Hicklebee's Buzz: What's Going On Out There?
Every week we send out a wonderfully curated newsletter to our customers. It features timely titles, new releases, upcoming events, book news, and much more. Below is an up-to-date sampling from our weekly newsletters.
March 16th, 2021 - Remembering Marianne Carus
As founder of Cricket magazine, Marianne Carus became a boon to children's literature and an enabler of such excellent careers as those of Trina Schart Hyman, David Wiesner, and Jane Yolen. She died March 3 at the age of 92.
Even if you've never met a copy of Cricket or its sister publications, you'll appreciate Carus's obituary--which recounts the life of a granddaughter of a German physician who named a part of the human eye, then a high schooler who fed troops on the western front, then a collegian who fell for an American grad student, then a mom unimpressed by the reading texts her children got at school, and then an inspirational editor and publishing mogul thriving in LaSalle, Ill.
Feb 9th, 2021 - When school is remote, Hicklebee's works to close the gap.
Virtual Book Fairs and Virtual Author Visit
While most of what we talk about in this newsletter happens at the store, Hicklebee's is always at work with school programs, too. We pivoted early in the pandemic to keep providing book fairs and author visits. We're now into our third season of virtual book fairs. Book Fairs help schools or other groups surround kids with the best in new books, while also offering an opportunity to raise funds and add to school libraries. Details are here, and you can contact Andree Douglas to learn more and get a place on the spring calendar.
Hicklebee's also remains active in making outstanding children's children's book creators available to classrooms. We wish we could still be hosting in-person events, but we're nevertheless excited to be beaming these folks to various local classrooms in the new few weeks: Melissa de la Cruz, Judd Winick, Oliver Chinn, Nick Bruel, Donna Galanti, John Patrick Green, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Christine Evans, Jory John & Erin Kraan, Trudi Trueit, Andrea Wang, Karen Cushman, Deborah Rose, and Erin Yun. Demand for events is high, but educators can get on our radar for future events by contacting Katherine Doar. Individuals who hear that a particular author is coming to local schools also can check with us at the store to see if we have extra signed copies. (We're looking at you, Gina.)
Our Book Bonus Program is another way Hicklebee's and its customers support school libraries. Details are here.
Feb 1st, 2021 - What's a book-loving group of teen Hicklebees to do when a pandemic strikes? They publish.
TAB--our Teen Advisory Board of Totally Awesome Bibliophiles--had to put a lot of its usual activities on hold this past year. But staying creative and working together was still a priority, so they've created a zine. For reviews, playlists, and even a YA crossword puzzle, you can order it here.
Want to join the fun? TAB is accepting applications for new members. To be eligible for TAB you must be between the ages of 13-18, willing to meet once a month, and, of course, love books.
Jan 26th, 2021 - You can preorder all things Amanda Gorman
Redefining splashy debut, poet Amanda Gorman's first two books had been announced (with September 21 publication dates) even before she read at the inauguration. Soon after, her publisher announced a standalone book of "The Hill We Climb" that will arrive April 27. Click on the covers for more information and to preorder.
Dec 29th, 2020 - Happy New Year!
Turn the page: How to mark the new year in books
Jokes about seeing the past year clearly ("soon hindsight really will be 2020") are going to expire. As 2021 looms, there's an every-couple-of-centuries opportunity to inscribe the books you give as gifts with a funny reminder of when they were given. Grab a highlighter, turn to pages 20 and 21, and write a greeting. (If we're correct, the previous time one could do this was 1819 and the next time will be 2223.) So seize the day.
From all of us at Hicklebee's, and with heartfelt gratitude for your support during the past year, we wish you a happy 2021.
Dec 15th, 2020 - IF ONLY IT WERE LIKE THIS
There is no mighty wind helping us deliver. We deeply appreciate your orders, and we are sorry to have to tell you that slowdowns from publishers, distributors, and delivery services are causing delays.* It's impossible for us to promise by-Christmas delivery on orders placed now--or even on some orders placed before now. (We are working as fast as we can, but our mantra during these supply-chain challenges has become "January is the new December.")
We will call or email (or both) to let you know when your order is ready for pickup. We apologize for the delays--and thank you for your patience.
While some things simply aren't available (especially books that are between re-printings), our store is still full of carefully chosen books, toys, and other gift items for all ages. We are happy to help you whether you come shop inside, window-shop from outside the store, call during business hours, or order online for curbside pickup.