Kids Events

Although we make every effort to ensure that the information below is accurate, occasionally dates and times may change. We always recommend calling ahead to confirm. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337.

Rakestraw Junior 

Summer Programming 2024

It's Story Time

Join us every Saturday throughout the year for “It’s Storytime”, which is typically lead by Amanda and/or Bel.  We read books, we sing, we dance, and there are often crafts and games.  This wonderful weekly group meets at 10:30am at the bookstore.

Every Saturday in June, July and August we will have a themed or author lead It’s Storytime - we cannot wait to see you here!

June 1st,  Dance Party Story Time with Author Kara Navolio

June 8th, End of School Story Time

June 15th, Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time with food

June 22nd, Summer Story Time

June 29th, Truck Story Time

July 6th,  Fancy Nancy Tea Party Story Time

July 13th,  Being a Great Friend Story Time

July 20th,  TBA

July 27th,  TBA

August 3rd, TBA

August 10th, Back to School Story Time

Summer Reading

We aren’t operating an official summer reading program this year. HOWEVER - if you come to Rakestraw Books & ask us for advice for your school or library program, and buy the books from us, we'll give you a very special book tracker to show to your librarian or teacher! Show those trackers to Susan, Bel or Amanda before schools go back to get a special Rakestraw Books Summer Reading certificate!!!

Rakestraw Junior Summer Book Groups

Monthly meetings to discuss books, and hang out with friends old & new. Books are available now - buy copies of the books at Rakestraw & receive 10% off, get the books ahead of time so you can join in the conversation! Call the store at 925 837 7337 to sign up (we just like to know how many friends we are expecting!)

Pre K - 2nd Grade With Amanda

June 18th, 10.30am. A-Z Animal Mysteries - A is for Alpaca. Discussion and an instore mystery to solve!

July 23rd, 10.30am - Orris and Timble. Let's make friends and talk about what friendship means!

August 20th, 3.30pm - Details TBA

3rd Grade - 5th Grade With Susan

June 20th, 4pm. - Code Busters.  Join author Penny Warner for a fun hour of reading and  questions and activities!

July 18th, 4:00pm - Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman. Award-winning author Gennifer Choldenko will join us!

August 8th, 4:00pm - The Wild Robot

Middle School (6-8 Grade) With Bel

June 18th 4pm - Song for a Whale

July 9th, 4pm - The Thing About Jellyfish

August 6th 4pm - Pax

Rakestraw Junior Events - Not To Be Missed!!!

June 12th, 4:00pm -The incredible JEN DE OLIVEIRA, author of “Reggie Kid Penguin”, (we probably brought her to your school) is coming to Rakestraw to offer a cartooning workshop. An unmissable exclusive event, sign ups, although not necessary, are available on line (so we know how many snacks and sets of cartooning materials to have available!).

June 21st, 4:00pm -We are thrilled that Ben Costa & James Parks the author and illustrator of “Dungeoneer Adventures” books, are coming to Rakestraw  Books. An unmissable exclusive event, sign ups are available on line - this is a ticketed event just so we know how many of our friends to expect!.

June 25th, 5:30pm ‘PET‘ SLEEPOVER.  Bring your favorite stuffie/buddy for a sleepover at the bookstore. Stay with them for bedtime story time, tuck them in tight, and wait for the messages from your buddy to come in during the evening. Bel’s best friend Bunna will be making sure all the buddies are safe and sound over night. Pet pick up is 9am on June 26th. Sign up in store to join in the fun!

July 1st - July 31st - WHERE‘S WALDO 2024.  Where's Waldo? In Danville of course! The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-two different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. Waldo figures will be popping up in public areas of local establishments. Support local business and the Shop Local movement with this great summer vacation activity! Pick up your "Find Waldo Local in Danville" passport at Rakestraw Books starting on July 1st - all other details will be given to you then!

August 1st - August 18th - RAKESTRAW BOOKS ANNUAL BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION

Collect your template from Rakestraw from August 1st onwards and make sure you turn it in on or before August 18th. Winners will receieve a gift card, and their design will be printed on official Rakestraw Books bookmarks for the community to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

A to Z Animal Mysteries #1: The Absent Alpacas By Ron Roy, Kayla Whaley, Chloe Burgett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ron Roy, Kayla Whaley, Chloe Burgett (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780593488997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 4th, 2023

Orris and Timble: The Beginning By Kate DiCamillo, Carmen Mok (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Carmen Mok (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536222791
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - April 30th, 2024

The Science Fair Scheme (Code Busters Club #8) By Penny Warner Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9798765620847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Darby Creek (Tm) - January 1st, 2024

The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman By Gennifer Choldenko Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524718923
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2024

The Wild Robot By Peter Brown Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316382007
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524770266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

The Thing About Jellyfish  (National Book Award Finalist) By Ali Benjamin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316380843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

Reggie: Kid Penguin (A Graphic Novel) By Jen de Oliveira Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780759557567
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Ink - June 6th, 2023

Reggie: Penguin in Charge (A Graphic Novel) By Jen de Oliveira Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780759557574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Ink - June 4th, 2024

Dungeoneer Adventures 1: Lost in the Mushroom Maze By Ben Costa, James Parks, Ben Costa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Costa, James Parks, Ben Costa (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781665910699
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - May 31st, 2022

Dungeoneer Adventures 2: Wrath of the Exiles By Ben Costa, James Parks, Ben Costa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Costa, James Parks, Ben Costa (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781665910712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - May 2nd, 2023

Dungeoneer Adventures 3: Quest for the Wishing Stone By Ben Costa, James Parks, Ben Costa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Costa, James Parks, Ben Costa (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781665910736
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - May 7th, 2024