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Upcoming Events

FAMILY FUN FRIDAY NIGHT!
FRIDAY, JUNE 23 at 6pm Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

The last Friday of every month, young kids are invited to wear their favorite jammies for stories, fun activities, and snacks! 

NEW! Tattered Cover Aspen Grove YOUNG READERS BOOK TALKS!
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 at 11am Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

The Young Readers Book Talks are held on the last Sunday of every month at the Aspen Grove store. Books presented will range from board books, picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult books. They're fun, enlightening, entertaining and will answer burning questions, such as: Which books are the staff excited about? Which books are just coming out that you can't miss? We're passionate about specific books and we want to share that passion with you. All books presented will be available for purchase and you'll receive a 10% discount on those titles during the event. The event will be between 30 - 45 minutes. No need to sign up -- just come! 

MICHAEL MERSCHEL: Middle Grade Discussion and Booksigning for Revenge of the Star Survivors
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 at 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

Meet middle grade author, Michael Merschel, and hear about his new book, Revenge of the Star Survivors.

ABOUT THE BOOKMiddle school meets the Dark Side in this painfully funny survival story of social misfit Clark Sherman. When Clark crash-lands on the inhospitable planet of Festus Middle School, he soon learns the natives don't take kindly to newcomers . . . particularly ones who practice Jedi mind tricks and follow nerdy TV shows like Star Survivors. As he faces a conspiring group of violent bullies, browbeaten teachers and a fiendish principal, Clark knows he'll be lucky just to survive eighth grade. Then, hope appears on the horizon: there is Les, the enigmatic boy who seems to disappear at will; Ricki, a fellow Star Survivors fan; and the independent-minded librarian, Ms. Beacon. When Clark and his newfound allies are imperiled, he gathers his courage and the consequences of his actions ripple through the galaxy in life-altering ways.

ABOUT MICHAEL: Michael Merschel is an editor at The Dallas Morning News. He's also written plays, contributed to A Prairie Home Companion and composed an out-of-office reply that appeared in The New York Times and on NPR. Although he was featured on Humans of New York, he lives in Texas with his wife and three kids, who tell him he is not all that funny, usually.

LAUREN ALLBRIGHT: Middle Grade Discussion and Booksigning for Exit Strategy
THURSDAY, JULY 13 at 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Meet middle grade author, Lauren Allbright, and hear about her new book, Exit Strategy

ABOUT Exit Strategy: Twelve-year-old Ross tries to discover the formula for being funny and getting his new classmates to like him in this laugh-out-loud debut novel Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots--which means no more school moves. And no more moves mean no more school exits, and Ross has perfected the science of leaving a school with an epic prank. Worse, it means he will actually have to learn how to make friends and do a science project, two things he's never had to do before. Then Ross hits on a hypothesis: if pranks are cool because they are funny then maybe he could discover the formula for funny If his nerdy "peer review" partner doesn't cramp his style and if the embarrassing notebook full of his "research" doesn't get out, then maybe Ross can actually be happy staying in one place. But can he really figure out the formula for ultimate middle school happiness?

ABOUT LAUREN ALLBRIGHT: Lauren Allbright roamed the southern states before landing in Texas and calling it home. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University. After graduation, she spent her days teaching middle schoolers and her nights reading books. Now when she is not writing (or momming), she enjoys training for half-marathons and triathlons as well as camping with her family. She lives in Dallas with her patient husband, three high-energy children, six (give or take) fish, one overly excitable cocker spaniel, and (the slowest ever) guinea pig named Blaster.

LAUREN MYRACLE & SARAH MLYNOWSKI: 2017 Youth One Book, One Denver Author Party!
THURSDAY, JULY 20 at 6pm Tattered Cover Colfax

Come meet the authors of the middle grade novel, Upside Down-Magic. This book is the 2017 Youth One Book, One Denver  selection this year! This program has activities and events will give you and your family fun and educational things to do this summer, all related to the Upside Down-Magic. For more information on this program, please visit the City of Denver's website. Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com.

FAMILY FUN FRIDAY NIGHT!
FRIDAY, JULY 28 at 6pm Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

The last Friday of every month, young kids are invited to wear their favorite jammies for stories, fun activities, and snacks! 

NEW! Tattered Cover Aspen Grove YOUNG READERS BOOK TALKS!
SUNDAY, JULY 30 at 11am Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

The Young Readers Book Talks are held on the last Sunday of every month at the Aspen Grove store. Books presented will range from board books, picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult books. They're fun, enlightening, entertaining and will answer burning questions, such as: Which books are the staff excited about? Which books are just coming out that you can't miss? We're passionate about specific books and we want to share that passion with you. All books presented will be available for purchase and you'll receive a 10% discount on those titles during the event. The event will be between 30 - 45 minutes. No need to sign up -- just come! 

HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! 
SUNDAY, JULY 30 from 2pm - 5pm at Tattered Cover Colfax, Aspen Grove and LoDo. It's free, but we'd like to ge an idea of how may people to expect, so we'll be asking you to sign up. A link to do that will be available soon. 

Details to come!

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.

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 (Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers, and Middle Grade)

Coming Soon!

 

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