Tuesday, August 12, 2014

News from the Bonjour Mama Bookstore

Bonjour Everyone!  

Don't let all those "back to school" signs popping up everywhere fool you.
It's still summer!  For a few more weeks, anyway.  So come in and find lots of great reads --on sale, new or déjà-lu (gently used) --for these heavenly days.

 P.S. Is this balmy weather the new summer in DC? Merci, Mother Nature!

For the little ones / les touts-petits --we have lots of BabarBarbapapa,T'choupi, board books about cars and trucks, and fabulous non-fiction disvovery (art, science, etc.) lift-the flap books in French.  

Families with elementary and middle school-aged children: how is the summer reading going? If you need inspiration, you're not alone! Why not drop by together and have them browse for the perfect book. We have had several elementary and rising middle schoolers this summer who have come to Bonjour Mama and left with a favorite and/or something completely new to try. Whether one of our adventure stories byFrederic Pichon (we have had great feedback so far on these titles!), or the astoundingly popular Tea Stilton: three families with 9-11 year old daughters came in on one day last week and without any prompting made a beeline for Tea!  Also - middle school boys have been buying up Rick Riordan novels, Tolkien and our BDs (graphic novels/comics) like Nate and Asterix.

Grown-up French speakers and Francophiles: we've got many more choices for you in the Déja-lu (gently used) section, and more brand new titles on the way by popular writers like Marc Levy, Katherine Pancol, and more. For language learners and those of us who want to read without a dictionary in tow, try one of our novels in français facile, or a classic: many authors, such as Maupassant and Camus are very accessible.  Just starting out learning French?  We have lots of language-learning products, including puzzles, in addition to complete CD-based learning systems. And don't forget that children's books are a fantastic language-learning resource for adults, too!

Lastly, also don't miss our second fun French storytime with Madame Jackie on Saturday, August 16th at 11am. Ages 3-8.  FREE. RSVP is appreciated.

Have a wonderful rest of your summer and (when the time comes) very bonne rentrée!

(Bonjour Mama)

Summer Reading / Lectures d'été


Back-to-School  / La Rentrée

(we're not immune to the back-to-school buzz -- we have several school-themed titles in already and many more on the way!)


"New" in Déjà-Lu* 

(Gently Used Books / Livres d'Occasion)

Our gently used section continues to grow -- check out the latest treasures waiting for you to discover!  We now have more than 150 gently used children's books for sale, and 75+ for adults.  Here are our picks for this week: 

Mon grand livre des Fées, Thomas Jeunesse, $12 (new price is $24.95+) -- Ages 0-3
La Brouille, l'Ecole des Loisirs, $4.50 (new price is $9.95+) -- AGes 3-8
Babar en Amérique, Hachette Jeunesse, $5.50 (new price is $10.95+) -- Ages 3-8
Moi, Felix 11ans Français de papier, Nathan Jeunesse, $4 (new price is $10.50+) -- Ages 9-12
Tea Stilton - sauvetage des bebes Tortues, Albin Michel Jeunesse, $6.50 (new price is $9.95+) - Ages 9-12

And dozens more for lecteurs of all ages! 

Help us keep growing our gently used section by trading in or selling your French books in great condition to Bonjour Mama!  Please drop off your bag/box of books, clearly labeled with your name and contact info, and we'll get back to you within a few business days with an estimate. If you have more then 30 titles in great condition, we may be able to come to you -- call 240-383-9163 or emailbonjourmamadc@gmail.com and let us know what books you have and whether you prefer store credit or cash (we generally offer more in store credit).

Bonjour Mama Events

Saturday 8/16 
11am: French Storytime with Mme Jackie!   RSVP appreciated, not required. Cost: Free

Also, the Kensington Row Bookshop is hosting a new (English-language) weekly Chess Club on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm.  Feel free to stop by and play a game! Ages 10+.

+ More events coming soon! 

Deals! Les bonnes affaires!

Summer Clearance!! We have lots of great books on the way and need your help to clear out our current stock. Look at our new clearance section online -- and many more items at discounts of up to 75% off at our Kensington, MD store.

Everyday deals: Check out our big box full of books outside the store for $2 or less, and another inside with more newly discounted books up to 75% off!  


Libros, الكتب, Libri, 书

Did you know Bonjour Mama carries a growing selection of new and used books in Spanish and even other languages?  We currently have several great picture books and chaper books in Spanish (Captain Underpants , Harry Potter...), plus picture dictionaries, in Italian, Arabic and Chinese. Also, the Kensington Row Bookshop has a great selection of gently used adult books in Spanish and Catalan upstairs. Polyglots big and small are welcome!!

English-language Usborne/Kane Miller Books 

Did you know that Bonjour Mama also carries award-winning Usborne English-language children's books? They are available on www.zachsbookstore.com and at local community events. And don't miss the wonderful selection of used English-language books at the Kensington Row Bookshop!

A lively story with irresistible illustrations, this book is a delight to share with very young children. It can also be enjoyed by children who are beginning to read for themselves. The simple rhyming text is a great way to develop essential language and early reading skills, and there are guidance notes for parents at the back of the book.

Usborne Phonics Readers series, $6.99

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Bonjour Mama Bookstore
Location:  3786 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895 
(Inside the Kensington Row Bookshop)
240-383-9163, bonjourmamadc@gmail.com

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 12pm-5pm
We are also open until 8pm on Thursdays!