Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:56am
An historian, author and foreign correspondent famed for his eye-witness accounts of historic events, T.D. Allman was born in Tampa, educated at Harvard and Oxford, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. He has reported from places as various as El Salvador, Beirut, Haiti, the Plain of Jars, Ethiopia during the famine, and Tiananmen Square.
We are thrilled to bring this prestigious author to Thomasville this weekend.
Allman's latest book, Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, has been praised in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction and Kirkus named it one of the best books of the year in both non-fiction and history.
Finding Florida is a staff favorite, and the paperback version is being released next week, which means our customers get a chance at these before anyone else. Allman will be joining us this Saturday, February 22 from 2:00 to 5:00. His book makes a great gift, and it's perfect for tourists looking for a keepsake to take home from their vacation on the Florida-Georgia line.
We hope you'll join us so we can keep bringing quality writers to our area!
Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:45pm
There's really nothing cuter than children's Valentine's books. They're
often simple and sweet, a gentle reminder at what love can -- and
perhaps should -- be.
Here's what we'd recommend for Valentine's Day gifts for your children. After all, what better way to show your love for your littles than story time together?
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton. Kids love Splat almost as much as they love Pete. (Well, kind of.) Anyway, we think Splat is pretty adorable, and this tale of his first love is funny and sweet, perfect for kindergartners exchanging valentines for the first time.
Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson. We think this book is absolutely precious, full of descriptive words and phrases kids will really appreciate, especially in an out-loud story time. The illustrations are our favorite.
Always by Ann Stott. This book about parents who love their children "always" is a modern classic; it needs to be on your shelves at home. It's reminscent of the baby shower favorite, Love You Forever, but more kid-friendly, with funny phrasing and adorable illustrations. What a perfect reminder of your love this Valentine's Day! And, for an equally adorable book with a similar concept, we recommend You're Lovable to Me by Kat Yeh.
Guess How Much I Love You, the pop-up edition by Sam McBratney. So many parents and grandparents request pop-up books for their little ones; they're great for new readers who learn visually and who like to interact with their books. Enter Guess How Much I Love You, the book we all love, now with a pop-up version we can't get enough of. It's precious.
Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. This new children's book is all about finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the people we love. Kids can join Jasper the bunny as he hunts for a gift for his bride, Lilly. It's a sweet story, with some adventuresome parts older preschoolers should like.