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Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 at 6pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Young kids are invited for a beach themed evening of stories, activities, and snacks! Join us as we celebrate summer fun! And, Join us for the first Friday of every month for Family Fun Night.

PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR PARTY! Josh Viola, Aaron Lovett, and Lindsey Bell with Boomer and Friends and The Zoo's Secret
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

ABOUT Boomer and Friends: Boomer the Bison might wish he had other bison friends and family, but he does have a lot of fun with his different prairie pals! When trouble comes prowling, Boomer discovers something special about himself... and that he has all the family he needs. Written by Josh Viola and illustrated by Aaron Lovett and Lindsey Bell.

ABOUT The Zoo's Secret: Have you ever wondered what the animals do when all the people leave the zoo? Stay up late, join the party and discover the Zoo's Secret. Written and illustrated by Lindsey Bell.

ABOUT JOSH VIOLA: Josh is an author, artist, and former video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs, TARGET: Terror). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of  Celldweller. His debut horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post and Amazon bestseller and named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. His second anthology, Cyber World (co-edited by Jason Heller), was an Independent Publisher Book Awards winner and Colorado Book Award finalist and named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Barnes & Noble. His short fiction has appeared in The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Found anthology (RMFW Press), D.O.A. III – Extreme Horror Collection (Blood Bound Books), and The Literary Hatchet (PearTree Press). He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is chief editor and owner of Hex Publishers.

ABOUT AARON LOVETT: Aaron Lovett is the art lead for Hex Publishers. His work has been published by Dark Horse and Spectrum. His art can be found in various video games, books and comics. He paints from a dark corner in Denver, Colorado.

ABOUT LINDSEY BELL: Lindsey is a Denver-based children's book creator and illustrator. Lindsey has a BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with an emphasis in children's book illustration, class of 2012. She has a burning love for imaginative drawing, creative process, animated characters and use of color. When she's not writing and illustrating in her home studio, she's out exploring the Colorado Rockies with her puggle, Benny.

ALEXANDRA BRACKEN & TAMARA IRELAND STONE with The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Bracken) and Click'd (Stone)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

ABOUT The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Bracken): Bracken's debut middle grade novel! LEMONY SNICKET meets HOCUS POCUS in this darkly delightful middle grade contemporary fantasy about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse. The first in a duology, the book follows Prosper, who is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type. The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him.  With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it? 

ABOUT ALEXANDRA BRACKEN:  Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series, soon to be a major motion picture, and YA fantasy novels including, PassengerWayfarer (Passenger series Book #2), The Darkest MindsNever Fade (The Darkest Mind series Book #2), In the Afterlight (The Darkest Mindseries Book #3), Through the Dark (A Darkest Minds Collection) The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is her debut middle grade novel. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books.

ABOUT Click'd (Stone): New York Times bestselling author, Tamara Ireland Stone, combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut. Allie Navarro can't wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click'd pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it's a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click'd. Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up Everyone's making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone's secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present Click'd to the judges?

ABOUT TAMARA IRELAND STONE: Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, and the New York Times bestseller, Every Last Word. A Silicon Valley-native, she has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents' garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world's largest software companies. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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

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.

ROBERT BEATTY with Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Book #3)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15; 1pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

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. 


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! THIS YEAR: we're featuring Book For Summer BINGO! 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 June 1 - June 30, 2017)

1. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Dan Salmieri (Illustrator)

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

3. Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

4. Book with No Picture by B. J. Novak

5. Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

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

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

8. No! by Marta Altes

9. How To Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

10. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Tattered Cover's Middle Grade Bestseller List (Based on sales from June 1 - June 30, 2017)

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

2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

3. Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up by Jessica Brody

4. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

5. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

8. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

9. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

10. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Kids Books We're Excited About

Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley 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