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 

It's Story Time!!

Warm up the cars and get the winter coats ready, because Kids Ink's ever-popular Story Time is back in season! Beginning at 9:30am for kids ages 2-5 and their grown-ups, Story Time turns books into experiences, and we've got lots of great themes this year. Look at the schedule below, and be sure to let us know which you and your little reader will attend.

Our remaining early 2016 schedule is:

-Boxes - March 2, 3, & 4
-Good Green Books - March 16, 17, & 18
-April Fool You! - March 30, 31, & April 1

This is time for kids 2-5 to experience reading, interact with each other and our staff, and for their parents/ guardians to socialize. Spaces are limited, so be sure to CALL OUR STORE (317.255.2598) and reserve a spot.


Holiday Hours have Begun!

This is the best kind of time change - the kind you don't have to make! Instead, we're changing our clocks so that we're open later. You'll be able to do your holiday shopping on your time, no matter how hectic your schedule may be!

  Holiday Store hours
Monday-Friday 10AM-8PM
Saturday 10AM-6PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM
Thursday the 24th 10AM-3PM

CLOSED the 25th-26th


We've got great gift ideas, and now the time to make them work. Stop on by!

Author Team Up Coming Up Soon!

Janna Matthies’s career in children’s writing is still young, having only begun in 2011 with the moving Goodbye Cancer Garden. Rebecca Kai Dotlich is a veteran in the field, the author of over a dozen books including What Can a Crane Pick Up? and What is Science? These two will have each other’s backs at a joint signing event for their new books at Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore November 14th from 11am to 2pm.

Janna Matthies’ latest book is Two is Enough, a wonderful picture book to cuddle with your child with that focuses on two-person families, highlighting all the joys possible when it’s just an adult and their little one. Two is Enough is illustrated by Mourning Tuesday, perhaps most recently known for illustrating Eggs over Evie.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of I Can Read’s series Digger the Dinosaur and Peanut & Pearl, as well as the ode to trains All Aboard and many others. Her latest is One Day, The End, a collection of illustrations and texts that tell a complete story in a couple of pages. Readers will have so many quirky and surprising tales to choose from that picking a favorite will be a head-scratcher. One Day, The End is illustrated by Fred Koehler, a relative newcomer to the publishing world with two previous titles under his belt: How to Cheer Up Dad and Super Jumbo.

We’re looking forward to hosting these two wonderful authors in our shop. Stop by, expand your personal library, and make this Saturday even more special! 

"It's a Wonderful Death" and a Special Occasion!

We always love seeing our neighbors succeed, especially in the world of publishing, and the latest rising star makes a fast and strong impression. Sarah Schmitt's debut novel hits shelves October 6th, an amusing and suspenseful tale about a teen girl paying for the mistake of a distracted Grim Reaper. Kids Ink is proud to present an amazing roller coaster across the viel: It's a Wonderful Death!















RJ, the queen of the school, gets what she wants. When she finds herself in Purgatory thanks to a clerical error and a pawn in a political game between opposing forces, what she wants suddenly doesn't matter as much as what she can do to live. We at Kids Ink have been fighting over the advance copies since they came in, we've enjoyed it that much!

Sarah Schmitt will be signing copies in our store on October 18th. As a special offer, we'll also be taking pre-orders for copies to be personalized and shipped to those that can't make it to the signing! Just follow the directions below to make your reservation:

-Call our office at 317-254-0830
-Tell us (or leave a message) that you'd like a copy of It's a Wonderful Death (or two or more!)
-Leave your name, shipping address, and phone number
-Tell us how you'd like Sarah Schmitt to personalize your copy
-When we have copies ready to sign, we'll call you to confirm all the details!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone there that can make it, and helping out those who can't. It's going to be a wonderful time!

A Young Pirate Inspires Writing Workshop

Have you ever read something so inspiring that you wanted to write your own story? We have a special opportunity to help our younger authors-in-training develop their talents, and it’s coming up soon. Heidi Schulz, author of Hook’s Revenge, will run a workshop for young writers ages 10 and up (and their parents/ guardians) at Kids Ink on Sunday, July 26th, starting at 2pm.

Schulz recently made her debut as a novelist, but made a very strong impression. Her first novel, Hook’s Revenge, follows the trails and tri-corner hat of Jocelyn Hook, estranged daughter of the nemesis of Peter Pan on her quest for revenge. The book has received nominations for several awards throughout the nation, and a sequel is due in September.

The workshop will run about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and book signing period. Attendees (recommended age 10+) should come prepared to write. Space IS limited, so call Kids Ink at (317) 255-2598 and reserve your spot today!

Through the Wardrobe: Writing Scenes that Transport Your Reader
Young writers learn narrative techniques that make their settings come alive. Sections include:
-Using Sensory Details
-Looking Beyond the Obvious
-Observing through a Character’s Eyes
-Developing Character through the Lens of Setting

Find Waldo Begins July 20th!

Clean your glasses and keep your eyes open, because it's almost time once again to answer the age-old question: Where's Waldo? 

Starting July 20th and ending July 31st, young questors can pick up a Waldo passport from Kids Ink and search neighboring businesses to find Waldo. Each location will grant the keen-eyed a ticket, which they can bring back to Kids Ink for an entry in our Waldo raffle for prizes including books and gift certificates!

This is the fourth year that bookstores across the nation have partnered up with neighboring businesses to celebrate the red-striped traveler that never minds getting lost in the crowd, and this year that crowd is bigger than ever! Participating neighboring merchants include:

Chase Bank
The Secret Ingredient
The Flying Cupcake
G. Thrapp Jewelry
B. Boutique
Kincaid's Meats
Graeters Ice Cream
Illinois Street Food Emporium

The closer we get to the start of the hunt, the more details we'll have, so stay tuned!

Dungeon Diving with David Anderson!

This Saturday, June 27th starting at 1pm, author David Anderson will be at Kids Ink entertaining and promoting his new novel, The Dungeoneers

Growing up can get really tricky, especially when your family doesn’t seem excited to go out and do things. Colm Canderly certainly feels that way, it’s part of why he got into pickpocketing. When he gets caught, he’s forced to choose between jail and the dangerous world of subterranean treasure hunting. He chooses treasure hunting, a choice he'll either celebrate or not live to regret. 

David Anderson lives in Indiana with his wife and twin children. Through his blog, web site, school visits and library events, he makes every effort to be the most approachable writer anyone’s ever met. Please join us in exploring this new, exciting world of his!

Sidewalk Sale!!

Stop by Kids Ink on Friday (June 5th) from 10-5 and Saturday(June 6th) from 10-3 and take part in our Sidewalk Sale!

We'll be selling books at the low-low price of $2 A POUND! Yes, you read that right, just grab a bag, load it with books, and whatever they weight determines the price. It's something new we're trying and we think it's going to be a lot of fun. Can you guess how much you'll be spending?

We'll also have a live demonstration of some of the toys we'll be selling, so you can see them in action. See you there!

Tom Watson Walks Stick Dog to Kids Ink

We don't normally let pets or animals into our shop, but we just have to make an exception for Tome Watson and his terrific 2-D pooch, Stick Dog! Celebrating the release of his lastest volume, Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream, we'll be hosting them on Thursday, May 21st starting at 4pm.

Tom is a native Midwesterner, living with his family in Chicago. While his first jobs out of college were in politics, including speechwriting, he would always be making picture books for his own kids. At one point his wife encouraged him to share these books with other readers as free material, and his writing career began. These early works are still available for free online, most easily through his web site,

The Stick Dog series is his most popular work, and his favorite to work on. Tom Watson does his own writing and the initial illustrations, while Ethan Long finishes the illustration process for publication. The series follows the amusing adventures of a pooch with personality and the friends that stick with him through all the trouble he gets into, as well as how he gets out of it!

This event will include reading, signing, and whatever other shenanigans Tom dares to attempt! We hope to see you there! 

Independent Bookstore Day is Coming to Kids Ink!

Last year in May, independent California bookstores celebrated their businesses and style by hosting a variety of parties. Some had art pieces installed, many sold special edition books, a few even had authors come in and do oddball non-author things. The event was so successful that it's becoming a nationwide tradition, and Kids Ink can't wait to catch this wave. Stop by any time on Saturday, May 2nd to take part of the festivities of Independent Bookstore Day, or stay all day if you've got the strength for it!

Now that Kids Ink is 29 years young, we're thinking it's time to party like it, and we've got a lot of things planned thanks to the friends we've already invited. The brand-new Dancing Donut supplies free donuts until we run out starting at 10am, and that's just to get your energy up! All day long we'll have three generations of oversized Playmobil figures ready to take pictures with children of all ages. We'll also have a station ready for customers to stamp their own wrapping paper, a wall for visitors to post pictures or favorite book quotes and share them with the rest of our guests, a bookmark creation booth for readers of a refined and personal taste. Or if you just want to play with our classic train set, we'll have that set up right in our front window.

And that's not half of it! Throughout the day, local creators will be dropping by and proving that authors have a lot more to them than just being able to arrange words well on a page. 

-At 11am, pop-surrealist artist Mab Graves will be teaching and demonstrating evertything she knows about origami. No, seriously, she can make a paper crane that's smaller than a bottle cap, a function bed table for a doll, and so much else! The first 20 people through the door starting at 11 will also get a free copy of her paper doll book Little Lost Girls.

-From 12:30 to 2pm, young adult authors Shannon Alexander (Love and Other Unknown Variables), Trisha Leaver (The Secrets We Keep), and Lisa Aldin (One of the Guys) will run a workshop on how to make upcycled book page crafts. You could look up what that is, but you won't believe it until you see it for yourself.

-3 to 4pm, Saundra Mitchell (author of Mistwalker, Springsweet, and other mystical teen novels) will tell your fortune through the proven styles of palm reading and tarot cards. (Please note that officially, any and all wisdom dispensed by Saundra is for entertainment purposes only, and Kids Ink is not responisble for any outcomes. We don't expect a cut of any winnings, nor liability for any loses.)

-4:30 to 5:30pm, Mike Mullin (author of the Ashfall series) will have an Advice Booth set up and for the price of a nickel (no health plans accepted), he will share insights on such topical subjects as living with cats, the wonders of kale (samples available!!), writing and publishing, and anything else you can think of! (Please note that, like Saundra Mitchell, Mike Mullin's advise is for entertainment purposes only. And for the purpose of entertainment, wouldn't it be great if they had an Advice-Off? We'll see if we can put something like that together for you.)

We hope you'll be able to join as we cut loose with celebrating just how amazing it is to run a bookstore in such a wonderful place and with such incredible customers!


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