturing company, turns up by the side of the road, crabby and clever Agatha Raisin is brought in to investigate. Quite a number of suspects, from a beloved donkey to several dubious factory bosses, are implicated in the crime, which keeps Agatha busy. Most concerning, however, are Agatha’s feelings for her longtime friend and sometimes-lover, Sir Charles Fraith. Will she unravel either the mystery at hand, or the one of the human heart? This charming, offbeat series is a bullseye for fans of British cozies.

    Trace of Evil: A Natalie Lockhart Novel, by Alice Blanchard
    Burning Lake, NY is an isolated town with a history as unsetting as its name. In the last few years nine transients have disappeared, and rookie detective Natalie Lockhart has been charged with investigating. The murder of local school teacher Daisy Buckner ramps things up considerably—there’s an obvious suspect, but when that suspect is found in a coma soon after the murder, it complicates things. The more Natalie digs, the more buried secrets come to light. This intricate, atmospheric mystery introduces a smart, relatable detective readers will be excited to follow into a series.

    And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne Mystery Series #3), by Darcie Wilde
    The resourceful Rosalind Thorne’s services have been retained by Lady Melbourne with regard to a delicate matter: a stack of letters of a sensitive nature relating to the poet Lord Byron have disappeared. Rosalind takes up residence at Melbourne house, posing as Lady Melbourne’s secretary while investigating the disappearance of the letters—but when she learns that the body of an unidentified woman has turned up in the Melbourne House courtyard, matters become even more concerning—and even dangerous. The third novel in this delightful Austen-inspired Regency mystery series continues to immerse readers in historical detail while shocking them with twists they didn’t see coming.

    Brewed Awakening (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #18), by Cleo Coyle
    Clare Cosi finds herself on an NYC park bench with no idea how she got there—when she wanders to a local coffeeshop where she knows she’ll be safe, she discovers that she’s been missing for the past week, and even worse, that she can’t remember the last ten years of her life. She doesn’t recognize her fiance, and she thinks her adult daughter is still a child. But the real problem is that according to security camera footage, Clare witnessed a kidnapping at gunpoint right before she lost her memory—but she has no idea what happened after that…or does she? Evidence begins to mount that Clare may have had something to do with the crime—and if she can’t reclaim her memories, she’s at risk of ending up in jail as an accomplice to a kidnapping and murder. A twisty, thought-provoking installment in a caffeinated long-running series.

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 2:00 pm on 2019/11/26 Permalink
    Tags: b&n holiday book drive, giving tuesday   

    It’s Giving Tuesday! Join Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive to Donate Books to Kids in Need 

    When you’re passionate about books, there’s nothing quite like sharing your literary love with people in need—particularly children, for whom access to books at a young age helps foster a love of reading that will entertain, comfort, and inspire them for the rest of their lives. When you donate a picture book or a middle grade novel to a child, you’re doing more than just helping them build a home library they can feel proud of. You’re also feeding their imagination, encouraging their creativity, and giving them a portal through which they can visit other worlds.

    Through our annual Holiday Book Drive, from November 1st through December 31st, Barnes & Noble stores donate books to hundreds of charities across the country every year. Last year Barnes & Noble donated 1.2 million books to over 630 local charities nationwide that provide services to disadvantaged children—and since the program began, we have donated over 20 million books to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations across the country.

    December 3rd is Giving Tuesday, an internationally recognized holiday dedicated to charitable giving. Arriving just after Thanksgiving, on the heels of Black Friday, and at the start of another hectic holiday season, it offers the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect upon all that we have to be grateful for, and take a few moments to give back to others.

    This Giving Tuesday, customers can partner with Barnes & Noble’s book drive to help books reach young readers of all ages who really appreciate them. To be a part of our annual Book Drive, simply visit your local Barnes & Noble store this holiday season and purchase a book for a child in need. You can find your local store using the Store Locator, and your local bookseller can let you know the charity your story is supporting—and if you’re unsure of what children’s books to donate, they can help you choose a picture book or middle grade novel that’s sure to put a smile on a child’s face. Please join us in making this year’s Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive a success! Our stellar booksellers and generous customers are the driving force behind millions of donations that make their way into grateful hands.

    Find your local Barnes & Noble here, and donate today!

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 7:00 pm on 2019/11/25 Permalink
    Tags: , storytime events, storytimes   

    Head to Your Local B&N for Pajama Storytime 7pm Friday 12/6, Storytime at 11am Saturday 12/7 and Baby & Me Storytime at 11am Sunday 12/8! 

    Get ready for a big storytime weekend at Barnes & Noble!

    The Polar Express Pajama Storytime Friday December 6th at 7pm
    Don’t miss our cozy Friday evening Pajama Storytime event! Kids can snuggle up in their jammies and listen to a reading of the holiday favorite The Polar Express. This beautiful, evocative story of what it means to celebrate the magic of Christmas is a December must-read. There will be a coloring activity, the chance to write a letter to Santa, and an ornament giveaway, all while supplies last. Stores with a café will offer a free cookie and hot chocolate (also while supplies last). Hope to see you there!

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas Storytime Event Saturday December 7th at 11am
    This heartwarming and hilarious holiday favorite is also a fantastic readaloud! Let the Whos down in Who-Ville remind you and yours that Christmas isn’t gifts and gegaws, it’s togetherness and tradition. Get into the Christmas spirit at our storytime event with this delightful classic that just might make your heart grow three sizes too big.

    Pop-up Peekaboo! Baby Dinosaur Baby & Me Storytime Event Sunday December 8th at 11am
    Introduce your little burgeoning bookworm to the adorable dinosaurs hiding beneath the flaps of this fun and colorful board book! Besides reading this charming story, we’ll be engaging in fun activities that promote sensory development and language skills and are perfect for little ones.

    So pop your under-2 into the carseat, stroller, or carrier (easier said than done, we know!), and head to your local B&N to meet and mingle with other local parents and caregivers and their babies! And coffee. Also to mingle with coffee.

    Storytimes come with a coupon offer for a grilled cheese and milk or juice for $4 (café stores only). While you’re there, why not take a minute to join the B&N Members and Kids’ Club for special offers all year long? Ask a bookseller for details.

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 2:00 pm on 2019/10/31 Permalink
    Tags: a christmas gathering: a novel, , , , , guilty not guilty, invitation only murder, , , , , lucy stone series, , murder she wrote: a time for murder, , , nothing more dangerous, , robert b. parker's angel eyes, the old success, , twisted twenty-six   

    November’s Best New Mysteries of 2019 

    Armchair detectives know that a good gumshoe is always on the case and never rests, except maaaybe during a tryptophan-filled Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Reheat a slice of pumpkin pie and unwind by the fire with one of these clever page-turners this month.

    Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum Series #26), by Janet Evanovich
    Wedding bells are ringing for Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur, who is excited to be tying the knot with local gangster Jimmy Rosolli (whether Stephanie is also excited about this is up for debate). Unfortunately for all involved, Jimmy kicks the bucket from a heart attack only 45 minutes after the wedding ceremony. Now it’s up to Stephanie to protect her beloved grandmother from some nogoodniks who are convinced that Jimmy left his widow a set of very important keys. This delectable series is full of lovable characters, hilarious hijinks, and some very enjoyable mysteries to boot.

    Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes, by Ace Atkins
    Everyone’s favorite Boston PI heads to Tinseltown to track down a missing person in Robert B. Parker’s beloved long-running series that has been placed in the very capable hands of Ace Atkins. Boston local Gabby Leggett headed to Hollywood to become an actress, and managed to find fame and fortune—before promptly disappearing. Her mother hires Spenser to find her, and when he lands in L.A. he hooks up with his protégé, Zebulon Sixkill. Before too long things have gone south; the Armenian mob is on their trail, and a huge movie studio boss who seems to know something won’t give them the time of day. Reinforcements in the form of Chollo and Bobby Horse come to Spenser’s rescue, but is it too late?

    The Old Success (Richard Jury Series #25), by Martha Grimes
    In the twenty-fifth installment of this atmospheric series, Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury is called upon to solve three very different murders in three different counties across England. Working with the Devon-Cornwall police’s Brian Macalvie, Jury confronts the deaths of a French tourist found on an inlet, an estate owner murdered at home, and a third victim discovered in an Exeter cathedral. Fans of Martha Grimes’ police procedurals are in for a treat—her trademark wit and eccentric characters are here in spades—and new readers who enjoy this one would do well to begin at the beginning of her famed Richard Jury series.

    A Christmas Gathering: A Novel, by Anne Perry
    Lady Vespasia is not exactly thrilled to be spending Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway, at a gathering at their friends’ country home—she’d much rather be spending a relaxing holiday with him at home. Particularly since for Victor, who used to be the head of the London Special Branch, it appears to be a working vacation. One of the guests, the beautiful young Iris Watson-Watt, has been tasked with passing on sensitive information to Victor that should aid him in unmasking a British traitor. Years ago, in a similar situation, Victor was unable to protect another similar messenger, a young Frenchwoman, which resulted in her murder. That failure has haunted him to this day. Can he prevent history from repeating itself? And is Christmas going to be ruined for Vespasia either way? A gathering of fascinating characters at a beautiful locale plus a nailbiting plot is the perfect recipe for a cracking good holiday mystery.

    Nothing More Dangerous, by Allen Eskens
    In this powerful coming of age story threaded with mystery and intrigue, white high school freshman Boady Sanden is the new kid in his small town high school in Jessup, Missouri. Boady is having a rough time of it until the Elgins, an African-American family, move in next door. He and Thomas Elgin become friends, but their friendship comes with a price as it brings simmering racial and class tensions to the surface in their small town. Adding fuel to the fire is the suspicious disappearance of Lida Poe, a black woman who worked as a bookkeeper at a local factory and who is believed to have absconded with a hundred thousand dollars. As her story plays out, Boady learns just how tightly it is interwoven with his own in this moving, unforgettable novel by a master of the genre.

    Guilty Not Guilty, by Felix Francis
    Judge Bill Russell’s worst nightmare has come to pass: his lovely wife Amelia has been murdered, found dead in their home. Worse still, Bill becomes a prime suspect in her murder, and the cloud of suspicion surrounding him has cost him his job, and is on the verge of costing him his home and his friends. Bill knows he’s innocent, but can he clear his name by finding the guilty party—before they find him? This heart-pounding mystery features a protagonist you’ll root for and a bevy of never-saw-it-coming twists and turns.

    Murder She Wrote: A Time for Murder (Murder, She Wrote Series #50), by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land
    The fiftieth entry in this beloved series, and the fourth entry by Jon Land, goes back in time to when Jessica was a young high school teacher who had yet to solve a mystery. Her first-ever case lands in her lap when the school’s principal dies mysteriously, and Jessica finds herself compelled to investigate. Meanwhile, in the present day, Jessica’s excited to attend a retirement party for a colleague at the high school—but the festivities are marred when the colleague also ends up dead. Convinced that the present case is linked to the past, Jessica has to catch this killer before it’s too late. Fifty books strong, this terrific series remains fresh and lively, and fans will relish this glimpse into Jessica’s origins as a sleuth.

    Invitation Only Murder (Lucy Stone Series #26), by Leslie Meier
    Lucy books a trip to a private Maine island owned by oddball billionaire Scott Newman in an effort to get some rest and relaxation (and some much-needed time away from her family in Tinker’s Cove). Newman is an intense environmentalist, and a trip to his exclusive property means giving up most modern conveniences, such as cell reception (and electricity!). When a young woman is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, Lucy finds herself investigating a murder while stuck on a remote, secluded—and suspect packed—island with extremely limited resources.

    What mysteries are you digging into this month?

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