[masterslider id="3"] As the popular saying has it, here at Charlie’s Corner we have so many books, so little time- as well as so many events! Our Mad Tea Party (more on those, with pictures, in blog #3) is becoming one of our more popular get-togethers, as it is always guaranteed to bring some much needed silliness to our day.
In December we also had a very special evening taking the Polar Express to “the north pole”, where pajama clad kids enjoyed hot chocolate, meeting Santa and ringing reindeer bells to show their belief in the spirit of the holidays. It was a memorable celebration, and we loved having the store full to overflowing with our friends. During the holidays we also celebrated Hanukkah, lighting each day’s candles on our whimsical fire engine menorah. The Grinch was another popular story time regular, and we enjoyed such wintery books as Ezra Jack Keats’ A Snowy Day, Snow by Uri Shulevitz and Camille Garoche’s The Snow Rabbit. In San Francisco, we can only dream about snow, but luckily there are many beautiful picture books out there to aid our imaginations.
With the new year, we began to explore new titles, including potential Caldecott and Newbery award winners. Some of Charlie’s Corner regulars, such as our friend Scarlet, helped us choose our predictions. Ultimately, we were happy with the announcement of “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena and illustrator Christian Robinson (a Bay Area local boy makes good!) and Lindsay Mattick’s “Finding Winnie”, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Both beautifully written and illustrated, these books explore subject matter as disparate as colorful urban diversity during a daily bus ride home, to the vitality of history in the real life story of one beloved bear. We spent the better part of a week reading and re reading all of the new picture books in our eagerness to find the very best out there. Our goal is to provide you with an eclectic selection of old and new, classics and soon to be classics. Of course we will continue to explore innovative ways to share these books through story time and events, and we are also excited to announce that sometime in the very near future Charlie’s story time will also be available online. Stay posted for updates on this development! We will feature a different book each week, and can’t wait to bring this feature to you via our website. Because we love feedback from the community, we welcome your book recommendations as well- if you ever happen upon a book that we don’t currently carry and you think we should, please let us know!
New books come to us in all sorts of ways. We had a blast with local author Megan Padalecki and her charming creation, “Big Mo”. Those of you lucky enough to join us experienced first hand the fun of meeting a real live author (who even gave us a drawing lesson!), and we definitely plan more author events for the future.
We also got up close and personal with Katharine’s beasts and bugs, and we hope to bring more interesting critters to you in the months to come. More open mic nights, more tea parties, more cooking with Carine and definitely more and more fun for all. Thanks again for coming to what we hope is becoming your favorite corner in San Francisco, see you soon!