Calling all bookworms! Reading camp is here!
Camp Bookworm is Old Town Books’ summer reading program for new parents and kids of all ages. Each Camp Bookworm bundle includes three books, reading challenge sheets with stickers, and virtual monthly meetups to talk about the book picks!
Camp Bookworm Board Book Bundle
Monday August 31 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Baby Bookworms, unite! Bundle includes the three books below and an opportunity to participate in a monthly book club for each. Meet virtually for a “book club discussion” which really, let’s be honest, will just be an excuse for new parents to network and show off our cute babies.
To participate, purchase the board book bundle here and a bookseller will contact you with links for the virtual meet ups!
-Monday, July 27th at 10 am - I Heart Pluto by Chris Ferrie and Helen Maynard-Casely illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
There are three rules a planet must follow, and Pluto breaks them all. It just doesn't fit in! Pluto is sad to no longer be an official planet. But with the help of some friends, Pluto might find its place in space again!
With vibrant, joyful art, playful verse, and a fun die-cut shape, astronomers of all ages will love this celebration of our solar system's first minor planet in this delightfully fun, fact-filled planetary tale!
-Monday, July 27th at 10 am - Who Loves Books? by Lizi Boyd
An interactive instant classic for inquisitive young minds and budding book lovers.From the creator of the critically acclaimed Flip-Flap book,Hide and Sleep.Who loves books? Is it Rabbit? Is it Bird? Is it Butterfly? Flap and flap the sturdy pages of this playful book to find out.The buoyant colors, silly story, and interactive format will keep even fidgeting little readers engaged.
-Monday, August 31st at 10 am - You Are Light by Aaron Becker
Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.
Camp Bookworm Early Readers Bundle
Friday August 28 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Our summer reading program for young readers between 6-9 years old. Book picks and meeting times below for these fun new graphic novels and early reader chapter books!
To participate, purchase the book bundle here and a bookseller will contact you with links to the virtual meet ups!
-Friday, July 24th at 3 pm - Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger
Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own - sometimes confusing and complicated - thoughts and feelings.
In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town's popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites!
What challenges will these two earnest beetles face? Whatever it is, you can be sure that Rhino-B and Stag-B will face it together -- with the power of friendship behind them.
- Friday, July 24th at 3 PM- Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo
Hedgehog lives on a teeny-tiny island with only her stuffed dog, Mutty, for company. When a great storm carries Mutty away, she embarks on a quest to find her friend. Following the trail of clues Mutty left behind, brave Hedgehog meets a wiggly Mole, a wordy Owl, a curmudgeonly Beaver, a scatterbrained Hen and Chicks, and a girl who's new to the neighborhood, Annika May. With bravery and teamwork, there's nothing that can stop these seven from finding Mutty, but along the way they discover something even more important: each other.
The first book in a new series from Caldecott Honor winner Lauren Castillo, Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us has the feel of a timeless classic, introducing an unforgettable cast of characters who will star in many more adventures to come.
- Friday, August 28th at 3 PM - Baloney and Friends by Greg Pizzoli
Meet Baloney! He's the star of this book, along with his best buddies: empathetic Peanut the horse, sensible Bizz the bumblebee, and grumpy Krabbit -- he'd rather not be here, but what can you do?
In this graphic novel for newly independent readers, Baloney and friends step into the spotlight and embody all the charm of childhood in three short tales and three mini-comics that invite readers to join the fun! Giggle with Baloney as he performs some questionable magic, give him a boost when a case of the blues gets him down, cheer him on as he braves the swimming pool, and at the end, learn to draw all the characters with clear step-by-step instructions!
Camp Bookworm Middle Grade Bundle
Friday August 28 | 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Our Summer reading program for kids ages 8-12. Book picks and meeting times below.
To participate, purchase the book bundle here and a bookseller will contact you with links for the virtual meet ups!
-Friday, July 24th at 4:30 pm - Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James and Paola Escobar
Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly's new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page...
When new secrets are uncovered, it's up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.
-Friday, July 24th at 4:30 pm - Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
Jen is used to not getting what she wants. So suddenly moving the country and getting new stepsisters shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad.
Most of all, Jen did not want to get new "sisters," Andy and Reese.
As if learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn't hard enough, having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers' market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.
New York Times bestselling author Lucy Knisley brings to life a story inspired from her own childhood in an amazing journey of unlikely friends, sisters, and home.
-Friday, August 28th at 4:30 pm - City Spies by James Ponti
Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, Sara finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers for the same stretch of time. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret MI6 agency.
Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they’re not attending the local boarding school, they’re honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.
Before she knows what she’s doing, Sarah is heading to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain…all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.
No one said saving the world was easy…
Camp Bookworm Young Adults Bundle
Saturday August 29 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Our Summer reading program for teens 13 years and older! Book picks and meeting times below.
To participate, purchase the bundle here and a bookseller will contact you with the links for the virtual meet ups!
-Sunday, July 12th at 7PM - Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed in conversation with the author Laurie Halse Anderson
Princess Diana of Themyscira believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings--namely, acceptance into the
warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the
barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea.
Cut off from everything she's ever known, Diana herself becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land. Now Diana must survive in the world beyond Themyscira for the first time--a world that is filled with danger and injustice unlike anything she's ever experienced. With new battles to be fought and new friends to be made, she must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, fighting for justice, and finding home.
-Saturday, July 25th at 12 pm - Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.
And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
-Saturday, August 29 at 12 pm - Camp by L C Rosen
Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It's where he met his best friends. It's where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it's where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim -- who's only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.
This year, though, it's going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as 'Del' -- buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he's determined to get Hudson to fall for him.
But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself: How much is he willing to change for love? And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn't know who he truly is?