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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Holiday Season is in Full Swing at Blue Marble Books!

Blue Marble Bookstore


Blue Marble Books is as charming and festive as ever this holiday season. Just walking in the door seeing all the lovingly displayed books and thoughtfully selected toys give the spirit a lift. Shelves are overflowing with books, puzzles and favorite plush characters - Scaredy Squirrel and the tenacious Pigeon are always a big hit! 

Holiday shopping hours include Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm and the shop will be open on Christmas Eve for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers! 

Blue Marble Books Picture Book Wall

While trying to decide which of the Elephant and Piggy books you want to give, see if you can spot any of the five hidden paper candy canes and enjoy a real one if you find it. 

Raggedy Andy sitting beside "The Girl Who Saved Christmas" by Matt Haig


The Blue Marble staff has a list of book recommendations that your friends and family will adore - and probably don't have in their collections! From picture books to novels, you are sure to find a treasure.  

"Wakem The Rooster, Up All Night" by Dave FitzSimmons

Wakem the Rooster, Up All Night

"The Wolf, The Duck, and The Mouse" by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

A beautifully illustrated story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and decide to live in his belly.

"The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse" by Mac Barnett

"The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse" by Mac Barnett

I'm Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today by Jancee Dunn

Elves on shelves aren't the only ones making trouble when the people are away. The toys in "I'm Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble" are having a blast - love the illustration of the penguin and dog sliding down cushions on cookie sheets.

"I'm Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today" by Jancee Dunn

"I'm Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today" by Jancee Dunn

For middle schoolers trying to navigate a brave new world of social media, "Posted" by John David Anderson would be an excellent book to give and read with your child which may lead to fruitful discussions. 

Anderson dives into the world of middle school with a clear sense of how it works and what it needs. Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Anderson captures the tumultuous joys and pains of middle school with honesty, creating characters with whom readers will find common ground and insight. Words have lingering and persistent power, Anderson makes clear, but so does standing up for others and making one’s voice heard. — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Blue Marble Staff Picks for 2017 

And then there's Fiona...

2017 wouldn't be complete without a photographic biography featuring all the adorableness of our sweet, sweet baby hippo Fiona. 

Fiona's biography has been in high demand for the obvious cute-overload that happens whenever her name is mentioned or her clover leaf ears perk up in an Instagram photo. You can't go wrong giving this book as her sweet face inspires happiness and love on every page. 

On a local note - the book was designed by graphic designer and illustrator Chuck Rekow, a Fort Thomas native.

"Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona, A Photographic Biography" by Jan Sherbin

Blue Marble Books also carries adult titles including the well reviewed and highly recommended "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy for yourself and a friend to discuss at your next get together.

Section for elementary and middle school readers


Pick up a gift certificate and let your reader experience the magic of wandering around Blue Marble Books and selecting their own next read. Make a day of it by following the trip with lunch at Cobblestone Cafe or a trip to Top This Donuts. Make the gift a day full of wonderful memories. 

There is nothing like the charm of a shop like Blue Marble when you are a child who loves to read. The knowledge that each book contains a whole world of ideas and new places to explore is a dream. Being immersed in all the possibility is both dazzling and sublime.

Section for elementary and middle school readers


Speaking of dreamy and magical. A trip to Blue Marble would not be complete without popping into the Great Green Room. Step into Margaret Wise Brown's classic children's book, "Goodnight Moon" on the second floor complete with a starry moon filled sky, comb, brush and bowl full of mush.

Goodnight Moon room

Goodnight Moon room

Goodnight Moon room

The Blue Marble Express train and railway is also set up in the Great Green Room. Make sure to step upstairs before you go!

Blue Marble Express


  • January 20 from 6:30pm-8:00pm: Mock Caldecott Night - parents, teachers, librarians and writers are invited to come review Caldecott candidates and help pick store winners! 

  • February 4th at 1:00pm: Winner of Blue Marble's teen fiction writing contest will be announced in the store

Blue Marble Books has been open since 1979 and is a locally owned and operated independent bookstore located at 1356 South Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas, KY.

Phone: (859) 781-0602
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