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Upcoming Events

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

- TOM BOOTH: Don't Tell!, storytime and booksigning. FRIDAY, June 8; 10:30 am at Colfax Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Once again Tom Booth breaks the fourth wall to delight and entice readers young and old in this sweet and funny, experiential picture book. How did you find this book? Don't you know this book is a secret book? Readers will delight in being asked how they found this book. Did Monkey tell? Was it Owl? Giraffe? Maybe the animal who "told" would rather share than keep a secret. Especially when sharing a book as good as this one makes him so happy!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tom Booth is the author/artist of Don't Blink! and Don't Tell! He is also a character designer who has worked in both animation and publishing at Macmillan, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing, and Nicktoons.

- KATHLEEN T. PELLEY: Happy Papas, storytime and booksigning. SATURDAY, June 16; 2:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Over the course of a day, all sorts of different activities--a frolic through the frothy waves, a roly-poly hippo romp, a ruffly rainbow ruckus, or just a meal together--make these animal and human papas happy.  But as the moon blooms and fireflies flicker, there's something that makes all papas, from tree to tunnel, from earth to air, happiest by far: telling their little ones, with a nudge or a nuzzle, with a cuddle or a snuggle, with a wink or a whisper, "Papa's here.  All is well."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathleen T. Pelley is an author, storyteller, and speaker from Glasgow, Scotland. She is the author of multiple children's books including Happy Mamas, Happy Papas, The Giant King, and more.

- DONNA L. COOK: The Tara Tree, middle grade presentation and booksigning. SATURDAY, June 23; 2:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: It is the first in the Earth-friendly series called Tales of the West Wind. Five shipwrecked animals who wish only to go home are stranded on a tiny island where they discover the last magic tree on Earth. As they attempt to build a ship that will fly them home again, they find it will take more than magic to succeed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Cook is a Colorado artist, writer, environmentalist and animal lover. She and her husband are fortunate to live with four animals, to whom she has read this story many times. Sponsor of the 1,000 TARA TREE PAPER BAG PROJECT, Donna ends her author visits by helping her audience make trees from paper bags. In so doing, they pledge to use less plastic. She is well on her way toward her goal of 1,000 paper bag Tara trees.

- SUZANNE KAUFMAN: 100 Bugs!: A Counting Book, storytime and booksigning. SATURDAY, June 30; 2:00 pm at Colfax Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: How many bugs can you count? From walking sticks to spittlebugs, dragonflies to katydids, discovering 10 bugs at a time, you just might see 100 bugs! Little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Suzanne Kaufman is the illustrator of Samanthasaurus Rex and Naughty Claudine Christmas, and author and illustrator of I Love Monkey and It's Confiscated. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two bug-exploring daughters of her own.

- KAT SHEPHERD: Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand, middle grade presentation and booksigning. FRIDAY, July 6; 7:00 pm at Colfax Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Got chills? Babysitting can be a real nightmare. For Rebecca Chin, babysitting has always been fun. But one night, a thunderstorm knocks the power out while she's watching baby Kyle, and creepy things begin to happen. Fellow sitters Tanya, Clio, and Maggie help Rebecca unravel the mystery, only to discover something unbelievable. A paranormal villain has taken the baby and replaced him with a changeling. The girls can save him--if they can survive a scary journey into the Nightmare Realm.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kat Shepherd is thrilled that her writing debut is a fast-paced story that is likely to engage reluctant readers, because as an educator, she believes that reading should be a joyful experience for every child. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two dogs, and a rotating series of foster dogs.

- CHRISTY MIHALY: Hey, Hey, Hay!, nonfiction picture book presentation and booksigning. FRIDAY, October 5; 6:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by Joe Cepeda, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christy Mihaly writes articles, stories, essays, and poems for children. Her juvenile nonfiction books have been published by Focus, Rosen, and National Geographic Kids.

- ALLY CONDIE AND BRENDAN REICHS: The Darkdeep, middle grade presentation and booksigning. MONDAY, October 8; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT: Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy and of the middle-grade novel Summerlost, a 2016 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery. Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis, and co-author of the six-volume Virals series. They will discuss and sign The Darkdeep, about a group of friends who discover a hidden island and an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside. As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries--and their lives--begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened...and it knows their wishes and dreams--and their darkest, most terrible secrets

Writing Book Reviews for Tattered Cover

Reviews should be between 40-60 words. Write 1-2 sentences on what the book is about, then another 1-2 sentences on why you loved it/why you think others will love it. (What was different about this book? What made it special? How did you connect with it?) If it works, please also say something like, "If you liked xxx book, you'll love this one." or "If you love xxx author, you'll love this one." Please only write reviews for books you loved and are passionate about. Please send your review in an email to Kristen Gilligan. We publish them on our website on the book's page, create shelf talkers in our stores and send the review to the publisher.

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)

Please click here for the PICTURE BOOK bestseller list. And, click here for the MIDDLE GRADE bestseller list.

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