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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.

Ben Hewitt: Home Grown *book launch* (Essex)

Join Ben Hewitt to celebrate the release of Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ben Hewitt is the author of Saved, The Town That Food Saved, Making Supper Safe, and articles for magazines such as Bicycling, Discover, Gourmet, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Yankee, Taproot, and many others. He and his family live in a self-built, solar-powered house in Cabot, Vermont, and operate a forty-acre livestock, vegetable, and berry farm.

ABOUT THE BOOK: When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children.
Having opted out of formal education, Hewitt's sons learn through self-directed play, exploration, and experimentation on their farm, in the woods, and (reluctantly) indoors. This approach has allowed the boys to develop confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity. They learn, they play, they read, they test boundaries, they challenge themselves, they fail, they recover. And these freedoms allow their innate personalities to flourish, further fueling growth and exploration.
Living in tune with the natural world teaches us to reclaim our passion, curiosity, and connectivity. Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in your backyard and beyond. We are inspired to ask: What is the true meaning of "home" when the place a family lives is school, school system, and curriculum? When the parent is also the teacher, how do parenting decisions affect a child's learning? (And exactly how much trouble can a couple of curious boys gallivanting in the wild woods all day get into?) Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom. These essays on nature, parenting, and education show us that big change can come from making small changes in how you live on the land, while building a life you love.

"In this fine and eloquent and moving book, Ben Hewitt takes a principled stand for the unconventional childhood, for the intellectual and emotional and soulful nurture of nature."
—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

“Ben Hewitt walks you along the lanes of his small family farm right into the heart of parenting. He does not judge the new normal of life’s fever-pitch pace but fills you with the courage to follow your hopes, which may well transform your family.”
—Kim John Payne, MEd, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning, and The Soul of Discipline

“This fine book may make you wish you’d grown up in a very different way.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home


DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 13th at 7pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: Ben will talk a little about why he wrote Home Grown, read from the book, and then invite audience discussion.  Copies of Home Grown will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all.
Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611801699
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Roost Books - September 9th, 2014

Read for the Record (Both Locations)

On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells.  Join a national movement to set a new record for reading the same book on the same day!

ABOUT THE NATIONAL EVENT: Jumpstart is a national organization that works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Recordmobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience.

In 2006, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story The Little Engine that Could. Jumpstart began the morning of that campaign day on NBC's TODAY Show, which has become a proud tradition. Jumpstart’s supporters helped set a new record for reading the same book on the same day, and in the process, created a national forum for concerned citizens to voice their support of early education.

ABOUT THE BOOK: It's Grandma's birthday, and Max wants to make her an icky, worm-infested cake. But Ruby says, "No, Max. We are going to make Grandma an angel surprise cake, with raspberry-fluff icing." Will Max let his bossy older sister keep him out of the kitchen? Or will they both become bunnies who bake?


DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington AND Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: Story time.  All ages welcome.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public.
Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby) Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140566673
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Puffin Books - February 1st, 2000

Marcia Wells: Eddie Red Undercover (Essex)

Marcia Wells will talk to kids about book covers, marketing, and the teamwork behind each book they see on the shelf.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcia Wells teaches middle school students in Vermont. She is also a member of SCBWI and holds a Master's degree in Spanish Literature. She lives with her husband and two young children in Vermont.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Art, mystery, fun and friendship, combine in this illustrated middle grade series debut. Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case, drawing Eddie deeper into New York's famous Museum Mile and closer to a dangerous criminal group known as The Picasso Gang.

"A sure pleaser for Cam Jansen grads or anyone fond of knotty, lightweight capers solved with brainpower (and a little luck)."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This is a strong start to a promising new series, and as Eddie would say, it's uber-cool."

TIME magazine voted Eddie Red one of the '5 Best Books for Your Kids this Summer (According to Other Kids)'!


DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 27th at 2pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: Marcia Wells will show us how Eddie Red's illustrations took shape, and will read a teaser chapter.  Copies of Eddie Red Undercover will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all ages.

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile Cover Image
By Marcia Wells, Marcos Calo (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780544238336
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

Bookstore Bingo

Kids entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to play Bookstore Bingo this summer! Read books to achieve "BINGO:"
  • Read a book for each block. A book may be only used once!
  • Write down each title in your reading log with the block’s number.
  • Complete a line or all four corners and pick a free book (advance reader copy, while supplies last.)
  • Complete the outer border and enter to win a $25 gift certificate or other great prize!
  • Complete the entire card and enter to win a $50 gift certificate or other great prize!
Come on in to either Phoenix Books location to sign up and get your Bingo card! Sign-up begins June 20th, but feel free to join throughout the summer.

David Kirk: Oh So Brave Dragon (Essex)

Come and ROAR with David Kirk, as he reads from his new book Oh So Brave Dragon. David is also the creator of the beloved Miss Spider books.

DAVID KIRK is the author of Oh So Tiny Bunny and the creator of Miss Spider, who appears in many well-loved children's books, in her own television series, and in a number of popular apps. An inventor as well as an author, David started several toy companies, including Ovicular Toyworks, and most recently, the Sunny Patch brand. He lives in King Ferry, New York, with his wife, Kathy, and their daughters, Primrose and Wisteria.

OH SO BRAVE DRAGON: Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave—because that’s what dragons do. He’s so brave and valiant, he’s ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise, and to help him be brave.


DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 12th at 2pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: We'll have a storytime with David Kirk, activities, and a book signing.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public.  All ages are welcome!


Oh So Brave Dragon: A Picture Book Cover Image
By David Kirk, David Kirk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250016898
Availability: Backordered
Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 13th, 2014

Oh So Tiny Bunny: A Picture Book Cover Image
By David Kirk, David Kirk (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781250016881
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available
Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 5th, 2013

Miss Spider's Wedding Cover Image
By David Kirk (Illustrator), David Kirk, Antoinette White (Editor)
ISBN: 9780590568661
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Scholastic - September 1st, 1995

Where's Champ?

Where's Champ? In the Champlain Valley, of course! The famous lake monster is visiting dozens of local businesses throughout our community this summer. From Apple Mountain to Vermont Violins, from Outdoor Gear Exchange to Global Pathways, Champ figures will be well hidden in downtown Burlington business establishments, as well as in businesses in Essex and Jericho. Where's Champ is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to explore local businesses and support the Shop Local movement. Plus, those who spot our local lake serpent can win prizes.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a Where's Champ passport at either of our locations, and get their passport stamped when they Find Champ at our local partners. The grand prize drawing (must be present to win) will take place at Phoenix Books Burlington on August 5th, and CHAMP himself, the mascot of the Vermont Lake Monsters, will attend.

Here's the complete list of businesses taking part!

Thank you to all of these businesses, and to the Vermont Lake Monsters for partnering with us on this event! The Vermont Lake Monsters are Burlington's own minor league baseball team in the Short-Season A classification New York–Penn League, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The team plays its home games at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus. Young baseball fans can participate in the Lake Monsters' Champ's Kids Club, a free program for kids 12 years old and younger.  To find out more about Champ's Kids Club, click here.

There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts from June 16-August 5. For more information, call Phoenix Books Burlington at 802-448-3350 or Phoenix Books Essex at 802-872-7111.

Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" Party (Essex)

Greatness will descend upon Phoenix Books Essex on Saturday, May 17th at 2pm—in the form of a five-foot tall polar bear (of the inflatable variety).  The ursine guest in question is Total the Polar Bear of Timmy Failure fame, the (silent) partner in Total Failure, Inc.: #1 Detective Agency, which middle grade readers will be familiar with from Stephen Pastis' Timmy Failure series.  The Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" Party will feature photo ops with Total, activities, raffles, and giveaways.

"We've never hosted an event with a polar bear, so I've been reading up on the care and feeding of giant Arctic mammals," says Beth Wagner, Phoenix's children's book buyer. "I was a little concerned when I saw Total's request for several cases of chicken nuggets. Then I remembered that he also loves Rice Krispies treats. Good thing we've got a cafe and expert bakers on staff!"

"But if you are asking, 'Is Total real?'" adds Debra Woodward, Sales Representative for Candlewick Press in New England, "I would answer...was Calvin’s tiger Hobbes real?  Do you believe in Santa Claus? Come and see for yourself at his only appearance in northern New England—no matter what your age.   Witness 'greatness' on May 17th."
In fact, Phoenix Books is one of only six bookstores in the United States to have been chosen to host a Total Takeover event.

The first book, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, which released in February 2013, has spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in the U.S. and was #1 on the American Booksellers Association Indie Next List.  Rights have been sold by Writers House in 30 countries to date. The second book, Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done was released on February 25, 2014. About the second installment Booklist jokingly declared, “Timmy Failure, would-be supersleuth and self-anointed smartest person in the world, is back, and he has learned absolutely nothing from his previous adventure.” Author Stephen Pastis is also well-loved for his Pearls Before Swine daily cartoon, syndicated
in 750 newspapers around the world.

This is an official Children's Book Week event.  Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes—wherever young readers and books connect! Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

  • Why you should go: Celebrate Children's Book Week with activities, giveaways, raffles, and more detective fun!  There will be photo ops with Total the Polar Bear in your own "distinctive scarf," signed books for sale, and GREATNESS!
  • Great for: EVERYONE, but especially middle readers and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Phoenix Books booksellers love Timmy Failure!  Here, Rachel, Kelly, and Beth celebrate the Greatness that is this series:



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Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660512
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Candlewick - February 25th, 2014

The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective returns in a sequel to the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

"When you lose hope, find it." -Timmy Failure

He doesn't like to pull rank. To reveal that he's this guy: Timmy
Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in
town, perhaps the nation. But he is.

And he's about to crack
the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a
stolen globe. It's his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is
guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game
the system. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it's up to Timmy Failure, with
the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar-bear partner, and his unlikely
new ally, eccentric Great-Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these
shenanigans. Defeat this injustice.
If he can only get his entry form in on time.

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660505
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Candlewick - February 26th, 2013

Beth says, "Failure sometimes is an
option, especially if you're Timmy Failure, the delightfully oblivious
11-year old CEO of the best detective agency in the entire nation. Or
what would be the best detective agency, if only his mom and Total, his
polar bear assistant, would get on board. Thwarted at every turn by the
Weevil Bun, head of the rival CCIA, and his unhelpful best friend Rollo,
can Total Failure, Inc. achieve world domination? Mistakes Were Made is
a laugh-out-loud introduction to this middle-grade series sure to
appeal Wimpy Kid fans."

Bedtime Math Glow-in-the-Dark Party! (Essex)

Join us to celebrate the launch of Bedtime Math 2: This Time it's Personal!  After a short reading of offbeat math problems from the new book, kids will build their own geometric creations with glowsticks and styrofoam ball. (Ages 3 and up.)
Bedtime Math: This Time It's Personal: This Time It's Personal (Bedtime Math Series) Cover Image
By Laura Overdeck, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250040961
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 11th, 2014

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Bedtime Math Series) Cover Image
By Laura Overdeck, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250035851
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 25th, 2013

Meet Ladybug Girl! (Essex)

Join us for a morning full of activities with a favorite storybook superhero, Ladybug Girl. All ages welcome.
Ladybug Girl Loves.. Gift Set [With Sticker(s) and Friendship Cards and Banner and Crayons] Cover Image
By David Soman, Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780448477855
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Grosset & Dunlap - December 26th, 2013

Ladybug Girl Cover Image
By David Soman (Illustrator), Jacky Davis
ISBN: 9780803731950
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2008


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