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 

The Big Wiggle Tour Crawling through Kids Ink!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is inching its way through Indy! And if you join us on Tuesday, March 17th beginning at 3:30pm, you can meet it!

You and your little ones will enjoy tons of activities, including

-Saying hello to THE Very Hungry Caterpillar!
-Seeing the offical VHC Volkswagon Bug

-Making your own caterpillar pendant
-Crafting a caterpillar stick puppet
-Hearing Judy Barman's reading of the book (she makes her own props, it's great!!)
-Doing the Caterpillar Crawl
-The Caterpillar Tunnel... if you DARE!

JLG, organizers of the tour, are also hosting a photo contest! There's only one prize per store, so be dressed for success.

PHOTO CONTEST DETAILS: Fans can join in a countdown to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day online, and the Joester Loria Group (the licensing agency that represents the Eric Carle brand) will sponsor a photo contest to accompany the tour. Fans at each event are encouraged to submit photos on The World of Eric Carle Facebook page or tag the page in their posts. JLG will pick the best photo from each location, and the winner from each spot will receive a Very Big Wiggle prize of a toy, game, or gift. 

We can't wait to see you there! 

Instead of Daylight Savings, Save the Day with Story Time!

Welcome to 2015, everyone! Winter strikes and traffic woes shouldn't stop us from having a good time with friends, and it certainly won't stop us from enjoying new books. We've got lots of opportunities to do both this season with our latest Story Time Schedule!

January 21st, 22nd, or 23rd - Hurray! Winter!

February 4th, 5th and 6th - February Fun

February 18, 19th and 20th - Penguins & Polar Bears on Ice

March 4th, 5th and 6th - Listening to Leo Lionni

March 18th, 19th and 20th - Diggin’ Doggies


April 1st, 2nd and 3rd - Books with Kevin Henkes 

Story Time is primarily for kids ages 2-5 and their parents or guardians. It's a great opportunity to get children engaged with reading and stories, as well as letting the adults in the room socialize and swap stories of their own!

As always, space is limited for each session. You'll want to call our store ahead of time to reserve the spot you want. Our number's 317-255-2598.

This is as much a treat for us as it is for our vistors - call now and lock your spot in!

Happy Holidays are Here Again!

Get those ovens hot and the wrapping paper stocked, because the holiday season is upon us!

The first big date to remember is Small Business Saturday, November 29th!

Our favorite local authors will be at our store as staff members - they'll greet you at the door, work with you to fiqure out what you need, and find books that will surely become the new favorites! If you buy one of their books, you know they'll be thrilled to sign it! Here's our schedule:

-Saundra Mitchell (Springsweet) from 10am to 12pm
-David Anderson (Sidekicked) from 11:30am to 1:30pm 
-Donna Griffin (Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana) from 1pm to 3pm
-Mike Mullin (Ashfall) from 3pm to 5pm

Last year this was such a success and we're excited to see it again this year!

We'll also be switching over to our extended holiday hours starting next week. What does that mean to you?

Every Friday in December (5th, 12th, and 19th) Kids Ink will be open from 10am to 8pm. This should give working parents a little extra time going into the weekend to shop for their kids. 

On December 24th (Christmas Eve), we'll close at 3pm.

We'll be closed December 25th and 26th for Christmas. We'll also close at 3pm December 31st and closed all day January 1st for New Years.

We're looking so forward to helping you make this holiday season special. See you soon! 

Rainbow Rowell at Central Library

Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Landline, has a new book coming out called Attachments. The Central Library, in partnership with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, is hosting Rainbow to talk about this and Banned Books Week, which began Sunday. This is a subject close to all of our hearts, and we're happy to help bring this to you.

The event will be in the Central Library's Clowes Auditorium Tuesday, September 23rd. It begins at 6:30 pm with reading and discussion about the negative impact banned books has on people, communities, and the medium as a whole. Rainbow will be signing books, and we'll be selling them for you to have signed. This event is open tot he public and first-come, first-served, so get here early!

Paige Rawl Signing

We can't wait for Paige Rawl to visit our store Tuesday, August 26th, to talk about her memoir Positive, sign some books, and sign our wall!

Positive tells the story of a girl who learns as she's entering adolescence that she contracted HIV from birth. The one person shared this revelationwith betrayed her trust, and everyone in her school failed to understand what was happening. This turned what was supposed to be a safe learning institution into a crucible that very nearly broke young Rawl.

We're very excited to have such a brave person come and share her story with us. Paige Rawl regularly speaks out on the dangers and consequences of bullying, as well as ways to promote a safer, more constructive environment. Her message about HIV and AIDS awareness is no less critical, and we hope you can join us!

UPDATE: John David Anderson's Minion InvadED Kids Ink!

On Saturday, June 28th, starting at 2pm, John David Anderson will be at Kids Ink Bookstore signing copies of his books, including the new superhero novel, Minion. Also releasing that week is Sidekicked in paperback format. We’ll have copies on hand ready to sell along with a small quantity of the hard-to-find Standard Hero Behavior! His last visit was packed and books sold fast, so do yourselves a favor and get here early!

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. His efforts to reach out to teenagers and help them identify their strengths establish that he has a special, fixed relationship with his audience wherever he goes. Fans can generate their own superhero stat cards via his website, As if all of that weren’t enough, he will be bringing his own snacks to share with visitors on the day of the signing event.

We’re looking forward to hosting our friend on such a wonderful occasion. Sales and signatures will all be first-come, first-served, though our store will hold books upon request – call us at (317) 255-2598 if you have any additional questions.


For two hours solid, people lined up to have David sign their books and and him questions.

Never too many, never too few, we had a steady stream the entire time and it was a blast! We're not sure how many of you called ahead to make it work the way it did, but we appreciate your efforts! Seriously, our customers are simply the best customers ever.

Along with the author, crowds, and snacks,people could get their picture taken as the Minion. We're waiting to hear back from the publisher to see if they'll reissue with variant covers!

We can't wait to have you back, David!!

Drew Daywalt Signing

It’s an author signing emergency! The Day the Crayons Quit author Drew Daywalt will be at Kids Ink Bookstore on Thursday, April 17th, from 4:30-5:30pm. That’s not too far away, so check your calendars and be sure to join us in welcoming this clever and funny author to Indy!

Primarily for the younger readers/ creators (2-8), Day the Crayons Quit follows one young artist’s quest to find colors too frustrated with their usual duties. Children that color outside the lines will see themselves right away, and others may discover new ways to look at the world and express themselves.

One Colorful Picket Line!

This signing is open to the public, and will be first-come, first-served. We will have copies in stock, if you don’t have your own yet!

Awesome Author After-Action

March 14-17 was one of the more ambitious weekends for us, and looking back it couldn’t have gone much better!


David Levithan and Rainbow Rowell packed our place to overflowing Friday night. We knew they’d bring in the crowd, but we never anticipated so many. We had to have our reading out in the back parking lot, there were so many!

Saturday, we had Mike Mullin and some of his friends over to promote the end of the Ashfall trilogy. They demonstrated some of the skills featured heavily in the series and answered questions. Volunteers among the visitors got to take home boards broken by the demonstrators, including Mike himself!

Shannon Hale closed out our monster weekend with a bit of a push herself – a breakneck tour of schools followed by a signing at our store. Like so many authors, she was happy to take pictures with her fans, especially those interested in making them memorable.

We just want to thank everyone ever. Thank you authors that helped make this weekend one of the most exciting we’ve ever hosted. Thank you to everyone working at the store who kept things running and happy. And a special thank you to everyone that showed up and gave us all so much energy – our store may trade in books, but it’s our customers that keep us going. Thank you.

Get Ready for our Four-Day Author Weekend!

You may remember, this was a while back, we mentioned that we'd have some authors coming by the store to visit in a fairly tight schedule. Maybe it sounded interesting, yet distant. Well, it's here. It's this weekend! Are you ready? Are WE ready?!? We hope so!!

Friday, at 7pm, David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing) and Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl) will be at our store signing books, answering questions, and in general being fabulous people. We aren't pre-registering people, but we WILL be giving out line tickets about an hour in advance, so you can grab a ticket before you grab dinner, before you come back to the store and see these two authors. 

Saturday, Mike Mullin is going to help us celebrate the finale of his Ashfall trilogy with Sunrise. There will be cupcakes, signings, answers, questions, volcanoes, books, and taekwondo demonstrations. All of these things MAY not happen, but most of them will. You'll have to stop by between 1-3pm and find out for yourself.

Sunday's going to be pretty normal. No authors have been scheduled. If you want to rest, or just shop generally, this is a good day to get those done.

Because Monday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, that's when Shannon Hale is visiting us at 4pm to sign! Her latest, Dangerous, is about a young woman's first experience with sneaking out at night; it doesn't go like she'd hoped! A great author to visit and shake off the Monday duldrums before dinner!

This is going to be a hectic weekend, but also a LOT of fun. Get in on this while you can!

DON'T FORGET! Stephan Pastis this Sunday!

We hope we'll see our beloved readers this Sunday at 2pm at the Central Library, though we already know a few people will be there. Stephan Pastis for one, creator of the Indianapolis Star-hosted comic strip "Pearls Before Swine", as well as Timmy Failure, the story of an enterprising young boy and his menagerie of minions - the latest book, Now Look What You've Done, only came out February 25th (you can still smell the freshness!).

Also, you'll be there. Yes, you. Don't act coy, you know you'll be there!

We'll be there too, all set up and ready to help you complete your Pastis library. 

For more information, visit the Central Library's web page on the event, conveniently available here


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