Childrens Events

Winter Magic Party

Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 2pm

Hearts of Ice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338332742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

A dazzling adventure full of magic, snow . . . and sisters!

Evangeline has been lonely her whole life. Her mother rarely lets her play outside . . . especially not when it's snowing. It's almost as if she wants to hide her daughter from the world.


Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and an Incredible Journey Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142421338
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 10th, 2012

A beautiful debut novel for fans of The Penderwicks


The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! Cover Image
By Rebecca Rule, Jennifer Thermes (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934031889
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Published: Islandport Press - November 9th, 2012

What do seven kids do on a cold winter day when rain and sleet have created a thick crust of ice on top of the snow? It's so slick and icy that sledding seems impossible almost.


Tomie dePaola!

Sunday, November 17th, 2019, 2 p.m.

Tomie dePaola never misses a year at Gibson's Bookstore, and we're thrilled to bring this award-winning children's author and illustrator back for 2019!

Pancakes for Breakfast Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781328710604
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Missing ingredients and mischievous pets create one humorous complication after another for a little old lady determined to make pancakes for breakfast in this larger-sized, color-enhanced edition of Tomie dePaola's wordless picture book classic. Pancakes for Breakfast is a Common Core exemplar text for Grades K–1.


Strega Nona (A Strega Nona Book) Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780671666064
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 1979

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola.

Strega Nona—"Grandma Witch"—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony.


Strega Nona, Her Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399228186
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 9th, 1996

This is the beloved Strega Nona's own story, every detail just as she remembers it, from her childhood with Grandma Concetta, who trained young Nona and her best friend Amelia, to her early days in the little house on the hill and the happy moments when she met Big Anthony and Bambolona.


26 Fairmount Avenue Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780698118645
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Published: Puffin Books - March 6th, 2002

A Newbery Honor Book


Quiet Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477543
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

In this gorgeous and contemplative New York Times bestselling picture book, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness—being quiet, still, and present with one another—is a very special thing.

Everything is in such a hurry, busy as busy can be.
The birds are flying so fast, the dragonfly is zooming over the water—even the trees


The Art Lesson Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780698115729
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Published: Puffin Books - December 21st, 2001

Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules", he is surprised and dismayed.


Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780698118362
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Published: Puffin Books - April 3rd, 2000

Tommy is four years old, and he loves visiting the home of his grandmother, Nana Downstairs, and his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs. But one day Tommy's mother tells him Nana Upstairs won't be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle with saying good-bye to someone he loves.


Storytime with illustrator Mark Hoffmann

Saturday, October 12th, 2019, 11 am

Poop Cover Image
By Poppy Champignon, Mark Hoffman (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781944903749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cameron - August 20th, 2019

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel: And Other Poems of Birds in Flight Cover Image
By Susan Vande Griek, Mark Hoffmann (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781771389952
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Published: Kids Can Press - September 3rd, 2019

This lyrical celebration of birds explores the fascinating ways these creatures move through the air. For each of twelve birds from around the world, a captivating poem describes the animal's distinctive movement and the special word associated with that movement, from geese who skein and puffins who wheel, to crows who mob and starlings who murmurate.


Fruit Bowl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524719913
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 12th, 2018

Who belongs in the fruit bowl? Apples, check. Blueberries, check. Tomato, che-- Wait, what?! Tomato wants to join the other fruits, but does he belong? The perfect mix of botany and a bunch of bananas!

All the fruit are in the bowl. There's Apple and Orange. Strawberry and Peach. Plum and Pear. And, of course, Tomato.


Experiment #256, with children's author/illustrator Marty Kelley

Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 11 a.m.

Children's author/illustrator Marty Kelley visits Gibson's Bookstore to present Experiment #256, a charming book for children interested in experimenting, and in STEM.

Experiment #256 Cover Image
By Marty Kelley, Marty Kelley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534110137
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - July 15th, 2019

The Vandebeekers to the Rescue, with Karina Yan Glaser

Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 6 p.m.

NYT bestselling children's author Karina Yan Glaser sweeps into Gibson's Bookstore to present her new Vanderbeekers novel, The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue! This series is perfect for fans of The Penderwicks  and Front Desk!

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328577573
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

A New York Times best-selling series! Harlem’s favorite family returns in the third installment in the Vanderbeerkers series, wherein the Vanderbeeker kids find themselves racing to save their mother’s baking business from city closure.


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781328499219
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

From New York Times best-selling author Karina Yan Glaser comes one of Times'  Notable Children's Books of 2017: “In this delightful and heartwarming throwback to the big-family novels of yesteryear, a large biracial family might lose their beloved brownstone home, but win it back with an all-out charm offensive.”

The Va


The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328770028
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

New York Times bestseller! 

Return to Harlem's "wildly entertaining" family in this funny, heartwarming sequel.


Books & Bots storytime

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Come meet a robot as the Concord High School robotics team stars in their very own Books & Bots Storytime event! Bring the kids to listen to a few STEM inspired picture books, and check out a robot demonstration. Have robotics questions? This is the event to bring your curious kiddo to!

Find Waldo 2019

Waldo is back! From July 1st to July 31st, hunt for Waldo in 25 businesses in Downtown Concord (hint: parents, this is a good way to occupy children for an afternoon or five).

When you’ve collected at least 10 different store stamps/signatures, bring them to Gibson’s Bookstore, your FIND WALDO LOCAL headquarters, to claim an “I Found Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon (limited to first 125 Waldo spotters).

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