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Children's Book Week
APRIL 30 - MAY 6, 2018
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.
We're honoring it this year through a variety of author events, panels, storytimes, and more! Just look for the CBW icon for more information on each event.
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Rae Carson: Star Wars: Most Wanted
PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
The New York Times bestselling author of the Gold Seer trilogy visits with her new Star Wars novel set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run—from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss—and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive. More »
MONDAY, APRIL 30 — SUNDAY, MAY 6
CBW | PHOENIX / TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK | Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative for children in America. We're honoring it this year through a variety of author events, panels, storytimes, and more! Just look for the CBW icon for more information on each event. More »
TUESDAY, MAY 1 — THURSDAY, MAY 31
CBW | All Day | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATOR EXHIBIT | Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to feature artwork from local New York Times bestselling illustrators, including Caldecott honor winner Molly Idle (People Don't Bite People), Chris Gall (The Littlest Train), and Juana Martinez-Neal (Alma and How She Got Her Name). More »
TUESDAY, MAY 1
CBW | 10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish, who discovers that spreading "the dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. Hosted by author and Phoenix Public Library Early Literacy Specialist Tom Leveen. More »
THURSDAY, MAY 3
CBW | 9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit 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 10, 17, 24, and 31. More »
CBW | 10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish, who discovers that spreading "the dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. Author and Phoenix Public Library Early Literacy Specialist Tom Leveen hosts. More »
CBW | 7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SUZANNE YOUNG | THE COMPLICATION | The New York Times bestselling teen author and local high school teacher presents the sixth novel in the Program series. More »
FRIDAY, MAY 4
CBW | 7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | OPEN MIC WITH AMY FELLNER DOMINY | THE FALL OF GRACE | Calling all writers! Here's your chance to share your work in front of a friendly audience. It was a First Page Read-Aloud event that led to Amy Fellner Dominy's first sale. Now she's celebrating the release of her sixth book, The Fall of Grace, by hosting this Open Mic Night for other aspiring authors. Bring a first page or a short scene to share—each reader will be given up to 3 minutes at the microphone. There will be chocolate for courage and other writers to cheer you on! Open to writers of all ages, fiction or non-fiction, all genres appropriate for a family audience. Dominy will sign copies of The Fall of Grace after the event. Sign-up to read starting at 6:45pm on event day. Spots are limited. More »
SATURDAY, MAY 5
CBW | ALL DAY | PHOENIX / TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | KIDS TRADES DAY | Learn the ins and outs of trading your used books! Kids and teens will talk to a used book expert about the benefits and guidelines of the Changing Hands trade program. They'll also earn a coupon to spend in the bookstore! More »
CBW | 10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LLAMA LLAMA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories by Anna Dewdney and pictures with Llama Llama! More »
CBW | 11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MOLLY IDLE | PEOPLE DON'T BITE PEOPLE | Join us for a special storytime with Caldecott Honor-winning local author and illustrator Molly Idle. In her hysterical new read-aloud picture book People Don't Bite People, Idle reminds overeager little biters that biting is for food. Learning good behavior has never been so fun! More »
CBW | 2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as
we discuss Philippa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden. 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 »
CBW | 4-6pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | WRITING WORKSHOP | MELISSA MARR | "COMBAT IN FICTION" | The New York Times bestselling author of the Lovely Wicked series hosts a writing workshop for teens as part of Children's Book Week. Marr demonstrates sword fighting maneuvers with a practice sword and discusses why this matters for writing action scenes. Cost: $20. Ages 13 and up. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
SUNDAY, MAY 6
CBW | 11am-12:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | PLAY ART AND YOGA | Celebrate Children's Book Week with this pop-up yoga event with PLAY (Play and Learn Through Art and Yoga). Parents and children will practice mindfulness with yoga, art, and reading! This is a FREE event. Ideal for ages 3 - 8 years old, but ALL ages welcome. Parents are invited to bring yoga mats as they will be provided for children only. More »
CBW | 11am-1pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | JUDY MOODY DAY | Judy Moody Day is your chance to celebrate all things Judy and Stink (and Mouse, Toady, and Jaws). Judy Moody: she's a third-grader, avid collector, Saver of the Planet, and future doctor . . . but most of all, she is moody. Just like YOU. She and her pesky little brother Stink star in the wildly popular and award-winning series written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter Reynolds. Join us for activities, giveaways, and snacks! More »
SATURDAY, MAY 12
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LLAMA LLAMA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories by Anna Dewdney and pictures with Llama Llama! More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.): CADAVER & QUEEN AND THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER | Teens meet to discuss Alisa Kwitney's Cadaver & Queen. Frankenstein meets Marissa Meyer's Cinder in this tightly paced historical thriller packed with secrets, betrayal, and steamy romance. We'll also discuss Emily X. R. Pan's The Astonishing Color of After, a stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family. More »
SUNDAY, MAY 13 | HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
THURSDAY, MAY 17
6:30pm | PHOENIX | "RAMBUNCTIOUS PRESS" LAUNCH | Join us in Tempe to celebrate the launch of Desert Hills High School's online literary arts journal. Rambunctious Press features poetry, artwork, stories, photography, and video production from students in the East Valley, and across Arizona. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RYAN DALTON | THE GENESIS FLAME (TIME SHIFT TRILOGY #3) | The local author presents the third installment of his sci-fi mystery series. The timeline is burning. While teenage twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert struggle to reach their full potential, an enemy accuses them of attacking his future, and his quest for vengeance threatens the timeline. To survive, the twins must learn the truth about themselves and their mysterious accuser. Failure could mean the end of Time itself. More »
TUESDAY, MAY 22
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | OFF THE CUFF COMEDY IMPROV SHOW | The local comedy troupe visits to perform an interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show created from audience suggestions in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? More »
MONDAY, MAY 28 | MEMORIAL DAY
TUESDAY, MAY 29
7pm | OFFSITE | FAMILY EVENT | TEMPLE GRANDIN | CALLING ALL MINDS | Scientist, inventor, and renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin shares her book of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar. More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. Co-presented by SARRC. Location: Mountain View High School, 2700 E Brown Rd, Mesa 85213. Ticket packages available shortly. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know when tickets go on sale. More »
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | RAE CARSON | STAR WARS: MOST WANTED | The New York Times bestselling author of the Gold Seer trilogy visits with her new Star Wars novel set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run—from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss—and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive. More »
Tom's Midnight Garden
by Philippa Pearce | Paperback, $7.99 »
When Tom's brother gets sick, he's shipped off to spend what he's sure will be a boring summer with his aunt and uncle in the country. But then Tom hears the old grandfather clock in the hall chime thirteen times, and he's transported back to an old garden where he meets a young, lonely girl named Hatty.
Tom returns to the garden every night to have adventures with Hatty, who mysteriously grows a little older with each visit. As the summer comes to an end, Tom realizes he wants to stay in the garden with Hatty forever.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Tom's Midnight Garden
is a classic of children's literature and a deeply satisfying time-travel mystery.
Club Read meets in both stores on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2pm. More info »
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 »
Cadaver & Queen
by Alisa Kwitney | Hardcover, $18.99 »
When Elizabeth Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn't have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she'll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-Mechanical—one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school—she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program. Only this Bio-Mechanical isn't like the others. This one seems to have thoughts, feelings . . . and self-awareness. Soon Elizabeth realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein, a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly Elizabeth finds herself entwined in his dark secrets—ones he might have been murdered to keep buried.
The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X. R. Pan | Hardcover, $18.99 »
Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After
is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.
T.A.B. meets in Tempe on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 3pm. More info »
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 »