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Holiday Crafting Bazaar
Club Read Babytime The Mermaid
Tweens meet to discuss Nidhi Chanani's Pashmina Babytime: activities to promote movement and playtime Celebrated illustrator and author Jan Brett shares The Mermaid
Holiday Book Swap Hannukkah Storytime Roderick and Wyatt Townley
Join us for a holiday book swap with a fellow book lovers Hanukkah Storytime and book fair with Temple Emanuel Poet Wyatt Townley and author Roderick Townley visit Tempe
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Holiday Crafting Bazaar
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Jan Brett: The Mermaid

TEMPE | 5PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

Jan Brett
The Mermaid
The celebrated illustrator and children's book author shares her latest, a striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks as only Jan Brett could create.

When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She's thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.

But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed. Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.

Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Chock full of fish and fauna and adventure, Kiniro's story will enchant readers of all ages. More »
 
Best Kids' Books of 2017
Happy Holidays from the Changing Hands Kids' Team! Our children's book specialists have scoured the shelves to find the hottest books to hit the shelves in 2017. No more trying to cipher through thousands of titles trying to find the perfect book for your child. We're your one stop shop for all ages, whether they be a newborn, toddler, kid, teen, or even a kid-at-heart adult. This year, give the gift of turning pages. More »
 
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
6-8pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. You can also catch the Grinch Saturday morning in Tempe and at Changing Hands Phoenix Sunday (12/3). More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
10am-Noon | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME AND PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. But be alert, in case Mr. Grinch tries to tip-toe away with your free treats while you're listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! You can also catch storytime and pictures with the Grinch at Changing Hands Phoenix Sunday (12/3). More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ: PASHMINA | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Nidhi Chanani's debut graphic novel Pashmina. 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 »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
10am-Noon | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME AND PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. But be alert, in case Mr. Grinch tries to tip-toe away with your free treats while you're listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! More »
2-4pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | HOLIDAY CRAFTING BAZAAR | Bring the kids and join us for a Holiday Crafting Bazaar! Kids will handcraft a variety of gifts to give to friends and family with one-on-one help from instructors. Parents are welcome to watch from our own First Draft Book Bar or browse for the duration of the workshop. Cost $10 per child (ages 8-12). More »
4-5pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | Changing Hands Phoenix closes early at 6pm.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | YAMAHA CLAVINOVA FESTIVAL AND SEASON OF SHARING | Listen to young musicians perform Christmas songs to benefit International Health Partners, whose current project is building the first Children's Hospital in Zinga, Tanzania. Presented by East Valley Yamaha Music School. More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | An Early Literacy Specialist from Phoenix Public Library visits every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, December 14, 21, and 28. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
12pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | RICH BERRA | THE TALE OF CHRISTMAS STEVE | Rich Berra, the nationally syndicated host of iHeart Media's Johnjay and Rich Show, signs copies of his new children's book, The Tale of Christmas Steve. This whimsical story about a Christmas elf is a timely reminder that everyone has something unique to offer--no matter the outside package. A portion of proceeds benefit the Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish program, a division of #LoveUp, which provides food, clothing, comfort and holiday presents to children and families in need. More »

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
5pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | JAN BRETT | THE MERMAID | The beloved author-illustrator shares her latest picture book, a striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks as only Jan Brett could create. Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Brett's trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CORDUROY | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Corduroy the bear. More »
3-4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN HOLIDAY BOOK SWAP | Bring a friend and a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. And don't forget to slip a note inside the book describing why it's your favorite, then gift wrap it for a fun white elephant-like exchange! Presented by our Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.). More »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
11am-12pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | HANUKKAH STORYTIME WITH TEMPLE EMANUEL | Please join Temple Emanuel and the Yad B' Yad Children's Center for a lively Pre-Hanukkah Story and Song Time! We'll read stories, sing songs, and spin the dreidel. You can even shop for some new books to take home with you, 20% of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of books for Temple Emanuel's libraries. More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every second Tuesday. More »

TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12 | HANUKKAH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
8am | PHOENIX / TEMPE | Both Changing Hands locations open early at 8am.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
9am | TEMPE | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holidays.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MICAH | Storyteller Micah from the Tempe Public Library joins us for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23
8am | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY OPENING | Both locations of Changing Hands open early at 8am.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE
9am | TEMPE | EARLY OPENING | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holiday.
5pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY CLOSING | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands close early at 5pm to observe Christmas Eve.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 | CHRISTMAS DAY
PHOENIX / TEMPE | CLOSED | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands are closed to observe the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27
7pm | TEMPE | RODERICK TOWNLEY (BITTER MAGIC) AND WYATT TOWNLEY (THE AFTERLIVES OF TREES) | Poet Wyatt Townley and children's author Roderick Townley weave poetry with kid lit to explore the great theme of home—the need to leave it, the longing to return. They'll draw on their latest books—Wyatt's The Afterlives of Trees, Roderick's A Bitter Magic—as well as archetypal myths of home from Shakespeare to Harry Potter, from Homer to Peter Rabbit! All ages welcome. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every fourth Thursday. More »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 | NEW YEAR'S EVE
5pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY CLOSING | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands Bookstore close early at 5pm to observe the holiday.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 | NEW YEAR'S DAY
CLOSED | PHOENIX | First Draft Book Bar and Changing Hands Phoenix will be closed all day to observe the holiday.
Noon-9pm | TEMPE | CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE | Didn't get what you want for the holidays? Visit our annual Customer Appreciation Sale when virtually everything in the store is 25% off! Discount excludes online and special orders, reserved books, workshops and classes, and gift certificates. Because of this generous discount, we must suspend Readers' Club Stamps for the day. More »
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