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da Shop Favorites: Children's Literature

By da Shop Staff on Nov 24, 2020

For babies to middle grade readers, here are books from diverse voices & perspectives. Books about adventure, friendship, and books that seem to be written for a specific moment or challenge.  Plus, lin...

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da Shop Staff Picks for the Holidays

By da Shop Staff on Nov 13, 2020

It's no secret that we love to read and share our favorite books with you.  With the increase of online shopping, we miss some of the in-person chats we used to have over a new release or a classic childhoo...

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da Shop Talk with Kawai Strong Washburn, Bestselling Author

By da Shop Staff on Nov 05, 2020

A da Shop bestseller and staff favorite, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, is set on the Hamakua coast of Hawai‘i Island, where author Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised.  The novel chronicles the saga ...

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Fear is a Backseat Driver by Michelle Regan
Fear is a Backseat Driver by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Oct 21, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: What’s your favorite scary story? I grew up on the Goosebumps series and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I loved horror until adulthood when movies and books actually became scary. There’s a Goosebumps story called Say Cheese and Die in which a group of kids find a camera that predicts a morbid future for anyone whose photo is taken. They’re left in a state of dread, not knowing how or when the events in the photo will occur.

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da Shop Talk with Mika Song, Children's Author and Illustrator
da Shop Talk with Mika Song, Children's Author and Illustrator

By da Shop Staff on Oct 14, 2020

Mika Song is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books and young graphic novels.  We love her energetic, expressive illustration style and her dedication to telling stories about "sweetly...

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Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan
Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Oct 10, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: A student told me recently that everyone has at least one book in them. I didn’t want to squash his spirit, but I disagree. He certainly...

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A Maker's Book Map by Mariko Merritt
A Maker's Book Map by Mariko Merritt

By da Shop Staff on Sep 24, 2020

When bookseller Kristen told me her idea for making book maps, I reacted with an almost embarrassing amount of excitement. Books and Mind Mapping! Two things I LOVE. I immediately started listing and connecting all the books I’ve read in recent memory. The map that grew the most was this one. These are all books related in my mind to Making - creating things with the hands. Want a quick tour?

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Writer on the Run by Michelle Regan
Writer on the Run by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Aug 18, 2020

"Running and writing have a lot in common. The rhythm of feet on pavement, the tapping of fingers on keys. Both feed a need to get what’s inside out. They require commitment and focus. They teach us about ourselves. They take us to our limits and back."

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Secret Doors and the Stories of Mac Barnett
Secret Doors and the Stories of Mac Barnett

By da Shop Staff on Aug 12, 2020

With my infant daughter asleep in my arms, I listened to Mac talk about making books for children and drawing the fictional world into his early work at the writing nonprofit 826 Valencia (where classes famously take place in a room behind their Pirate Supply Store)... A good book is a secret door, Mac explained. “Kids can get there a lot more easily than adults can, and that’s why I love writing for kids. I think kids are the best audience for serious literary fiction.”

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The Story Only You Can Tell by Michelle Regan
The Story Only You Can Tell by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jul 22, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: In the spring of 2014, I found myself sitting in an unremarkable hotel conference room waiting for a breakout session to begin. I was ...

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ʻOhana Fun: Grow! with Heather Mohr of Keiki and Plow
ʻOhana Fun: Grow! with Heather Mohr of Keiki and Plow

By da Shop Staff on Jul 13, 2020

For some great ‘ohana gardening tips, we turned to Heather Mohr, the Executive Director at the family-run, organic farm Keiki and Plow. Aunty Heather helped to curate tips to get the keiki started planting at home, easy veggie recipes, and some of her favorite books for keiki and adults centered around the theme: Grow!

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The Perfectly Wonderful World of Chirri and Chirra by Mariko Merritt
The Perfectly Wonderful World of Chirri and Chirra by Mariko Merritt

By da Shop Staff on May 19, 2020

The Chirri & Chirra picture book series is one of my faves. It’s six adorably chipper books by Japanese author/illustrator, Kaya Doi. In each book, the sisters Chirri and Chirra take their bikes on adventures - “Dring-dring!” - exploring nature or the nearby town, meeting friendly creatures, and finding delicious things to eat. And they always have a perfectly wonderful day.

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