A World of Wonder
News & Reviews for Children & Families
March 2019   
We couldn't be more excited about our upcoming Colorado Book & Arts Festival on Saturday, March 16 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm at the Arvada Center . We've partnered with the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities to bring you this incredible, fun-for-the-whole family event based on books, authors, art, and music. There will be a special keynote, over 75 authors in all genres, each picture book and middle grade author will be leading an activity related to their book throughout the day (one will be chocolate tasting!), book characters will be costumed and walking around the festival, there's Book Battles Book Trivia, a mini Tattered Cover Book Store, a variety of fun vendors, and so much more! Check out the details below and get your ticket now!
Our local middle grade and YA author friend, LAURA RESAU (pictured left with local authors Denise Vega and Andrea Wang), will be having her Denver Book Launch Party for her forthcoming, Tree of Dreams , on  Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue . She'll be in conversation with fellow local middle grade and YA author Melanie Crowder . Tree of Dreams is one of the best books I've ever read -- for all ages. No spoilers, but there's chocolate, environmental politics, friendship and hope; taking place partly in Colorado and partly the Amazon rainforest. It's adventurous, suspenseful, smart, timely and sure to be one of your favorites, too. Please help us celebrate with Laura at the book launch party!

See you at the bookstore--and at the Colorado Book & Arts Festival!

Kristen Gilligan
Tattered Cover Co-Owner
Tattered Tales Storytimes
Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun. Everyone is welcome!

Aspen Grove :
Mondays at 10:30 am
Colfax Avenue :
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Historic LoDo :
Saturdays at 10:30 am
Friday, March 1, 6:30 pm, Aspen Grove
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am, Historic LoDo
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 am, Historic LoDo
A Note from Laura Resau...

Hello, everyone! I’m Laura Resau, and I’m thrilled to tell you about my new book, Tree of Dreams , coming out this month. The story begins in a mountain town in Colorado, where Coco and her mom run a chocolate shop that’s on the verge of closing. Lately, Coco has been having dreams of a tree in the rain forest—dreams that give her hope she can save the shop. So she finds a way to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, in search of the magical tree. But once she arrives, she makes new friends and discovers their home is in danger. Can Coco grow her heart and work together with friends (trees included!) to help save their forest?

I had so much fun researching this book! I visited a cacao farm, chocolate shops, chocolate factories…and I ate loads of chocolate. I also spent time in the Amazon rainforest, learning to shoot a blowgun, pole a dugout canoe, and other useful skills. Like my character, Coco, I loved making new friends, but felt heartbroken that their forest home is threatened.

I hope that not only kids, but also teens and adults connect with Tree of Dreams . I feel honored that in a starred review, Kirkus called the book “a moving exploration of friendship, activism, and how chocolate makes everything better.” 

I’d love to meet you at one of my upcoming events! Please join in the yummy chocolate-tasting activity I’m leading a fun chocolate tasting activity at the   Colorado Book and Arts Festival   on Saturday, March 16. And I’d be thrilled to see you at my event with fellow Colorado author friend, Melanie Crowder, on Sunday, April 14 at the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue at 2:00 pm. Happy reading!

Pictured: Laura Resau with her guide, Pegonka, in the Amazon, in front of the ceiba tree that inspired the tree in the book!
Photo of the Month: February...

Local author Lija Fisher with Holly Maxwell, Tattered Cover's School Outreach Coordinator, during an education session at the CCIRA conference in Denver where hundreds of teachers gather each year.

Fisher is the author of The Cryptid Catcher , the first book in a monstrously fun middle-grade duology about a boy who inherits a job hunting legendary creatures. Fisher will be at the Colorado Book & Arts Festival on March 16!
Saturday, March 16, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
The Arvada Center and Regis University are partnering with the Tattered Cover Book Store to present the Colorado Book and Arts Festival, a one-day literary arts festival celebrating books, art, and music for the whole family.

The Arvada Center will be filled with award-winning authors, panel discussions, an onsite pop-up Tattered Cover Book Store, children’s area with author-led activities, artist booths, musical performances, Book Battles book trivia event, writing workshops, and more fun for the whole family. 

Don't miss a SPECIAL Keynote Conversation with Peng Shepherd, author of   The Book of M .

11 Magical Tips for Writing Fiction, presented by middle grade author, Kim Tomsic

A Writing Workshop for Ages 8-18. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. STAY TUNED FOR THE LINK!

ABOUT KIM TOMSIC : Kim Tomsic has been the new girl at eight different schools, where she earned a variety of conflicting labels: the dork, the cool kid; the pretty girl, the ugly girl; the smart kid, the normal kid; the worst at sports, decent at sports; and the shy girl, the talker. She kept one label: the talker. Kim now lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and two dogs; all five keep her laughing. The 11:11 Wish is her first middle grade novel.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author Chelsea Flagg will discuss and sign  Tinsey Clover  ($10.99 Chelsea Walker Flagg). Tinsey Clover is smart, brave, can’t carry a tune to save her life, and the size of a chipmunk. When her bizarre magical power grows in and makes her feel like a total outsider in her own village, Tinsey sneaks into the forbidden forest on a journey to find someone more like her.
Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Andrea Wang loves noodles, food, and noodling about food. She is the author of  The Nian Monster . Andrea will read from and sign  Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando  ($17.99 Little Bee Books).
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Soman Chainani is the  New York Times  bestselling author of the  School for Good and Evil  middle grade series. Chainani will discuss and sign  The School for Good and Evil #5: A Crystal of Time  ($17.99 HarperCollins), in which the past will come back to haunt the present.
Mark Your Calendars...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Ridley Pearson is the  New York Times  best-selling author of eighteen novels, including internationally best-selling series  Kingdom Keepers.  Pearson will discuss and sign  Super Sons: The PolarShield Project  ($9.99 DC Zoom). 
Friday, April 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix has written more than forty books for kids and teens, including the  Shadow Children  series, the  Missing  series, and the  Children of Exile  series. She will discuss and sign  Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers  ($17.99 Katherine Tegan Books).
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Stacy Hinojosa, better known as StacyPlays on the internet, will discuss and sign  Wild Rescuers: Escape to the Mesa  ($17.99 HarperCollins), the exhilarating sequel to her Minecraft-inspired adventure novel about a girl raised by wolves.
Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Laura Resau is the author of several highly praised novels. She will discuss and sign  Tree of Dreams  ($17.99 Scholastic Press). Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of the young adult and middle grade novels. She will discuss and sign  The Lighthouse Between the Worlds  ($16.99 Atheneum Books for Young Readers).
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Fran Wilde   is the award-winning author of the  Bone Univers e trilogy. She will discuss and sign  Riverland  ($17.99 Amulet Books), a story about the bond between two sisters and how they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love.
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm, Tallyn’s Reach Library (Aurora Public Library)

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the  New York Times  bestselling author of 28 books. Alexander will discuss and sign  Booked  ($8.99 Houghton Mifflin),  The Crossover  ($8.99 Houghton Mifflin), and  The Undefeated  ($17.99 Versify).
Saturday, April 20, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author Brenda Faatz and illustrator Peter Trimarco will discuss and sign  It's Just a Bunnypalooza  ($16.95 Notable Kids Publishing), the third book in the award-winning  It's Just So  series.

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.  Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 5.

Dr. Seuss' birthday is on March 2! What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
There's a Wocket in my Pocket
Fox in Socks
Results from last month's poll:  What is your favorite Judy Blume book?

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Freckle Juice

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Then Again, Maybe I Won't


The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
Host an author at your school!

Available Authors :

Andri Snær Magnason  on March 21 or 22

Kelsey Sutton  on April 1

Veronica Roth  on April 9

Kathleen Glasgow  on April 16

Fran Wilde  on April 17

Elizabeth Singer Hunt   on May 2 or May 3

Kelly Barnhill  on May 3

See a full list of available authors here: 

Email Holly Maxwell at:
 holly.maxwell@tatteredcover.com  to schedule an author visit at your school!
Join the Friends of Tattered Cover membership program today! More  info here .
For a limited time, Libro.FM is offering new members 3 free audiobooks. Make the switch! See the  offer here.
Book Reviews
Picture Book of the Month...
by  Christian Robinson

"Christian Robinson is an acclaimed illustrator of other people's stories (he's won just about every award there is), and Another is the first book he's made by himself. The book is wordless, which sometimes feels intimidating, but here it provides so many new opportunities for kids to explore the book on their own and with a grown-up. Follow a girl and her cat as they go on an irresistible adventure that allows readers to turn the book upside down, to read from right to left, and to use their imaginations to their fullest!" -- Bethany Strout, Director of Buying
On shelves now...
by Margie Palatini, illustrated by LeUyen Pham 

" Isabella for Real is about a girl whose friends think her mom is a contessa (princess), but her mom is not a princess! So Isabella and her friend Jeffery try to convince Isabella’s friends that her mom is not a princess. I would recommend this book because it is funny and has good characters. If want to know more, read Isabella for Real by Margie Palatini." -- Ruby E., Carson Elementary in Denver
On shelves 3/19...
by Elena Delle Donne

"I really like this book because Elle, the main character, goes through a lot of discussing problems with her mom and best friend. In this book, Elle joins the basketball team. She also has to join a dance and she also can't remember how to do some steps. Read the book to see what happens." -- Kaia, Carson Elementary in Denver
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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