All posts by Mary Brown

Judy Freeman’s 2015 Winners! Workshop

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Judy Freeman’s 31st annual Winners! conference taking place at three NJ locations, April 22nd, April 23rd and April 24th.  There is still time to register for this wonderful and informative conference.

Books, Bytes & Beyond is pleased to be returning as the book seller at these events.

Judy  is a well-known speaker and writer on reading  aloud, storytelling, booktalking, and all aspects of children’s literature.

 We have provided the link to detailed information as well as registration for Judy’s conferences below.
Judy Freeman
Judy Freeman’s wildly popular book and idea-packed full-day workshop, has been presented every spring in New Jersey since 1984.

Judy’s WINNERS! Workshop offers innovative and practical ways to use the best of the year’s children’s books for curricular connections, thematic tie-ins, resource-based learning, and just plain fun. It’s a field day for K-6 classroom teachers, school and public librarians, library aides, reading specialists, curriculum coordinators, administrators, parents, and other children’s literature-lovers.

For more details and to register, go to and click on Judy’s Workshops then click on Winners!

The full day workshops run from 8:30-3:15 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Imperia
1714 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Mansion on Main Street
3000 Main Street, Voorhees, NJ

Friday, April 24, 2015
Birchwood Manor
111 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany, NJ


November is Picture Book Month!


Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.

Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important as well as a Teacher’s Guide and Curriculum Connections in each post.

Go to to learn more about the celebration!

Signed Wimpy Kid Books The Long Haul are here!!!

Signed Wimpy Kid Books:The Long Haul are here!!!!! Give us a call and come on down to get your copy today!

Don’t miss out! There is still limited seating available for this Friday’s event at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. What better way for fans to spend the Friday afternoon of Teacher Convention than to hear best-selling children’s author Jeff Kinney for an hour long presentation and Q&A.

Long Haul Bus

The event runs from 3 – 4 pm. Each attendee must purchase a ticket. Each $15 ticket includes a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 9, The Long Haul, autographed by Jeff Kinney.

Tickets may be purchased at the Y or go to: http://www.wyckoffymca/,org/news

Please note that this is a presentation and Q&A only. There will not be a meet and greet or book signing after.

Listen to Jeff Kinney recall some of his own road trip memories:


Patricia Polacco Event Canceled

Dear Patricia Polacco Fans,

We regret to inform you that due to the very unexpected death of Patricia’s brother Richard last night, the Conversations with Authors event for Monday evening, September 22 at Lenox School has been canceled.

Patricia sends her regrets and hopes to reschedule sometime in the Spring. 

As you may know, her book, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, was about her childhood relationship with her brother Richard.

We appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.

Future updates concerning this event will be posted on our Facebook page as well as appear on our website and in our e-newsletter.