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Independent Bookstore Day 2024

What's in store* at Maxima for Indie Bookstore Day?

*Pun intended

20% OFF ALL BOOKS at Maxima Book Center in Lexington & Maxima Gift Center in Arlington! IN-STORE on Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2024; does not apply to IBD-exclusive editions.


Local Author Spotlights

Maxima is delighted to host some of Lexington and Arlington's wonderful local authors on Independent Bookstore Day! Each author will read from their work, and then be available to sign books and answer questions.

Toni Buzzeo, Eat Your Superpowers!: How Colorful Foods Keep You Healthy and Strong

Location: Maxima Gift Center, 212 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

Date: Saturday, April 27th

Time: 2:30 pm

Book Summary:

Twenty-five different foods, grouped by color, are nutritionally decoded in this reference book for the preschool set.

From grapes to beets and oatmeal to cashews, this reference book highlights and explains the benefits of 25 fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, each grouped into color categories and presented with the mind and body benefits they offer. Carefully crafted one-sentence explanations from author Toni Buzzeo provide the perfect amount of information for the preschool audience, and illustrator Serge Bloch’s charming and humorous art makes this an entertaining and uniquely appetizing reference book of food facts.

About the Author:

Toni Buzzeo has authored twenty-eight picture books for children, including Pa, Me, and Our Sidewalk Pantry, and Light Comes to Shadow Mountain (also available for purchase at Maxima!). Endlessly enthusiastic, Toni draws on her career experiences as an elementary school librarian in crafting her books and speaking with audiences of children in schools and libraries. Toni lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, just downstairs from her two lovable grandchildren (endless sources of inspiration!) and their devoted parents. For more information about Toni and her books, visit

Zeba McGibbon, Felipe the Feeling Frog

Location: Maxima Book Center, 1717 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

Date: Saturday, April 27th

Time: NOON

Book Summary:

Walk around the neighborhood with Felipe the Feeling Frog, who learns that there is no such thing as a bad feeling! In this kid-friendly social and emotional learning book, children will learn different strategies for regulating emotions and identifying their feelings. 

In Felipe the Feeling Frog, Felipe learns that there are easy feelings and there are hard feelings. Felipe and the other Caring Critters display different emotions of sad, happy, angry, frustrated, excited, and lonely. These characters then model different emotional regulation skills. At the end of the book, there is a list of strategies to support children in transferring these skills to their own regulating emotion skills.

About the Author:

Zeba McGibbon is a kindergarten teacher at Bridge Elementary School, Lexington, Massachusetts, founder of the website The Kindergarten Cafe, host of the podcast by the same name, and is now the newly published author of her debut children's book, Felipe the Feeling Frog! This is the first installment of her series, Caring Critters.

More authors are to be announced, stay tuned!

Maxima is participating in the North of Boston Book Trail Passport Challenge!

Maxima Center is partnering with our fellow indie bookstores in the North of Boston Book Trail Passport Challenge on April 27th & 28th, 2024. Take on the challenge for a chance to win fabulous prizes while supporting your local indie bookstores!

How to Play

Visit as many bookstores as you can on Saturday, April 27th , and Sunday, April 28th. At each stop, get your passport booklet stamped! (You can download a printable version on the North of Boston Book Trail website starting April 15th, or pick up a physical novelty passport booklet at your first stop!)

At your last stop of the weekend, ask for a completion form from the bookseller to provide your information and mark where you visited to be entered in the prize drawings.

A random drawing will be conducted on May 8th to select the winners. No purchase is required to participate.

Can’t do it all in one weekend?

Visit all participating stores by Labor Day and enter to win the Slow & Steady Prize of a gift card bundle with $25 to ALL 21 shops! A $525 value! 

For more information, visit the North of Boston Book Trail's official website:

Get your Exclusive IBD 2024 Swag!

Independent Bookstore Day products will be available to order on April 27, 2024.

Read Think Vote Enamel Pin

By: Kristle Marshall (Illustrator)
Description: Get poLITical with this stylish enamel pin designed by Kristle Marshall for Out of Print.
Out of Print supports a well-informed democratic process created through books and open-minded conversation.
Composition is brass with a white nickel finish.
Publisher: Out of Print
Specs: 1 in. x 1 in.
SKU: 9780593892091


2024 Independent Bookstore Day Tote Bag

By: Melissa Napolitano
Description: The 2024 Independent Bookstore Day tote bag has a gusseted bottom. The tote bags are made available to Independent Bookstore Day stores and sold individually.
Publisher: ABA Publishing
Specs: 18 in. x 14.5 in.
SKU: 2300843914426

Bans Off Our Books Pouch

By: Ash + Chess
Description: Take a stance against censorship with this gorgeous zippered pouch designed by Ash + Chess for Out of Print.
This sturdy pouch is made of 15 oz cotton canvas and is the perfect catch all to keep you organized. Made in the USA.
Publisher: Out of Print
Specs: 9 in: x 6 in.
SKU: 9780593892107


"The Future Is Indie" Exclusive Mug


By: Melissa Napolitano
Description: Sip from this "The Future is Indie" mug as a reminder of championing individuality and celebrating the boundless possibilities of independent creativity with every brew. This glossy colored exterior mug with glossy white interior, black rim, and speckles is microwave safe.
Publisher: ABA Publishing
Specs: 12 oz.
SKU: 2300843914419


Read to Me Onesie

By: Out of Print
Description: This adorable striped baby bodysuit is the perfect gift for any book loving parent. It fits most 6-12 month olds and was designed exclusively for Bookstore Day by Out of Print.
Publisher: Out of Print
Specs: 28 in. x 20 in.
SKU: 9780593892114
By: Terry Pratchett
Description: A delightfully funny, fantastically inventive collection of twenty newly unearthed short stories by Sir Terry Pratchett, the award-winning and bestselling author of the phenomenally successful Discworld fantasy series. This special trove - featuring charming woodcut illustrations and a new cover - is a must-have for Pratchett fans of all ages and includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman.

These rediscovered tales were written by Terry Pratchett under a pseudonym for British newspapers during the 1970s and 1980s. The stories have never been attributed to him until now, and might never have been found - were it not for the efforts of a few dedicated fans.

The day after Indie Bookstore Day is Terry Pratchett's birthday, also known as Terry Pratchett Day. We'll use the timing of this celebration to inspire the exclusive content and help promote this edition.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Specs: 5 5/16 in. x 8 in.
SKU: 9780063390287

Signed Exclusive 5-Year Anniversary Edition of The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

By: Matt Kracht
Description: An indie bookstore exclusive 5-year anniversary edition of The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America. This exclusive signed edition also includes a dumb birds sticker sheet and a letter from the author, Matt Kracht to the readers that made this book a bestseller for the past five years.
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Specs: 5 in. x 7 in.
SKU: 9781797232072


Becoming Who We Are

By: Sammy Lisel & Lilah Sturges. Art by Cynthia Yuan Cheng, Hazel Newlevant, Nao
Description: Real Stories About Growing Up Trans

Nine members of the trans community share their real-life childhood experiences, which include much more than just their gender journeys. Their courageous yet relatable stories will inspire readers as they see these musicians, teachers, scientists and activists overcome the various challenges of growing up to discover who they truly are.

This Independent Bookstore Day exclusive edition comes with a foil logo and a fold in poster of the cover art.
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Specs: 6 in. x 9 in.
SKU: 9781949518276


Bubbly Beautiful Kitty-Corn

By: Shannon Hale (Illustrator) LeUyen Pham
Description: From bestselling Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn creators Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham comes another heartwarming and hilarious Kitty and Unicorn story about big dreams, self-esteem, the enduring magic of true friendship . . . and mermaids! Includes IBD 2024 Exclusive Sticker Sheet!
Publisher: Abrams
Specs: 9 in. x 12 in.
SKU: 9781419776557

...And more! Visit us in-store on April 27th for more exclusive IBD merch!


Stay tuned! More information on guest authors and raffle prizes to come!