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Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 pm
Busboys and Poets is throwing the quirkiest new year's bash in DC co-sponsored by Politics & Prose—all to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team! Fight hunger and help young poets thrive as you welcome the new year with one of the DMV's hottest DJ's, live dancers compliments of Dance Place, music, games, food, drinks, interactive art, burlesque in the nerd, midnight countdown and more.
Come dressed as YOU—and if YOU is nerdy, even better!
This is the first official event at Busboys and Poets, Brookland!
$50 tickets include food & 2 drinks per person
Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 3, 1:00 pm
Saturday, January 3, 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 3, 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 4, 1:00 pm
Sunday, January 4, 5:00 pm
Monday, January 5, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 pm
At this time of year, our Children and Teens Department is bustling with holiday shoppers—grandparents, moms and dads, relatives and friends—all on missions to find just the right books for the children in their lives, whether newborns, budding readers or young adults. To make the task easier, we asked our booksellers to suggest a handful of their favorite children’s titles for 2014. Here are some sure winners to start with:
Ages 0 – 3: The baby in this story wants kisses, and one by one gives and receives them from her household’s inhabitants, then from the sun and wind, and then from flowers that “send kisses past bees and trees.” In Besos for Baby (Hachette, $6.99), author Jen Arena charms readers with her simple, lyrical sentences, paired with contrasting colors by illustrator Blanca Gomez. This bilingual book is a beautiful addition to a baby’s first library.
Ages 4 – 8: A bearded farmer is working his fields on a typical morning when a colorful circus train passes by and a small figure falls from the back. Worried, the farmer hurries over to the tracks and finds a young clown, frightened and alone. The farmer brings the clown home and gives him a place to stay for the night, although he’s a bit grumpy about it. The two bond in The Farmer and the Clown (Beach Lane, $17.99), a story by author and illustrator Marla Frazee that offers a touching and wordless journey about acceptance, friendship, and embracing home.
Ages 4 – 7: Language and elegance come together in Firebird (Putnam, $17.99), a poetic tale of dance, hardship, and success by prima ballerina, Misty Copeland. A young girl watches Copeland soar as the iconic Firebird and dreams of finding her own feet dancing on that stage. Together with award-winning illustrator Christopher Myers, Copeland artfully guides readers through a world of dance, poetry, and breathtaking beauty.
Ages 8 – 12: Welcome to the Animalium (Big Picture Press, $35), a marvelously rich and enchanting Natural History Museum of a book. Presenting different species and subspecies of animals in the same meanderingly linear manner that one might find while wandering through exhibits at a museum, Jenny Broom’s new animal encyclopedia is engagingly original. Illustrator Katie Scott’s art is strikingly gorgeous and layered, and scientific in its detail. Bursting with facts that range from the general to the more obscure, this is a book that demands and deserves hours upon hours of attention.
Ages 8 – 12: Cece is a new kid at school. She’s also the only deaf kid. In Cece Bell’s graphic memoir, El Deafo (Abrams, $21.95 hardcover / $10.95 paperback), young readers will recognize and identify with Cece's struggles even as unfamiliar as her situation may seem on the surface.
Ages 9 – 12: In The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $15.99) Sam, Eli, Jax, and Frog are facing a new school year full of big decisions. To be or not to be a thespian? How do you deal with a new neighbor who isn’t very neighborly? With the help of their parents—two dads—the Fletcher boys find the answers to these questions and more, growing along the way in this fun tale by Dana Allison Levy.
Ages 10 and up: In a moving memoir, author Jacqueline Woodson reflects on her childhood living in South Carolina and New York during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Laden with stories of life with a loving family and pierced by the realities of the time, this is the journey of a Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99) as she discovers her voice as a writer. A beautiful reflection told through stirring verse, the book won this year’s National Book Award for young people’s literature.
Ages 11 – 14: Basketball and verse? Not a common combination, but Kwame Alexander delivers with Crossover (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). Alexander’s verse weaves, pump fakes, and slam dunks across the page, adding visual excitement to this “running gunning / shooting” story of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, brotherly love.
--Brad and Lissa