Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Let's Hear it for Hicklebee's Children's Books

Our Shrinking Violet reader, Becky Levine, gave a thumbs up to HICKLEBEE'S in San Jose, California. After poking around their  impressive website, I couldn't agree more.  

1378 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA  95125
(408) 292-8880

From their website:  "Of our nineteen person staff, eight of them have averaged fifteen years on staff at Hicklebee's-- their combined experience equals more than 200 years of immersion in children's books.  On a daily basis our staff is relied upon to recommend books for a variety of readers of different ages, cultures and lifestyles.  We match children to books!"  Gee, there's concept that some 'other' bookstores might want to consider!  

Upcoming author events in May include appearances/signings by Barbara Kerley, Rick Riordan, and Linda Sue Park. (Becky, want to a host a big slumber party for all of us this month?)

One of Hicklebee's founders, Valerie Lewis, has been a regular guest on CBS Morning for 12 years, and co-authored the book Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Kids.  Co-owner Monica Holmes has worked devotedly for two decades to bring this store to the level of a nationally known independent bookstore.

Hicklebee's has been voted Best Bookstore and Best Children's Bookstore by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury.

So there you have it-- another fine indie surviving and thriving.  So, friends, do you know the way to San Jose?  (You must have been born a really, really long time ago to get that.)

:-)   =]
Mary & Robin

The Staff of Hicklebee's


tanita✿davis said...

Oh, Laurie Halse Anderson had a reading at this bookstore just last week! They definitely have a good thing going with the author visits and the national attention. Yaaay!

Mary Hershey said...

Really? Wow, they really have it going on! I love Laurie HA.

Tad, you're in the running for the official SVP cheerleading squad!


Anonymous said...

Hey, Dionne Warwick was NOT that long ago! :)

Slumber party? Sure--how about everybody with a kid who's picks up a brand-new copy of Rick Riordan's new book at the Hicklebee's signing bring their kids at my house. They'll read till they drop, and we won't hear a peep out of them!

jenn said...

Yay Hicklebees! They're in my hometown area.


Shari Green said...

Apparently, I was born a really, really long time ago. ;)

Sounds like another awesome indie. Thanks! I'm off to check out their website.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

OK, I was waiting for someone else to make the "I Heart Hicklebee's" reference, but nobody did, so I guess I have to!

Jen Robinson said...

I second, third, whatever "Yay, Hicklebee's." They had Jon Scieszka a while back, and that was a very fun event!

Mary Hershey said...

Oh, man, I cannot believe that I missed using the I Heart Hicklebee's line. ;-)

Boy, a lot of you live up in the bay area, yes?

Thanks for all the happy clamoring on behalf of this cool store.


Anonymous said...

I live near this store too. It's a pretty cool place on a pretty cool street. Very fun to visit.