A World of Wonder
News & Reviews for Kids, Teens, and Families
May 2018   
A Letter from Kristen .............. Ongoing Events
While we thankfully see signs of the trees and flowers beginning to bloom, Tattered Cover staff is in power mode getting ready for the first annual Colorado Children's Book Festival ! You can read more about it below, but REGISTER NOW ! It's free! Saturday, May 19 at Colfax Avenue from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 

And while we're busy organizing, planning and crafting, we're also working on our big Harry Potter Party this summer. It will be epic. I mean, we've rented out a gothic church in Denver and are turning it into Hogwarts! Mark your calendar now for the evening of Saturday, July 28 ! Watch for the registration link. ( Details can be found here .)
I'd like to highlight two special events for our young readers this month. This Thursday, May 3 , the lovely J ESSICA DAY GEORGE will visit Colfax Avenue at 7:00 pm and talk about her new book, The Rose Legacy . She charmed us with her school visits last year and is back again now for more! The second event is with our very own beloved JENNIFER CHAMBLISS BERTMAN . Can you believe the third book, The Alcatraz Escape, is out in our treasured middle grade Book Scavenger series! Join us on Tuesday, May 8 , at Aspen Grove to see what happens to our Book Scavenger friends!

We're getting ready for summer--and have some great books for your summer reads. Come by the stores, say hello, and let us find you your next favorite book! Or, check out our shiny new website ! We were able reduce our shipping rates drastically, too. :)

As always, thank you for supporting Tattered Cover,
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
Meet Katie!
Assistant Gift Buyer
My name is Katie Brewer and I’m the new Assistant Gift Buyer. I have a pretty fun job, where I get to buy greeting cards and calendars for the store. I recently moved from Washington D.C., where I attended college at Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America.

I have an unhealthy obsession with dogs, coffee, indie music, and B sci-fi films (in no particular order). Since I work at a bookstore, I suppose I should share my favorite book. Depending on the day, my favorite book is either Moby-Dick or If You Give a Pig a Pancake .
See below for May's VIB giveaway! Katherine Applegate is back with a brand new middle grade series...
Local Author Spotlight!
Meet Kristen Foote

1. You've written  How to Survive as a Shark  and  How to Survive as a Firefly , which are two very different creatures. What made you want to start with those?

I started out writing about fireflies because they are a huge part of my childhood summer memories. I was always in awe of how they could light up the entire night sky, and when I started researching them I found out they have just as fascinating life-cycles and habits! When my publisher, The Innovation Press, approached me about taking on my firefly story, they asked if I could write a second How to Survive story so they could be released as a series. My college degree is in Marine Biology, and me, my husband, and my son all love scuba-diving (especially with sharks!), so I thought sharks would be a fun topic to dive into (no pun intended)!

2. Why do you think it's beneficial that these books are written from the perspective of the creature?

For me, the whole point of writing these stories was to entertain and educate at the same time. I have one child who loves non-fiction but dislikes fiction, and another that is opposite of that. This made it clear to me that there was a need to create something that could blend a fictional story-line with very factual science-based information, in order to reach as many types of readers as possible. I thought having talking characters in a school setting would increase the appeal to kids, and hopefully get reluctant non-fiction readers interested in science, and reluctant fiction readers interested in story! I am always a fan of non-traditional learning, so I hope my books help teach kids without them having to think about it, just by following along with the dialogue.
3. How much research goes into making your books? 

Even though my books are highly illustrated and have fictional characters, they still required a lot of research. They are meant to be used in the classroom and in science lessons. I did a lot of my own research online and in the library. Afterwards, I found experts and researchers to vet both manuscripts to make sure everything was correct. Despite having costumed characters, all of the characters and scenes also had to be drawn accurately, so I had to make sure to communicate important facts with the illustrator as well. For example, the main firefly character had to have the correct insect body parts in each scene, and the sharks all needed to have the correct fins and number of gill slits, etc
4. If you could be any animal or insect, what would you be?

That is a tough question! I guess it would have to be some sort of sea creature. Perhaps a jellyfish? I love the ocean and every time I go scuba-diving, I'm overwhelmed with the mysterious and incredibly diverse environment that exists below the surface. It's an entirely different world down there, and how cool would it be to be able to explore it all?

5. What are you reading now?

I am loving middle-grade right now because that is what both of my kids are reading, so I am reading what they are so that we can discuss and do it together. I am currently reading The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic with my daughter, and The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell with my son. It's so great to have so many talented local authors that my kids can meet and look up to!

6. What is your favorite word?

My favorite word is phantasmagoria. I think it's so cool because it evokes emotion and scenery in one long and fun-to-say word!
Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jessica Day George is the  New York Times  bestselling author of the  Tuesdays at the Castle  series, the  Twelve Dancing Princesses  series, and the  Dragon Slippers  trilogy. She will discuss and sign  The Rose Legacy   ($16.99 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC), about a young orphaned girl named Anthea who receives a letter from her long-lost uncle and learns he secretly breeds horses--animals that have been forbidden in her kingdom for centuries.
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman will discuss and sign  The Alcatraz Escape  ($16.99 Henry Holt & Company), the third book of the  New York Times  bestselling  Book Scavenger  series. Sleuthing duo Emily and James tackle their most challenging mystery yet, set on the haunting Alcatraz Island.
Saturday, May 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

The Fierce Reads Spring Tour is bringing a panel of some of your favorite YA authors to Aspen Grove!  Mary Pearson will discuss and sign  Dance of Thieves  ($18.99 Henry Holt & Company), about a young emperor and legendary former street thief. Taran Matharu will discuss and sign  The Outcast  ($18.99 Feiwel & Friends), a prequel to the  Summoner Trilogy .

Maurene Goo will discuss and sign   The Way You Make Me Feel  ($17.99 Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck. Tricia Levenseller will discuss and sign  Daughter of the Siren Queen   ($17.99 Feiwel & Friends), the second book of the  Daughter of the Pirate King  series.
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Internationally bestselling author Devri Walls will discuss and sign  Venators: Magic Unleashed  ($16.99 Brown Books Publishing Group), book one of the  Venators  series. Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation for anything from the supernatural world, and she's trying to hide it. If she doesn't, her reckless twin brother Ryker storms in fits of rage, and she starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping. 
Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Join Tattered Cover Book Store and OMG BookFest! as we proudly present the Author Circus! This experience-based event for middle grade readers will feature interactive activities, opportunities to meet authors, games, prizes, and lots of silly fun, all while encouraging a love of reading.

Attendees can meet authors such as David Bowles, Michael Buckley, Julia DeVillers, Stuart Gibbs, Adele Griffin, Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, Varian Johnson, Erin Entrada Kelly, Sarah Mlynowski, Brandon Mull, Lauren Myracle, Courtney Sheinmel, Ronald Smith, and Christina Soontornvat.  Free registration available NOW!
Monday, May 21, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Steve Jenkins, Caldecott Honor recipient, and Robbin Gourley, art director at Boyds Mills Press, will discuss and sign  A House in the Sky: And Other Uncommon Animal Homes   ($16.99 Charlesbridge Publishing). With stylized yet realistic watercolor illustrations, a simple text introduces similarities between human and animal homes with the unique qualities of each animal and its home.
Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado author Lisa Brown Roberts will discuss and sign  Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story   ($9.99 Entangled Publishing). Laurel's father's company is sponsoring a scholarship competition for interns, and she's supposed to vote for the winner. Then she starts to fall for one of the competing interns while someone on social media is trying to sabotage her father's company. And it might be working.
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Mary DeMocker, the co-founder and creative director of  350 Eugene , will discuss and sign  The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night's Sleep   ($15.95 New World Library).
Friday, May 4, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am, Historic LoDo

Monday, May 14, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, May 15, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Saturday, May 19, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List  
Based on April 2018

1. Hello Hello  by Brendan Wenzel

2. Dragons Love Tacos  by 
Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

3. Not Quite Narwhal  by 
Jessie Sima

4. The Wonderful Things You Will Be  by Emily Winfield Martin

5. Wolf in the Snow  by 
Matthew Cordell

by Greg Pizzoli 

Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

10. Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List  
Based on April 2018

1. A Wrinkle in Time  by 
Madeleine L'Engle

2. Number the Stars  by 
Lois Lowry

by Jacqueline Woodson

4. Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War  by Stel Pavlou

5. Wild Robot  by Peter Brown

6. Frindle  by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick

Chris Colfer

8. Loremaster (The Wishing World #2)  by Todd Fahnestock

9. Wonder   by R. J. Palacio

Guess what??  We're turning Trinity United Methodist Church into Hogwarts this summer! And you're invited to the party.

Don't miss out on the magic! Email us at  newsletter@tatteredcover.com  to join our Harry Potter Party mailing list.

What's the best drink to sip on while reading?
Hot Chocolate
Water (including flavored)
Results from April's poll:

What is your favorite time of day to read?


Late at night/before bedtime



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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!
kids' pick...
by Vera Brosgol

"Ah, summer camp. A time loved by some, hated by others, and experienced to the fullest in this new graphic novel by award-winning artist Vera Brosgol. Vera dreamed of going to camp just like the girls she knew from school, but when she ends up at a camp filled with other Russian-Americans, it's not exactly what she had in mind. Sure, there's capture the flag and swimming, but there's also Russian history class and going to church in the rain---and don't get her started on the outhouses. I laughed, cringed, and cheered while reading Vera's adventures. If you liked  Smile Drama , or  Real Friends , and are looking for something new, pick up this book next! It's perfect for summer reading." -- Bethany Strout, Children's Buyer
More books we love
On shelves 5/8...
by Gordon Korman

"Cooper’s family moved again, meaning he’s back to being 'Whatshisface' and making new friends. When his brand new phone (the I’m-Sorry gift from his parents) starts to act funny, Cooper realizes there is a ghost living in his phone! This wonderful story of fitting in, finding yourself, and the importance of having friends - whether real and spectral." -- Suzanne, School Librarian at Kyffin Elementary in Golden, CO
On shelves 5/8...
by Ben Guterson, illustrated by Chloe Bristol

"The novel  Amal Unbound  is a wonderful story set in Pakistan about a young Pakistani village girl, Amal, who longs for an education. Unfortunately, she is sent away from her family to be a servant to a wealthy, powerful landlord.  Amal Unbound  was heart-gripping and realistic. I loved the character of Amal, and I found it fascinating to learn about cultural traditions I never knew about. The novel speaks to the fact that gender equality is a human right, and should not have to be a female fight." -- Dasha, Dunstan Middle School
May Kids' Gift Item of the Month!

MiO - Manhattan Toy
on shelves in the children's section

"What's up campers? Do you like camping? And tents? And blocks? And blue bears? Do you want to show your kiddos how much fun camping, and tents, and blocks, and blue bears are? Boom. Check out this adorable Mio wooden block play set, fully equipped with its own blue bear! We may or may not have an "airplane with aviator" and a "tree house" for you to peek at too. Now dust off those sleeping bags and pack the instant coffee. We're going outside." --  Sam Foster, Gift Buyer

ARC Giveaway: May 2018

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

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

Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate (on shelves now)

Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true.

Along the way, she meets new allies--both animals and humans alike--who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family--one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.

Building upon the success of her critically acclaimed novels such as The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, and Wishtree, while also returning to her action-packed fantasy roots of Animorphs, the Endling series is Katherine Applegate at her finest.
Katherine Applegate is the author of  The One and Only Ivan , winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her other books include the acclaimed  Wishtree Crenshaw ,   Home of the Brave , and the Roscoe Riley Rules series. She lives in California with her family. 
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