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Pirate vs Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger; Hyperion; $16.99

This rhyming pirate showdown is both a battle of the sexes and a lesson in collaboration.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat; Putnam; $16.99

A high kicking, kiya-ing twist on the a classic that’s sure to please the most energetic readers.

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything; Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small; Atheneum Young Readers; $17.99

Errand day has never been so exciting because today only when real, live dinosaurs come with everything!

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers; Philomel; $17.99

In this hilariously improbable story a boy manages to get a giant steam ship, a blue whale, and a firetruck (among other things) stuck in a tree.

–          Erin


Get Ready for Mother’s Day With Fun Author Events!

Mother’s Day is almost upon us! If you’re looking for a creative gift for mom, look no further. What’s better than an autographed book? Or meeting an author? Or cupcakes?

That’s right. Cupcakes.

Check out our great mom-themed author events this weekend!

Friday, May 4th, 5:30-6:30 pm / Sheryl and Carrie Berk, authors of The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

Meet Kylie Carson, a fourth grader with a big problem. How will she make friends at her new school? Should she tell her classmates she loves monster movies? Forget it. Play the part of a turnip in the school play? Disaster! Then Kylie comes up with a delicious idea: what if she starts a cupcake club?  Soon Kylie’s club is spinning out tasty treats with the help of her fellow bakers and new friends. But when Meredith tries to sabotage the girls’ big cupcake party, will it be the end of the Cupcake Club?

Sheryl Berk is the New York Times bestselling author of Soul Surfer, and her nine-year-old daughter Carrie is a cupcake connoisseur who has reviewed confections from around the world in her Carrie’s Cupcakes Critiques newsletter. Together, mother and daughter have cooked up a delightful new series that is sure to be a treat! Please email us at if you’d like to join us for a sweet evening! Ages 6 and up.

The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love, and Cupcakes by Sheryl and Carrie Berk; Sourcebooks; 6.99; Ages 6 and up

Saturday, May 5th, 4-5 pm / Amy Reichert, author of Take Your Mama to Work Today

Violet is an expert at spending the day in Mama’s office, so now she’s put together a handbook to help the rest of us! Violet’s got lots of helpful tips, like how to enter the office (hop across the tiles!), what to do during coffee break (eat donuts!), and how to best use office supplies like hole punchers (make confetti!). At the end of the day your colleagues (that’s office-speak for friends), will be sad to see you go, but your trusty handmade business cards will ensure that you’re only a call away!

I’m already a big fan of Amy Reichert’s adorable While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat, and her newest story is just as fun! Illustrator Alexandra Boiger is back for this one, too, and her whimsically exuberant artwork makes this book come brilliantly to life! Don’t miss your chance to meet Amy Reichert this Saturday–give us a call if you’d like to put books on reserve. (703) 548-4092

Take Your Mama to Work Today by Amy Reichert, illus. by Alexandra Boiger; Atheneum Books (Simon & Schuster); 16.99; Ages 3-7