Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore - 5619 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 - Email:   

 Store Hours: Monday-Saturday  10am to 6:00pm, Thursdays until 7:00

Store: 317-255-2598 / School and Library Division: 317-254-0830  Fax: 317-254-0832 

Troy Cummings Visits Kids Ink!

Troy Cummings, the author and illustrator of the Notebook of Doom series, will be at Kids Ink on April 7th from 1:00 – 2:30! Cummings’ new book Can I Be Your Dog? is a heart-warming story of Arfy the dog looking for his forever home. 

In an effort to support our local animal shelters and the dogs looking for their own homes, we will be hosting a canned dog food drive. Along with normal canned dog food, shelters also need dog food for sensitive stomachs or prescription diet i/d for digestive care. The Humane Society of Indianapolis online wish list can be a good reference for types of canned dog food.

From now through the signing on April 7th, if you bring in a few cans of dog food to the store, you will receive 15% off of "Can I Be Your Dog?". Just bring your donation to the store counter!


John David Anderson Grants Kids Ink's Wish!

John David Anderson - the author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Posted - is set to launch his latest novel Granted with us at Kids Ink on Saturday, February 24th, from 2-3:30pm! There's a lot of magic in his work and all our shelves, so what better place to reveal a tale about a wayward wish-fulfilling fairy? 

It's Ophelia's first day as a Granter, the dutiful calling of a fairy capable of making the secret wishes of humans come true! It's an honored and sacred task, for without the granting of human wishes, fairies lack the magic to make their basic ends meet, and global magic supplies are at an alarming low-point. As for the tone of this book, it's less about a quest of restoration and more a reminder of backyard splendor. It's about looking at what you can see every day, but seeing it just a little differently and finding something wonderful that way.

Kids Ink will have plenty of Anderson's books on hand that you can get signed, along with fairy-themed snacks! If you'd like us to hold one for you (a book, not a snack, sorry!), call us at 317-255-2598. It's going to be a magical time!

Kamilla Benko Arrives at Kids Ink!

Kamilla Benko gallops into the world of YA publishing with her debut novel, The Unicorn Quest. Kids Ink lucked out enough to host one of the stops on her launch tour: Saturday, February 3rd, from 1-2:30 pm. 

Kamilla's from Indiana originally, but has been living in New York the past few years as an editor for children's books.

The Unicorn Quest is the story of Claire Martinson, a younger sister used to worrying about her older sister Sophie who only recently recovered from a strange illness. The two discover a staircase behind the fireplace in their great aunt's manor that leads them to a wonderous new world filled with miracles and dangers alike. They manage to return home, but with the way open now , there's nothing keeping the other world's inhabitants from using it themselves.

Kamilla's visit will include a short reading, some Q&A and discussion, and human-friendly unicorn treats. Call the store at 317-255-2598 for more information.


Ann M Martin Visits Glendale Library

Ann M. Martin will visit the Indianapolis Public Library’s Glendale location in partnership with Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Beginning at 2 pm, Ann will co-host a conversation about her works and process, answer audience questions, and sign copies of her books.

As the author of the Babysitter’s Club series, which has been adapted into graphic novels and television shows, she’s helped raise a generation of women. She won a Newbery Honor award for A Corner of the Universe, a novel about one girl’s relationship with her savant uncle. She lives in upstate New York, and is visiting Indianapolis to celebrate the release of the paperback edition of her latest book, Rain Reign.

Rain Reign focuses on Rose Howard, a girl on the autistic spectrum who finds comfort and stability in homonyms – words spelled or pronounced the same but with different meanings. Rose’s dog is her best friend and primary point of contact with the world, a role so important that Rose gave the dog a name with two homonyms: Rain (rein, reign). During the night of a terrible storm, Rose’s single father lets Rain out of the house, and by the next morning she’s nowhere to be found. To rescue her, Rose steps away from the rest of her habits and routines to brave the woods and bring Rain home.

We will have a selection of Martin’s backlist on hand for sale, and will also work with the library to lead activities that’ll make this event that much more special.

More details about the author can be found at her website, For more information on the signing itself, please call us at (317) 255-2598 or the Glendale branch of the Indianapolis Public Library at (317) 275-4410.

Our Holiday Open House Approaches!

As the year's end approaches, we're joining the rest of the shoppes at 56th & Illinois on Thursday, November 16th, in welcoming the new season. Each shop will have its own personal event or display, but we're lucky enough to have two amazing authors: Julie Segal-Walters and Rabbi Sandy Sasso, from 5:30-7pm!

Julie Segal Walters debuts as an author with This is Not a Normal Animal Book, illustrated by Brian Biggs. It may start normally enough, but quickly changes things around until before you know it cats lay eggs and and the couch disappeared because you're on the floor laughing. Readers of all ages chuckle at all the mixups, and parents won't mind reading this over and over - for their children or just themselves.

Rabbi Sandy Sasso's latest book, Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons, retells three parables as a single story to help younger children with learning to count and why counting's so important. Who Counts? was written with Amy-Jill Levine and illustrated by Margaux Meganck. Sasso's books approach spirituality from different points of view, but always with the purpose of bringing people together.

As if having a pair of wonderful creators weren't enough, we'll serve snacks to go with the events and (hopefully) the weather. And guests might want to see what our front window's up to while they're there... and bring a camera!

Ridley Pearson Signing

Ridley Pearson, author of the Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers, will be at our story today, October 12th, from 4pm to 5:30pm!

We erroneously had it tagged on our calendar as the 19th. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

"Turtles All the Way Down" Lands Soon!

The wait is (almost) over! JOHN GREEN, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back! Turtles All the Way Down releases on Tuesday, October 10th, and there's still time to reserve a SIGNED COPY on Day 1! 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Kids Ink will host not one, but two events to celebrate the release of Turtles All the Way Down!
Tuesday, October 10, 2017ON-SALE-DAY CELEBRATION!
Kids Ink Bookstore'll have 25 goody bags for your customers purchasing Turtles All the Way Down on Day 1, including:
►Page flags: for fans to bookmark their favorites pages/passages while reading
►Fill-in-the-quote bookmarks: for fans to write down their favorite quotes
►Branded bag to hold the giveaway items

Saturday, Novemebr 11, 2017THE COMEBACK EVENT! 
After readers turn the last page of Turtles All the Way Down, they are going to want to find other readers to talk about it with. We want to encourage all of these people to come together at Kids Ink! Readers should stop by our store at 4pm to share thoughts about the book, enjoy pizza, and pick up some swag.

JOHN GREEN is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for  Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines; Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson  (with David Levithan); and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers ( and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse ( You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you want to claim a signed copy of Turtles All the Way Down, you can get one! Just call us at 317-255-2598, or visit our website ( and pre-order it (make sure to use the ISBN# 9780525555384), to reserve your copy. See you soon!

It's Red & White, Can I Get a Clue? Waldo Season's Back!

Clean your glasses, prime your peepers, do whatever you've got to do to optimize your vision, because Waldo's running loose again in the shoppes of 56th and Illinois St! Kids Ink needs all young readers to report in and find him, and we can make it worth their time.

Waldo’s Anniversary is celebrated nationwide all month in July, and Kids Ink wants you to join the party. Neighboring stores will be hosting a Waldo figure somewhere for kids to find from July 15th through July 29st. Children can pick up a “travel guide” from Kids Ink and go looking for him around the neighborhood – with adult supervision, of course. Anyone that finds Waldo at every participating location and returns their list to Kids Ink will be entered for a prize drawing.

Originally intended to be a one-time-only event, The Great Waldo Hunt’s popularity exceeded so many expectations that Candlewick (Waldo’s publisher) keeps bringing it back, and it only gets more popular every year.

Kids Ink is one of 250 independent bookstores across the country participating, but we’re determined to have the most entries, and we need local kids’ help to make that happen. We’re looking forward to enjoying this with everyone in Indianapolis.

Summer Time, Story Time, Sum-Sum-Story Time!

Get your personal calendars out and your child’s cool clothes ready, because Story Time’s summer season is right around the corner, and oh-ho-ho we have plans!

Story Time is for kids 2-5 to experience reading, interact with each other and our staff, and for their parents/ guardians to socialize. All sessions begin at 9:30am and will be held at the store: 5619 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Spaces are limited, so be sure to CALL OUR STORE (317-255-2598) and reserve a spot.

Our schedule is…


June 28th, 29th, and 30th


July 12th, 13th, and 14th


July 26th, 27th, and 28th


August 9th, 10th, 11th


August 23rd, 24th, and 25th

James and Kim Dean Bring Pete the Cat to Kids Ink

Visit Kids Ink Children's Bookstore on May 23rd between 4pm and 5pm to meet James and Kim Dean, the author-illustrator team that bring Pete the Cat to bookshelves!

For over ten years, a blue-haired kitty named Pete has strode across bookshelves and websites. Pete takes moments like putting on socks or the bus ride to school and turns them into joyful opportunities just by relaxing allowing the best to meet him. Pete's attitude infects everyone around him, encouraging the mind to be calm and heart to find a happy beat. His latest book - Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie - follows Pete to the dance floor on his search for the best steps to jump, jive, and wail!

Kids Ink holds a wide selection of Pete the Cat books! If you'd like us to put some aside for you, just call and ask! We're at 317-255-2598. And one last reminder, you can meet James and Kim on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 4 to 5pm!


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