Partnering with schools to help kids get excited about reading and empowering them to be lifelong readers.

Here are just some of the ways Tattered Cover can partner with your school. For more information, or to set up a meeting, please contact Kristen Gilligan.

QUICK LINKS to what's on this page: Authors in Schools   ---   Available ARCs   ---   In-Store Fundraisers   ---   School Field Trips to Tattered Cover   ---   One Book, One School Program   ---   Edcuator Night   ---   Book Talks   ---   Discounts   ---   Wish Lists   ---   Standing Orders/Student Pick Up   ---   Contests   ---   Teacher/Class Evenings   ---   Summer Reading Reviews   ---   Storytimes   ---   Family Friday Nights   ---   Special Events   ---   Seasonal Activies   ---   V.I.B. for Kids (very impressive book   ---   Book Clubs   ---   Connecting with Teen Readers   --- You Tell Us!

Authors in Schools

We bring creative, interactive authors, illustrators, and children’s book experts to your school. We can arrange school-wide student assemblies or smaller classroom presentations, depending on the author. Author visits in schools are fun, entertaining, educational, and memorable. And, there is no cost to the school to host these authors when you work wtih Tattered Cover Book Store. We take care of all of the logisitcs, provide a personalized book Order Form and special online ordering webpage, as well as an amazing experience for everyone! Read (a lot!) more about Author Visits.  And, check out the: 


A fun article on "Questions Children Have Asked Me at School Visits: An Incomplete List"!

See how impactful author visits with Tattered Cover can be:

"I just want to tell you that you are making a renewed impact on the community, and it's exciting for DENVER, not just for our school. Thank you!"

"I just wanted to give shoutout for the authors sponsored by the Tattered Cover. This is a great thing for schools. We had James Hannibal speak to all of our students. Kristen Gilligan, Tattered Cover owner, does all the work for you. That includes personalizing an order form to send home with your students and/or post on your website. The author was excellent with the kids, left time for questions, and of course autographed his books. A wonderful presentation."

"The great gust of wind you and your husband have brought to the Denver Metro area with all the improvements at the TC locations AND beyond are amazing! Thank you!"

"Just a quick note to thank you for the opportunities we've had with Laurie Halse Anderson and Gene Luen Yang. Both are incredible presenters and authors. Our  students enjoyed them both immensely. Ms. Anderson just left and the enthusiasm and engagement the students showed was amazing. The Tattered Cover is a great asset to our community and I feel lucky to be part of the experiences you afford." 

Read more about how authors visits are impacting Denver area school students and schools here!


Available ARCs

Find out about Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) and view the LIST OF AVAILABLE TITLES.

In-Store Fundraisers

Expand the book fair horizon: have a book fair in the store! Pick a day to shop and a percentage of sales will be credited back to your school. We can showcase your school’s groups (art, music, etc.), tie the event into an author presentation at the store, or go on a book scavenger hunt. The possibilities are endless! For more information, please visit our In-Store Fundraiser page.

School Field Trips to Tattered Cover

Bring students to experience Tattered Cover and learn what it's all about. Get a behind-the-scenes tour, too! Kids love learning about how businesses work in the real world. Bring your class to Tattered Cover and we’ll give them a tour and discuss how our new and used books make their way to the shelves. Your class will learn about the value of independent bookstores, enjoy a private storytime, and get a coupon for their next visit. For more information, please email Haley Huffman.

Educator Night!

Our very first Educator Night was a smashing success! We're bringing the event back again -- and this time at two of our locations! SAVE THE DATE for: Wednesday, September 5, 2018: 6pm - 9pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove AND Thursday, September 6, 2018: 6pm - 9pm at Tatered Cover Colfax.

What is Tattered Cover Educator Night? This is a special event expressly for current school librarians, teachers and school administration in the Denver Metro area who are directly involved in literacy and getting kids to read. Enjoy a unique, fun-filled evening celebrating books and reading -- and you. Bring your educator friends! Teachers, principals, school librarians, etc. For more info, please click here

Book Talks

We spend our days (and nights!) surrounded by books. Let us share our knowledge with educators or students! We can come to you or you can come to us and we’re happy to share the latest and upcoming treasures. Learn what’s on deck for your class’s favorite authors.

One Book, One School Program

For more information, please email Haley Huffman. 


EDUCATOR DISCOUNTS: Come visit us in the bookstore! Identify yourself as an educator and we’ll give you 10% off.

QUANTITY DISCOUNTS: Buy in bulk, get a discount. Whether it’s for a classroom, a school-wide reading event, the library, or just a special project. Special shipping options are available.

Wish Lists

STUDENTS: Who says you can’t get what you want? You tell us, we keep the list. Simple! Just tell your school and community we have your wish list and we’ll help them find what you need for the classroom and library.

EDUCATORS: Just like the students, educators have wishes, too! Create a Wish List on our website and students and their families can purchase books for your school, classroom or library.

How To Create A Wish List -- Step by Step! (It's fast and easy, don't worry.)

Standing Orders/Student Pick-Up

We’re happy to create standing orders for your convenience.

Order in bulk, have the students come to the bookstore to pick up and pay for their book. (The "quantity" discount will be extended to the students.)

Contests Have an idea for a contest? Let us know!

WRITING CONTEST: In our annual Scary Story Contest, young Colorado writers in grades K-6 are invited to write an original mystery, suspenseful thriller, or humorous Halloween tale. Prizes abound. Special reception near Halloween. 

BOOKMARK/ART CONTEST: In this annual contest, children create a colorful bookmark with a reading theme. The winning entries are printed and distributed to our customers during the year. Find out more here.

Teacher/Class Evenings

Work with your teacher to schedule a time when the class can come to the bookstore in the evening and have the teacher read the class a story -- maybe even in their pjs!

Summer Reading Reviews

In our Booked For Summer program, kids read a book, submit a review, and receive prizes. We’ll display your review in the bookstore!


Every week, young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun! For more information and times, please check here.

Family Friday Nights

TATTERED COVER ASPEN GROVE: Young kids are invited to wear their favorite jammies and enjoy stories read aloud to them, participate in a fun activity, and eat healthy snacks provided by our local Whole Foods markets. All this while Mom and Dad relax throughout the bookstore and Aspen Grove Shopping Center. It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening. Please join us! Find out more here.

Special Events

Throughout the year, Tattered Cover will hold literary special events. Upcoming events include:

  • We'll celebrate Children's Book Week with a week full of literary activities!
  • We're having a huge celebration for Harry Potter's birthday and the release of the new play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" which is based on a J.K. Rowling story at the end of July! 
  • We participate in the City of Denver's Youth One Book, One Denver summer reading extravaganza!


Seasonal Activities

We love fun and festive! Join us throughout the year as we celebrate seasonal events such as Halloween, the holidays, etc.

V.I.B. Picks for Kids (Very Impressive Book)

Every now and then we encounter a new children's book or series that we’re so excited about we want to broadcast it from the rooftop. We've created the Tattered Cover Kids' V.I.B. (Very Impressive Book) to highlight real stand-outs among the many delightful and meaningful new editions for young readers. Read more about it here.

Book Clubs

Create an age-specific or themed book club for those who love to read and are passionate about  and would like to discuss books. We’ll provide the venue and a discount for book club books.

Connecting with Teen Readers

Tattered Cover loves teen readers, readers of teen fiction, and because we have so many amazing things going on! Check out our special Teen Reader page for details.

  • Teen Newsletter
  • Teen Advisory Board
  • Teen Book Con
  • Teen Open Mic Night
  • In-Store Book Signings with Teen Authors
  • Teen Book Reviews
  • And more!


You Tell Us!!

We have a common goal: to get kids excited and engaged in reading. All of our programs can be adapted to your needs. Please bring us your ideas for other opportunites! Be creative!

For more information on how Tattered Cover can partner with your school, please contact Kristen Gilligan.