Events For Kids & Teens
Yes, you can find information on all our events on our store calendar. But we want to make sure our younger patrons (and their parents) don't miss out on something special. Here, you'll find a list of events especially geared to kids of all ages. Feel free to print out our flyer attached below. Note that the flyer will change as events occur or are added.
Keep checking! Authors are most often on tour in the spring and fall.
Sunday, September 7, 3 p.m. - ERIC LITWIN
You may know him best as the author of the first four Pete the Cat books (with artist James Dean). He's also a talented singer/songwriter. Now Eric Litwin returns with more music and fun with his new picture book The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House (Little Brown $18). Receive a signing line ticket with purchase from us of The Nuts. Music and story for ages 3+. Eric will sign one of his Pete the Cat books in addition.
Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m. - TOMMY HAYS
What I Came to Tell You offers a true-to-life quest by a boy seeking solace and forgiveness. Set in Asheville, this is a touching story of love, grief, and finding comfort in unexpected ways. “Hays’ story is filled with touching honesty and youthful wisdom, all of which help undergird Grover’s own discovery of the healing power of family, love, and art.” —Booklist. New in paperback (in September), for ages 10+.
Wednesday, September 24, 7 p.m. - SCOTT WESTERFELD
His alternate history Leviathan Trilogy and science fiction series The Uglies are well known. Now Scott Westerfeld brings us his new novel, Afterworlds (Simon & Schuster $19.99). It's a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel about the parallels between a young writer and the heroine of her story. When Scott visited here a few years ago for Leviathan, he did a mesmerizing program. Strong and brilliant writing, for ages 14+.
Friday, September 26, 5 p.m. - DEBBIE DIESEN & DAN HANNA
Author Debbie Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna brought you the popular Pout-Pout Fish. Now they visit with the new The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (FSG $16.99). Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school. For ages 2+.
Sunday, September 28, 3 p.m. - TOMIE DEPAOLA: CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS
We're sorry to say our event with Tomie has been canceled. Feel better soon, Tomie! In any case, a new tale from Tomie dePaola (Strega Nona and 200+ other books) is always a reason to cheer, and this new picture book riff on “Jack Tales” will bring smiles. With Jack (Penguin $17.99), adults who have been through the ordeal of a fixer-upper will appreciate the ending, and everyone will enjoy the fun. Ages 4+.
Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. - KAMI GARCIA & CARRIE RYAN (a conversation)
Kami Garcia is co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, tales of supernatural beings in a gothic Southern town. Now she visits with Unmarked (Hachette $18), the second novel in The Legion series. The paranormal tension did not let up in the first book, Unbreakable. Supernatural murder leads a young woman to join a secret society, the Legion of the Black Dove. Ransom Riggs, author of Hollow City and no stranger to fantasy, says of Unmarked, "A rare sequel that surpasses the original." Carrie Ryan is author of the chilling The Forest of Hands and Teeth series. Join us as they converse on writing and paranormal lit. Ages 14+.
Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m. - JACQUELINE WOODSON: NEW DATE TO COME!
**This event is being rescheduled.**
The rave reviews are out for Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin $16.99), and we add ours. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. As Woodson relates the part of her childhood spent in South Carolina, you will live the early days of the Civil Rights movement as viewed by a child being schooled in the art of living black safely in the South. "A memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author's childhood right along with her. An extraordinary--indeed brilliant--portrait of a writer as a young girl."--The Horn Book. For ages 10+. Signing line ticket with the QRB purchase of Brown Girl Dreaming.
Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m. -
MIDDLE GRADE MANIA with REBECCA PETRUCK, EDITH COHN, and KAMI KINARD
Rebecca Petruck brings us Steering Toward Normal, an engaging family saga centering around a year of big change for 8th grader Diggy. What he hopes to be a great year becomes one that'll change his life. Getting a brother your age then will do that to you. Ages 12+
Edith Cohn's debut novel is Spirit's Key. Spirit still mourns her dog, Sky, one of her island's 'wild dogs'. When Sky starts to appear to Spirit, perhaps her family's powers of precognition are finally developing. Or perhaps Sky has more to tell her. "As compelling as it is inventive, Edith Cohn’s Spirit’s Key dangles magical charms before the reading mind. Surely a new classic."—Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Award-winning author of One Crazy Summer. Ages 9+.
Kami Kinard brings The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy. “For any spirited, entrepreneurial teen that’s ever had a crush, this sweet read is sprinkled with lessons on life, love, and business.” - Kirkus Reviews. Ages 9+.
Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. - LADYBUG GIRL VISITS
One of the most popular picture book characters around is David Soman's Ladybug Girl. Halloween is approaching, and Ladybug Girl has some choices to make. How will she dress for Halloween? Find out in Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma. Ladybug Girl (costumed character) will be here for this special storytime. Bring your camera - wouldn't you like YOUR picture taken with her? For ages 3. (Note: not an author event)
Tuesday, October 21, 7 p.m. - TOMMY GREENWALD
Is it any surprise that lovable slacker Charlie Joe, who doesn't like to read, also wants to earn as much money as possible with as little effort as required? In Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money, Charlie Joe's about to find out that wild schemes may be more work than, well, working. This is also part of our View from Tuesday programs, open to the public, but especially of interest to teachers and media specialists. Ages 9+.
Wednesday, November 5, 7 p.m. - DEBORAH WILES
She's one of our favorite authors, and one of the nicest people around. We're delighted to welcome back Deborah Wiles (Each Little Bird That Sings; Love, Ruby Lavender). Begun with Countdown, Revolution (Scholastic $19.99) is the second in her Sixties Trilogy. Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi brings both peaceful protest and violence into the lives of two young people. Ages 10+.
Saturday, November 8, 3 p.m. - ROBIN LAFEVERS
Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassins trilogy got off to a powerful start with Grave Mercy, and the thrills continued through Dark Triumph. Now the author presents Mortal Heart, the powerful conclusion, on Saturday, November 8, at 3 p.m. Annith has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has. Ages 14+.
Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m. - DIANE MULDROW
One of our biggest books of last year was Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book (Golden Books $9.99). Just in time for Christmas, Diane Muldrow brings us Everything I Need to Know About Christmas, I Learned from a Little Golden Book (Golden Books $9.99). If you love holiday books, or have fond memories of Golden Books, you'll want to learn what advice and cheer Poky Little Puppy, Gingerbread Man, and others have to offer. For all ages. Receive a signing line ticket with the purchase from us of Christmas. We predict this will be a huge stocking stuffer.
Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m. - CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG
The two-time Caldecott Medal recipient for the classics Jumanji and The Polar Express visits with The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Houghton Mifflin $18.99). We'll have more details a bit closer to the event, but we are THRILLED!!! Can you tell? We will be doing signing line tickets for this event with the purchase from us of Sweetie Pie. Ages 4+.
This prolific YA author has two new books. Elizabeth Langston concludes her Whisper Falls trilogy with Whispers from the Past. She seamlessly combines historical fiction with a contemporary love story through magical realism and time travel. She also debuts a new series with I Wish. What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie--with rules for her month of wishes. This is a month she and genie Grant will never forget, or want to. Ages 14+.
Wednesday, December 3, 7 p.m. - JOHN FLANAGAN
Our Ranger's Apprentice Book Club was huge. We know there are many excited fans out there who'll be delighted to know John is returning with Scorpion Mountain, the fifth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, which are related to the Apprentice series. You'll see some characters you know return as well in this novel! Signing line ticket with the purchase from us of Scorpion Mountain. Ages 9+.