The Day the Crayons Came Home…featuring Esteban, The Magnificent

It is no secret that my favorite children’s book is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. I read four stories to this group of hooligans every Tuesday and it is pretty rare for a book to get such huge laughs from start to finish.  So today was an extra special Tuesday for the kiddos to be the first to hear the BRAND NEW companion book The Day the Crayons Came Home!

I read them The Day the Crayons Quit to give them a refresher on the story since it had been a while and they laughed as hard as they did hearing it the first time. Those sassy crayons have amazing comedic timing. When it was time to read the new book, The Day the Crayons Came Home the kiddos cheered when Green Crayon herself came out to listen to the story (Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending the fun costume!!) The very first page got a laugh from the kids. These books are seriously hilarious, no joke…you need them in your life. Their favorite part of course was Pea Green crayon deciding to change his name to Esteban the Magnificent.
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As our own personal way to celebrate the release of our new favorite book, we are taking donations of new boxes of crayons that will go to Fishline for needy kids in our area! Bring in a box of crayons to Liberty Bay Books and receive a discount on The Day the Crayons Came Home!

Coloring for Grown Ups

Coloring by the fire at the cabin on Memorial Day Weekend

Coloring for grown ups is one of the hottest trends in bookselling right now. The amount of awesome books that are now available specifically for more advanced color-ers (colorists?) is HUGE! At our store, the hands-down favorites are Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest and we’ve had a heck of a time keeping them in stock. I took Enchanted Forest with me on our Memorial Day weekend vacation and all of my friends wanted a turn to color! I thought I was totally nerding out here by bringing my coloring book, but it turns out I should have brought one for everyone.

There is something so relaxing and therapeutic about putting pen, pencil or crayon to paper and creating something beautiful…whether you’re doodling freehand or coloring in between the lines. But this brings up51dUQltWh3L a very important matter…what to use to do the coloring?! People definitely have their preferences and if you prefer to use markers, it can be hard to find some quality markers that don’t bleed through to the next page. While there aren’t a huge variety of colors yet, I LOVE coloring with Sharpie Pen Stylos and I’m hoping they come out with a wider range of colors soon because they. are. rad. and the fine tips are perfect for coloring small spaces. So get on it, Sharpie!

But the really exciting news is that Johanna has a brand new coloring book coming out called Lost Ocean from Penguin Random House in October 2015! If I were you, I would preorder it now because I have a feeling it will fly off the shelves. AND! If you cannot wait until October, Johanna has made a page of her new aquatic adventure available for your coloring pleasure! Right now! Just click right HERE and get coloring 🙂


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen


I LOVE Sarah Dessen books, and her newest book Saint Anything is one of her best. Is there anything better to read on a sunny day than one of Sarah’s books?! They are the perfect beach read. Recently, Publisher’s Weekly asked booksellers questions about the upcoming summer and how it was shaping up for bookstores across the country and I, of course, gushed about Saint Anything. Check out the entire article here! BUT the exciting part (no offence to Publishers Weekly…haha) was when I tweeted the link to the article and Sarah promptly replied that I made her day…and then replied a second time thanking me and Pub Weekly for the mention! Total nerdy fan girl moment…it happens. (Thanks Sarah!) Also, I dare you to read Saint Anything and not be totally craving pizza, french fries and dum dums by the time you get to the end.


An Ember in the Ashes

Well hello! It’s been a while…and that’s because I’ve been out of the country! (My next blog post will chronicle that amazing adventure). But once I got home, I had an amazing author dinner almost right away. Friday night was a dinner thanks to Penguin Teen/Razorbill for Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes.


This was a really great YA, high fantasy read that takes place in a world where Scholars and Martials are always at odds and the current ruling group, the Martials, treat Scholars no better than animals. Laia is a Scholar girl who has found herself in a desperate situation and has become a spy. But to become a spy, she has to pose as the personal slave of the Commandant…the head of the Empire’s greatest military academy. While she’s there she meets the Commandant’s son, Elias, who thankfully doesn’t share any of the same views as his mother and may be just the thing their world needs to end all of the violence.

Ember is full of great fight scenes and takes place in a magical world of Sabaa’s creation. Teenage girls and boys will both love this exciting book that just might be the next big thing 🙂 Also, Sabaa was lovely and so much fun! So hoping for a book two!!!

Dinner with Sabaa! Alison from Eagle Harbor Book Co covering her face, myself, Sabaa and Suzanne. Wearing masks of course! Thankfully ours were much less painful than the masks in the book!

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Before reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania I didn’t know much about the story of the Lusitania, and now it’s a story I’ll never forget. Erik Larson is such a storyteller and the tale of the Lusitania was so vividly brought to life in the pages of this book. So much research went into finding tons of small scraps of information about the disaster and weaving them into a full picture of the event itself and many of the people aboard the final crossing.


The individual stories of the people who lived the nightmare make you so invested in the story itself and the outcome. History books must be done well to not read as dull and monotonous …Erik Larson can definitely write history in such a away that you get sucked in.  I couldn’t stop reading this one, and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss!

At the Water’s Edge

Happy Book Birthday to Sara Gruen and her new book At the Water’s Edge! Back in November we received this beautiful basket from Sara and her team at Random House and I was SO excited.

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I loved Water for Elephants and Ape House so much that this moved right to the top of my ToBeRead pile. At the Water’s Edge brings the same sense of magical realism I loved in Water of Elephants and the characters are so well thought out and brought to life. Maddie and Ellis Hyde are on their way to Scotland in the midst of World War II to try and find the Loch Ness monster and regain favor with Ellis’ father back in Philadelphia. I so fell in love with Maddie, Angus, Meg, Anna and Scotland in general and am leaving for my own Scottish adventure in two weeks! Maybe I’ll find Nessy myself…. 🙂