Changing Hands Bookstore: Events for Kids and Teens
Club Read Um Land Holiday Book Swap
Tweens meet to discuss The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King Bring your kids and join us for a Holiday Crafting Bazaar! Join us for a holiday book swap with fellow teen book lovers
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Best Kids' Books of 2019
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 2019. 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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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, December 17. More »
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | YAMAHA CLAVINOVA FESTIVAL AND SEASON OF SHARING | Listen to young musicians perform Christmas songs to benefit International Health Partners. The current project of IHP is building the first Children's Hospital in Zinga, Tanzania. Completed projects include the nursing school in Dodoma and hospital in Iambi. The overall goal of International Health Partners is to bring self-sustaining quality health care to Tanzania. Co-presented by East Valley Yamaha Music School. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, December 12, 19, and 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, December 12, 19, and 26. More »

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
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. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
10am-12pm | 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! More »
2pm | \ PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Amy King's The Year We Fell from Space. Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception. Some other exceptions: Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn't talked to her since. Her mom, who's happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely. And her sister, who won't go outside their house. Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach? Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
1-4pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | HOLIDAY CRAFTING BAZAAR | Bring your kids and join us for a Holiday Crafting Bazaar! Kids 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 First Draft Book Bar or browse for the duration of the workshop. Cost: $12 per child, ages 8 and up. Registration online. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | Changing Hands Phoenix closes early at 6pm.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, December 19 and 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, December 19 and 26. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
10am-12pm | 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 »
11am-4pm | TEMPE | SUCCULENT PLANTING PARTY | Join us for a Natural Life Succulent Planting Party. Featuring your choice of $3.50-$5 succulents and a variety of cheerful mugs from Natural Life ranging from $10-25. We will provide all potting materials, gift tag, and a cute Natural Life bag to present your gift! Cost: $3.50 to $5 for your choice of succulent and $10-25 for your choice of planter mug. More »
6-8pm | 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 »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
9am | TEMPE | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holidays.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
1pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | HANUKKAH STORYTIME WITH TEMPLE EMANUEL OF TEMPE | Join Temple Emanuel of Tempe at Changing Hands for a musical Hanukkah storytime. Enjoy stories, sing songs, and spin the dreidel! If you shop for books and gifts to take home with you, mention the Temple Emanual Book Fair at the register, and 15% of proceeds will go towards the purchase of books for their libraries. (Book fair offer runs through Sunday, December 22, 2019.) More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, December 17. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, December 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, December 26. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | BOOK SWAP | Our Teen Book Swap is back! Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 | HANUKKAH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN | HAPPY HANUKKAH!

TUESDAY, 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.

WEDNESDAY, 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!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 | KWANZAA BEGINS | HAPPY KWANZAA!
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

TUESDAY, 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.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 | NEW YEAR’S DAY
PHOENIX | CLOSED | 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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The Year We Fell From Space

The Year We Fell From Space

by Amy Sarig King | Hardcover, $16.99 »

The deeply affecting next book from acclaimed author Amy Sarig King. Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception. Some other exceptions: Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn't talked to her since. Her mom, who's happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely. And her sister, who won't go outside their house. Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach?

Club Read meets in both stores on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2pm. More info »
Club Read WHAT IS CLUB READ?
Great books, prize giveaways, tasty treats, author visits and more — it's all part of our free Club Read program for kids, and you're invited! We meet once a month to discuss a book, do some fun activities, and have a great time. Sign up today (it's free!) and start earning points towards all kinds of cool prizes. More info »
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