Visiting Author for Schools: Denise Vega

Denise Vega

*These visits will include a speaking fee. If you're interested in hosting Denise, please let us know and we can find out what the speaking fee will be.

Flexible dates. 
Please provide possible dates and select a morning or afternoon slot.


When Denise was in kindergarten, her parents sent her to a special art class where she made a clay turtle and other things. She liked art, but found out she liked writing better. She wrote and illustrated her first book when she was around 12 years old, The Laziness of Peter Rabbit. Anytime they did a special project at school, Denise chose to write, including a newspaper that discussed Huckleberry Finn and a play about the Pullman railway car. When they were learning about Vienna, Austria in grade school, she wrote the words to a song for part of a report (but her partner sang it because she can’t carry a tune worth pinto beans). Denise also wrote a really bad novel when she was 15. It was exciting to type 144 pages, especially the last page where she wrote THE END. Denise's Fave Places include: The mountains of Colorado, the Florida beaches, and the Caribbean. Her Fave Holiday: Halloween for a long time, but now it’s Thanksgiving because she has a fabulous “Leftover Turkey Show” – a variety show in which many family members perform. And of course, her Fave Candy & Snacks: Butterfinger (bites OK), ChocoLove Mint Bar, Malted Milk eggs (must have that crunchy exterior), and Ruffles Reduced Fat potato chips.


If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed: For fans of How to Babysit a Grandpa comes a tongue-in-cheek story that is a step-by-step manual for putting your monster to bed. If you have a monster that won't go to bed, don't bother asking your parents to help. They know a lot about putting kids to bed, but nothing about putting monsters to bed. It's not their fault; they're just not good at it. Read this book instead. It will tell you what to feed your monster before bed (it's not warm milk), and what to sing to your monster (it's not a soothing lullaby), and what to read to your monster to send him off to dreamland in no time (the scarier, the better). Just make sure you don't get too good at putting monsters to bed--or you might have a BIG problem on your hands.

Click Here: (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade): Imagine if all your personal thoughts about crushes, fears, enemies, and even kissing practice ended up on the Internet for everyone to read. That's what happens to Erin Swift when her super-secret blog and all of her musings on navigating the treacherous waters of seventh grade--including her feelings about herself, her best friend Jillian, her crushes, and growing up--are accidentally uploaded for the whole school to see. Written with warm, knowing humor, this story perfectly captures seventh grade life.

Rock On: A Story of Guitars, Gigs, Girls, and a Brother (Not Necessarily in That Order): Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known only as the kid brother of sports star Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own. With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage? Denise Vega's deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing's for sure: We all just want to rock on.


Elementary School, Middle School, High School; all grades

50+ The more the better!

Projector screen or white board (Denise brings her own projector and laptop with presentation); microphone -- if a large group; small table to display Denise's books.

Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefully read: What an Author Visit is All About.

Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 


Link to share with students and their families to buy the author's books and pay with a credit card: 

  • FYI: There are instructions in the link above for the purchaser, which includes the fact that the purchaser must print the confirmation email out and show it to you.
  • DO NOT give a book to someone unless they show you their printed online confirmation OR you verify the order has been placed by checking the Online Ordering spreadsheet we’ll be sharing with you. (If the order doesn’t appear, email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can keep watch for an order from them and alert you.)
  • Tattered Cover keeps track of all online orders.
  • DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


If Your Monster Won't Go To Bed Cover Image
By Denise Vega, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553496550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316985598
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2006

Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316133098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2013