Changing Hands Bookstore: Events for Kids and Teens
Black Brother, Black Brother Baby Time Club Read
Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes shares Black Brother, Black Brother Babytime in Phoenix: activities to promote movement and playtime Tweens meet at both stores to discuss Melissa Savage's Nessie Quest
James Rallison Fry Bread Green on Green
YouTube artist James Rallison presents his second comic collection Storytime with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal: Fry Bread Local author Dianne Green shares her latest picture book
TAB Every Reason We Shouldn't My Life as a Potato
Teens meet in Tempe to discuss Tillie Walden's Are You Listening? Sara Fujimura visits with her latest, Every Reason We Shouldn't Local author Adrianne Costner presents her debut tween novel
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TUESDAY, MARCH 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 Tuesdays, March 17, 24, and 31. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | JEWELL PARKER RHODES | BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER | Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes presents the powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Trey. Quiet, obedient. When an incident with "King" Alan leads to Donte's arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep's fencing team, and maybe learn something about himself along the way. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, March 12, 19, and 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 7
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with illustrator James Dean's famous picture book cat. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | NESSIE QUEST |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Melissa Savage's Nessie Quest, a middle-grade story about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster. Author Melissa Savage joins Club Read in Phoenix to discuss the book. 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 »

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 12
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, March 19 and 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 14
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with illustrator James Dean's famous picture book cat. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 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 Tuesdays, March 24 and 31. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
7pm | OFFSITE | JAMES RALLISON | ODD 1S OUT: THE FIRST SEQUEL | The YouTube artist and storyteller presents his latest collection, with all new and never-before-seen content featuring opinions, stories, and signature characters. James Rallison has always felt like he was on the outside looking in. His YouTube videos are all about his "odd" behavior, and with over 13 million subscribers and millions more followers on social media, these animations have found their way into the hearts of fans who also feel like a bit of an odd one. In this second installment in the Odd 1s Out series, James is back with characters, stories, and opinions, including the upside of the robot uprising, questionable pizza toppings, strange yet completely reasonable fears, and inventions that don’t exist, but should. Offering advice on accepting your quirks and growing up in the Internet age, The Odd 1s Out: The First Sequel is sure to be a must-have for old and new fans alike. Location: McClintock High School, 1830 E Del Rio Dr, Tempe, 85282. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 19
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, March 26. More »
CANCELLED | 10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH KEVIN NOBLE MAILLARD AND JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL | FRY BREAD | Join us for a special storytime with the author and illustrator of Fry Bread. Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
POSTPONED | 10am | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | DIANNE WHITE | GREEN ON GREEN | Local author Dianne White shares her latest picture book about discovering the joys of nature, seasons, family, and the vibrant colors of them all. A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer, and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | ARE YOU LISTENING? | Teens meet to discuss Are You Listening?, a graphic novel written and illustrated by Tillie Walden. Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak—and a startling revelation about sexual assault—culminating in an exquisite example of human connection. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 24
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, March 31. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 26
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SARA FUJIMURA | EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T |
The award-winning young adult author and creative writing teacher presents her novel, a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell. Sixteen-year-old figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of trying to live up to expectations of being the daughter of Olympians Michael Kennedy and Midori Nakashima . . . until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying... and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart? More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | ADRIANNE COSTNER | MY LIFE AS A POTATO | Local author Adrianne Costner presents her debut tween novel. Ben Hardy believes he’s cursed by potatoes. And now he’s moved to Idaho, where the school’s mascot is Steve the Spud! Yeah, this cannot be good. After accidentally causing the mascot to sprain an ankle, Ben is sentenced to Spud duty for the final basketball games of the year. But if the other kids know he’s the Spud, his plans for popularity are likely to be a big dud! Ben doesn’t want to let the team down, so he lies to his friends to keep it a secret. No one will know it’s him under the potato suit—right? Life as a potato is all about not getting mashed! More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 31
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
 
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Nessie Quest

by Melissa Savage | Hardcover, $16.99 »
 

Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Melissa Savage’s Nessie Quest, a middle-grade story about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster.

This month's author Melissa Savage joins Club Read in Phoenix to discuss the book.

Ada Ru finally thought her parents were going to agree to a Fitzhugh family vacation in Disney World the summer before sixth grade, until her father announces he's taking a teaching position in Scotland, and moving the family there for the entire summer.

Ada Ru is anything but happy. She doesn't like their new home, she hates haggis, and she certainly doesn't like the idea that she will be away from her best friend all summer. To top it all off, there is said to be a monster in the lake near their house!

That's when she meets Hamish Bean Timmy, Hammy Bean for short, captain of the Nessie Quest Monster Chaser boat tour. He knows everything there is to know about the fabled Loch Ness Monster and Scotland. But as the two unlikely friends embark on an epic adventure to spot the lake monster, they end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined.

Club Read meets in both stores on Saturday, March 7, 2020 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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Life Is Short and Then You Die

Are You Listening?

by Tillie Walden | Paperback, $17.99 »
 

Teens meet to discuss Are You Listening?, a graphic novel written and illustrated by Tillie Walden.

The graphic novel Are You Listening? is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden.

Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou.

This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak—and a startling revelation about sexual assault—culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.

This magical realistic adventure from the celebrated comics creator of Spinning and On a Sunbeam will stay with readers long after the final gorgeously illustrated page.

T.A.B. meets in Tempe on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3pm. More info »

TAB TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.)
Every month, teens ages 12 to 18 meet at Changing Hands to discuss the month's YA pick and select the next month's pick. Many months, we also have live and Skype author visits! More info »
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