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We’re so excited to be back!

We’ve implemented health and hygiene procedures so that everyone can safely shop. Just a few quick guidelines:

  • Everyone over the age of 2 – wear a mask, please!
  • 50% store capacity, and browsing for 10-15 minutes.
  • Please practice social distancing, and supervise your kids – no sitting or reading.
  • Limit touching books as much as possible – our staff can help you out if you need!

Park Slope
1111 8th Av. Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Seven days a week from 11-6pm
email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Dumbo
28 Adams St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 – Seven days a week from 10-6pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

—Daniel & Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Middle Grade Lit Camp is OPEN NOW!

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We are very excited to be announcing the return of our Middle Grade Lit Camp for ages 9-13 during the fall months! After a widely successful Summer Lit Camp we are excited to be continuing the camp with our many avid readers, be it from Brooklyn or over in LA.

“I was pretty bored when all of this started…It really helped me overcome the boredom. It was very fun, I really liked reading all the books….” -Avi, 6th grade, New Jersey

“One author was on the west coast and zoom gave us the chance to talk with someone from another city….” -Delia, 6th grade, North Carolina

“I liked all the book recommendations. I liked hearing other people’s opinions and hearing questions that I wouldn’t have thought to ask myself….” -Madeleine, 6th grade, New York

Running from October 5th through November 30th, our Fall Lit Camp takes place every two weeks, and kids will be able to virtually take part in our book club meetings to discuss five brand-new middle-grade novels. The discussion will be led by our kids book specialist Brittany, with the added bonus of having the opportunity to ask the authors questions directly. Our Lit Camp is a fun and unique way to keep kids engaged with the latest novels and also be able to socialize with peers from the neighborhood who also love to read. You can find the full details about the camp and register right here.
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Registration is also still open for our YA Book Talk & Author Q&A Series!  Starting September 29th, this group will meet once a month to discuss four brand-new Young Adult novels. Our resident YA Specialist, Megan, will lead an engaging panel-style discussion where you will all be able to participate by asking each month’s author questions directly! The author will join us for a full 45 minutes to an hour so we can delve into the writing process, the storyline, and all the topics of the novels. To learn more about this unique chance to meet YA authors and how to register please click here!

Both of these programs offer engaging books for your tweens, teens, young adults, and even college students! Please feel free to share the announcement about these programs with any friends and family members who might be interested, they don’t need to live in Brooklyn to join!

As always, we have a selection of newly released Picture Books, Middle Grade chapter books and graphic novels, and YA novels that are perfect for all of the young people in your life! Don’t forget to check them out below. 

Park Slope
1111 8th Av.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Seven days a week from 11am-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Dumbo
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Seven days a week from 11am-7pm
Email chris@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Thank you!!
– Susanne, Chris, Megan, Nick, & Brittany

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Picture Book and Middle Grade Recommendations!

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Young Adult Recommendations!

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Race & Social Justice for Kids

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As protests over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and persistent systemic racism and violence in America continue it is still on all of us, especially non-Black and white Americans to read and educate ourselves. We know that it can be hard to find where to start when discussing race with children, so we’ve curated a list of wonderful children’s books, from Picture Books to YA, to help start the conversation. By starting to educate your children about race and racism early, you help to ensure that they can help change this country for the better now and when they’re older.

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FEATURED PICKS FROM KIDS BOOKSELLER MEGAN!

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Margaret’s Unicorn
Briony May Smith

Margaret’s whole world changes when her family moves to a cottage by the sea to be near her grandma. One evening, Margaret spots a mist over the water. No, that’s not mist…clouds maybe? No, they’re unicorns descending onto the shore! They vanish as quickly as they’d appeared, but accidentally leave behind a baby, tangled in the weeds. Margaret, lonely and in need of a friend, brings him home and cares for him through the fall and winter. Together, they chase the waves, stomp on frozen puddles, and build snow unicorns. When spring finally comes around, and the other unicorns return, Margaret’s takes her small friend back to his family… but these two won’t forget one another. And though Margaret misses him, she has made a new friend, and her new cottage is starting to feel like home. With all the feel of a classic, here is a picture book young readers will want to revisit again and again.

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Before the Ever After
Jacqueline Woodson

For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he’s as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ’s house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ’s mom explains it’s because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that–but it doesn’t make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can’t remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?

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Punching the Air
Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

 

The story that I thought

was my life

didn’t start on the day

I was born

 

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

 

The story that I think

will be my life

starts today

 

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

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