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 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 

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!

Small Business Saturday is November 30th!

Kids Ink is participating this year and marking the occasion with style, excitement, and visits from Indiana’s great writers!

Sherman Alexie, poet, writer, and filmmaker, sent out a call to all authors, asking them to support their local independent bookstores on November 30th, to promote reading good books, and reward those that sell good books. For the entire day (10am-6pm), not only will customers get to browse Kids Ink’s normal, incredible selection, but they’ll do so with the guidance of authors that know the industry like few others.

   10am   Rebecca Dotlich (What Can a Crane Pick Up?), Christine Johnson (Claire de Lune)

   11am   Rebecca Dotlich

   12pm   Saundra Mitchell (The Elementals)

   1pm     Lynn Rowe Reed (Thelonius Turkey Lives!)

   2pm     John Dave Anderson (Sidekicked)

   3pm     Dan Carpenter (Indiana Out Loud), Janna Matthies (The Goodbye Cancer Garden)

   4pm     Mike Mullin (Ashfall)

   5pm     Mike Mullin

This is going to be an event to remember, and we can't wait to see you there! 

UPDATE DECEMBER 2: Small Business Saturday has come and gone, and left in its wake fond meetings, joyous visits, and a LOT of customers! None of it would have been possible without our
 honorary booksellers, who just happened to be some of the greatest local talents around!

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Saundra Mitchell

Saundra Mitchell

Lynn Rowe Reed

Lynn Rowe Reed

John Dave Anderson

John Dave Anderson

Dan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter 

Janna Matthies

Janna Matthies


Mike Mullin 

Thank you so much to everyone that stopped in - our customers prove to us time and again why it's so delightful to work at Kids Ink! 

A Wonderful Time with Kate DiCamillo

With over 300 attendees, above and beyond everyone's expectations, we think it's safe to say Kate DiCamillo's event Sunday was a great success! Children and grown-ups alike delighted in hearing her speak, especially when she answered their questions.

That was the first half hour - it was over two hours later that the line for signatures was finished!

Thank you once again! 

We love doing things like this!!! 

Author Visits Draw Crowds!

In case they slipped by you, Kids Ink delighted in taking part in a couple of signing events that went spectacularly.

Last Thursday, (October 10th), St. Pius school hosted the creators of Vordak the Incomprehensible: Vordak the Incomprehensible! His minions Scott Seegert and John Martin were on hand to help him navigate the narrow doorways with all that headgear, and also answer questions and read some of the more popular bits.

Ever one to lure adults into a false sense of security, Vordak lent himself to taking pictures with a few members of St. Pius’s staff and faculty.

The students welcomed Vordak by creating a statue in commemoration of his visit. The medium of choice was aluminum cans.

The overlord approved.

And this past Friday (October 11th) saw David Shannon appear at our very own store in celebration of his new book, Bugs in my Hair! Plenty of people already know this, as attendance for the event nearly went into triple digits!

David is no amateur when it comes to communicating with children, be it through his many, many books or in direct conversation. He read from his latest book and even shared how this particular project started.

Children can communicate right back, as the event proved. The Question-and-Answer session ended up being about as entertaining as David. Kids were thrilled to learn that David started his career when he was their age (Five), and that the No, David! series of books might never have happened if it weren’t for his mother saving his earliest works of art.

We love events like these because they give our friends and customers a taste of why we do what we do at Kids Ink. Reading can excite and inspire, but first a child has to be interested in it, and a bound folio of paper can’t compete well in a world with TV, the internet, and video games. Author visits give kids that haven’t gotten into reading a chance to witness for themselves how ideas become something tangible, something that can be shared, something that can get people involved.

Very often, that’s all it takes for a child to become an avid reader, and from there they can explore whole worlds. Any part we can play in making that happen is a part we relish, and we hope to play such parts for a long, long time.

Thanks to the lovely authors that came to visit us. Thanks to St. Pius for hosting a supervillain. And thanks to everyone that made them all feel welcome!

Banned Books Week - Kids Ink Edition

The threat of banned books is as domestic and topical as anything you might read about in the newspaper or see on television today. How can administrators justify withholding literature from anyone in a society that prizes freedom of expression, you may ask? Below are just some of the books challenged in the past year, and the reasons behind those challenges, assembled by Robert P. Doyle and distributed by our friends at the Illinois Library Association.

Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ThoRnDIkE PRESS; LITTLE, BRoWn

Challenged as required reading in at least three freshmen English classes at Westfield, N.J. High School (2012) because of “some very sensitive material in the book including excerpts on masturbation amongst other explicit sexual references, encouraging pornography, racism, religious irreverence, and strong language (including the f- and n-words).” Challenged at the West Valley School District in Yakima, Wash. (2013) because some parents found the sexual references and profanity in the novel inappropriate for high school students.
source: May 2012, pp. 105-6; Mar. 2013, pp. 51–52.

Anderson, M.T. Feed CAnDLEWICk PRESS
Challenged at the William Monroe High School in Greene County, Va. (2012) because the book is “trash” and “covered with the F-word.” A consent form was sent to the students’ homes, and a notice that the class would be reading a mature book was posted on the teacher’s webpage as well. Among its many awards, the book is a National Book Award Finalist and a Junior Library Guild selection.
source: July 2012, p. 159.

Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game ToR SCIEnCE FICTIon
A teacher at Schofield Middle School in Aiken, S.C. (2012) will not face criminal charges for reading to his students from the science-fiction book. In addition to the Card novel—which has won several science-fiction awards and is listed on numerous children’s literature review websites as appropriate for readers twelve and older—the teacher read excerpts from an Agatha Christie novel and a young adult novel set in the Old West, officials said. The incident came to light after the materials were characterized by one student and one parent as pornographic, according to a press release issued by the school district.
source: May 2012, p. 107.

Green, John Looking for Alaska SPEAK
Banned as required reading for Sumner County, Tenn. schools (2012) because of “inappropriate language.” The book won the 2006 Printz award for excellence in young adult literature.
source: July 2012, pp. 158–59.

Ignatow, Amy The Popularity Papers AMULET
Challenged, but retained at two Prosser, Wash. elementary school libraries (2013). Only available to fifth graders, the book is about two girls who want to unlock the secrets to being popular in middle school. One of the girls has two fathers; the other has only a mother.
source: May 2013, p. 124.

Myers, Walter Dean Fallen Angels SChoLASTIC
Challenged on the Danbury Middle School reading list in Toledo, Ohio (2013) because of inappropriate language. The book depicts the reality of the Vietnam War, with sometimes gruesome descriptions of combat and frequent foul language from soldiers.
source: May 2013, p. 104.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Intensely Alice AThEnEUM BookS FoR yoUnG READERS; SIMon PULSE
Challenged, but retained in the Buffalo, Mo. middle school (2013) despite the principal’s formal complaint against several “very questionable pages” featuring a safe sex scene.
source: May 2013, pp. 123–24.

Parr, Todd The Family Book LITTLE, BROWN
Banned from an Erie, Ill. elementary school’s shelves (2012) because of a line that reads, “some families have two moms or two dads.” The district also banned everything furnished by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), including learning materials and various programs aimed at preventing bullying.
source: July 2012, p. 157; sept. 2012, pp. 202–3.

Pelzer, Dave A Child Called It hCI
Challenged at the Housel Middle School in Prosser, Wash. (2013) because the autobiography provides graphic depiction of child abuse. Middle-school students had to have parental permission to check out the book.
source: Mar. 2013, p. 49.

Polacco, Patricia In Our Mothers’ House PhILoMEL BookS
Removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County, Utah (2012) after a group of parents raised objections about the suitability of the story. It remained available only if a student presented a permission slip from a parent to check out the book. A parent then sued the Davis School District in November 2012 alleging her children’s First Amendment rights were violated by the book’s removal.
On January 15, 2013, the book was reinstated without restrictions and the school district agreed to pay $15,000 in attorneys’ fees for the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
source: July 2012, pp. 155–57; sept. 2012, pp. 201–2; Jan. 2013, pp. 7–8; Mar. 2013, p. 80.

Richardson, Justin, and Peter Parnell And Tango Makes Three SIMON
Marked for removal in the Davis, Utah School District (2012) because parents might find it objectionable.
source: July 2012, p. 156.

Satrapi, Marjane Persepolis PAnThEon BookS
Removed, via a district directive, from all Chicago, Ill. public schools (2013) due to “graphic illustrations and language” and concerns about “developmental preparedness” and “student readiness.” Seventh- and eleventh-grade students study the graphic novel about the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the Iranian revolution as part of Chicago Public Schools’ Literacy Content Framework. As the news spread of the directive, students mobilized a media campaign in opposition to “banning a book that’s all about the freedom of speech.” Students took to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, checked out all library copies of the book, wrote blogs, sent e-mails, wrote investigative articles for the student newspaper, contacted the author, staged protests, and appeared on local radio and television programs. Eventually, the school issued a letter telling high school principals to disregard the earlier order to pull the book.
source: May 2013, pp. 103–4

Timberlake, Amy The Dirty Cowboy FARRAR STRAUS GIRoUx
Removed from the Annville, Pa. elementary school library shelves (2012) because of its illustrations, involving a cartoon cowboy taking his annual bath. The supposedly true story is of a young cowboy who needs his annual bath and instructs his dog to watch his clothes while he bathes. When the cowboy emerges from his bath in the river, the dog does not recognize his familiar smell and refuses to give back his clothes. In the illustrations, the cowboy’s private parts are always covered. The book has received numerous awards, including the International Reading Association award in 2004, the Parents Choice Gold Medal, and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books.
source: July 2012, pp. 153–54.

For the original list and more information about banned books and what can be done to protect them, click here.

Fall Story Hours!!

With the school year back in full swing, it’s time to think about how what fun things you can do with your little ones while waiting for the bigger kids to come home. Kids Ink Story Hour to the rescue!

Story Hours are held in our store (5619 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN) starting at 9:30am, and feature books created for 2-5 year-olds. It’s best to call ahead (255-2598) and reserve a spot as space is limited.

For September, we’ll be featuring new releases on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.

In October, we’ll be reading from David Shannon’s new book Bugs in my Hair! as well as his other works on the 9th, 10th, and 11th!
I see you!!
On the 23
rd, 24th, and 25th, we’ll read a few tales to get you ready for Halloween!

November recognizes the changing seasons. For the 6th, 7th, and 8th, the theme of the week is Full of Fall, and staff will be reading about their Favorite Foods on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd.

Remember to call ahead and reserve a spot! We can’t wait to see you there!

Hey, Somebody Wrote in My Book!?!

Kids Ink just came upon a stash of autographed children’s books, and we’re determined to make our surprise work for you. See, while we’ve got them, we’re going to sell these books at cover price!

First of all, here are the books we found and how many copies we have for sale:

*Llama Llama Time to Share (1)
*Llama Llama Home with Mama (2)
*Llama Llama Mad at Mama (1)
*Llama Llama Misses Mama (1)
*Attack of the Vampire Weenies (2, Hardcover only)
*Beware the Ninja Weenies (2, Hardcover only)
*Game (2, Hardcover only)
*The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2, Hardcover only)
*Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: My Rotten Life (1)
*Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: The Big Stink (1)
*Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: Enter the Zombie (1)
*Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: Dead Guy Spy (2)
*Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: Goop Soup (1)

Now, how to get yourself one of these rare, collectible tomes: Just walk into the store or call us! Ask one of our (in my humble opinion) amazing service staff about the book you want, and they’ll find it for you. OR, if you’re calling and want it shipped, they’ll mail it to you.

It really is that simple.

Kids Ink is Swamped with Frog Trouble!

Frog Trouble is the new compilation of Country music for children from giants like Brad Paisleyand Dwight Yoakam. This hits shelves on September 7th, now called National Frog Trouble Day, and is sold along with the illustrated songbook written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton.

If the name Sandra Boynton sounds familiar, it’s because she’s made some of the most popular board books today. Creator of the Little Pookie series, where an adorable young pig makes overalls fashionable, she’s done several music-compilations books before. 

Kids Ink will be celebrating with a raffle, a craft table, snacks, and amphibian jokes!

Sidewalk Sale

 Come join us at the neighborhood Sidewalk Sale Event!!
56th & Illinois Street circus tentAugust 9th & 10th 
 Savings up to 75% off!!
Friday Activities:
11am-3pm Cutie Pie Pizza Food Truck
Saturday Activities:
11am-4pm Little Eataly Food Truck
 12pm-4pm Strolling Entertainment -Cincinnati Circus
 Juggler - Living Statue (Marilyn Monroe)
Balloon Artist - Stiltwalker & Magician


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