Gertie's Leaping to Kids Ink!

Every child wants to be great, but the determined girl Gertie Reese Foy needs to be great now, and she's got a plan to do it. Guests can learn all about it on Monday, October 10th, when Kate Beasley - author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness - visits Kids Ink for a reading and signing event from 3pm to 4:15pm. 

Gertie's enrolled in fifth grade and living pretty well. She has great friends, a spirited aunt teaching her how to hunt bargains, and her dad works on an oil rig. News that her mother’s moving away and leaving them all behind threatens to tear ger world apart, but Gertie’s got a plan: become the greatest fifth-grader of all time to show Mom how much she would miss if she moved. Too bad the new girl in town, Mary Sue Spivey, wants to impress everyone just as badly, and there’s only room for one at the top. 

Kate Beasley earned her Masters in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she focused on Children and Young Adult fiction. Gertie's Leap to Greatness is Beasley's first published novel.  Illustrator Jillian Tamaki co-created the 2015 Caldecott-winning This One Summer with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, and drew storyboards for the hit cartoon Adventure Time.

Space will be limited and will be first-come-first-served. We will not be taking reservations, so arrive early to guarantee a spot! Kids Ink will have copies of Gertie’s Guide to Greatness available for purchase. For more information on the signing itself, please call our store at (317) 255-2598. We'll see you Monday from 3-4:15 at

Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore
5619 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208


Mike Curato Brings the Elephant in the Room!

Children's literature prides itself with its plethora of plucky pachyderms, and we're pleased as punch to present the latest creator to populate the shelves. Little Elliot is a young polka-dotted elephant that's looking for adventures, Mike Curato is the author and illustrator behind him, and Kids Ink is where you can meet him on Sunday, September 18th, at 2pm!

Mike began Little Elliot's stories with Little Elliot, Big City in 2014. He followed that up with Little Elliot, Big Family in 2015. Little Elliot, Big Fun follows the small elephant and his best friend Mouse as they explore the carnival and discover just how intimidating having fun can be sometimes. 

Mike Lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he's planning at least one more Little Elliot book.

Little Elliot, Big Fun Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805098273
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 30th, 2016

It's Waldo Hunting Season Again!

Where’s Waldo? The question has occupied millions of minds for twenty-nine years now, since Martin Handford published the first book in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo series continues to enjoy a cherished space on bookshelves everywhere. With almost 60 million copies printed in over 20 languages, Waldo is a true international icon that continues to keep audiences searching. The shops at 56th and Illinois St are taking this search to the next level in cooperation with Kids Ink Bookstore!

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.

Shannon Lee Alexander Returns to Kids Ink!

On Saturday, July 9th, beginning at 1pm, Kids Ink will host a launch party for Shannon Lee Alexander and her latest book, Life After Juliet.

In Love and Other Unknown Variables, Charlotte Finch tore through life with the abandon that come from knowing she won’t be around long enough to clean it up. Life After Juliet focuses on Charlotte’s friend Becca Hanson and her effort to pick up the pieces Charlotte left behind. Separated from everyone she knew and facing down her junior year of high school, Becca retreats to her favorite place: books. She’s so intent on reading that she almost fails to notice her semi-forced enrollment in the school’s Drama Club, or the two boys hovering for her attention. The only think Becca wants to do is withdraw into worlds of fictional characters, but instead she must establish a role of her own. 

Alexander is a native Hoosier, and taught for a number of years in middle school as a language arts teacher. Her own book addiction produced a lot of material to build the character of Becca. The loss of a friend to cancer in 2009 confronted her with a lot of things, and perhaps the most profound is a belief that there is no such thing as “too late”. There’s no deadline in life, according to Shannon, only a responsibility to act on one’s drive when they can. Alexander is a wife, mother of two, and caretaker of a very fuzzy dog.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Life After Juliet Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781633753235
Published: Entangled: Teen - July 5th, 2016

Ms. Bixby's Coming to Kids Ink

He took us into the darkest dungeons, he took us into the skies, he took us on a bank robbery, and now John David Anderson is taking his readers to school. Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Anderson's latest novel, follows the quest of three school children to give their favorite teacher the send-off she deserves. This refreshing tale of the positive influence teachers can have on students and the many ways that influence is paid back, releases on June 21st. On June 25th, beginning at 1pm, Kids Ink will host John David Anderson for a launch party and signing to celebrate the release of Ms. Bixby's Last Day.

Topher, Brand, and Steve don't have many nice things to say about school, and when they do it's usually about Ms. Bixby, the lone teacher that makes school worth going to. When she announces that she won't be finishing the school year with them, it lights a spark the fuels each of them to take action. They can't stop her from leaving, but they can give her the best final day a teacher's ever had. The book follows each of the boys on their own journey to prove not only that Ms. Bixby's the best teacher they ever had, but that they're each worth more than they think.

Anderson's previous works include The Dungeoneers, Sidekicked, and its spin-off Minion. Anderson lives in Indianapolis with his wife and twin children.

Kids Ink will have copies of all of Anderson's available books, as well as cheesecake for his guests. Want some cheesecake? Then you want to meet Mr. Anderson.

Ms. Bixby's Last Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062338174
Published: Walden Pond Press - June 21st, 2016

Alex Gino Spells It Out with "George"

Alex Gino - this year's winner of the Children's Stonewall Award - will be at Kids Ink on Thursday, May 19th, starting at 6pm to lead discussion and sign copies of their (Alex's preferred pronoun) landmark novel George.

George is a middle grade book about a fourth grader who is determined to be the person she wants to be.  George may look like a boy, but she knows deep down that she’s a girl.  George fears she’ll have to conceal this feeling forever, but an opportunity comes along that’s too good to pass up: the school play.  George desperately wants to be cast as Charlotte in the school production of Charlotte’s Web.  She confronts her teacher, the administration, backstage politics, and wardrobe adjustments in order to land the role and tell the world who she really is.

Alex Gino wrote George with the intention to fill a gap.  Their book about a gender-transitioning young person is an important and timely contribution to children’s literature.

Alex (who uses the singular pronoun they) was born in New York, has lived all over the United States, and currently resides in California.

We are honored to have Alex visit Kids Ink and eager to share their book and their story with our customers and the community. We invite anyone interested to join us and perhaps gain a new perspective.

George Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545812542
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

The Big Three-Oh

It's time to accept it - Kids Ink is getting older. In fact, we turn 30 this Saturday, May 7th. We're detemined to age like strong cheese or a powerful story - the more the better.

All day this Saturday, we'll have cookies to hand out to all our guests! (Until we run out, which could happen, but we have so many cookies I mean SO MANY.) We'll have displays set up, including our beloved train table in our front window, and we've also got our May Basket Construction Station stocked and ready for you to assemble a random surprise of beautiful kindness for someone in your life. 

Whether you can stay all day or just a few moments, it'd mean a lot to us if you could drop by and wish us another 30 wonderful years. 

Independent Bookstore Day Comes 'Round Again!

April's sure going fast, and we're going to close it out with a bang! Independent Bookstore Day is here, and we've got all kinds of ways to celebrate being your independent bookstore for thirty years running. For instance...
-A scavenger hunt with prizes!
-The ever-popular train table in our front window!
-A special coloring section and a wall to hang the latest masterpieces on!
-Rolling discounts - certain sections will be marked down at different parts of the day! (The best bargain hunters are the patient ones.)
-Dress the Queen - Our royal Playmobil highness will have her full wardrobe on hand for you to adorn her appropriately. Can you say "style selfie"??
-Dress yourself - Kids Ink t-shirts are available for the first time ever!

Come see us anytime Saturday and have a wonderful adventure on us!

It's the Return of Peter Brown!

Peter Brown, author and illustrator of such books as My Teacher is a Monster and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, visits Kids Ink from 4-5:00pm on Thursday, March 24th. This is a free event where he will sign on a first-come, first-served basis. We'll have plenty of his books available should you need to add some entertaining fun to your personal library.

Brown has illustrated for other authors in the past, but his most recent works are completely self-generated. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild was a 2015-16 nominee for the Young Hoosier Book Award.

We've hosted Peter Brown before, and it's always a delight. Be sure to mark your calendar so you can get a chance to talk to him in person. See you Thursday!

Linda Sue Park Signing at Kids Ink Wednesday, March 2nd, 3:30pm

The child of Korean immigrants, Linda Sue Park was born in the MidWest, lived all over the United Kingdom, and returned to the USA with two kids before she ever thought about writing children’s literature. Now, with over a dozen publications and two major awards, readers the world over couldn’t imagine her doing anything else. Linda Sue Park – children’s author, poet, former college gymnast – will be signing at Kids Ink Bookstore March 2nd from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Park’s writing career started when she was nine years old with a haiku in a children’s magazine. In 1997, she wrote her first children’s book, See-Saw Girl, which was published two years later. She’s written many books in different formats for a number of publishers since then, including A Single Shard, which won the Newbery in 2002. 

Park’s latest work is the intermediate novel Forest of Wonders (Wing & Claw, Book 1), which follows a young apothecary named Raffa. Though still learning, Raffa’s proximity to the forest gives him a wide range of leaves and roots to examine and cultivate his talents with. A wounded bat crashes into Raffa’s life, and the apothecary-in-training stumbles upon a rare red vine that he believes will save the bat. Instead of merely restoring the bat to health, the magic transforms it into something the world hasn’t seen before. Together, they quest into the nearby city of Gilden where they hope to gain some answers. 

Linda Sue Park will be visiting local schools before stopping at Kids Ink for this event. Linda will sign on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive early to guarantee yourself a chance to meet this wonderful author. 

Wing & Claw #1: Forest of Wonders Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Jim Madsen (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780062327383
Published: HarperCollins - March 1st, 2016


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