Tammi planning party at Best of Books to unveil her latest book "I Love Cake!" at BOB Storytime May 21

       A book about cake by bestselling children's author Tammi Sauer deserves a party, a special party, a BOB Storytime party! And that's the plan when Tammi and her new book "I Love Cake!: Starring Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose" will be at BOB Storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21.

      ​ Tammi will read from her new book do some dancing, do a craft, color and even pretend to bake a cake with the kids -- and "kids" could mean anyone younger and older. BOB is also planning a real cake to celebrate Tammi's latest book. (And, of course, Tammi will be at BOB to personalize your own copy of "I Love Cake!")

      "I Love Cake!" was just released by Katherine Tegen Books, with is distributed by HarperCollins. 


I Love Cake!: Starring Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose Cover Image
By Tammi Sauer, Angie Rozelaar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062278944
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 3rd, 2016

Local children's author Gwendolyn Hooks to come to the Chi Gallery on Thursday, June 9!

Local children’s author Gwendolyn Hooks will sign and talk about her latest picture book, “Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas,” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Chi Gallery located in Oklahoma City, 2300 NW 17th St.


Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620141564
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lee & Low Books - May 15th, 2016

Jenny Martin is 'Marked' to sign sequel to one of 2015's most highly praised YA books at Best of Books May 21!

       Jenny Martin's "Tracked" was named one of the "Huffington Post"'s Most Anticipated YA Debuts of 2015 and was among Paste Magazine's and Teen Magazine's "Best Books of 2015." Now it's time for the debut of its sequel "Marked."

      Just a few days after Dial Books releases "Marked," the native Oklahoma Young Adult author will be at Best of Books to sign and talk about "Marked" from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. BOB will also have copies of "Tracked" available if you haven't read it yet.

Marked Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525428718
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Published: Dial Books - May 17th, 2016

Help us find Gracie, the 90-pound tortoise, before she appears at BOB's Storytime on Saturday, May 14


          Gracie, the 90-pound tortoise whose escapades after being picked up by a 1998 tornado spawned a children’s book, is missing again. This time, she may have been taken.

             Gracie and her caregiving authors, Kerry and Janie Billington, were scheduled to appear at Best of Books for Storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The 35-year-old tortoise was recently the star of Book-A-Palooza for the children of incarcerated Oklahomans who are served by the nonprofit Oklahoma Messages Project.

              However, the Billingtons may have to bring a friend’s tortoise to Storytime because Gracie has disappeared, but the circumstance are different than 1998. Then, she was lifted up into by a tornado and was missing for three years until she was found in August 2001 near the Edmond Post Office, about seven miles from where she had been lifted, Her return to the Billingtons prompted newspaper stories, an appearance on the “Today Show” and the book  “Gracie’s Unexpected Journey: A True Story about Hope.” She also re-energized the art career of Kerry Billington, who, according to The Edmond Sun’s “Thanks to Gracie” story, had been recovering from a four-year battle with a brain tumor and a six-hour brain surgery when she was found.

             Now Kerry and Janie Billington are being forced to hope again.


Library of Congress honors award-winning Oklahoma poet with state reading; Best of Books involved!

  The nation’s library honored poet Allison Hedge Coke, the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship winner,  at a special Oklahoma City reading in the 46th Star Auditorium at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. A reception and book signing will follow in the Friends meeting room. 
       The U.S. Poet Laureate, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, selects Witter Bynner Fellows each year. Selections are made to call attention to outstanding poets whose works demand more attention.  

Best of Books provided books for Town Hall series, with Homeboy Ministries' Gregory Boyle as next speaker

15 Apr 2016


      Best of Books is now partnering with Oklahoma City Town Hall to provide books for its speakers, which included the Rev. Gregory Boyle on Thursday, April 21.

      And you can benefit with signed books still available at Best of Books while supplies last. Boyle, the American Jesuit priest, is founder and director of Homeboy Industries and author of the bestselling book "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion."

Best of Books and OK Messages Project create first-ever Book-A-Palooza on Saturday, April 23

    Best of Books partnered with the nonprofit Oklahoma Messages Project to coordinate the first Book-A-Palooza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at DC on Film Row in Oklahoma City.

     Book-A-Palooza was a daylong book extravaganza for children affected by incarceration of their parents. The event included writing workshops, Storytime with Oklahoma children’s authors, a book fair in which every child will get to pick out a book, and a number of other fun book-related activities. 

    “We want these children, many who do not have a large selection of books at home, to get excited about reading and have a day where they can talk to authors, learn about their favorite books, and hopefully develop a new appreciation for and excitement about reading,’ said Elena Hight, general manager of Best of Books.

     Authors from the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and school librarians volunteered their time for the event. Children’s authors will include Susan Meyers, Kerry Billington, Barbara Lowell and Gwendolyn Hooks. Librarians included Tish Ivie of Cimarron Middle School in Edmond and Jennifer England-Burnside of St. Mary’s Episcopal in Edmond.

      Cheri Fuller, an author who is executive director of Oklahoma Messages, worked with Hight and Messages intern Stephanie Champion to create Book-A-Palooza. Fuller recently accepted a $745 check from Best of Books that the Edmond bookstore collected from ticket sales to see Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

       Funding for Book-A-Palooza also came from a grant that Best of Books received from the James Patterson Foundation. Jimmy John’s will be donating lunch for those attending, and DC on Film Row donated the space.

       For more information about Oklahoma Messages, go to okmessages.org. For more information about the event, contact Elena at 340-9202 or send an email to bestofbooks@sbcglobal.net. 


Order Henry Winkler/Lin Oliver signature plate with hardcover 'Here's Hank' after visit to Best of Books!

       NOTE: Best of Books HAS RECEIVED a limited supply of signature plates for Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. You can receive a signature plate by ordering a hardcover copy of a "Here's Hank's." Call 340-9202 or email bestofbooks@sbcglobal.net. Thanks to everyone who made their recent visit to Oklahoma success!

 Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, authors of the children’s Here’s Hank series, will be coming to Oklahoma City and Edmond on Thursday, March 17, to promote the latest in the series, “Here’s Hank: You Can’t Drink A Meatball Through A Straw.”

     The tour stop is being coordinated by Best of Books in conjunction with Penguin Books for Young Readers

      Winkler and Oliver will be making two appearances to sign and talk about their new book:

       -- 3 to 5 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, 3535 N Western, Oklahoma City. The visit is being co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Library System and the Boys and Girls Clubs. The event is open to the public. The library system is providing 200 "Here's Hank" books to distribute to the children who attend. The children will be lined up first to have their books signed by Henry and Lin.

        -- 7 to 9 p.m. at Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth in Edmond’s Kickingbird Square Shopping Center. Those who bought first-in-line tickets will be allowed to go first, followed by those who did not. Henry and Lin will speak and then sign books until 9 p.m. The special ticket was offered for those who wanted to be among the first in line, with $5 going to the Oklahoma Messages Project for a special event to provide free books to children of incarcerated Oklahomans. Best of Books will be taking donations for the Oklahoma Messages Project.

        It should be noted that Winkler and Oliver will be signing their latest Hank book and not signing any TV or movie memorabilia. Each event also will be limited to two hours.  

        If you would need more information about the special events, please call 405-340-9202, or email bestofbooks@sbcglobal.net.


You Can't Drink a Meatball Through a Straw Cover Image
ISBN: 9780448486598
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - March 8th, 2016