Events For Kids & Teens

Yes, you can find information on all our events on our store calendar.  But we want to make sure our younger patrons (and their parents) don't miss out on something special.  Here, you'll find a list of events especially geared to kids of all ages.  Feel free to print out our flyer attached below (two pages).  Note that the flyer will change as events occur or are added.  

Upcoming Events

Keep checking!  Authors are most often on tour in the spring and fall.

Saturday, July 12, 5 p.m. - DARREN FARRELL
When a well-meaning octopus helps his buddy to bed, silliness ensues.  Author and illustrator Darren Farrell (Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib) returns to Quail Ridge on Saturday, July 12, at 5 p.m. with Thank You, Octopus.  Bring the young ones for a terrific read-aloud story and fun.  “This hilarious nautical comedy of errors will lure in unsuspecting listeners.” --Horn Book.  Ages 3+. 

Friday, August 1, 7 p.m. - SAVE RAFE! PARTY
Save Rafe!
by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts is the new entry in the very popular Middle School series. Rafe's got a big challenge ahead of him if he wants to avoid being left back. You know he'd just LOVE an extra year of middle school! We're cheering Rafe on with a little party.  There will be food and surprises, thanks to James Patterson. (Note: this is not an author event.)  Ages 8+. 

Sunday, August 17, 1-4 p.m. - TEEN AUTHOR SUMMER SLAM
A panel of contemporary authors for teens will share their work on Sunday, August 17, from 1-4 p.m.  Join us for snacks, giveaways and book signings.  Check the event listing for the long list of authors attending! 

Monday, August 25, 7 p.m. - JON SCIESZKA
Things are never boring when Jon Scieszka is around!  He's brought us the wild humor of reinvented fairy tales (The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs), the silliness of his Trucktown books for young readers, and the history adventures of the Time Warp Trio.   Now this former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature tackles science in a new series, beginning with Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.  "I never thought science could be funny."—Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).  For ages 8+. 

Sunday, September 7, 3 p.m. - ERIC LITWIN
You may know him best as the author of the first four Pete the Cat books (with artist James Dean). He's also a talented singer/songwriter. Now Eric Litwin returns with more music and fun with his new picture book The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House (Little Brown $18). Receive a signing line ticket with purchase from us of The Nuts. Music and story for ages 3+.  Eric will sign one of his Pete the Cat books in addition.

Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m. - TOMMY HAYS
What I Came to Tell You offers a true-to-life quest by a boy seeking solace and forgiveness.  Set in Asheville, this is a touching story of love, grief, and finding comfort in unexpected ways.  “Hays’ story is filled with touching honesty and youthful wisdom, all of which help undergird Grover’s own discovery of the healing power of family, love, and art.” —Booklist. New in paperback (in September), for ages 10+. 

Friday, September 26, 5 p.m. - DEBBIE DIESEN & DAN HANNA
Author Debbie Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna brought you the popular Pout-Pout Fish. Now they visit with the new The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (FSG $16.99). Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school. For ages 2+.

Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. - KAMI GARCIA
She's co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, tales of supernatural beings in a gothic Southern town.  Now Kami Garcia visits with Unmarked, the second novel in The Legion series.  The paranormal tension did not let up in the first book, Unbreakable. Supernatural murder leads a young woman to join a secret society, the Legion of the Black Dove.  Ransom Riggs, author of Hollow City and no stranger to fantasy, says of Unmarked, "A rare sequel that surpasses the original." Ages 14+.

Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. - LADYBUG GIRL VISITS
One of the most popular picture book characters around is David Soman's Ladybug Girl.  Halloween is approaching, and Ladybug Girl has some choices to make.  How will she dress for Halloween?  Find out in Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma.  Ladybug Girl (costumed character) will be here for this special storytime.  Bring your camera - wouldn't you like YOUR picture taken with her?  For ages 3. (Note: not an author event)

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m. - CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG
The two-time Caldecott Medal recipient for the classics Jumanji and The Polar Express visits with The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Houghton Mifflin $18.99).  We'll have more details a bit closer to the event, but we are THRILLED!!!  Can you tell? We will be doing signing line tickets for this event with the purchase from us of Sweetie Pie.  Ages 4+.

Wednesday, December 3, 7 p.m. - JOHN FLANAGAN
Our Ranger's Apprentice Book Club was huge.  We know there are many excited fans out there who'll be delighted to know John is returning with Scorpion Mountain, the fifth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, which are related to the Apprentice series. You'll see some characters you know return as well in this novel!  Signing line ticket with the purchase from us of Scorpion Mountain.  Ages 9+.  

Thank You, Octopus (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780803734388
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial, 5/2014

ISBN-13: 9780316322126
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 6/2014
James Patterson's hilarious story of perseverance and courage shows everyone's favorite troublemaker, Rafe Khatchadorian, the star of the Middle School series, learning to become a leader at long last.

ISBN-13: 9781419712180
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books, 8/2014
Science and mad humor from one of the most inventive minds around!

ISBN-13: 9780316322447
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9/2014
New musical fun from the author of the first four Pete the Cat books.  Get ready for a new bedtime ritual. 

ISBN-13: 9781606844335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: EgmontUSA, 9/2013

ISBN-13: 9781606845455
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: EgmontUSA, 9/2014
Paperback edition, out in September.

ISBN-13: 9780374360955
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 6/2014
Turn little pouts into big smiles!

Unmarked (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780316210225
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2014
The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

ISBN-13: 9780803735842
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial, 8/2014

ISBN-13: 9780547315829
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 11/2014

Scorpion Mountain (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399163562
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel, 11/2014