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Kristen Gilligan, Owner
Tattered Cover Book Store Launches Colorado Children’s Book Festival in Conjunction
with OMG BookFest
An Annual Literary Experience for Readers of Middle Grade and Picture Books
March 14, 2018, Denver, Colo.--Founded by Tattered Cover Book Store in 2018, the Colorado Children’s Book Festival brings books to life, gets kids engaged in reading, and provides a fun-filled literary experience for children and parents alike. The inaugural event will focus on middle grade books and authors, but subsequent years will feature picture books as well.

The reason for this year’s focus is exciting: We're partnering with OMG BookFest! (OMG stands for "Oh Middle Grade!") This special organization--conceived by authors Sarah Mlynowski, Adele Griffin, Julia DeVillers, and Michael Buckley, and joined by Christina Soontornvat--is a traveling circus of books that brings popular, award-winning authors to underserved communities for an interactive experience of games, activities, and reading. The public event will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. This event is free, but you must register here .

"We are so excited about partnering with OMG BookFest as we launch our Colorado Children’s Book Festival! We both have the same ultimate goal of getting kids to read in a fun, experience-based environment. Colorado is at the beginning of a literary renaissance, so the timing couldn't be better. We are honored that OMG chose Denver as their next stop to help us kick this off!" said Kristen Gilligan, new owner of Tattered Cover Book Store and school and community outreach enthusiast.

Adele Griffin, author and co-founder of OMG BookFest, said, “We are over the moon that Tattered Cover Book Store is in partnership with OMG Colorado. A great Indie bookstore shines a special light in any community, and there's no better way to celebrate our book festival than in this perfect match of kids, books, and fun right here in downtown Denver."

The entire OMG Colorado event takes place from Thursday, May 17 - Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Thursday, May 17 : School Visits
Several of the OMG BookFest authors will be visiting schools to help raise money to purchase books for underserved students right here in Denver for the event at Castro Elementary the following day, Friday, May 18.

Friday, May 18 : Title 1 School Event
The authors of OMG Colorado will be at Castro Elementary in Denver, a Title 1 school. Students will experience a variety of breakout rooms--each with unique themes (from magical creatures, to detective stories, to superheroes), led by a diverse group of authors. In addition, every child who attends will go home with an autographed book, fostering a love of reading long after the big day is over! Denver Metro area Title 1 schools are invited to participate. It is a free event, but you must register your school. For more information or to sign up your school, please contact Castro Elementary at (720) 424-8990.

Saturday, May 19 : Public Event
In conjunction with OMG Colorado, Tattered Cover Book Store will be launching the Colorado Children’s Book Festival! The public event is open to all. This experience-based event for middle grade readers will feature interactive activities, opportunities to meet the authors, games, prizes, and lots of silly fun, all while encouraging a love of reading. It's from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Tattered Cover Colfax, this event is free, but you must register here.

2018 Participating Authors will include :
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About Tattered Cover Book Store
Established in 1971, Tattered Cover is one of America's premier indie bookstores. A locally-owned business with an unwavering commitment to the customer and the community, Tattered Cover Book Store has four unique stores in metro-Denver, and three satellite stores at Denver International Airport. Each location offers personal service and a well-curated selection of books, periodicals, and gifts. The larger stores have cozy coffee shops with free Wi-Fi, and host frequent author appearances and community events. Readers can join our literary conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and can shop 24-hours a day for books, digital audiobooks, and e-books at  tatteredcover.com.

About OMG BookFest

OMG BookFest is a celebration of books aimed at the early to middle grade reader (ages 7-12) that brings together commercial and award-winning authors with underserved local communities for an exciting experience of books, games and activities. OMG—Oh Middle Grade—is a retooling of the traditional children’s book festival. Instead of panels and speakers, OMG BookFest is an interactive experience. Kids have the chance not only to meet their favorite authors, but also to play games and have fun while learning about new books.
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