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350 for 50

Pens ready? We challenge you to write a short, 350-word story that includes the sentence, "The taste was strange, but not unexpected.” (just 343 words left to go!). Winning stories will be illustrated and published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Picture Book Press and on our Pop Goes the Page creative blog. Additionally, winning authors will enjoy a $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books!

Open to Ages 9-14
Contest submissions are due by 3:00pm on Friday, March 31, 2017.

350 for 50 Contest Submission Requirements

  • Stories must be no longer than 350 words, and MUST include the sentence, "The taste was strange, but not unexpected.”
  • Please submit entry as a Word file, PDF, or embedded in the text field of an e-mail. Do not share through Google Docs.
  • One submission per author, please. E-mail to:
  • One winner will be selected from each of our three age categories (ages 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14).
  • The following MUST be included with your submission: Your name, age (as of March 31, 2017), and mailing address. Please make sure this information is on the SAME PAGE as your story!
  • Your name, information, and title are not included in the 350 word count.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail on April 7, 2017 and listed on this page



It’s a special story time for our youngest Cotsen patrons! Lead by the talented Miss Martha from the Princeton Public Library, we’ll read and sing our way through everything baby animal. We’ll also have awesome baby toy giveaways from JaZams toy store.

Monday, May 8
10:00am – 11:00am

Cotsen Children's Library
No registration required
Free of charge
Ages birth - 18 months


This April, our guest will be Christina Diaz Gonzalez. We’ll be talking about her book, Moving Target and its recent sequel, Return Fire.

When we first meet Cassandra Arroyo, she is living in Rome, Italy, with her father, a nomadic art history professor. Cassie's biggest problems are raising her grade in World History and not-quite-daring to skip class. However, her world is turned upside down when her normally placid father drags her to the car, and, during the ensuing high speed chase through the city, confesses that Cassie is the target of a secret organization called the Hastati. Her father is wounded before he can explain any more, and Cassie must continue on her own.

She soon discovers that she is connected to the Spear of Destiny, an ancient object that can shape destiny when wielded by a marked descendent such as herself. What’s more, very powerful and ruthless people want to make sure she never finds it. Cassie and her friends are quickly caught in a relentless, high stakes game of hide and seek as they try to unravel riddles and clues - some of which are hidden in ancient books and paintings - to find the spear and save Cassie’s father.

Moving Target and Return Fire are fast-paced, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you eagerly turning pages. Diaz Gonzalez keeps the action so realistic, it’s like you’re on the run with Cassie and her friends, narrowly making escapes and wondering whom you can really trust. They’re also a whirlwind trip through the art, architecture, and culture of Italy - from the beautiful mountains to hushed underground chapels.

In addition to the Moving Target books, Diaz Gonzalez has written A Thunderous Whisper, a book set in Guernica during the Spanish Civil War and WWII, and The Red Umbrella, a story of a family being torn apart during the Cuban Communist regime. The latter was named an American Library Association’s Best Book for Young Adults.

Premieres here on Saturday, April 22



Join four poets from New York and Rhode Island as they share their amazing poetry. In addition to signing original poems, our guests will enlighten us on the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL), and answer questions about their compositions. An ASL interpreter will be present for the benefit of hearing audience members. Poetic themes will be appropriate for children of all ages.

To meet the poets and read their bios, please click here.

Saturday, March 11
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Princeton University Art Museum, McCormick Auditorium
No registration required
Free of charge
Map & parking info here

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