March News at The Bookstore

How to Escape Winter: Grab a Good Book

Spring Break is coming up fast. What are you reading?

We have a selection of books to take to the beach or snuggle up with at home during break. Stop by the store and we'll help you find something to fit your mood and interests while helping you escape the clutches of winter.

H is for HawkThe Love Song of Miss Queenie HennessyThe Buried Giant Galapagos Regained

"Easter is hopping up on us!" as Jane likes to say. We have new holiday books for and about spring, and we can't wait for the warmer temperatures coming soon. 

Caudill, Caldecott and Newbery Lists Just Released

We're slightly addicted to published book lists, and spring has sprung a number of children's book winners. Have you and the children in your life read these wonderful books yet? See how your favorites stack up against the critics' picks this year. 

The Adventures of BeekleCrossoverSam and Dave Dig a Hole

Here are the children's book lists we've added to our website, just in time for spring break reading:

► Rebecca Caudill 2016 Nominees list
► Caldecott Medal winners
► Newbery Medal winners

Play Along with Tournament of Books

Adult fiction readers: We invite you to play along with our Tournament of Books starting March 9.

An annual "battle royale between 16 of the best novels published in the previous year," the tournament is set up like an NCAA basketball playoff. Yet, this contest is highly subjective. Bookstore Staffer Sue recommended All The Birds, Singing to contest organizers and it was selected. It goes up against A Brief History of 7 Killings.

Will Sue’s pick continue on, or become a zombie choice to be resurrected at the end?

Melanie Benjamin


Author Visits

► Save the date: A literacy event featuring New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin will be April 16 at the Village Links, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn. Melanie will speak on "Taking Flight - My Literary Journey and Fact Versus Fiction in the Aviator's Wife" and she will sign copies of her books.

Takeaways from Winter Institute

Jenny, Sue and Renee at Winter Institute"Booksellers are professional readers who get to discover works before they're reviewed or released ..." Columnist Robert Gray wrote in Whose Book Is It Anyway? about the relationships between writers and readers.

That idea resonated with Jenny, Renee and Sue, after they returned from the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. The event celebrates independent bookselling with three days of educational programming, conversations with 80 authors and networking with more than 500 booksellers.

"You cannot invent an algorithm that is as good at recommending books as a good bookseller," said author John Green in a Buzzfeed article about the event where he was a keynote speaker.

See our favorite takeaways from Winter Institute. Read More

What We're Talking About This Month

Dead WakeThe Preorder Special of the Month is Erik Larson's Dead Wake. Receive 10% off with your preorder reserve. (Discount applies to reserves made in-store only.)

How Healthy Is Your Lifestyle? March is National Nutrition Month and we have some suggested reads for how to adopt healthy eating and fitness into your lifestyle.

► Book Club Night: A great night of sharing our favorite reads for book groups. Here are our 2015 Book Club Recommendations.

Shawn Sheehy on YouTube► March Staff Picks 

► Book Extras: See the YouTube video of author Shawn Sheehy explaining the elaborate pop-ups for his new book, Welcome to the Neighborwood, a Bookstore Kids Pick for March.

► New in Paperback

Bookstore Brain Teaser: Receive 20% of your next in-store purchase if you can answer this trivia question:

Who are the two well-known authors whose newly discovered, previously never-released books will be published in July?

Books into Movies

Movies out in theaters now are based on popular books. Read them before you see them. 



Literacy Event featuring Melanie Benjamin

A literacy event featuring New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin will be April 16 at the Village Links, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn.

Melanie will speak on "Taking Flight - My Literary Journey and Fact Versus Fiction in the Aviator's Wife" and she will sign copies of her books.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door. Admission includes one drink and one appetizer.

All proceeds will benefit the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center. 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny is hopping to The Bookstore and leaving treats for girls and boys at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22. 

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt includes stories, activities and snacks.

The $5 fee per child includes a $5 gift certificate to The Bookstore. Children need to be able to recognize their name written on an egg to participate. 

RSVP by calling 630-469-2891 or email

Drop-in Storytime

Get out of the house with your toddler or preschooler and join us for a Drop-In Storytime at The Bookstore.

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., we'll read new and favorite children's stories. No registration is required