Partnering with schools to help kids get excited about reading and empowering them to be lifelong readers.
Here are just some of the ways Tattered Cover can partner with your school. For more information, or to set up a meeting, please contact Kristen Gilligan.
QUICK LINKS to what's on this page: Authors in Schools --- Available ARCs --- In-Store Fundraisers --- Book Talks --- Field Trip/Bookstore Tours --- Discounts --- Wish Lists --- Standing Orders/Student Pick Up --- Contests --- Teacher/Class Evenings --- Summer Reading Reviews --- Storytimes --- Family Friday Nights --- Special Events --- Seasonal Activies --- V.I.B. for Kids (very impressive book --- Book Clubs --- Connecting with Teen Readers --- You Tell Us!
We bring creative, interactive authors, illustrators, and children’s book experts to your school. We can arrange school-wide student assemblies or smaller classroom presentations, depending on the author. Author visits in schools are fun, entertaining, educational, and memorable. And, there is no cost to the school to host these authors, since you’d be going through Tattered Cover Book Store. Read (a lot!) more about Author Visits. And, check out the:
A fun article on "Questions Children Have Asked Me at School Visits: An Incomplete List"!
See how impactful author visits with Tattered Cover can be:
"I just want to tell you that you are making a renewed impact on the community, and it's exciting for DENVER, not just for our school. Thank you!"
"I just wanted to give shoutout for the authors sponsored by the Tattered Cover. This is a great thing for schools. We had James Hannibal speak to all of our students. Kristen Gilligan, Tattered Cover owner, does all the work for you. That includes personalizing an order form to send home with your students and/or post on your website. The author was excellent with the kids, left time for questions, and of course autographed his books. A wonderful presentation."
"The great gust of wind you and your husband have brought to the Denver Metro area with all the improvements at the TC locations AND beyond are amazing! Thank you!"
"Thank you so much for making Jason Reynolds' author visit possible. He was amazing, and the kids are talking about reading and writing, which is the most important thing. I am so appreciative that we had a chance to host him. Our school rallied behind his books unlike anything I've ever seen, and he held our kids' attention better than any author (and lots of teachers) have ever done. ;) We are so grateful!"
"Wow!! What a performance Kwame Alexander puts on! Everything went perfectly, and Kwame and Randy were blown away by our red carpet Poetry Pep Rally greeting. They were literally floored - they could hear the kids screaming from outside the building. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU for making this incredible experience happen for our students. Yay for you and Yay for Tattered Cover!! Your ever faithful and forever thankful fan and library servant."
"THANK YOU! Thank you again for a wonderful presentation. The students, teachers and staff are so impressed. We are getting a lot of positive feedback from students. The last class of 8th graders were captivated - wow! Good on you! They can be a tough crowd because they feel they are too old for middle school (e.g., sitting on the floor) and want to move on to high school (much like Addie Belle!). You make author visits a joy!"
"WOW! Words cannot describe how lucky we all felt having Ed Vere visit our school. Not only is he an amazing author and illustrator, but he is truly a delightful person. The presentation far exceeded anything we might have anticipated—his rapport with the children was absolutely remarkable. Thank you, thank you, thank you—we are indeed humbled and grateful."
"Just a quick note to thank you for the opportunities we've had with Laurie Halse Anderson and Gene Luen Yang. Both are incredible presenters and authors. Our students enjoyed them both immensely. Ms. Anderson just left and the enthusiasm and engagement the students showed was amazing. The Tattered Cover is a great asset to our community and I feel lucky to be part of the experiences you afford."
Find out about Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) and view the LIST OF AVAILABLE TITLES.
Expand the book fair horizon: have a book fair in the store! Pick a day to shop and a percentage of sales will be credited back to your school. We can showcase your school’s groups (art, music, etc.), tie the event into an author presentation at the store, or go on a book scavenger hunt. The possibilities are endless! For more information, please visit our In-Store Fundraiser page.
We spend our days (and nights!) surrounded by books. Let us share our knowledge with educators or students! We can come to you or you can come to us and we’re happy to share the latest and upcoming treasures. Learn what’s on deck for your class’s favorite authors.
Kids love learning about how businesses work in the real world. Bring your class to Tattered Cover and we’ll give them a tour and discuss how our new and used books make their way to the shelves. Your class will learn about the value of independent bookstores, enjoy a private storytime, and get a coupon for their next visit.
EDUCATOR DISCOUNTS: Come visit us in the bookstore! Identify yourself as an educator and we’ll give you 10% off.
QUANTITY DISCOUNTS: Buy in bulk, get a discount. Whether it’s for a classroom, a school-wide reading event, the library, or just a special project. Special shipping options are available.
STUDENTS: Who says you can’t get what you want? You tell us, we keep the list. Simple! Just tell your school and community we have your wish list and we’ll help them find what you need for the classroom and library.
EDUCATORS: Just like the students, educators have wishes, too! Create a Wish List on our website and students and their families can purchase books for your school, classroom or library.
How To Create A Wish List -- Step by Step! (It's fast and easy, don't worry.)
We’re happy to create standing orders for your convenience.
Order in bulk, have the students come to the bookstore to pick up and pay for their book. (The "quantity" discount will be extended to the students.)
Contests Have an idea for a contest? Let us know!
WRITING CONTEST: In our annual Scary Story Contest, young Colorado writers in grades K-6 are invited to write an original mystery, suspenseful thriller, or humorous Halloween tale. Prizes abound. Special reception near Halloween.
BOOKMARK/ART CONTEST: In this annual contest, children create a colorful bookmark with a reading theme. The winning entries are printed and distributed to our customers during the year. Find out more here.
Work with your teacher to schedule a time when the class can come to the bookstore in the evening and have the teacher read the class a story -- maybe even in their pjs!
In our Booked For Summer program, kids read a book, submit a review, and receive prizes. We’ll display your review in the bookstore!
Every week, young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun! For more information and times, please check here.
Young kids are invited to wear their favorite jammies and enjoy stories read aloud to them, participate in a fun activity, and eat healthy snacks provided by our local Whole Foods markets. All this while Mom and Dad sit back and sip a hot beverage from our cafe. It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening together. Please join us! Find out more here.
Throughout the year, Tattered Cover will hold literary special events. Upcoming events include:
- We'll celebrate Children's Book Week with a week full of literary activities!
- We're having a huge celebration for Harry Potter's birthday and the release of the new play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" which is based on a J.K. Rowling story at the end of July!
- We participate in the City of Denver's Youth One Book, One Denver summer reading extravaganza!
We love fun and festive! Join us throughout the year as we celebrate seasonal events such as Halloween, the holidays, etc.
Every now and then we encounter a new children's book or series that we’re so excited about we want to broadcast it from the rooftop. We've created the Tattered Cover Kids' V.I.B. (Very Impressive Book) to highlight real stand-outs among the many delightful and meaningful new editions for young readers. Read more about it here.
Create an age-specific or themed book club for those who love to read and are passionate about and would like to discuss books. We’ll provide the venue and a discount for book club books.
Tattered Cover loves teen readers, readers of teen fiction, and because we have so many amazing things going on! Check out our special Teen Reader page for details.
- Teen Newsletter
- Teen Advisory Board
- Teen Book Con
- Teen Open Mic Night
- In-Store Book Signings with Teen Authors
- Teen Book Reviews
- And more!
We have a common goal: to get kids excited and engaged in reading. All of our programs can be adapted to your needs. Please bring us your ideas for other opportunites! Be creative!
For more information on how Tattered Cover can partner with your school, please contact Kristen Gilligan.