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February children’s lit events

A selection of children’s literature–related events coming up this month in Boston and beyond:

The Future of UsThe first of two events taking place tonight is the Brookline Booksmith’s YA Book Club at 5:00 p.m. The club is open to ages twelve to eighteen. This month’s meeting focuses on The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. For more details, see the store’s website.

N. Griffin, author of new young adult novel The Whole Stupid Way We Are, will sign tonight at Porter Square Books. The free event begins at 7:00 p.m. See the store’s site for more details.

The Brookline Public Library’s Shelf Respect Teen Lit Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7:00 p.m. Teens and adults welcome! For book titles and more information, contact librarian Robin Brenner at

Duck Sock HopAt 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th, at Bestsellers Cafe in Medford, author Jane Kohuth will celebrate the publication of her new picture book Duck Sock Hop with — what else? — a sock hop. Music and silly socks will be provided. More information available here.

Stink and the Freaky Frog FreakoutOn Tuesday, February 19th, at his bookstore The Blue Bunny in Dedham, illustrator Peter H. Reynolds will sign Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout and lead a Stink drawing demo. The free event begins at 3:00 p.m. See the store’s site for more details.

A Child's Garden of VersesOn Friday, February 22nd, at 8:00 p.m., Middle Eastern dancers from around New England will perform choreographies inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. Tickets (general admission $15.00; children under five attend for free) are available online and at the door. The performance will be in Thaxter Hall at St. John’s Church in Portsmouth, NH. More details available here.

Duck Sock Hop author Jane Kohuth will also teach a workshop entitled “Crash Course in Picture Books” for Grub Street creative writing center on Monday, February 25th. The three-hour workshop costs $50 for Grub Street members and $65 for non-members; it will be hosted from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Wellesley Books. Pre-register online at Grub Street’s site.

HomelandCory Doctorow will sign and read from his latest novel Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, at Harvard Bookstore on Tuesday, February 26th. The free event begins at 7:00 p.m.; more information available here.

Know of upcoming children’s literature events? Let us know!

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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