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March 2017 Kids Events

Changing Hands Bookstore: Events for Kids and Teens
Club Read Sad Perfect Cat in the Hat Storytime
Tweens meet to discuss Me and Marvin Gardens Sad Perfect, a novel of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Celebrate Read Across America costume storytime in Tempe
Grace Lin TAB tempe Hellworld
Newbery Honor winner Grace Lin presents her latest book Teens meet in Tempe to discuss The Valiant by Lesley Livingston Tom Leveen shares his latest YA novel, Hellworld, a thriller
TAB phx Honestly Ben A Crown of Wishes
Teens meet in Phoenix to discuss Daughter of the Pirate King Bill Konigsberg shares his latest, a smart, laugh-out-loud novel Bestseller Roshani Chokshi presents A Crown of Wishes
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THURSDAY, MARCH 2
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. As a special bonus, to celebrate Read Across America day, our March 2 Baby Time event will include Dr Seuss' infamous Cat in the Hat. Make sure to bring your camera! Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, and 30More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MUSIC AND MOVEMENT STORYTIME WITH TOM AND KATY | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish who discovers that spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | ME AND MARVIN GARDENS | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Printz Honor Award winner Amy Sarig King's latest novel, the story of an unusual friendship that could actually save the world. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
4pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | STEPHANIE ELLIOT | SAD PERFECT | The local author shares her novel, inspired by her own daughter's journey with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. For sixteen-year-old Pea, eating has always been difficult. Some might call her a picky eater, but she knows it's more than that, and it's getting worse. And now there's a monster raging inside of her, one that controls more than just her eating disorder. When Pea meets Ben and they fall crazy-mad in love, she tries to keep the monster hidden—but the monster wants out.  More »

SUNDAY, MARCH 5
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | READ ACROSS AMERICA STORYTIME WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Dr Seuss' infamous feline. We're commemorating Read Across America Day on March 2nd—Dr Seuss' birthday!  More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 7
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday.
7pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | GRACE LIN | WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER | The author of the Newbery Honor winning modern classic Where the Mountain Meets the Moon presents her latest bestseller, a full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore. Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. The two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother before it's too late.  More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 9
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MUSIC AND MOVEMENT STORYTIME WITH TOM AND KATY | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish who discovers that spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every second Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
3:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR STORYTIME | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Eric Carle's all-time classic hungry bug. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 16
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MUSIC AND MOVEMENT STORYTIME WITH TOM AND KATY | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | THE VALIANT | Teens meet to discuss Lesley Livingston's novel about a young woman's journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.  More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 21
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Head librarian Micah Corpaal from Tempe Public Library leads an interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every third Tuesday.
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TOM LEVEEN | HELLWORLD | The local author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013) shares his latest YA novel about a teen struggling to discover what happened to her mother who disappeared during a ghost hunt. Five years ago, Abby Booth's mom, cohost of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a 'haunted' cave in Arizona. Since then, Abby's life has all but fallen to pieces. But now, at seventeen, Abby plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
6:30-9:30pm | OFFSITE | PSYCHO PRESENTED BY TOM LEVEEN AND INTL HORROR AND SCI-FI FILM FEST | Local author Tom Leveen partners with the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival to bring a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to the valley. A short discussion of horror in film and fiction as well as a Q&A with Leveen will kick off the event. Changing Hands Bookstore will be onsite for an author signing. Register here »

THURSDAY, MARCH 23
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every fourth Thursday.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING | Teens meet to discuss Tricia Levenseller's debut, full of action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic all blended into a thrilling YA pirate tale. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 28
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday.
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | BILL KONIGSBERG | HONESTLY BEN | The multi award-winning author of Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth shares his latest, a smart, laugh-out-loud novel that will speak to anyone who's struggled to be "honestly ____________" in some part of their lives. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 30
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MUSIC AND MOVEMENT STORYTIME WITH TOM AND KATY | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ROSHANI CHOKSHI | A CROWN OF WISHES | The New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen presents her latest novel, an adventure about a young princess overcoming danger at every turn to win back her kindgom. More »
coming next month

Grace Lin: When the Sea Turned to Silver

PHOENIX | 7PM TUESDAY, MARCH 7

When the Sea Turned to Silver
Grace Lin
The author of the Newbery Honor winning modern classic Where the Mountain Meets the Moon presents her latest bestseller, a full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore.

Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother--before it's too late. More »
coming next month

Roshani Chokshi: A Crown of Wishes

TEMPE | 7PM FRIDAY, MARCH 31

A Crown of Wishes
Roshani Chokshi
The New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen presents her latest novel.

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom's enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they'll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. More »
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You're Welcome, Universe

You're Welcome, Universe

by Whitney Gardner | Hardcover, $17.99 »

"You're Welcome, Universe is a stunning novel about the struggle of a deaf teenager fighting to keep her identity. Julia, the protagonist, learns about betrayal, individuality, and friendship in this coming-of-age story riddled with humor and depth. This novel is relatable to anyone who has ever struggled to fit into a place they felt they didn't belong. You're Welcome, Universe paints a realistic picture of teenage life that is definitely worth a read! "  —Megan (15), B.I.T. reader
 
If I Had a Little Dream

Nemesis

by Brendan Reichs | Hardcover, $17.99 »

"I urge you not to start reading this before bed. Unless you are the type of person who enjoys staying up all night reading, because you will not be able to put this book down. It is that good! Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, bam, plot twist. It had my heart pounding, my pulse racing, I was on the edge of my seat (and other such clichés), and I enjoyed every single moment. Do yourself a favor and read this book, it will not disappoint."   —Faith
 
The Other F-Word

The Other F-Word

by Natasha Friend | Hardcover, $17.99 »

"When young Hollis Darby-Barnes and Milo Robinson-Clark met for the first time they never thought they would reunite as teenagers to discover their sperm donor. They also didn't realize that their search would lead them to finding a family they never knew they had. The Other F-Word was surprisingly good and I just couldn't put it down. It now ranks among my favorite books. There's a lot of humor and it is adorable when Hollis and Milo finally meet the rest of their family. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about friendship, family, and finding a place in the world."   —Caitlin (14), B.I.T. reader
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