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 

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

Sara Grant Signing

Cabin fever setting in? We've got the cure! Stop by Kids Ink Friday, January 10th, at 4pm and see Sara Grant, native Hoosier author visiting from her home in the United Kingdom.

Her latest novel, Half Lives, is a dystopian story told across two time periods geared to teen audiences. We'll have copies of this and her previous novel, Dark Parties! 


The Sara Grant signing was a lot of fun! The author herself took customers through such topics as parts of her creative process and the social attitudes of cats - not sure how or if they're related, but it was a delight to be there! 

And in case you missed it, we DID take a few photos. She was even kind enough to leave us with a few signed copies, if you want to pick up something special.

Not a huge crowd, but engaged

Available for pictures!

She loves her audience! 

Holiday shopping stressing you out? Let us help out with extended holiday hours!

We're keeping our doors open longer to give you more time to shop for the ones you love! 
Monday-Friday, we're open from 10am - 8pm.
Saturdays, we're open from 10am - 6pm.
Sundays, we're open from 12pm - 5pm.
On December 24th, we'll be open from 9am - 3pm. (Last minute shoppers take note!)
We will be CLOSED December 25th and 26th.

After that, we'll resume our standard hours, which'll seem like a vacation on its own! See you soon!


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