Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading

School's out! Now what?

You are invited to join Octavia Books in partnership with Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading, a virtual panel of Scholastic authors, education experts, and booksellers will give tips and book recommendations that will keep kids excited to read all summer long!

Be sure to tune in for:

  • A book recommendation speed-round with an indie bookseller - Ask for recommendations based on your child's likes and needs!
  • Interviews with beloved authors Varian Johnson (Twins and The Parker Inheritance) and Kelly Yang (The Front Desk series)
  • Tips and tricks to keep your kids reading all summer - and loving it!
  • Swag! Attendees who visit Octavia Books after the event will receive a goodie bag (on a first come, first serve basis), and all attendees will receive digital activities, brochures and more! 

We will joined by:

  • Moderator John Schu - Host of Book Joy Live, author of the popular blog Watch. Read. Connect. and Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs.
  • Varian Johnson - Award-winning author of several books for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance and Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright.
  • Lauren Savage - Co-founder and owner of the Reading Bug Bookstore and Reading Bug Box in San Carlos, California and narrator of the Reading Bug Adventures story and music podcast.
  • Lizette Serrano - VP of Educational Marketing at Scholastic, Co-founder of the Power of Story initiative and a 2021 Summer Reading Ambassador.
  • Kelly Yang: Author of the award-winning Front Desk series and founder of The Kelly Yang project.

To participate on Facebook live, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1887833914708713.

 

See below for a list of books you can purchase before or after the event.

 

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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Dog Man: Mothering Heights: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #10) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338680454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - March 23rd, 2021

Dog Man and Petey face their biggest challenges yet in the tenth Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Dog Man is down on his luck, Petey confronts his not so purr-fect past, and Grampa is up to no good. The world is spinning out of control as new villains spill into town. Everything seems dark and full of despair. But hope is not lost.


Sprite's Secret: A Branches Book (Pixie Tricks #1) Cover Image
By Tracey West, Xavier Bonet (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338627787
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 1st, 2020

Fairies + magic + fantasy + New York Times bestselling author Tracey West = Pixie Tricks!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers.


Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338712766
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - December 1st, 2020

A pioneering new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series.

In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making.


Guts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545852500
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - September 17th, 2019

A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug.


The Dangerous Gift (Wings of Fire, Book 14) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 2nd, 2021

The #1 New York Times bestselling series continues!

Snowfall didn't expect to be queen of the IceWings at such a young age, but now that she is, she's going to be the best queen ever.


Claudia and the New Girl (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #9) (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #9) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338304572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - February 2nd, 2021

A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein!

Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along.


Allergic: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338568905
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - March 2nd, 2021

A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet!

At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world.


Last Gate of the Emperor Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338665857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 4th, 2021

From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime -- a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family...


Twins: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338236132
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects.


Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear -- and the stunning links between the past and present.

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the


Forge Your Dragon World: A Wings of Fire Creative Guide (Wings of Fire Graphix) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338634778
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Graphix - May 4th, 2021

Write your legend, draw your destiny, and take flight!

The legend starts with you!Do you love to draw or write? Do you have your very own dragon stories to tell? In this official Wings of Fire journal, you'll design awesome characters, imagine new adventures, and forge YOUR fantasy world!With examples from Wings of Fire graphic artist Mike Holmes, Tui T.


I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived Graphic Novel #2):  A Graphix Book (I Survived Graphic Novels #2) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Haus Studio (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338120943
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - June 2nd, 2020

A thrilling graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916, with text adapted by Georgia Ball and art by Haus Studio!

Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in his uncle's little New Jersey town. He has three new friends, and they love cooling off in the creek on hot summer days.


Force of Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338636642
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - June 1st, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta comes the story of a demon who must embrace her bad to serve the greater good.

Pinki hails from a long line of rakkhosh resisters, demons who have spent years building interspecies relationships, working together to achieve their goal of overthrowing the snakey oppressors and taking back their rights.


The Little Butterfly That Could (Butterfly Series) Cover Image
By Ross Burach, Ross Burach (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338615005
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 6th, 2021

WHAT IF I CAN'T?

“Will elicit plenty of giggles." -- Kirkus Reviews

Which way to the flowers?

That way.


Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338591385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk.

Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever.


Bo's Magical New Friend: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #1) Cover Image
By Rebecca Elliott, Rebecca Elliott (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338323320
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 26th, 2019

Meet Rainbow Tinseltail and the unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest, in this magical series from the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries series!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers.


Let's Go Swimming!: An Acorn Book (Hello, Hedgehog! #4) Cover Image
By Norm Feuti, Norm Feuti (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338677119
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 4th, 2021

Harry and Hedgehog have a fun day at the pond in this adorable early reader perfect for fans of Frog and Toad!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read.


Free to Be Elephant Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338734270
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - June 1st, 2021

From the bestselling creators of Giraffes Can't Dance comes a delightful story about an elephant looking for a place where he belongs.

It's time for the Elephant Games! Every young elephant parades their talent in front of the king to earn their special elephant name. But Num-Num doesn't have a special skill to display.


Azmina the Gold Glitter Dragon (Dragon Girls #1) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338680638
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 4th, 2021

Dragon Girls is a super collectible new series that celebrates the inner fire of everyday girls.

We are Dragon Girls, hear us roar!Azmina, Willa, and Naomi are thrilled to learn they're Glitter Dragon Girls. Summoned to the Magic Forest by its magnificent ruler, the Tree Queen, the girls quickly find out their dragon-selves have unbelievable abilities.


The Parker Inheritance Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545946179
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 27th, 2018

A Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner * Four Starred Reviews * Over Ten Best-of-Year Lists"Powerful....


Shuri: A Black Panther Novel (Marvel) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338585476
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 5th, 2020

From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes an all-new upper middle grade series based on one of the Marvel Universe's break-out characters Shuri, from Black Panther!

An original, upper-middle-grade series starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T'Challa's younger sister, Shuri!


War Stories Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338290226
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 4th, 2021

A story of telling truth from lies -- and finding out what being a hero really means.

There are two things Trevor loves more than anything else: playing war-based video games, and his great-grandfather Jacob, who is a true-blue, bona fide war hero.


My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338225327
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - December 29th, 2020

From Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell comes an exciting new story that shows even reluctant readers that there is a book out there for everyone!

Meet Henley, an all-around good kid, who hates to read. When he's supposed to be reading, he would rather do anything else.


The Magical Reality of Nadia (The Magical Reality of Nadia #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338572285
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 2nd, 2021

Inspired by the author's real life experiences, this rollicking, charming novel follows sixth grade Egyptian immigrant Nadia as she navigates the ups and downs of friendships, racism, and some magic, too!

Nadia loves fun facts.


The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #1) Cover Image
By Jack Chabert, Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545623926
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 24th, 2014

Eerie Elementary is one scary school!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina.


Duck on a Bike Cover Image
By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338744903
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 4th, 2021

Caldecott Honor winner David Shannon applies his wonderful off-beat humor to the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike -- and loves it! Another young, funny book perfect for reading aloud -- now in paperback!

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. "I bet I could ride a bike," he thought.


Keep It Together, Keiko Carter: A Wish  Novel: A Wish Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338607574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 4th, 2021

Fans of Wendy Mass and Lisa Greenwald are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sweet story about first crushes, friendship drama, and finding the courage to stand up for yourself.

Seventh grade is supposed to be a game changer.


Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures! Cover Image
By Mike Lowery, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338359732
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Discover the ULTIMATE, 128-paged book about all things sharks and underwater creatures, from the creative brain of Mike Lowery! Featuring fun facts, jokes, comics, maps, and more.

Did you know that sharks can be as small as a banana, or bigger than a bus? Or that whale sharks have more than 3,000 teeth? Did you know that giant squids have eyes the size of dinner plates?


I Can Build It!: An Acorn Book (Princess Truly #3) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338340099
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 3rd, 2020

Dream BIG with Princess Truly, in this rhyming early reader perfect for fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read.


Front Desk Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338157796
Availability: Backordered
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 29th, 2018

Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewMia Tang has a lot of secre


The Sewer Rat Stink (Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338587302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Praise for The Sewer Rat Stink:"Fresh, funny, and fast-paced. The free-style artwork and anything-goes story will make kids want to write and draw their own books!" -Dav PilkeyThis is Geronimo Stilton like you've never seen him before!

A stinky smell is taking over New Mouse City! No mouse can live like this!


The Story of Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog Storybook) Cover Image
By Norman Bridwell (Created by), Meredith Rusu, Jennifer Oxley (Illustrator), Erica Kepler (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338577136
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 7th, 2020

Meet the newest iteration of Clifford the Big Red Dog as he leads a parade through Birdwell Island!

Welcome to Birdwell Island, home of Emily Elizabeth and Clifford the Big Red Dog! Clifford and Emily Elizabeth have been best friends since Clifford was a small red puppy. But then Clifford grew... and grew... and GREW!


The Giant Ice Cream Mess: An Acorn Book (Fox Tails #3) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338561722
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 18th, 2021

Siblings Fritz and Franny have their sights set on the tastiest ice cream treat in this early reader from Geisel Honor winner Tina Kügler!

Pick a Book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read.


Hoppy Go Lucky: A Graphix Chapters Book (Bunbun & Bonbon #2) Cover Image
By Jess Keating, Jess Keating (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338646856
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Graphix - February 2nd, 2021

Best friends Bunbun and Bonbon go hunting for some luck in this adorable series from Graphix Chapters.

A bad-luck day turns into an epic quest in the second book in this graphic novel series starring a chipper young bunny and a fancy talking candy. Will the plucky pair replenish their luck?


Get Ready for Kindergarten Wipe-Clean Workbook: Scholastic Early Learners (Wipe Clean) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338715934
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Cartwheel Books - December 29th, 2020

Featuring convenient, reusable spiral-bound pages and an embedded wipe-clean pen, Scholastic Early Learners Wipe-Clean Workbooks encourage repetition and retention of key learning points, to set your child up for school success!

This interactive workbook boosts essential Kindergarten skills.


Wash Your Fins, Baby Shark (A Baby Shark Book) Cover Image
By John John Bajet (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338714692
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Cartwheel Books - June 2nd, 2020

Sing and dance along with Baby Shark, in this catchy tune all about hand washing!

Sing, dance, and read along to this brand-new song as Baby Shark and the whole shark family washes their fins! A fun tool for kids and caregivers alike, this story will have little ones singing along to the important steps of hand-washing, from squirting soap, lathering up, and drying off.


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