Hello everyone,

It’s been very busy over here lately, but most of it isn’t very exciting to talk about at the moment. Philip and I and just huddled up at our desks humming along and making mistakes, as usual. Although we may be working on a few too many things. We have been pretty antisocial…

Anyhow, I have some exciting news to share! The Kohl’s Cares program sells books and toys in order to raise money to support the health and education of children nationwide. This is nice enough to tell you about, since they have raised over 257 million dollars for these programs, distributing the proceeds to children’s hospitals, museums, hunger task forces, just to name a few. This year they have decided to sell some of our books for the program, and have made friendly stuffed animals to sell with the books.

For a limited time, for 5 dollars (!) you can purchase a copy of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and then it’s spring, Bear Has a Story to Tell, or if you want to see a whale from Kohl’s online or in stores. For another 5 dollars, you can buy a little friend with your book (an elephant, a turtle, a bear, or a whale).

IMG_3512You can find out more information about the program here. You can buy the books and toys online here.

It’s for a good cause! I mean, I’ll always tell you that buying books is its own good cause, but this is a twofer!

Hope you’re all well out there. Back to work!

Hello, everyone!

It’s me, Erin. I am hoping to get better at making new posts this year…. but in the meantime, I’d like to tell you about something. Philip and Matthew Cordell have made a book together called Special DeliveryTo celebrate the release of the book, Philip and Matthew have decided to run an art raffle. Click on the video for more information!

Hello out there,
I just wanted to pop in and let you know Philip and Erin have created a little blog called Number Five Bus Presents where they will host conversations with fellow “book people” as they say. So far they’ve talked with Eric Rohmann, Cece Bell, Rebecca Stead and Julie Danielson with many more interesting folks to follow soon.

If you’ve already landed here, I really think you might enjoy it there too. Click here to check it out.

Happy summering,
The Blog Thief

Hello again! Your local blog thief here.

It seems things are heating up around here and I have many exciting events to tell you about these days. This time, I’m here to let you know both Philip and Erin will be speaking at the Fifth Annual Storymakers Dinner here in Ann Arbor. The dinner benefits 826michigan which happens to be one of the Steads’ favorite institutions in town and will take place on April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. They hope you will be able to join them to help make the event a success.

Space is limited so be sure to get your tickets soon! And, just so you feel extra welcomed, below is the invitation to the event. I think 826michigan is cool with blog thieves inviting people too.

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Before I made books, I sold books. There may come a day when no one buys the books I make anymore, and, if anyone will hire me, I will probably try to go back to selling books again. I loved selling books. I love the way a new box of books smells when you crack the tape open. I loved the pace of working in a store (there was always something to do, but the interruptions were nice). I loved the people I worked with.

One year ago, a new independent bookstore opened in downtown Ann Arbor. It was a risky thing to do, even in a town that’s often cited as being one of the most literate. Even though lately it’s felt like we have become a little less breathless about it, it’s still a time where we need to defend the book (the simple, already technologically advanced book). In an odd turn of events, we also need to defend the store. Kurt Vonnegut wrote once about us being social animals. It’s a brilliant essay which I will not attempt to recap here, but, ahem, in summary he basically reminds us we need to go out and fart around with other people. Our phones and social networking whatnots have made us connected in one way, but they don’t tend to nurture our mirror neurons. And so enters this new bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor. It’s been one year, and their doors are open, and we can wander in from time to time and buy books to read. It’s delightful.

The fun thing about an independent bookstore is that you often can find books that you wouldn’t necessarily find easily through an online algorithm. The fun thing about Literati’s one year anniversary is that they asked us to help celebrate it. Phil and I knocked our heads together and decided we would like to talk about some books we love and why we love them. This can turn into a rather long list, so we thought we would talk about some books that aren’t exactly hard to find, but don’t exactly have a movie tie-in and plush toys surrounding them, either. The point is that these are books you can stumble upon on the shelf of your local bookstore– and that’s how we’d like to celebrate ours. The rest of the weekend will also be a celebration of reading for the store, but Friday night, March 28th at 7pm, will be a small celebration of reading kids books (our wheelhouse). Come by if you can! We’re pretty excited about it. We’ll also sign books and answer any questions you might have for us.

Hooray, books!

Deep Cuts with Philip and Erin Stead
A night to celebrate little known children’s books that will make you laugh, cry, or scratch your head and wonder “Why?”

Friday, March 28, 2014
7 p.m.
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Downtown on a Friday night! Click here for parking information.

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Just wanted to pop in and let you know Philip and Erin will be at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. to help celebrate the store’s one year anniversary. (Hooray, Literati!)

The anniversary celebrations will continue all weekend and the Steads are very honored to be part of helping to celebrate books and independent bookstores. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, the Steads will read and discuss many of their favorite obscure and semi-obscure children’s books which will also be made available for purchase by the store. Philip and Erin will also be happy to sign any of the books they have created should you wish to bring one along or pick one up at Literati.

Definitely stay updated with more information about Literati’s celebrations via their website and Facebook page. And, again, here is the information for Philip and Erin’s portion of the celebration:

Deep Cuts with Philip and Erin Stead
A night to celebrate little known children’s books that will make you laugh, cry, or scratch your head and wonder “Why?”

Friday, March 28, 2014
7 p.m.
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

941330_182938581864394_1494886109_nphoto courtesy: Literati Bookstore

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