A World of Wonder
News & Reviews 
for Kids, Teens
and Families
May 2017   
A Letter from Kristen...          Ongoing Events
Hey there readers!

May is an exciting month for kids and reading. As a passionate advocate for getting kids to read, I'm so excited to share Tattered Cover's extensive list of activities and events just for kids! And, all are free. We're bringing the written word to life and connecting reading with everyday activities, in an accessible and fun way for kids. 

To begin with, we launch May celebrating the national Children's Book Week. The first week in May, bookstores, libraries, schools, authors, and other reading institutions participate in the annual celebration of children's books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child a Reader and the Children's Book Council (CBC) is the anchor sponsor. Check out what Tattered Cover has planned for you. Come celebrate with us!

With the lure of summer calling, we're drawn toward the seemingly endless time we'll have for reading. Schools are preparing their summer reading lists, their summer reading kick-off events! We have several kids books we're particularly excited about and are sharing below. You all know I'm a big fan of James Hannibal's  The Lost Property Office . Well, there are some more great books to love! Check 'em out below.

We recently welcomed a new promotions coordinator, Suzanne, and she's been going to town on adding activities to our existing events for kids, decor, fun book-related refreshments -- totally awesome. You've got to check them out -- like the big Star Wars party we're hosting on  Friday, April 28 at 6pm  at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. It'll be out of this world. Meet her in the sidebar!

We also sent one of our kids buyers to the ABC Children's Institute -- an annual conference just for kids books. We mingled with lots of super kids authors and publishers, we learned what books will be coming out this Fall and beyond, sat in on some education sessions and networked with the independent booksellers from across the country. Why do we attend this? To be able to bring the best in children's books and authors to the Denver Metro area. And we come back energized, eager and excited to share that with staff and customers!

And... we're working on creating a kids-only Tattered Cover bestseller list!!! Watch for it! It will show you what the Denver Metro area is reading. 

To see if you've read this far, I'd like to give away an Advanced Reading Copy. (That's a book that hasn't come out yet and you can't get it anywhere else.)  Please see below for details! 

We hope to see you at some of these incredible kids events! Len, our two young Jedi, and I will be at the Star Wars party -- please come say hi!

Til June,

Young  Children's Storytimes
Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun. Everyone is welcome!
Colfax Avenue: Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30 am
Aspen Grove: Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30 am
Historic LoDo: Saturdays at 10:30 am

Family Friday Night
Young kids are invited to wear their favorite jammies for stories, fun activities, and snacks!
Friday, May 26, 6:00 pm
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Join us this Friday for a special Star Wars edition of Family Friday Night!

Join us for discussion of favorite books for young readers by the booksellers of Aspen Grove!
Sunday, May 28, 11:00 am,
Tattered Cover  Aspen Grove
Meet Suzanne!
Promotions Coordinator
My name is Suzanne Gutierrez and I joined the Tattered Cover marketing team as promotions coordinator back in January. As the promotions coordinator, I get to plan all kinds of fun events, like Independent Bookstore Day and The Very Hungry Caterpillar storytime we had in March. We've got more fun character storytime events coming up for Children's Book Week that you can see below! 

I can often be found at my desk behind a stack of art supplies or boxes full of fun promotional stuff that I can't wait to share with you all. In my time away from the store I love to read science fiction/science fact, knit, and play with my Welsh Corgi named Ein. I've met Neil Gaiman.

Upcoming Events
Children's Book Week is Here!
You're invited to join us for a week of events in honor of the 98th annual Children's Book Week! This year's theme is One World, Many Stories.
We're kicking off Children's Book Week (May 1-7) with the Colorado Author's League Children's and Young Adult Award Finalists. This fabulous group of local children's book authors will present their work for the Best of CAL 2017. View the list of books and their authors here.
Meet the Author Storytime & Signing
Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Denise Vega is the Colorado author of several books for young readers, including ClickHere, Access Denied, and Rock On. She will read from and sign her latest picture book If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed ($17.99 Alfred A. Knopf BFYR), a marvelous step-by-step manual for putting your monster to bed!

Meet the Author Storytime & Signing
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Adam Rubin is The New York Times bestselling author of a half beloved picture books including Dragons Love Tacos, Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. Rubin will host a very special storytime to present Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel ($18.99 Dial Books). Kiddos are invited for stories, a fun activity, and the opportunity to meet Adam! Costumes and cameras are encouraged!

And, because tacos need salsa and guacamole, Chipotle Mexican Grill is partnering with Dial Books to provide an interactive and fun salsa and guacamole demonstration at this event. The first 150 kids will receive a special kids meal card from Chipotle Mexican Grill to be used at their local Chipotle restaurant following the event.

Free numbered tickets for the signing line will be available beginning Tuesday, May 2, at 9:00 am, with the purchase of Dragons Love Tacos 2, at any metro-Denver Tattered Cover location (excluding Union Station and the airport stores). Signing restrictions may apply, please stay tuned for updated information.

Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Friday, May 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award-winning Colorado author Melanie Crowder, whose books include A Nearer Moon, Audacity, and Parched, will read from and sign her new middle grade novel Three Pennies ($16.99 Atheneum BFYR). A girl in foster care tries to find her birth mother before she loses her forever in this spare and beautifully told novel about last chances and new opportunities.

Special Character Storytime
Saturday, May 6, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove & Historic LoDo

Join us at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove for a special storytime in honor of Children's Book Week with Bad Kitty herself! We'll read Bad Kitty stories, and enjoy activities and unique snacks just for Kitty fans. Parents, don't forget your cameras.

At Tattered Cover Historic LoDo, we'll celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the I Can Read! books, with a visit from Little Critter! Kiddos are invited for I Can Read! stories, special snacks and activities, and a photo op with the Little Critter.

Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Bestselling Colorado author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman will read from and sign The Unbreakable Code ($16.99 Henry Holt & Company), the eagerly anticipated sequel to Book Scavenger. Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious -- he has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible to Emily and James, but the clock is ticking and they must race to crack the code of a lifetime, and solve a string of arsons, before there are any more!
Fantasy Fiction & Art Book Talk & Signing
Monday, May 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Christopher Paolini is the author of the The New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon, which has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. The four beloved books in the cycle include EragonEldest, Brisinger, and Inheritance. Now, Paolini will join us to discuss and sign The Official Eragon Coloring Book ($15.99 Alfred A. Knopf BFYR), which features more than forty pieces of brand-new, exclusive art from award-winning fantasy illustrator Ciruelo.

Free numbered tickets for the signing line will be available beginning Tuesday, May 2, at 9:00 am, with the purchase of The Official Eragon Coloring Book, at any metro-Denver location (excluding the Union Station and airport stores). Seating for the presentation and Q&A prior to the signing will be open seating, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Event and signing restrictions may apply, stay tuned for updates.

Save the Date!
Saturday, November 4

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!
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On shelves now...
by Kwame Alexander

"Rarely does a book of poetry come along that makes me stop people I barely know and demand they listen as I read aloud. Out of Wonder is such a book.  To quote a snippet of the preface, "The title of this book comes from...Lucille Clifton. She wrote, 'Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.'" Alexander is so talented that he can echo other poets' styles in original verse, creating mind-filling images that are flat-out irresistible. Now add Holmes' glorious mixed-media art that accompanies each poem- and all I can say is WOW. I read this book to our Story Time audiences, I read it to coworkers, I read it to myself- and I'll read it to you if we cross paths. Just in case I don't see you, pick it up and discover this treasure for yourself! -- Jocelyn, Bookseller
More books we love...
On shelves 5/16...
by Caroline Carlson

"This book is perfect for mystery-loving, problem-solving 4th-graders. There's Toby, a well-behaved (or as well-behaved as the trouble-that-creeps-around-and-won't-leave-him-alone will allow) young boy who lives with his detective uncle, his "last relative" to rely on before he'll have to call the orphanage home. The most famous detective in the world, and also neighbor, Hugh Abernathy, hosts a competition to find the world's greatest detective. The winner will not only inherit his title, but win $10,000. Toby enters so that he will never have to leave his uncle and meets a girl whose middle name should be "Spunky" and a very sweet pup. It's the best Middle Grade mystery I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time." -- Barrie McComas, Bookseller
On shelves now...
by Marla Frazee

"The sequel to one of our boys' favorite picture books, The Boss Baby. We just saw the movie as a family and had an absolutely wonderful time!" -- Kristen Gilligan, Co-Owner

Two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee's Boss Baby is back--but this time there's a new baby sister.  Change is in the air--the Boss Baby's staff has stopped taking his direction. It seems that there is a new CEO in town; from the moment she comes home, Boss Baby's little sister is extremely loud and is demanding all sorts of corporate perks he never got. Can the Boss Baby and his staff get used to the new corporate structure?
On shelves now...
Ela Cat in the Jungle
by Niki Knaub

"Although my daughter Cordelia is still too young to talk, based upon her smile and the brightness of her eyes, one could surmise that she thought the art and illustrations in Ela Cat in the Jungle was both mysterious and alluring. She thought the prose was charming and succinct. It was the perfect bedtime story and she was soon fast asleep, no doubt dreaming of her own adventures in the jungle. If she were able, I'm certain that Cordelia would recommend Ela Cat in the Jungle for any child between the ages of three months to three years and beyond. What a sweet little book!" -- Pete Schulte, Union Station store manager

This book is published by a local author and is not on our website, but is available for purchase in all TC locations.
ARC Giveaway May 2017!

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 List (pub date: August 8, 2017)
by Patricia Forde
How many words do you need to survive?  As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta is the keeper of The List, the 500 words that make up the language of Ark. For the citizens of Ark, words are just one more thing to use sparingly and with care. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are Letta and the Wordsmith, the keepers and archivists of all language in their postapocalyptic, neo-medieval world. 

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark's citizens of their power of speech, she realizes it's up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.

When leaders of Ark begin to shorten The List to fewer and fewer words, Letta begins to panic as she watches speech slowly slip away. Before it's too late, Letta must ask what is life without language? And what does it mean to survive versus to live?
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