Summer Reading Road Trip Kickoff Party with Scholastic

Bring the kids! Join us in Phoenix as we kick off the ultimate Summer Reading Road Trip.

The Scholastic Road Trip RV is touring the country with their favorite authors, illustrators, and characters—and we've got them! You'll also enjoy activity stations, giveaways, free treats, and more.
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  • Costumed Characters:
    • Clifford
    • Geronimo Stilton
    • Captain Underpants
    • Dogman
  • Authors:
    • Mary Lambert: Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes
    • Chris Gall: Little Red's Riding Hood, The Ninjabread Man
    • James Burks: Bird & Squirrel graphic novel series, Haggis and Tank series, Open Wide!
    • Kevin Sherry: The Yeti Files series and I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
  • This event is FREE and open to the public.
  • Event guidelines may be subject to changes.

  • There is plenty of free public parking west of Changing Hands Phoenix, at 400 and 444 West Camelback. Additional free public parking across Camelback to the south.
  • Don't want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

MARY LAMBERT is a middle school English teacher at a charter school in Tempe, Arizona. Last summer, she graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in children's writing. Called a "standout" by Kirkus Reviews, Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter at @MaryUncontrary.

CHRIS GALL is the illustrator of Little Red's Riding 'Hood and the award-winning author and illustrator of Dinotrux, Substitute Creacher, and Cat vs. Dog. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him online at

JAMES BURKS spent fifteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Wow Wow Wubbzy, and most recently on Fan Boy & Chum Chum. James is the author of the Bird & Squirrel graphic novel series for Scholastic, as well as the illustrator for the Branches series Haggis and Tank Unleashed. James lives in Valencia, California.

KEVIN SHERRY is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, most notably The Yeti Files series and I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, which received starred reviews and won an original artwork award from the Society of Illustrators. He’s a man of many interests: a chef, an avid cyclist, the founder of online screen-printing company Squidfire, and a performer of hilarious puppet shows for kids and adults. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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