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 (two pages). 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.
Friday, August 1, 7 p.m. - SAVE RAFE! PARTY
Save Rafe! by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts is the new entry in the very popular Middle School series. Rafe's got a big challenge ahead of him if he wants to avoid being left back. You know he'd just LOVE an extra year of middle school! We're cheering Rafe on with a little party. There will be food and surprises, thanks to James Patterson. (Note: this is not an author event.) Ages 8+.
Sunday, August 17, 1-4 p.m. - TEEN AUTHOR SUMMER SLAM
A panel of contemporary authors for teens will share their work on Sunday, August 17, from 1-4 p.m. Join us for snacks, giveaways and book signings. Check the event listing for the long list of authors attending!
Monday, August 25, 7 p.m. - JON SCIESZKA
Things are never boring when Jon Scieszka is around! He's brought us the wild humor of reinvented fairy tales (The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs), the silliness of his Trucktown books for young readers, and the history adventures of the Time Warp Trio. Now this former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature tackles science in a new series, beginning with Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. "I never thought science could be funny."—Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). For ages 8+.
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+.
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+.
Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. - KAMI GARCIA
She's co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, tales of supernatural beings in a gothic Southern town. Now Kami Garcia visits with Unmarked, 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." Ages 14+.
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)
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+.
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+.
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+.