Greenlight Bookstore, free events, author readings
Parents, if you’re looking for ways to introduce your children to new books, or a chance to connect with their literary heroes, Greenlight Bookstore this week will be hosting a series of free and interactive reading event featuring authors of popular books for early readers, school-age children and young adults.
All of these events are free, but advance registration is required.

Virtual Book Launch:
Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 PM
Adam Gidwitz & Emma Otheguy present The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Madre de Aguas of Cuba
Newbery Honor-winning author Adam Gidwitz launches the newest installment in his bestselling Unicorn Rescue Society series, with special guest, co-author Emma Otheguy! In The Madre de Aguas of Cuba, the fifth book of this globe-trotting middle grade series about mythical creatures and their country of origin, the mysterious water serpent responsible for protecting the fresh water of Cuba has gone missing. Otheguy’s background as a historian of Spain and Latin America brings first-hand knowledge to the action-packed story.

Virtual School Author Visit:
Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 PM
Jessica Kim presents Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her “Yu-MEAT” because she smells like her family’s Korean barbecue restaurant. On the inside, Yumi is ready for her Netflix stand-up special. One day after her summer test-prep class, Yumi stumbles on an opportunity that will change her life: a comedy camp for kids taught by one of her favorite YouTube stars. Join author Jessica Kim as she shares her hilarious and heartwarming new middle grade novel Stand Up, Yumi Chung! with students, classrooms, and families!

Young Readers Book Group!

Led (virtually!) by Greenlight co-owner Jessica, our young readers book group is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend.
Thursday, May 14, 6:00 PM
Young Readers Book Group with Jessica discusses Gregor the Overlander
When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever. This unforgettable novel (recently named one of the best children’s books for quarantine by The New York Times!) is rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, with lots to discuss about trust, responsibility, prejudice, war, family, and the hero’s quest!

Saturday Story Times with picture book creators!

Greenlight hosts virtual story times every Saturday morning, with interactive readings by authors and illustrators, and fun activities for the youngest readers!  Join us for a great start to the weekend!

Sat., May 16, 11:30 AM
Story Time: Hyewon Yum presents Lion Needs a Haircut 
Little lion needs a haircut. But he doesn’t want one! Dad needs a haircut, too, and he doesn’t want one, either! Maybe if they go to the barbershop together, there will be nothing to worry about. Join award-winning author and illustrator Hyewon Yum for a reading from the book and some at-home craft activities, where kids will get to draw a mane for their own little lion!
Saturday, May 23, 11:30 AM
Story Time: Zara González Hoang presents A New Kind of Wild
Inspired by the stories her father told her about moving from Puerto Rico to New York as a child, Zara González Hoang‘s author-illustrator debut A New Kind of Wild is an imaginative exploration of the true meaning of “home.” Join Hoang for a virtual story time that will encourage kids to look at their surroundings with new eyes! Ages 3 to 8.

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