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Upcoming Events for Kids
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
-- EVAN TURK with You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks TUESDAY, July 16; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Colfax
ABOUT THE BOOK: Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States.
Beneath the soaring doorways of stone,
and peaks that pierce the ceiling of clouds,
from every river, star, and stone
comes the eternal refrain:
you are home.
In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author/illustrator of The Storyteller and Heartbeat and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, Grandfather Gandhi, and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy.
-- JENNY GOEBEL with Out of My Shell MONDAY, July 1; 7:00 pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
ABOUT THE BOOK: An inspiring and timely story of friendship, courage, and the magic that can happen when we stand up for what's right. Normally, Olivia spends all year looking forward to her family's summer vacation in Florida. But not this year. Not when her parents have recently separated, and her father has to stay behind in Colorado. Olivia doesn't know what she'll do all summer without him. They've always been a pair, and she's never felt the same bond with her mother or younger sister. So Olivia plans to spend the summer laying low, and trying to ignore the hurt gnawing at her heart. But when she learns that the local sea turtle population is in serious risk of dying off because of her neighbor's poorly designed house, she knows she has to do something. She can't just watch the beautiful creatures suffer. Yet her chances of helping the turtles are slim, and she can't handle any more heartbreak. Will Olivia turn her back on her favorite animal to avoid the pain? Or will she find the courage to stand up for the turtles, and maybe heal herself in the process?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenny Goebel is the author of Grave Images, The 39 Clues: Mission Hurricane, and Fortune Falls. She lives in Denver with her husband and three sons.
-- SUSAN ADRIAN with Forever Neverland in conversation with NIKI LENZ SUNDAY, June 30; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
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.
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.
-- 2nd ANNUAL MYTHS, MAGIC & MAYHEM: a #DemigodsGoals event SATURDAY, August 24; 2pm - 4pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
Join Tattered Cover Book Store as we celebrate the Second Annual Myths, Magic, & Mayhem: a #Demigodgoals event! Each self-paced activity highlights a different aspect of Camp Half-Blood:
- Wheel of Destiny - Spin the wheel to determine which of the eight Camp Half-Blood cabins you belong to.
- Eyes of a God Scavenger Hunt - Pick up a clue sheet and find the hints located around the store.
- It’s All Greek to Me! - Learn to write your name using the Greek alphabet.
- Mark of a Demigod - Show off your #DemigodGoals with a customized temporary tattoo.
- Demigod Defense - Color and design your own Riptide sword.
- Demigod of Fame Photo Op - Take your own photos with mythology-themed props and a #DemigodGoals backdrop.
- Let Fate Decide - After collecting coins from each activity, drop the coins down the board to let fate determine your destiny. Receive a prize, be it a button, bracelet, t-shirt, and more, based on where coins lands.
This event is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is encouraged.
-- LIJA FISHER with The Cryptid Keeper (The Cryptid Duology #2) SATURDAY, September 7; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
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.
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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)