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Village Books marks Children’s Book Week in Lynden, Fairhaven

Wild Thing, a character from the beloved children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” visits Village Books in Fairhaven and Lynden as part of Children’s Book Week.
Wild Thing, a character from the beloved children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” visits Village Books in Fairhaven and Lynden as part of Children’s Book Week. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Village Books is marking national Children’s Book Week with special events and visits by highly regarded Northwest writers at the independent bookseller’s Lynden and Fairhaven locations.

“We’re really enthusiastic about the programing for children, especially for kids in Lynden,” where Village Books recently expanded, said Sam Kaas, events coordinator. He said the trio of writers who are scheduled to speak Saturday, May 7, appeal to everyone — not just children or fans of children’s and teen literature.

Regular half-hour story times for children are offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Village Books’ Fairhaven location, 1200 11th St.; and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, and 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Lynden, at 430 Front St.

Martha’s book is another one that has totally universal appeal. It has a misty Northwest quality that comes out. It’s masterfully written. She’s amazing. She is an undiscovered gem.

Sam Kaas, Village Books

Wild Thing, a character from the classic picture book “Where The Wild Things Are,” visits for a wild rumpus during special story times at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Fairhaven store and at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Lynden.

Whatcom County resident Keith Negley, author-illustrator of “Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too),” appears in Fairhaven at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. His picture book for ages 4-7, released in October 2015, has received favorable reviews from publications such as The New York Times and Kirkus. His illustrations have been featured in major publications, including The New York Times and The New Yorker.

“He’s just really wonderful,” Kaas said. (”Tough Guys”) is really sweet, with dry humor” and wildly colorful illustrations.

Lynden schoolteacher Rebecca Van Slyke, author of the 2015 picture book “Mom School,” will be reading from her just-released companion “Dad School” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Lynden. Her book for readers aged 4-8 has a 3.6-star (out of 5) reader rating at Goodreads.com and a favorable review from Kirkus.

Martha Brockenbrough, highly acclaimed author of the 2015 teen romance novel “The Game of Love and Death,” speaks at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Fairhaven store.

“The Game of Love and Death,” for readers 12 and older, received a coveted starred review from Kirkus and is a 2016 YALSA nominee for best young adult fiction, a Kirkus Prize finalist and is on the ALA Booklist Top 10 Romance for Youth. Seattle resident Brockenbrough is the founder of National Grammar Day and a former editor of MSN.com. Her imaginative tale focuses on the characters Love and Death, and the teen lovers they play as pawns.

“Martha’s book is another one that has totally universal appeal,” Kaas said, comparing it to “The Book Thief” and “Snow Falling on Cedars” for its moody setting. “It has a misty Northwest quality that comes out. It’s masterfully written. She’s amazing. She is an undiscovered gem.”

Events wrap up with a Tea with Mom event at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Book Fare Cafe — featuring treats, stories and a craft activity on the top floor of the Fairhaven location. Tickets are $6.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

Poster, bookmark

Children’s Book Week is May 2-8 and in its 97th year. It’s administered by the nonprofit Every Child A Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council.

A downloadable bookmark and poster are available at the bookweekonline.com home page. The bookmark was designed this year by Cece Bell, whose “El Deafo” graphic novel won a Newbery Honor in 2015.

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