A World of Wonder

News & Reviews for Kids,
Teens and Families
February 2018  
A Letter... ......... .......................... Ongoing Events
It’s the month of love for more reasons than one! Not only is  Valentine’s Day  coming up, but we’re also super excited to share a certain picture book with you:  LOVE  by Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long made its way into our hearts, and Matt and Loren will make their way into Colfax Avenue on Saturday, February 10, for a special storytime event -- as well as visit a couple of lucky schools!

LOVE , our February V.I.B., is a beautifully told, beautifully illustrated, diverse picture book that would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for anyone of any age.  LOVE  depicts the many ways we experience love, such as through kindness and care and the bonds we develop with others throughout our lives. You can find a book review from Bethany, our incoming children’s book buyer, below!

If you’re bursting with love RIGHT NOW and can’t wait until the 10th, then join us on Friday, February 2, for Family Fun Night: Valentine’s Party! It’s never too early to celebrate love and kindness (we should live every day like it’s Valentine’s Day!) so stop by Aspen Grove at 6:00 pm for fun stories, snacks, and a Valentine’s card-making activity.
We can also celebrate love by celebrating Black History Month. We will host special Black History Month storytimes at all three stores so see below for specific times! Then on Thursday, February 8, Joel Christian Gill will be at Historic LoDo for a presentation and signing of  Strange Fruit Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History . Did you know Cathay Williams is the only known female Buffalo Soldier?

We hope you’ll join us this month (and every month) in celebration of love and diversity.

-- Ashley Lyons, Tattered Cover Book Store Content and Communications Coordinator
Make sure you check out February's ARC giveaway below! Don't leave yourself WISHING you hadn't ignored it ;)
Tattered Tales Storytimes
Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun. Everyone is welcome!
Colfax Avenue :
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Aspen Grove :
Mondays at 10:30 am
Historic LoDo :
Saturdays at 10:30 am

Friday, February 2,
6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Meet Billie!
Colfax Avenue & Historic LoDo Bookseller
Hi, I'm Billie and I have the best job in the world. Not only do I work at a premier book store, with people who love books and reading, but I get to work with young children. You may see me around helping people and children find that perfect book and hosting the occasional storytime and events at both Colfax Avenue and Historic LoDo. What a delight to see all the babies and toddlers listen and interact with books! 

I came to Tattered Cover just six months ago after a 30-year career as a K-12 Teacher Librarian. I knew I would miss my students when I retired, never dreaming I'd work with all ages of children and every imaginable book at the Tattered Cover!
Upcoming Events
Friday, February 2, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Young kids are invited for Valentine's themed stories, a fun activity, snacks, and more!
Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado author Scott Bergstrom will discuss and sign  The Greed   ($18.99 Feiwel & Friends), the action-packed, high-stakes sequel to  The Cruelty . In the sequel, Gwendolyn Bloom is dead, or that's what she wants everyone to think, but even armed with a new passport and identity, the danger is far from over.
Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tamora Pierce, the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall, will discuss and sign  Tempests and Slaughter ($18.99 Random House Books for Young Readers), the highly anticipated first book in a new  Tortall Legend  series called  The Numair Chronicles .
Thursday, February 8, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sarah Jane Wright and Kenneth Wright will read from and sign  Lola Dutch   ($17.99 Bloomsbury), their first picture book together. Inspired by their own four gorgeously feisty children, Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright are thrilled to introduce the unstoppable Lola Dutch and her fresh, fun, character-driven series.
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Joel Christian Gill will discuss and sign  Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History  ($19.95 Fulcrum Publishing), a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity.
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long will present and sign their new picture book  LOVE   ($17.99 Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers), a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all.
Saturday, February 10, 4:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Celebrated Chef Gino will present and sign  Chef Gino's Taste Test Challenge: 100+ Winning Recipes That Any Kid Can Cook  ($18.99 Rodale Kids). Inside young cooks will find delicious and nutritious dishes, from basic pasta and pizza doughs to French toast grilled cheese and Fruity Pops. This event will include a cooking demo.
Sunday, February 11, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Dan Salmieri, illustrator of   Dragons Love Tacos  and  Dragons Love Tacos 2 , will read from and sign his debut picture book  Bear and Wolf  ($18.95 Enchanted Lion Books), a beautifully rendered story of friendship and the subtle rhythm of life when we are open to the world and to each other.
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jennifer Adams is the author of more than 40 books, including the   BabyLit  board book series, which introduces small children to the world of classic literature, and  My Little Cities  board books. She will discuss and sign  I Am a Warrior Goddess  ($17.95 Sounds True).
Monday, February 19, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn't mean they can't work together to make the perfect snow day! Kerri Kokias will read from and sign her first picture book  Snow Sisters!   ($17.99 Knopf Books for Young Readers), a heartwarming sibling story.
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado author Jennifer Alsever will discuss and sign  Venus Shining  ($13.99 Sawatch Press), the third book in her  Trinity Forest  series about a world a breath away from our own, filled with witchcraft, deception, and romance. Perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s  Delirium  trilogy and Scott Westerfeld’s  Uglies  series.
Saturday, February 24, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Amalie Howard will discuss and sign her young adult fantasy   Dark Goddess   ($17.99 Sky Pony Press), an  Alpa Goddess  novel, about a sinister threat that arises and puts not just the human world, but all planes of existence in jeopardy. Howard will be joined by Ausma Zehanat Khan and Sandhya Menon.   Meet-and-Sip to follow the event! Bring all your writing questions or talk bookish love with the authors! Hosted with The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary at Hooked on Colfax. Just a 5 minute walk! 
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List 
Based on January 2018

for Living on Planet Earth  by Oliver Jeffers

the Dream Come True   by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

3. Dear Girl,   by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Holly Hatam (Illustrator), Paris Rosenthal

4. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

5. Rosie Revere, Engineer   by   Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

6. No!   by   Marta Altes

7. Penguin Problems   by  
Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

8. When's My Birthday? by  Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

9. Ada Twist, Scientist  by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

10. Hug Machine  by Scott Campbell
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List 
Based on January 2018

1. A Wrinkle in Time   by Madeleine L'Engle

2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

3. The Fourth Ruby by James Hannibal

4. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories   by R. J. Palacio

5. Dog Man   by Dav Pilkey

6. The One and Only Ivan by   Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)

7. Wishtree   by   Katherine Applegate

8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard   by J.K. Rowling

9. The Mysterious Benedict Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)

10. Greenglass House  by Kate Milford, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
Visit the stores to see our Black History Month displays celebrating literature, culture, and history.
30th Annual Bookmark Contest!

Our annual bookmark contest asks children to create a colorful bookmark on the theme of reading. The winning entries are printed and distributed to customers during the course of the year. 

Submit your entry by Friday, April 6, 2018.

The Cat in the Hat Storytime! Saturday, March 3, 10:30 am

Join us for a special Saturday Storytime as we welcome back our good friend, the Cat in the Hat! We'll read The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! , play a game of Pin the Hat on the Cat, and have a themed snack! Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.
Picture Book Author Says 'I Had To Be Real' When Writing ...

Matt de la Peña's new children's book covers the good and the bad of everyday life. He says, "I had to be honest that there are going to be these things in life that are tough and that are dark."

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What's your favorite thing about Valentine's Day?
Giving and receiving Valentine's cards
The boxes of chocolates
All of the pink and red decorations
Valentine's-themed books
Results from November's poll:

Have you ever been sledding?

Yes  82.9%

No  17.1%
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The Tattered Cover Kids' V.I.B. highlights real stand-outs among new children's books or series because every now and then we’re so excited about a book we want to broadcast it from the rooftop!
On shelves now...
by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

"What is love? The sound of someone's voice, the echo of your laughter, the color of the sky, a slice of burned toast generously shared? In this new classic picture book, love is all these things and more. A poetic read-aloud that will charm even the newest baby and an ideal Valentine's Day gift for loved ones of all ages, this book recognizes all the different ways we show we care--even in hard and confusing times. I can't promise you won't cry, but I can promise that by the time the book ends, every reader will feel loved and ready to take on the world." -- Bethany Strout, Incoming Children's Buyer at Tattered Cover

More books we love
On shelves now...
by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

"I read  The Little Prince many many many years ago as a young adult and it has always been one of my favorite stories. It is truly a classic and I love the subtle satire and the timeless lessons it teaches fro readers of ALL ages!! During the holidays I noticed the deluxe pop-up book on our shelves in the children's department and snapped it right up because I think it is one my grandson will LOVE. I'm going to visit him in February and I can't wait to begin reading it to him! The illustrations in The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book are fabulous....creative and bring the story right into your lap! -- Kathy Coble, Personnel Manager
On shelves now...
by Antonio Frasconi

"This Caldecott Honor-winning picture book in two languages offers a delightful twist that breathes life into the familiar rhyming tale. Author/artist Frasconi fills his vibrant wood-cut illustrations with a lively wit and charming intelligence. This is a book to share with both toddlers, who will love the bouncy rhyme and rhythm, as well as older children, who will be tickled by the illustrated jokes and fascinated by the addition of the French verses. (Just don't tell them that Frasconi's book also introduces the reader and listener to the French language, and that the repetition reinforces understanding and pronunciation!)" -- Evelyn McLane, bookseller
On shelves now...
by Lindsay Stoddard

"Robinson “Robbie” Hart loves baseball, fixing cars, and her grandpa. But her grandpa is getting more and more forgetful each day, and Robbie worries that if anyone finds out they will blame her. This is a wonderful story about family, bravery and finding your team." -- Suzanne, School Librarian at Kyffin Elementary in Golden, CO
On shelves now...
by Jeramey Kraatz

"This book is about four kids who have a ship and they explore space. They have space runner missions. If you like books about space missions and exploring, you would like this book." -- Aiden, 5th grader at Edison Elementary in Denver
Local Author Spotlight!
Meet Kim Tomsic
Author of  The 11:11 Wish (on shelves 2/13)
1. What inspired you to write this book?
To tell you about my inspiration for  The 11:11 Wish  I have to step back in time. When I was a child, my family had cats but never a cat clock. Oh, how I loved those clocks, especially the ticking-tocking eyes and moving tail.--so fun and whimsical!  Then I grew up and didn’t think about that “magical” clock for many years, until my niece and my daughter entered middle school. They loved announcing wishing time whenever any clock ticked to 11:11 One day the idea struck me—I needed to write a book about wishing at 11:11, and naturally the magic had to be leveled by the magical cat clock of my memories. Add to that, my father served in the military which means we moved often. That's why I wanted a story of magic + the new girl in school.  Voila , a book idea was born
2. You said you live by the motto "It takes a village to write a book," how did this help you write The 11:11 Wish?
Before I answer that question, I need to preface with the fact that I read to my children every night and fell in love with author Richard Peck’s Newbery-winning books. When we ran out of Peck books, I promised my son I’d write one, and so began my writing journey. I spent the next year writing a novel and then had it professionally critiqued. The critiquer offered kind compliments, but she also gave me very specific reasons why I was  not  ready to for a publisher.

I then asked the most important question of my publishing career, “Is there an organization I can join so I can learn more about writing?” The critique directed me to the SCBWI otherwise known as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This is when I entered my village! I joined SCBWI and found my tribe! Through this organization, my village grew. I found my critiquing groups, attended conferences, met agents and editors, received professional critiques, learned about voice, structure and picked up 11,000 tips (like how verbs really needed to do the heavy lifting in a sentence).
3.   Have you ever made a wish on 11:11 that came true? 
Oh, yes! This is an easy-peasy question.  My consistent wish has centered around the fruition of the publishing journey. Last week, my editor sent me an early copy of  The 11:11 Wish-- I actually held my wish come true in my hands!  Now that magic has worked for me, I send out my wishes out for people I love. More than anything, 11:11 is the time I use as a reminder to send up and prayer and gratitude for the people in my life.
4. What are you reading now?
I belong to a group of authors who have books coming out in 2018. The group,  The Electric 18s , can be find online in case you’d like to look at a list of awesome up-and-coming middle grade and young adult titles.  I just finished Lija Fisher’s  The Cryptid Catcher, a FUNNY middle grade novel. Fans of Rick Riordan will love this book!  It's Stranger Things meets the hunt for Big Foot, Nessie, and other cryptids.  Next up on my list 2017:  a funny 2017 middle grade book by Jarret Lerner called EngiNerds and also  Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus  by Dusti Bowling.
5.  What is your favorite word?
Kerfuffle, a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views. I just love how that word in the middle of conflict can lighten the tension!
Saturday, March 24, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
A Writing Workshop for Ages 8-18 presented by local middle grade author Kim Tomsic.
ARC Giveaway: February 2018

Email  Kristen  with "ARC Giveaway" in the subject line expressing your interest in being entered into the random drawing to win the Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC).

You agree not to sell the ARC. You agree to not quote from the ARC. You must be able to pick up the book at one of our  Denver Metro locations  (Colfax, LoDo, Aspen Grove) .

The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic (on shelves 2/13)

Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new school. Good-bye, dorky math nerd; hello, friend magnet But her first day at Saguaro Prep starts off weird to the tenth power. When she's dared to "make something exciting happen," Megan is thrown into the middle of an epic power struggle between the two seventh-grade Spirit Captains. So with nothing to lose, Megan wishes for "some magic" as her classroom's cat clock chimes 11:11--and is granted an enchanted teen magazine promising miracle makeovers and sure-fire secrets for winning friends and crushes.

But magic can have dangerous side effects, and as her social life grows exponentially worse, Megan begins to wonder if wishing was ever a purrfect idea.
Community Bulletin Board
Pop Culture Classroom has created a  FREE, bi-weekly comic strip  called Colorful History, with the goal of educating students about significant and diverse characters and events from Colorado’s history.
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