A World of Wonder
News & Reviews for Children & Families
September 2018   
A Letter from Kristen ................. Ongoing Events
Tattered Cover is literally bursting with all the incredible things happening at the stores in September, as well as this Fall. I'm writing today to highlight some of those so you don't miss out. We are so fortunate to be able to offer these authors, activities and programs to you--we don't want you to say afterwards, "If I had only known!"

Really, we've got some pretty special experiences awaiting you and our younger readers. Before we get to the list below, a few important things to note:

1. You can now become a FRIEND OF THE TATTERED COVER--our new membership program! $20 a year and you get waaaay more than $20 worth. And of course, you're supporting your local, independent business. :)  Join now!

The funny thing is...this is only a small sampling. (More info, including locations can be found on our  Stuff for Kids  webpage and our  Teen Readers  webpage.) I'm pretty giddy about this. I hope you will be, too!

See you at the bookstore!
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, September 7, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Meet Holly!
School Outreach Coordinator
Hello! My name is Holly, and I am the new School Outreach Coordinator at the Tattered Cover. I grew up in Golden, Colorado and recently graduated from Colorado State University. I also had the pleasure of attending the Denver Publishing Institute this summer.

I am excited to be School Outreach Coordinator because I get to work with schools and influence the reading culture of teens and children. My goal is to help teens find joy in reading and to help them learn about diverse experiences through books. I love reading anything YA, but especially YA historical fiction. When I'm not working or reading, I'm probably watching  Friends 
 with my dog, Joey Tribbiani!
Calling all Denver Metro area Educators!

Come enjoy a unique, fun-filled evening celebrating books and reading -- and you. This is a special event expressly for Denver Metro-area school librarians, teachers and school administration.

Tattered Cover Educator Night - Aspen Grove
Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 - 9:00 pm,  REGISTER HERE!

Tattered Cover Educator Night - Colfax Avenue
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm,  REGISTER HERE!
Local Author Spotlight!
Lily Williams, Author of  If Polar Bears Disappeared & If Sharks Disappeared

1. You have a degree in animation, so how did you get into writing and illustrating children's books?

I got into writing children's books after I posted 3 infographics called "What Happens When Sharks Disappear?" and they went viral, landing on the screen of an editor at Macmillan. She asked me to write a book on the topic and I said "yes!"

This book was my first book called, If Sharks Disappeared , which turned into a series called the If... Disappeared series and now If Polar Bears Disappeared is out in the world.
2. What comes first: writing the story or creating the illustrations?

Story first, illustrations second!
3. Why did you decide to write about polar bears?

Though they highlight an animal in each book, the If...Disappeared books are about how everything is connected. I was interested in Polar Bears because of the Arctic and how climate change is affecting the polar bears way of life.
4. What is your favorite fact about polar bears?

That polar bears are a marine mammal due to how much they swim!
5. What are you reading now?

I just finished Kelly Yang's Front Desk , which was a wonderful middle grade novel about 10-year-old Mia Tang who manages the front desk of the Calavista Motel.
6. What is your favorite word?

Puddle--it is a very cute word!
Saturday, September 8, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Stay up to date on upcoming Tattered Cover events by downloading our September calendar !
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, September 4, 4:30 pm, Aspen Grove

Rosemary Wells is an illustrator, author, and creator of  Max & Ruby . She will present  Kit & Kaboodle   ($17.99 Henry Holt), a new preschool picture book series starring brother-and-sister twin cat duo Kit and Kaboodle, and the mischievous mouse Spinka!
Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Ellen Hopkins is the  New York Times  bestselling author and poet of many young adult books including the  Crank  trilogy. She will discuss and sign  People Kill People   ($19.99 Margaret K. McElderry Books), a compelling and complex novel that tackles gun violence and white supremacy.
Saturday, September 8, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Denver author and illustrator Lily Williams will discuss and sign  If Polar Bears Disappeared   ($17.99 Roaring Book Press). What would happen if polar bears disappeared from the planet? Find out in this gorgeous, accessible nonfiction picture book that imagines the consequences of a world without polar bears.
Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Sylvia Acevedo will discuss and sign  Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist   ($17.99 Clarion Books), her inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Saturday, September 15, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Debut author Lija Fisher will discuss and sign  The Cryptid Catcher   ($16.99 Farrar, Straus and Giroux), the first book in a monstrously fun middle-grade duology about a boy who inherits a job hunting legendary creatures. 
Sunday, September 16, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Scott Westerfeld is the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of the  Uglies  series. He will discuss and sign  I mpostors   ($18.99 Scholastic Press), the first book of a new series set in the world of  Uglies  and full of twist and turns, rebellion and intrigue, where any wrong step could be the last.
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Laurie Halse Anderson is the  New York Times -bestselling author who writes for all ages including the acclaimed novel  Speak . She will discuss and sign  Speak: The Graphic Novel   ($19.99 Farrar Straus Grioux). With powerful illustrations by Emily Carroll,  Speak: The Graphic Novel  comes alive for new audiences and fans of the classic novel.
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. She is an expert on education and technology, as well as a mother of two young children. She will discuss and sign  The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life   ($27.00 PublicAffairs).
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Sloans Lake

Neil Patrick Harris is an accomplished actor, producer, director, host, author, husband, and a father of magical twins. He will discuss and sign  The Magic Misfits: The Second Story   ($16.99 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). Join us at Alamo Drafthouse Denver, Sloans Lake, for a book talk and meet and greet opportunity! There will be a raffle for 5 people (and their +1's) to meet Neil Patrick Harris. Tickets on sale NOW!
Friday, September 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the  And I Darken  series. She will discuss and sign  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein   ($18.99 Delacorte Press), a stunning and dark reimagining of  Frankenstein .
Friday, September 28, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Artist and author Alex Beard will read from and sign  The Lying King   ($17.95 Greenleaf Book Group Press). With a nod to Aesop and Kipling, this funny and pointed parable has lessons for everyone, from the playground to the boardroom and beyond.
Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Authors Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham will discuss and sign  The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare   ($14.99 Candlewick Press). It's mayhem at the science fair and a squishy goo monster is a challenge for the Princess in Black--but luckily some science-loving princesses are on hand to help. Join us for a tea party, costumes, and crafts!
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm, Littleton High School, TICKETS

Friday, October 5, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Saturday, October 13, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm, Cherry Creek High School,  TICKETS

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List  
Based on August 2018

1. We Don't Eat Our Classmates  by Ryan T. Higgins

2. Not Quite Narwhal  by Jessie Sima

by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

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

5. How to Babysit a Grandma  by Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

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

by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

by Jon Klaassen 

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

by Emily Winfield Martin
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List  
Based on August 2018
by Jacqueline Woodson

2. The Little Prince  by 
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Richard Howard (Translated by)

3. Ghost  by Jason Reynolds

4. Wonder  by R. J. Palacio

5. Warriors #1: Into the Wild (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin #1)  by Erin Hunter, Dave Stevenson (Illustrator)

6. The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate

7. Book Scavenger  by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

8. Greenglass House  by Kate Milford

9. The Wild Robot  by Peter Brown

by J.K. Rowling

Young Colorado writers from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to write an original mystery, suspenseful thriller, or humorous Halloween tale. And, young Colorado artists from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to design an original cover for the book of winners of the 35th Annual Tattered Cover Scary Story Contest. All entries must be received by Friday, October 5, 2018.


Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am, Littleton High School

Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am, Littleton High School
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September 9 - 15 you can bid on over 100 one-of-a-kind piggy banks decorated by your favorite authors, illustrators, and celebrities, including Denver's own Dow Phumiruk, illustrator of Counting on Katherine , whose piggy bank is pictured above ! Auction proceeds go to the Binc Foundation, the only non-profit in the country that helps booksellers and their families in times of crisis.  
Check out ALL the piggy banks up for bid  here   - Bid on a piggy bank - Help a bookseller!
Bidding opens and closes at 12:00 pm.
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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 Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael LóPez 

“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.” So what do you do next? Multi-award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson shows how to be brave, kind, and open in this poetic portrait perfect for someone starting school—or really, for all kids trying something new. Rafael López’s vibrant and colorful illustrations welcome readers in to any new experience with a warm hug." -- Bethany Strout, Director of Buying
More books we love
On shelves 9/11...
by Kate Messner

"Kirby Zigonski loves to mess around with different electronics and circuits. He likes to play around with a GPS to get a break from his rough home life. He doesn't know where his dad is, and is determined to find him. I liked this book because it was cool to read about all of his adventures while geocaching. I also learned a thing or two about circuits and how a GPS works. I would recommend it for everyone." -- Declan, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada, CO
On shelves now...
by Stephanie Burgis

"My favorite middle grade book just came out in paperback on Tuesday! This is a fabulous tale of a young dragon getting tricked--Hey! What's this? She is now in the form of a young human girl--ACK! In human form, as she is figuring out this human thing, she discovers chocolate for the very first time. Why hadn't anyone told her about CHOCOLATE? This is a terrific story involving dragons, chocolate, some trustworthy and not so trustworthy humans, a healthy dose of magic, and a longing for home. A perfect read-aloud as well as cosy-up-in-a-chair to read to yourself book. Love it!" -- Jocelyn, Tattered Cover bookseller
On shelves now...
by Dianne White, illustrated by Robin Page

"This attractively illustrated book describes the different colors of food found in the diets of a variety of animals. This was a fun and engaging read aloud for younger kids who were eager to make guesses about what color the various animals ate, and were also eager to share different colors of food they had eaten. The additional detailed information at the end about all the animals is helpful for those kids wanting to learn more." -- Jennifer, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada, CO
ARC Giveaway: September 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) .
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy (on shelves 9/11).

Roderick hates going to bed, and the young boy has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick's loving parents--fed up with the distractions and demands that have become his anti-bedtime ritual--decide to get him a stuffed animal to cuddle with and help him wind down. However, Sleepy quickly proves to be a bit high-maintenance. Just when we fear the night may never end, Sleepy's antics become too exhausting for Roderick to bear.

James Bond meets  Diary of a Wimpy Kid  with this groundbreaking new fully-illustrated chapter book series  Mac B., Kid Spy . The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there's only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure...but will he find it in time? 
Drew Daywalt  is a dad and an author, best known for writing the best-selling children's books The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home . He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, who always go to bed on time like perfect little angels and never fuss or try to stay up ever ever ever.
Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including  Extra Yarn , illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award;  The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse , a  New York Times bestseller; and  Sam and Dave Dig a Hole , a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. Barnett lives in California.
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