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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

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.

KIDS WRITING WORKSHOP! So You Want To Be a Writer: 11 Magic Charms to Make Your Writing Come Alive A Writing Workshop for Ages 8-18. Presented by local middle grade author, Kim Tomsic, author of The 11:11 Wish.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24; 1pm - 3pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register here

ABOUT The 11:11 Wish: "A pawsitively magical twist on middle school mayhem."--Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy. Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new school. Good-bye, dorky math nerd; hello, friend magnet But her first day at Saguaro Prep starts off weird to the tenth power. When she's dared to "make something exciting happen," Megan is thrown into the middle of an epic power struggle between the two seventh-grade Spirit Captains. So with nothing to lose, Megan wishes for "some magic" as her classroom's cat clock chimes 11:11--and is granted an enchanted teen magazine promising miracle makeovers and sure-fire secrets for winning friends and crushes. But magic can have dangerous side effects, and as her social life grows exponentially worse, Megan begins to wonder if wishing was ever a purrfect idea. SPECIAL APPEAL: New girl fitting in, STEM, magic, animals.

ABOUT KIM TOMSIC: When Kim Tomsic was a kid, she wished for rollerskates, a racetrack, and the ability to fly. Her wishes came true! The rollerskates showed up with a big red bow; the SpeedTrax slot car racetrack was owned by her brother (thankfully he shared); and flying…well, if she squeezed her eyes tight enough, a good bounce on the trampoline felt as magical as a set of wings. Kim still loves wishing at 11:11 from her home in Boulder, CO, which she shares with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Kim is the author of The 11:11 Wish, a 2018 middle grade novel. She also has two picture books releasing with Chronicle in 2019 and 2020. She is also the Co-Regional Advisor for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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." 

Meet the Author Storytime & Booksigning with David Weisner and I Got It!. Join us for a reading and booksigning!
SATURDAY, APRIL 14; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

Meet the Author Storytime & Booksigning with Joan Whalen Arent and Bye Bye Booger Bug. Join us for a reading, craft and booksigning!
SATURDAY, APRIL 21; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

Stuart Gibbs with Waste of Space. Join us for a presentation and booksigning!
TUESDAY, APRIL 24; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT Waste of Space: The New York Times bestselling series! Tensions are running high when multi-billionaire Lars Sjoburg is poisoned and demands to go home and everyone is looking to Dash Gibson to solve the case in this third and final book in the New York Times bestselling Moon Base Alpha series. Moon Base Alpha was supposed to be an exciting place to live, but Dash didn't expect for it to be this exciting. After solving a murder and rescuing the moon base commander, he just wants to have a calm, quiet thirteenth birthday. But of course multi-billionaire and total pain Lars Sjoburg ruins it--by being poisoned. Now there's a murderer loose on Moon Base Alpha again. And Dash is charged with finding out who it could have been. Everyone has a motive, and time is running out.

ABOUT STUART GIBBS: Stuart is the author of the middle grade novels Belly Up, Poached, Spy School, Spy Camp and The Last Musketeer series. He also writes for TV and film. Before all that, he studied capybaras, the world's largest rodents. Really.

Jessica Day George with The Rose Legacy. Join us for a presentation and booksigning!
THURSDAY, May 3; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT The Rose Legacy: When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle secretly breeds horses--animals that have been forbidden in her kingdom for centuries. More alarming is Anthea's strange ability to sense the horses' thoughts and feelings, an ancient gift called The Way. Confused and terrified, Anthea is desperate to leave, but when her family and kingdom are put at risk, can she embrace The Way and the exciting future it might bring her? This sweeping, emotionally-resonant fantasy from beloved author Jessica Day George is perfect for fans of Princess Academy and Black Beauty.

ABOUT JESSICA DAY GEORGE: Jessica Day George is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tuesdays at the Castle series, the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, and the Dragon Slippers trilogy.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman with The Alcatraz Escape (Book Scavenger #3). Join us for a book launch party, presentation and booksigning!
TUESDAY, May 8; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT The Alcatraz Escape: Sleuthing duo Emily and James tackle their most challenging mystery yet set on the haunting Alcatraz Island in Book 3 of the New York Times bestselling Book Scavenger series. Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action--this time with "Unlock the Rock." For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous--and famously reclusive--mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island. Emily and James are eager to participate, but the wave of fame they are riding from their recent book-hunting adventures makes them a target. Threatening notes, missing items, and an accident that might not have been an accident have the duo worried that someone is trying to get them out of the game at any cost. When Emily's brother is caught red-handed and blamed for all the wrong doings, Emily is certain Matthew is being framed. With Matthew's record on the line, Emily and James can't afford to leave this mystery uncracked.

ABOUT JENNIFER CHAMBLISS BERTMAN: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the author of the New York Times bestselling mysteries Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable CodeBook Scavenger was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, an NCTE Notable Children’s Book, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, an Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick, and has been nominated for 18 state awards. Both titles are Junior Library Guild selections and will be published in twelve languages. Jennifer has a BA in English from the University of California at Irvine and an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She’s originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but now lives in Colorado with her family.

Writing Book Reviews for Tattered Cover

Reviews should be between 40-60 words. Write 1-2 sentences on what the book is about, then another 1-2 sentences on why you loved it/why you think others will love it. (What was different about this book? What made it special? How did you connect with it?) If it works, please also say something like, "If you liked xxx book, you'll love this one." or "If you love xxx author, you'll love this one." Please only write reviews for books you loved and are passionate about. Please send your review in an email to Kristen Gilligan. We publish them on our website on the book's page, create shelf talkers in our stores and send the review to the publisher.

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

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