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12 Reasons to Get Excited: New Releases, Autographs, and Events for YA-Lovers and Young Readers

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Looking for a book that’ll blow your mind (in a good way)? Check out the latest ParnassusNext pick, selected by our manager of books for young readers, Stephanie:  Read the rest of this entry »

Lovable New Books for Your Kids (And Beyoncé’s, Too)

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Our booksellers who specialize in young readers really specialize in young readers. Some are full-time here at the bookstore, out on the floor talking to kids and observing which books draw the eager eyes and hands of customers. Others are with us part-time and also have roles as librarians, teachers, and YA/middle-grade novelists. The point is: they know that of which they speak, and we’re lucky to have them on staff!
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30+ Books to Make Your Days Different

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In honor of the many exciting author events on the Parnassus calendar this month, we’ve borrowed a title for the theme of our November book picks: Today Will Be Different. Read the rest of this entry »

Authors in Real Life: What You Didn’t Know about Rick Riordan

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You may think you know a lot about Rick Riordan. For example, you probably know that he’s the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, and the Trials of Apollo. You might know that he has just established his own imprint at Disney, through which he’ll be publishing books written by others about the mythologies of different cultures. If you have an older elementary or middle school aged child, you definitely know that his public appearances draw Beatlemania-type crowds — as he’s sure to do on tour for his latest book, The Hammer of Thor, the second adventure chronicling the exploits of Riordan’s newest hero, Magnus Chase. Read the rest of this entry »

43 Books to Read Right Now

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Sometimes, when we know there’s a slew of spectacular books coming out later in the season,  we have to force ourselves to slow down and savor the books we can enjoy today. Are there some awesome books coming our way later this fall? Yes, indeed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Here are some of our booksellers’ current book-crushes — brand-new September releases, new-in-paperbacks, and even a few old favorites.  Read the rest of this entry »

Beach Bag Refill: More Great Summer Books

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Summer? Oh, it’s not over until we say it’s over. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle School Booksellers Report: What We’re Really Reading This Summer

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If you’ve been in the young readers section of our store lately, you may have seen a couple of middle schoolers wearing name tags and hanging around. These bookstore kids (kind of like shop dogs, but human — the children of booksellers) spend a lot of time reading while their mom is working, and this year they struck a deal: for every required summer-reading book they had to read for school, they were allowed to pick a couple of books they wanted just for fun. Here’s their list of the ones they loved best. Read the rest of this entry »