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Upcoming Events

Tattered Tales Storytime! Young kids are invited to join us at Tattered Cover Colfax for a half hour of stories, activities and snacks. This event is free and open to the public. 

  • Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: Every Monday at 10:30am
  • Tattered Cover Colfax: Every Tuesday at 10:30am
  • Tattered Cover LoDo: Every Saturday at 10:30am


Kids Cooking Demo with Chef Gino Campagna! Kids are invited to join us for this very special cooking demo and booksigning with Chef Gino and his new book, Chef Gino's Taste Test Challenge: 100+ Winning Recipes That Any Kid Can Cook
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10; 4pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT CHEF GINO CAMPAGNA: For more than 15 years, Chef Gino Campagna has made it his personal mission to raise kids' food IQs and help fight childhood obesity. His philosophy? If kids are involved in their food choices and preparations, they will be more motivated to try new, nutritious foods. In addition to starring in the kids' cooking shows Kitchen Kids on YouTube and Gino's Kitchen on the Disney Channel, serving on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution team, and making guest appearances on A&E's Emmy Award-winning show Born This Way, Chef Gino teaches kids to cook in Los Angeles and Italy.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Chef Gino's Taste Test Challenge: 100+ Winning Recipes That Any Kid Can Cook: Celebrated Chef Gino Campagna knows a BIG secret: ANY KID CAN COOK. The recipes in this book are simple, easy to follow, and best of all--TASTY They're also open-ended so you can add your favorite flavors and creative flair. Inside young cooks will find delicious and nutritious dishes, from basic pasta and pizza doughs to Ginestrone (aka minestrone) soup and Guac Amore (aka guacamole) to French toast grilled cheese and Fruity Pops, that the entire family will enjoy preparing together. After all, cooking is a team sport. So what are you waiting for? Step into the kitchen with Chef Gino, challenge your taste buds, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Matt de la Pena & Loren Long! with their new picture book, LOVE. Join us at Tattered Cover Colfax for this very special Valentine's Day event for the whole family!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT MATT DE LA PENA: Matt de la Pena is the author of Last Stop on Market Street, which won the Newbery Medal and was chosen for a Caldecott Honor. He is also the author the award-winning picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis and six critically acclaimed young adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY.

ABOUT LOREN LONG: Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis series. He's also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, as well as the re-illustrated, #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. He lives near Cincinnati with his wife, two sons, and two Weimaraners. 

ABOUT LOVE: From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Pena and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. "In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love. A cab driver plays love softly on his radio while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, and it smells like life." In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Pena and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

Dan Salmieri! of Dragons Love Tacos fame! with his new picture book, Bear and Wolf. Join us for this very special storytime and booksigning!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT Bear and Wolf: They're young and curious, slipping easily into friendship as they amble along together, seeing new details in the snowy forest. Together they spy an owl overhead, look deep into the frozen face of the lake, and contemplate the fish sleeping below the surface. Then it's time to say goodbye: for Bear to go home and hibernate with the family and for Wolf to run with the pack. Dan Salmieri's debut as author/illustrator is a beautifully rendered story of friendship and the subtle rhythm of life when we are open to the world and to each other.

ABOUT DAN SALMIERI: Daniel Salmieri grew up drawing ninja turtles, fighter jets and 90's Knicks players. He has since gone on to create illustrations for award-winning children's books and the New York Times. Daniel lives with his wife Sophia and their dog, Ronni, in Brooklyn, NY, where he was born and raised. His books with author Adam Rubin, Dragons Love Tacos, are New York Times best-selling phenomenon, were Indies Next selections, and New York Times notable books.

Jennifer Adams with her new picture book, I Am a Warrior Goddess. Join us for a presentation and booksigning!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT I Am a Warrior Goddess: She isn't a princess--she's a warrior goddess. You don't have to be a grown-up to be a hero, and I Am a Warrior Goddess shows how in the empowering tale of a little girl with big aspirations. Through the clever play between illustration and text, young readers learn how each day is full of opportunities to make a positive impact with ordinary actions. As our heroine connects with the earth, takes care of her body, and finds strength in kindness, she discovers her inner warrior goddess and inspires young girls everywhere to do the same.

ABOUT JENNIFER ADAMS: Jennifer Adams is the author of more than 40 books, including the BabyLit board book series, which introduces small children to the world of classic literature, and My Little Cities board books, illustrated by the award-winning Greg Pizzoli. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parents magazine, and Vanity Fair. She currently resides in Salt Lake City. 

Kim Constantinesco with her new picture book, Solar the Polar. Join us for a presentation and booksigning!
SUNDAY, MARCH 18; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT Solar the Polar: Solar the Polar is a fun winter romp about a snowboarding polar bear and a skier girl who is missing her legs below the knee. This tale gives a gentle nod to Arctic warming, snow safety, and enjoying a life with a disability. Winter is no time to hibernate, so go for a ride with the polar inside.

Donna Cook with her new middle grade book, The Tara Tree. Join us for a presentation and booksigning!
SATURDAY, MARCH 24; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT The Tara Tree: The Tara Tree is a timely tale of adventure, imagination, and friendship that puts the plight of our planet at the top of the list. It is the first in the Earth-friendly series, Tales of the West Wind. Five shipwrecked animlas who wish only to go home are stranded on a tiny island where they discover the last magic tree on Earth. As they attempt to build a ship that will fly them home again, they find it will take more than magic to succeed.

ABOUT DONNA COOK: Donna Cook is a Colorado artist, writer, environmentalist and animal lover. She and her husband are fortunate to live with four animals, to whom she has read this story many times. One of her guiding principles comes from the following Native American quotation, "Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children." 


Tattered Cover's Summer Reading Program: BOOKED FOR SUMMER!

It's simple and fits right into any other summer reading program you may be a part of. Read a book, give us a short review, get a credit towards more books at Tattered Cover! For more info, please click here.

Tattered Cover Bestseller List for Kids (Picture Books and Middle Grade)

Tattered Cover's Picture Book Bestseller List (Based on sales from December 1 - December 31, 2017)

1. It Takes a Village: Picture Book by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

2. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

3. Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

4. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

5. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

6. The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

7. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

8. What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)

9. After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up by Dan Santat

10. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Tattered Cover's Middle Grade Bestseller List (Based on sales from December 1 - December 31, 2017)

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 12: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

2. Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

3.Wonder by R. J. Palacio

4. Daniel Coldstar: The Relic by Stel Pavlou

5. The Fourth Ruby by James Hannibal

6Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator)

7. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

8The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

9. Greenglass House by Kate Milford

10. Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill


Kids Books We're Excited About

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate MIDDLE GRADE


Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman


The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman MIDDLE GRADE


Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up by Jessica Brody MIDDLE GRADE


June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny by Rebeca Chace


Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder MIDDLE GRADE


The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg MIDDLE GRADE


The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock MIDDLE GRADE


The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal MIDDLE GRADE


As Brave As You Are by Jason Reynolds MIDDLE GRADE



Available Authors for School Visits

Tattered Cover brings national authors to schools FOR FREE. Read more about it here. We partner with schools on many things to help get kids to read. Check out all the amazing opportunities here


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