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Upcoming Events for Kids

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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 10:30 am
  • Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue: Every Tuesday at 10:30 am
  • Tattered Cover Historic LoDo: Every Saturday at 10:30 am

-- KELLY BARNHILL with The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) SATURDAY, May 4; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com

ABOUT THE BOOK

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Award
The New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
Named to Kirkus  Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal for the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. She is also the winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award, and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award, the SFWA Andre Norton Award, and the PEN/USA literary prize. 


-- LAUREN H. KERSTEIN & NATE WRAGG (Illustrator) with Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves SUNDAY, June 9; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com

ABOUT THE BOOK: It's summertime, and you're invited for a rollicking day at the pool with Charlie and his pet dragon (and best friend ), Rosie. But be careful--swimming with a dragon can be, um, challenging. As Rosie and Charlie blow bubbles (don't forget your umbrella ), practice flutter kicks (watch out for tidal waves ), and offer shoulder rides (hang on tight ), Rosie proves that dragons make the most fun pets ever. Now if only Charlie can keep Rosie's attention focused on the rules at the pool and NOT on her gummy snacks (you know, the ones that cause stinky dragon breath )...Grab your towels and sunscreen and join Rosie and Charlie for a fun-filled summer adventure!


-- SUSAN ADRIAN with Forever Neverland in conversation with NIKI LENZ SUNDAY, June 30; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com

ABOUT THE BOOK: What if Peter Pan wanted to take you to Neverland? Would you go? A contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan, perfect for kids who loved The Land of Stories and dream of going to Neverland. Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover is a little nervous--she's supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world? Fergus isn't nervous at all. To him, Neverland seems like a dream come true! He's tired of Clover's constant mothering and wants some independence, like Peter and the Lost Boys have. He wonders, Why can't the real world be more like Neverland? Neverland is fun and free, but it's also dangerous and even scary at times. There are unfamiliar creatures lurking in the shadows and strange sounds coming from the waters. And then the mermaids start to go missing. . . . In an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of the story of Peter Pan, Susan Adrian explores Neverland with a fresh perspective and indelible warmth, offering a new adventure based on a beloved classic!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. By day she is a scientific editor, and by night she dreams up wild adventures that sometimes turn into books. She is the author of the holiday fantasy Nutcracked and two thrilling books for teens. When she's not with her family, Susan keeps busy researching unusual facts, traveling, and writing more books.


-- PASCHA ADAMO with Cece & Me: How We Came to Be (Board Book) SATURDAY, August 24; 10:30am at Tattered Cover LoDo *This event will be a part of our regular storytime.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com

ABOUT THE BOOK: Best friends from the start, CeCe and Roxy become family when Roxy's owner must go away. Meet the family who fosters this lovable pit bull. 


-- LIJA FISHER with The Cryptid Keeper (The Cryptid Duology #2) SATURDAY, September 7; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com

ABOUT THE BOOK: Clivo and the Myth Blasters are back on the trail of the immortal cryptid in this conclusion to a monstrously funny middle-grade duology by Lija Fisher. Life has gotten complicated for thirteen-year-old Clivo Wren. After taking up his deceased father’s mission to find the extraordinary creature whose blood grants everlasting life, Clivo is spending his summer not at camp or hanging out with his friends, but jetting all over the world tracking cryptids—while keeping his aunt Pearl in the dark about his dangerous adventures. At the same time, a shocking development unveils the truth about Clivo’s enemies, and the cryptids themselves are posing trouble at every turn. With the help of his crew of Myth Blasters, Clivo is going to need all of the tools, gadgets, and training he has to prevent the immortal cryptid from falling into the wrong hands—and to keep Aunt Pearl off the case.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lija Fisher was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BFA in Performance Studies and has performed in regional theatres across New York, Florida, Alaska and Colorado. In 2017 she was a Writer in Residence with Aspen Words. Lija has lived in London, LA and NYC but now calls Colorado home. 


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 Annual Contests

We offer two contests each year to engage kids in reading: Our annual Tattered Cover Bookmark Contest and our annual Tattered Cover Scary Stories Contest.


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

Please click here for the PICTURE BOOK bestseller list. And, click here for the MIDDLE GRADE bestseller list.


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