The Learned Owl Book Shop, Mid-November 2016
  Kate's Corner

Happy Thanksgiving! 

2016 has been a doozy so far with cicadas, oak mites, water damage, construction, and a presidential campaign the likes of which have never been seen. As we head towards a new year, I choose to focus on the things I'm thankful for: stores like Target realizing that Thanksgiving is a sacred holiday and staying closed; Main Street construction wrapping up for the winter before (fingers crossed) Thanksgiving weekend; having my brother home for the first time in three years and having our entire immediate family together for the first time in over eight years; my mom's turkey gravy and pumpkin pie; my Learned Owl family that has been working so hard to get the store ready for the holiday season; our amazingly supportive family, friends, and community that allow us to do what we love every day.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday, and looking forward to seeing you in the store soon. Happy reading!
- Kate
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Coming up at
The Learned Owl

Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 AM-noon (at The Owl)
Author Robert J. Roman with his new book Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM
(at The Owl)
Join our History Book Club for a discussion about the History of the Rubber Industry with guest author Steve Love ( Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron).

Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30 PM
(at the Hudson Library)
Meet Lindsay Mattick, author of the Caldecott Award winning book Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Mattick will speak about the making of the book, as well as about her family's connection to the beloved bear who would become a household name to generations of children. Please register for this event online at, or call 330-653-6658.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 1-3 PM
(at The Owl)
Tom Wood, author, photographer and self-professed Rustbelt Refugee, will visit with his books, Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and Trading Steel for Stone.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 PM
(at the Hudson Library)
Author and researcher Robert K. Elder will discuss his book Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park. Register for this free program online at, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.
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Ah-Choo Authors Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams with
Sat., Nov. 19, 1-3 PM
Children aged 4-8 are invited to come hear the story, meet a very special puppet, learn a new song and enjoy a cookie while doing a craft. Please call to reserve one of the eight spots available: 330-653-2252.

Llama Llama Llama Llama Red Pajama storytime
Sunday, November 20, 2 PM
Wear your favorite pajamas to The Learned Owl Book Shop for storytime! We'll have an activity and a snack, and we ask that you bring a pair of new pajamas with you to donate to those in need this winter.
Please call to reserve your spot:

Gingerbread house Drop-in gingerbread house decorating
Saturday, December 3, 10 AM-3 PM
Children of all ages are encouraged to stop in to decorate a gingerbread house! All supplies will be provided; we ask that those who attend bring something for The Landing, a food pantry in Akron. Join us anytime between 10 AM and 3 PM to get into the holiday spirit!
The Learned Owl's
Wise Readers Jr. Club

Just in time for the start of your holiday shopping, we're proud to introduce our Wise Readers Jr. Club!
This is a special opportunity to sign up and receive a brand new Indie Next hardcover book every month, suitable for infant through age 6.
The program is available in three, six, and twelve month durations. Read more or sign up online at
A year of books
Here are some of our favorites from 2016.

Hotel Bruce
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Hotel Bruce
by Ryan T. Higgins
[Disney-Hyperion, $17.99; available Oct. 18]
Kate says: Bruce is back and grumpy as ever. With a whole new cast of characters, Hotel Bruce will be the hit of the 2016 holiday season!

How This Book Was Made
Video: How "How This Book Was Made" was made
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How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
[Disney-Hyperion, $17.99]
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out.
Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.

by Rachel Bright
[Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99]
Kate says: Can't get enough of the Love Monster!

A Unicorn Named Sparkle
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Kate says:  So, so cute!
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
[Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99]
When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her 25 cents and waits 4-6 long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny - and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn't pleased; but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that he might be just the unicorn she needs, after all.

by Lindsay Ward
[Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99]
Kate says: Who knows what will happen when the new baby comes home? I don't think anyone expected this. Lindsay Ward's cut paper illustrations bring life to this heavyweight battle. I love it! [read more]
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Douglas_ You Need Glasses_ Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson
[Schwartz & Wade Books, $16.99]
Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: He needs eyeglasses but doesn't know it, and his bad eyesight lands him in some pretty hairy situations.
After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, you will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he's been missing! Both kids and parents will laugh out loud - and may even recognize themselves! - while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.
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by Dan Santat
[Little, Brown, $17.99]
Let's face it: Everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going  backward - into the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! The boy was just trying to get to his grandmother's birthday party, but instead he's traveling through Ancient Egypt and rubbing shoulders with Ben Franklin. When time flies, who knows where - or
when - he'll end up.
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"Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself."    - George Bernard Shaw