Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest

Open daily for public browsing!  Phone ordering/curbside pickup also available.

Burlington: M-Sat 10-7, Su 11-6. 802.448.3350
Essex: M-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. 802.872.7111
Rutland: M-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-4. 802.855.8078


These events all took place in our Essex store.

Megan Dowd Lambert: Whole Book Approach Storytime

The stories we read with children are important, now more than ever. All are welcome to a storytime where Megan Dowd Lambert will use the Whole Book Approach to get kids talking about picture book art and design. Megan will feature her own picture books, A Crow of His Own and Real Sisters Pretend,  as well as others that speak to themes of community, family, and inclusion.

Real Sisters Pretend Cover Image
ISBN: 9780884484417
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 10th, 2016

This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author's own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them "real sisters" even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike.

"I liked how they took care of one another in their pretend-play scenario about climbing a mountain," Lambert says, "and I loved how they also took care of one another's feelings as they talked about adoption. REAL SISTERS PRETEND captures these interactions perfectly and movingly.

  • Told with simple words and playful illustrations, this book touches on the topics of adoption, two moms, and multiracial family life.
  • Modern families can look very different from the nuclear families of yesteryear, but as Lambert says in the book's introduction, "No matter how a family comes to be, the most important thing is for everyone to feel loved, safe, and cared for." REAL SISTERS PRETEND is a great vehicle for sharing that love and reassurance.

A Crow of His Own Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781580894470
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Charlesbridge - April 14th, 2015

Clyde is the new rooster at Sunrise Farm. But he’s having trouble fitting in and replacing Larry—the beloved rooster whose wake-up calls were legendary. The cow, the gaggle of hens, and the sheep reminisce about Larry while poor Clyde fails to croon the farmyard awake with the same finesse. Clyde attempts to win over the farm by wearing an elaborate costume and putting on a show like Larry was known to do, but in the end, Clyde realizes that imitating Larry is not the way to succeed.


SELECTION 2016 - Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices
SELECTION 2016 - Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year
HONOR 2016 - Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See Cover Image
By Megan Dowd Lambert, Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Contributions by), Chris Raschka (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781580896627
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge - November 3rd, 2015

A new, interactive approach to storytime, The Whole Book Approach was developed in conjunction with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and expert author Megan Dowd Lambert’s graduate work in children’s literature at Simmons College, offering a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes.

Traditional storytime often offers a passive experience for kids, but the Whole Book approach asks the youngest of readers to ponder all aspects of a picture book and to use their critical thinking skills. Using classic examples, Megan asks kids to think about why the trim size of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline is so generous, or why the typeset in David Wiesner’s Caldecott winner,The Three Pigs, appears to twist around the page, or why books like Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar are printed landscape instead of portrait. The dynamic discussions that result from this shared reading style range from the profound to the hilarious and will inspire adults to make children’s responses to text, art, and design an essential part of storytime.

Meet the Grinch!

Come by Phoenix Books Essex to meet the Grinch!  Bring your own camera, and get your photo taken with this beloved holiday character.  Plus, grow your heart three sizes by bringing by a nonperishable donation for our local food shelf.


DATE:  Sunday, December 4th at 12pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394800790
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

John and Jennifer Churchman: Brave Little Finn Storytime

Join John and Jennifer Churchman for a Brave Little Finn storytime and activities!

Brave Little Finn (Sweet Pea & Friends #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316273596
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

The SheepOver (Sweet Pea & Friends #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316273565
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2015

Jacqueline Davies: Panda Pants storytime

Join Jacqueline Davies for a storytime and craft featuring her new book, Panda Pants.  Every child who attends will receive a free sixteen-page illustrated booklet filled with fun panda facts (while supplies last)!

Panda Pants Cover Image
By Jacqueline Davies, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780553535761
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016


Subscribe to RSS - Essex