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SHERRY DUSKEY RINKER with Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton Meet the Author & Storytime!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton: Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as "Jinnee." With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move--even a cheerful Little House. In this loving tribute to Virginia Lee Burton, the New York Times best-selling creators Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco pay homage to the storied life of one of the most beloved creators in children's literature.

ABOUT SHERRY DUSKEY RINKER: Author of two #1 New York Times bestselling children's picture books: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train. Sherri has returned to her passion of writing to indulge her own children's passions. A graphic designer, she lives in Chicago with her photographer husband, a cockapoo named Quincy, several fish, a few hermit crabs, an ever-changing array of insects in jars, toys in every corner, and two energetic and inquisitive young boys: one fascinated by bugs and magic and another obsessed with trucks and trains. She's constantly inspired -- and often exhausted! She created Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site in hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT THE ASPEN GROVE SHOPPING VENTER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29; 6pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove 

As a part of the Aspen Grove Shopping Center's Family Fun Night (on the last Friday of each month). Enjoy themed stories, a small snack, games. This is a free event and open to the public.

KATHERINE APPLEGATE (Of The One and Only Ivan fame!!!) with Wishtree
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT WishtreeRed is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

ABOUT KATHERINE APPLEGATE: Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw, spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, Home of the Brave continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.

MAC BARNETT & JON KLASSEN with The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse 
This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.
 

When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

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ABOUT MAC BARNETT (right)
MAC BARNETT is the author of three books illustrated by Jon Klassen: Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, which won a Caldecott Honor and an E. B. White Award; and Triangle. With Jory John, he is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling series The Terrible Two series: The Terrible Two and The Terrible Two Get Worse. Mac Barnett lives in Oakland, California.

ABOUT JON KLASSEN (left)
JON KLASSEN is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal; and We Found a Hat. He also illustrated two Caldecott Honor Books, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, as well as Triangle, all written by Mac Barnett. Jon Klassen lives in Los Angeles. 

BRENDA FAATZ & PETER TRIMARCO with It's Just So... Little!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT It's Just So... Little!: It's Just So... adventurous for a little girl named Lizzy as she faces challenges of growth and change. She and her faithful puppy adopt a frail little sapling tree, taking on the job of protecting and nurturing their new, well-rooted 'friend' throughout the seasons. In the meantime, Lizzy is outgrowing all of her favorite clothes and watching as Mom seems to be outgrowing her clothes as well. Lizzy's biggest change comes in welcoming the new baby as her family tree seems to be growing too.

ROBERT BEATTY with Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Book #3)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15; 1pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT Serafina and the Splintered Heart: The storms are coming.... Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around. A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it's too late. With only days to achieve the impossible, Serafina fights to reclaim herself as the Guardian of Biltmore, friend of Braeden, daughter of her Pa, and heroine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the folk and creatures that call it home. In the epic third installment of Robert Beatty's #1 bestselling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.

ABOUT ROBERT BEATTY: Robert Beatty lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives he was one of the pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the CTO and chairman of Narrative magazine. 

RUTH VANDER ZEE with Next Year
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT NEXT YEAR: In the 1930s, as the entire United States contended with the effects of the Great Depression, dust storms raged throughout a portion of the country that had once been rich farmland. Depleted of their natural prairie grasses and farmed too harshly, eroded soils blew away as drought settled in. Like thousands of Americans during that time, Calvin and his family cling to hope as they wonder when "next year" will finally come. Ultimately, a choice will be made that will change the landscape of Calvin's family forever.

ABOUT RUTH VANDER ZEE: Ruth Vander Zee's career as a children's book author began in 2003 with the original publication of Erika's Story, which prompted her to write four other titles featuring characters who respond to tragedy with courage and hope. Vander Zee lives with her husband in Miami, Florida. 

JEFF LAMMERS with  Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book: 69 Mini Planes to Fold and FlyFlying Creatures Paper Airplane Book: 69 Mini Planes to Fold and FlySpace Flyers Paper Airplane Book: 63 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This is a free event and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOKS

ABOUT Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book: 69 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly: From the Skyhawk to the Saber, Phoenix to the B-2 Buzz Bomber, these inimitable flyers are vibrantly colored and gorgeously designed. Fold up the Gargoyle, which excels at loops and dives, and the Concorde 500, modeled after the fastest passenger plane ever built. Includes step-by-step folding instructions and tips on how to send each plane soaring at its full aerodynamic potential. 

ABOUT Flying Creatures Paper Airplane Book: 69 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly: From the Dragon to the Stingray, Beetlebot to the Beach Bomber, these flying creatures are vibrantly colored and gorgeously designed to resemble animals that fly, both real and imaginary. Fold up an antennaed Scarab and the sharklike Predator. Includes step-by-step folding instructions and tips on how to send each plane soaring at its full aerodynamic potential. 

ABOUT Space Flyers Paper Airplane Book: 63 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly: From the Dynamo to the Alien Clipper, Cosmojet to the Spectre, these intergalactic flyers are vibrantly colored and gorgeously designed to resemble various spacecraft. Fold up the straight-shooting Star Quest and an Aerobot that's part spaceship, part robot. Includes step-by-step folding instructions and tips on how to send each plane soaring at its full aerodynamic potential.

ABOUT JEFF LAMMERS: Jeff Lammers is an engineer and entrepreneur based in Kansas. He flies small planes in his spare time.

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN with Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race beginning with a very special event, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Bookstore" with the author!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26; 6pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public. 

ABOUT Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race: #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure. On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO! Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race--by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet --to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire. Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle ), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO IT'S A LEMONCELLO 

ABOUT CHRIS GRABENSTEIN: CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryMr. Lemoncello's Library OlympicsThe Island of Dr. Libris, the Welcome to Wonderland series, and many other books, as well as the co-author of numerous fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including House of RobotsTreasure Hunters, and Jackie Ha-Ha. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, J.J., two cats, and a dog named Fred.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT THE ASPEN GROVE SHOPPING VENTER
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27; 6pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove 

As a part of the Aspen Grove Shopping Center's Family Fun Night (on the last Friday of each month). Enjoy themed stories, a small snack, games. This is a free event and open to the public.

HALLOWEEN STORYTIMES! 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Colfax and LoDo locations

Young children are invited for Halloween-themed stories, activities, snacks and fun. Everyone is welcome! Special non-candy treats for our storytime friends. Non-scary costumes are encouraged! No registration, just show up!

JODI KENDALL with The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY: This delightful middle grade novel is a modern-day homage to Charlotte's Web, perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Cammie McGovern. "We fell in love with The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City. No matter how big she gets, there's always room for Hamlet in our hearts." --Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, New York Times bestselling co-authors of Esther the Wonder Pig. A little pig in a big city leads to lots of trouble. Josie Shilling's family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one's ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey--a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet. The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there's no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it's up to Josie to find her a forever home. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City is a heartwarming tale of family, belonging, and growing bigger when you've always felt small.

ABOUT JODI KENDALL: Jodi Kendall is a writer based in New York City who has contributed digital content for many National Geographic Channel shows, including Alpha DogsInside Combat Rescue, Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?The 80's: The Decade that Made Us and Untamed Americas. As a freelance writer on assignment, some of Jodi's international adventures have included tracking wild elephants through the rainforest, photographing orangutans in Malaysia, snorkeling with manatees in Florida, and swimming with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Arizona.

HALLOWEEN STORYTIMES! 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Young children are invited for Halloween-themed stories, activities, snacks and fun. Everyone is welcome! Special non-candy treats for our storytime friends. Non-scary costumes are encouraged! No registration, just show up!

HALLOWEEN STORYTIMES! 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Colfax

Young children are invited for Halloween-themed stories, activities, snacks and fun. Everyone is welcome! Special non-candy treats for our storytime friends. Non-scary costumes are encouraged! No registration, just show up!

SUSAN ADRIAN with Nutcracked; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT NUTCRACKED: Enter the magical world of The Nutcracker in a whole new way with this perfect Christmas stocking stuffer Christmastime, ballet, and magic. Georgie has waited for this moment her whole life--to dance the part of Clara in The Nutcracker ballet. And when she finally gets the part, it's like a dream come true. . . . Literally. Every time Georgie dances with the Nutcracker doll, she leaves the ballet studio and enters a world where everything around her--the old wooden furniture, the Christmas tree, the carefully wrapped presents--is larger than life. It's so magical, Georgie can't wait to return again and again. Then the Nutcracker's magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie's friend in danger. Everything is falling apart, and it's almost Christmas Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?

ABOUT SUSAN ADRIAN: Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who now lives in the beautiful Big Sky country of Montana. She began ballet late--at age eight--but got to fulfill her dream of playing Clara in The Nutcracker when she was thirteen, before joining the Sacramento Ballet. Later she got a degree in English from the University of California, Davis. These days she's settled in as a writer, scientific editor, and mom. When she's not with her family, she keeps busy researching crazy stuff, traveling, and writing more books. She still sees The Nutcracker every year she can, and tries really hard not to act out all the parts. 

STEL PAVLOU with Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT DANIEL COLDSTAR #1: THE RELIC WAR: An epic and funny outer space adventure from acclaimed science-fiction author and screenwriter, Stel Pavlou. Below the surface on a forgotten planet, Daniel Coldstar searches for relics from a lost civilization. Daniel has no memory of his past. All he knows is to do his job and fear the masters of the mines. Until he unearths a relic more powerful than anything he has ever seen. A relic that might help him escape... What follows is an epic outer space adventure filled with Truth Seekers, anatoms, Leechers, and the evil Sinja who seek to control the universe. All that stands in their way is a boy named Daniel Coldstar, whose journey will change the galaxy forever.

ABOUT STEL PAVLOU: Stel Pavlou is the British international bestselling author of adult fiction. Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War is his first novel for young readers. Stel has written screenplays for Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson, and stories for Doctor Who. He lives in Colorado with his family, a dog named Rocket, and the ghosts of two chickens.

 

 

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 July 1 - July 31, 2017)

1. Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

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

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

4. Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

5. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

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

7. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

8. Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney

9. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

10. How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

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

1. Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

2. Revenge of the Star Survivors by Michael Merschel

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

4. Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

5. Sticks & Stones (Upside-Down Magic #2) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

6. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

7. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

8. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullally Hunt

9. The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Color Edition (Captain Underpants #1) by Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi

10. The World's Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson

 

Kids Books We're Excited About

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate MIDDLE GRADE

***Katherine Applegate will be coming to Tattered Cover on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

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