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Changing Hands Bookstore: Events for Kids and Teens
Hunter March Dragons Love Tacos 2 Sarah J Maas
AwesomenessTV's Hunter March with TBH: 51 True Story Collabs Adam Rubin visits with the sequel to his wildly popular picture book Sarah J. Maas discusses A Court of Wings and Ruin
Kill All Happies Club Read Christopher Paolini
Rachel Cohn talks about her latest with Amy Fellner Dominy Tweens meet to discuss Alex Gino's debut, George Christopher Paolini with the first and only Eragon coloring book
Summer Reading Roadtrip Kick Off Summer Reading Roadtrip Kick Off Summer Brain Quest Kick Off
We're kicking off the Summer Reading Road Trip in Tempe. Join us! Join us in Phoenix as we kick off the Summer Reading Road Trip Embark on a learning adventure at this family-friendly event
TAB Tempe Seeking Mansfield TAB Phoenix
Teens meet in Tempe to discuss Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer Kate Watson visits Tempe with her debut, Seeking Mansfield Teens meet in Phoenix to discuss The Upside of Unrequited
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Adam Rubin:
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel

PHOENIX | 4:30PM THURSDAY, MAY 4

Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos 2
The New York Times bestselling picture book author visits with the sequel to his wildly popular Dragons Love Tacos.

News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then they could grab lots of tacos and bring them back! It's the perfect plan, as long as there's no spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time . . .

Chipotle Mexican Grill will be partnering with Penguin Young Readers to provide a salsa and guacamole demonstration at this event! More »
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MONDAY, MAY 1
7-8:30pm | PHOENIX | CHILDREN'S BOOK REP PICK | Of the many perks booksellers enjoy, one of the best is the opportunity to learn about (and read!) exciting new books months before they're published. Now we're offering this perk to you! Join our brilliant publishing sales reps for a sneak peek at this summer's forthcoming buzz books for children and teens, which you can pre-order for a 20% discount tonight only. Grab a beverage at First Draft and settle in for free snacks, advance reading copies, raffle prizes, and more! Free and open to the public. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 2
10-11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | FREE SEVEN-WEEK WORKSHOP | KINDERGARTEN BOOTCAMP | Author and Phoenix Public Library Early Literacy Specialist Tom Leveen hosts a seven-week workshop for parents and kids. In this series of hour-long sessions, Leveen offers parents tools, information, and activities to help prepare little ones for kindergarten success in a fun, educational, and interactive setting. RSVP for free at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH LYNNE AVRIL | Local illustrator Lynne Avril will lead this special Children's Book Week storytime. Lynne will read and create a drawing for the kids. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | HUNTER MARCH | TBH: 51 TRUE STORY COLLABS | The writer, producer, and on-screen personality of AwesomenessTV shares his debut collection of true stories featuring many of the creators who appear on AwesomenessTV's Youtube channel. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 4
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, May 11, 18, and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  More »
4:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | ADAM RUBIN | DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: THE SEQUEL | The New York Times bestselling picture book author visits with the sequel to his wildly popular Dragons Love Tacos.  More »
6:30pm | OFFSITE | TEEN EVENT | SARAH J. MAAS | A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN | The #1 New York Times bestselling author shares the latest installment of her popular Court of Thorns and Roses series, in conversation with local author Rae Carson. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available in-store or online. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 5
7-9pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | SQUARE DANCE WITH PICK & HOLLER AND CALLER GRACE ROLLAND | That's right, square dance! Join Pick & Holler with guest caller Grace Rolland for live music, lessons, and square dancing. All levels and all ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Cost: $8 per person. Kids under 12 are FREE. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RACHEL COHN IN CONVERSATION WITH AMY FELLNER DOMINY | KILL ALL HAPPIES | The New York Times bestselling author discusses her latest novel with fellow YA author Amy Fellner Dominy. This is it. Graduation. Vic Navarro is going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, and give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town's claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy. With the music thumping, alcohol flowing, and bodies mashing, Vic's party is a raging success. That is, until Happies fans start arriving in droves to say good-bye, and storm the deserted theme park behind the restaurant. The night is so not going as planned. And maybe that's the best plan of all. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 6
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME WITH MOLLY IDLE | Join us for a special costume (and crafts) storytime with Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator Molly Idle. Molly will be joined by Olivia and Danny's Dinosaur so don't forget to bring your camera for pictures with the kiddos. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes! More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | GEORGE | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Alex Gino's debut, George. 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 »

TUESDAY, MAY 9
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI | THE OFFICIAL ERAGON COLORING BOOK | The #1 New York Times bestselling author visits with the first and only coloring book to explore the world of Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle. This captivating book features more than forty pieces of art from award-winning fantasy illustrator Ciruelo. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 11
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME ANNIVERSARY LUAU | Baby Time celebrates its one year anniversay with a special luau-themed party.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  More »

SATURDAY, MAY 13
9-10:30am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | READING ROAD TRIP KICKOFF PARTY WITH SCHOLASTIC | Bring the kids! 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. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: OLIVIA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Ian Falconer's classic character Olivia!
3-5pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | READING ROADTRIP KICKOFF PARTY WITH SCHOLASTIC | Bring the kids! 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. More »

SUNDAY, MAY 14 | HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

MONDAY, MAY 15
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | OFF THE CUFF COMEDY IMPROV SHOW | The local comedy troupe performs an interactive show in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? More »

TUESDAY, MAY 16
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH THE TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY | Join Micah, Tempe Public Library's Youth Services Librarian, for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »

THURSDAY, MAY 18
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  More »

SATURDAY, MAY 20
10am-Noon | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BRAIN QUEST SUMMER KICK OFF | Local parenting blogger Bettijo Hirschi, co-creator of Paging Supermom, hosts a kick-off event for Brain Quest's summer line of workbooks. Explorers ages 5 and up will participate in crafts and activities designed to keep school skills sharp over the summer months. Purchase any of six new Brain Quest workbooks for a ticket to the event, good for a family of four. Once inside, kids can participate in as many or few activities as they like, while parents hang out at First Draft Book Bar or accompany kids from station to station. Cost: The purchase of one Brain Quest workbook ($12.95 + tax) admits a family of four (4). More »
2pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN BOOK SWAP | We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap! 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 »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | STRANGE THE DREAMER | Teens meet to discuss the new epic fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller Laini Taylor.  More »
4pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN BOOK SWAP | We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap! 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 »
4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATE WATSON | SEEKING MANSFIELD | Young adult author Kate Watson shares her debut, a retelling of Jane Austen's classic Mansfield Park set in the modern day. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 23
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 25
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 27
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED | Teens meet to discuss Becky Albertalli's latest, a funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity. More »

MONDAY, MAY 29 | MEMORIAL DAY

TUESDAY, MAY 30
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
 
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Brain Quest Summer Kick Off

PHOENIX | 10AM SATURDAY, MAY 20

Local parenting blogger Bettijo Hirschi, co-creator of Paging Supermom, hosts a kick-off event for Brain Quest's summer line of workbooks. More »

Join us for the launch of the NEW Summer Brain Quest Workbooks! Embark on a learning adventure at this family-friendly event for ages 5 and up. Explorers will participate in crafts and activities designed to keep school skills sharp over the summer months. Purchase any one of 6 new Brain Quest workbooks for a ticket to the event, good for a family of four.

One ticket gets the entire family through the door. Once inside, kids can participate in as many or few activities as they like. Parents can hang out at the bar or accompany kids from station to station. There will be refreshments and a photo station. More »
coming next month

Teen Book Swap

TEMPE | 2PM SATURDAY, MAY 20
PHOENIX | 4PM SATURDAY, MAY 20

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We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap!

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 »
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When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon | Hardcover, $17.99 »

"This book was, in a word, adorable. The love that Dimple and Rishi share is filled with joy, communication, and kindness, and is completely different from any other YA romance I have read. This book also offers a really unique insight into Indian culture that is often not represented in literature. Both characters are amazing and swoon-worthy on their own, and together they are absolutely unstoppable. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you will be able to see yourself in both Dimple and Rishi."  —Ava (16), B.I.T. reader
 
Lemons

Lemons

by Melissa Savage | Hardcover, $16.99 »

"Lemons is one of the best books that I have ever read. The whole story is adventurous and funny. I love the unique way that Melissa Savage conveys the emotions, both sad and joyful, of the characters through the way she writes her story. The exciting plot line always has an element of adventure as the characters get to know each other. The ending is satisfying, but it left me wondering what the characters will do next. I highly recommend reading this amazing book of loss and friendship."   —Julissa (12), B.I.T. reader
 
Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist

by Renee Ahdieh | Hardcover, $17.99 »

"Flame in the Mist is a wonderful fantasy story with all the elements that make a great one. I fell in love with Mariko from the first chapter and was happy to follow her long, and mostly arduous, journey to discover herself and come to terms with the harsh reality of the life she chose. I look forward to (by that I mean I am impatiently awaiting) the next book and the continuation of this captivating story."   —Faith
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