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. And we expect more events to be added.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 4:30 PM - PETER BROWN
Bring the kids in from the sun with Peter Brown. This Caldecott Honor winner has illustrated another hilarious picture book about a very brave rabbit and the creepy things in his life. First, it was some Creepy Carrots! and now, no matter how hard he tries, Jasper cannot get rid of a pair of glow-in-the-dark, ghoulish underwear. Join us Friday, August 18 at 4:30pm as he brings us his newest creepy adventure, Creepy Pair of Underwear! This book is recommended for ages 4-8.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2 pm - MIKE LUPICA
Adults and kids are among his fans. Award-winning sports writer and author Mike Lupica has enthralled all with his long-running column in the NY Daily News, his ESPN commentary, and his magazine articles. His sports-themed novels are gobbled up by younger readers. We're delighted to welcome him back on Saturday, September 16, at 2 pm with Lone Stars. From the #1 bestselling author of Last Man Out, QB1, and Million-Dollar Throw comes a football story ripped from current sports headlines. In the land where football is king, a player grapples with what's really important: giving his increasingly-impaired coach a winning season and a final honor in the spotlight. For ages 10+.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 6 PM - SARAH J. MAAS (offsite event)
Sarah J. Maas returns with the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series, Tower of Dawn. Follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire. Sarah will be joining us Thursday, September 7 at 6pm, across the street at Carroll Middle School auditorium. We recommend this book for ages 14+.
Receive one admission ticket with a QRB purchase of Tower. We have 30 companion tickets available, free of charge, for parents/guardians that wish to accompany their children to the event. Please inquire in the store, or call for a companion ticket. All books will be pre-signed; no personalizations. Pre-program activities begin at 6pm; Sarah will begin her program at 7pm. Sarah will be in conversation with TBA. There will be a drawing (one entry/book purchase) for the opportunity to talk with Sarah and have your book personalized and a photo taken with her. There will be 50 lucky winners!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2 PM - DREW DAYWALT AND MIKE MYERS
We sense a disturbance in the Force. Best-selling illustrator and author of QRB favorites like The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, Drew Daywalt and Mike Myers, are here with their newest book, Star Wars: BB-8 on the Run. Join astromech droid, BB-8, on his mission to deliver a secret map, making friends and avoiding enemies along the way. Bring your lightsabers Saturday, September 9 at 2pm. This book is recommended for ages 6+.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7 PM - CATHERYNNE VALENTE
Merging fantasy with reality, fact with fiction, Catherynne Valente invites us to Glass Town, where the Brontë sisters must battle Napoleon’s forces, rescue each other, and just perhaps, save all of England. An adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, The Glass Town Game will be a great new chapter book for ages 10+. Valente will be here Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm to share this new take on classic literature.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 7 PM - TUI T. SUTHERLAND
Dragon tribes at war, a lost treasure, and a prophecy set the stage for Tui T. Sutherland's Wings of Fire series. By book ten, Darkstalker’s evil power has killed or entranced almost every dragon in the seven tribes. Can Qibli use his wits as much as his magic to rewrite the prophecy and save Pyrrhia? Find out when Tui brings us Darkness of Dragons on Friday, September 22 at 7pm. Other books by Tui include the Menagerie trilogy, the Pet Trouble series, and more! We recommend this series for ages 8+.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7 PM - KERRI MANISCALCO + RENEE AHDIEH
Kerri Maniscalco is back with the sequel to her #1 bestseller, Stalking Jack the Ripper. In Haunting Prince Dracula, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life? Book 1 in the series was the first YA book published under the Jimmy (James) Patterson imprint, because of its “fresh and compelling take.” A young woman’s obsession with forensic medicine and serial killers continues in the next Gothic horror in the series, set in Victorian-era Romania. Joining Kerri is Renée Ahdieh, to talk about another young woman, this time in feudal Japan, in Renée’s Flame in the Mist. Join us and these two authors on Monday, September 25 at 7 pm for a night of YA (and all ages) thrillers.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2 pm - KELLY STARLING LYONS & VANESSA BRANTLEY-NEWTON (launch party)
North Carolina is full of talent, and two of its brightest lights in children's books are on hand today. Kelly Starling Lyons returns on Saturday, September 30, at 2 pm for the debut of her new series, Jada Jones. Kelly inaugurates the series with the first two books: Jada Jones: Rock Star and Jada Jones: Class Act. Of course, there will be a launch party to celebrate. Jada is brought to life visually by renowned NC illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton, who also joins us. From the author of Ellen's Broom, Tea Cakes for Tosh, and more and the illustrator of Early Sunday Morning, One Love, and others, it's the start of an engaging new protagonist in chapter books for ages 6+. Join us for kids' activities, fun and refreshments at the launch of this series. May Jada have many adventures.
Signing Line Ticket event: Receive a ticket for the after-program signing line with the QRB purchase of either Jada Jones book. The earlier the book is purchased, the earlier the position in the signing line.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 7 pm - E. LOCKHART
Her We Were Liars surprise twist (no spoilers here!) left readers talking. Now E. Lockhart visits on Monday, October 2, at 7 pm with Genuine Fraud. In her latest psychological thriller, a young woman schemes and reinvents herself to get what she wants. How long can she succeed? Murder, shocks, romance and more await. Best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars John Green said, "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." We think a lot of that can apply to Genuine Fraud, too. Ages 12+.
Did you know "E. Lockhart" also writes for young children under her real name of Emily Jenkins? No dark twists in her picture books like Toys Go Out, though.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7 PM - RICK RIORDAN
He's arguably the most popular author currently writing for kids. When Rick Riordan comes to town, it truly is an event. He last joined us forThe Last Olympian, the finale to his beloved Percy Jackson series. Now Rick returns on Wednesday, Oct 4, at 7 pm with The Ship of the Dead, the third book in and the finale of his Norse mythology series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. We know from experience what a crowd turns out for Rick, so this event is at the large, comfortable McKimmon Center at NC State. The program is co-sponsored by our friends, the NC State Friends of the Library. Doors open at 6 pm. There are no assigned seats, but don't worry - all seats are good. And you'll want to try to get here early for the pre-show fun and games.
Rick will be doing a program and taking questions. He is presigning copies before his program. Books will be autographed, but not personalized. There will not be a signing line after the program. Only QRB copies of The Ship of the Dead will be signed.
Receive two admission tickets with each pre-ordered QRB copy of The Ship of the Dead. Please arrive early at the McKimmon Center to pick up your copy and tickets. If there are books and tickets still available, they will be for sale at the door. We cannot guarantee availability. Westrongly recommend pre-ordering. Please indicate in the Order Comments field how many tickets you need (up to two per book). If you plan to pick the book up at the event, please select "I would like to pick this up at the store." Guests are welcome to take pictures and video while Rick presents, but he will not be able to stop and pose for pictures during or after the program.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 10 am - RYAN HIGGINS & GREG PIZZOLI
Our childen's department has a soft spot for curmudgeonly bears. Have you met Bruce - arguably the most lovable grump in the children's world since Oscar the Grouch? Mother Bruce was nominated for the NC Children's Choice Award for favorite picture book, received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor, so we know many kids have discovered him. Bruce's adventures with 'his' goslings continued with Hotel Bruce. Now the pack hits the road as Bruce seeks peace in Bruce's Big Move. Ryan Higgins (left) shares Bruce's latest outing with us on Saturday, October 7, at 10 am. No offense, Bruce, but we hope you're kept rattled for years to come. Ages 4+, and bear cubs and goslings of all ages.
Kids (and Greg Pizzoli) know how silly the classic Christmas carol is. Giggles are guaranteed in this slapstick version of The 12 Days of Christmas, from the award-winning creator of The Watermelon Seed. Seed received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Among his many books, Greg is also the author of Good Night Owl, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book. Ages 4+.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6 PM - SHANNON AND DEAN HALE
Legendary husband and wife author duo, Shannon and Dean Hale, present the first mashup of Monster High (children of literary monsters at school) and Ever After High (children of fairytale characters at high school) in The Legend of Shadow High. Favorite characters from both series must team up to save the World of Stories. Favorite characters Frankie, Raven, Apple, and Draculara (any guess who their parents are?) must team up with narrator, Brooke, to stop the Evil Queen. Join us Wednesday, October 18 at 6 pm for a fantastical evening with the husband and wife writing duo. Age 9+
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2 PM - ANTHONY HOROWITZ
Your favorite teen spy, Alex Rider, is BACK! Four years since the last novel but set only a few weeks after the events in Scorpia Rising, Alex is off on a new adventure full of the cryptic clues and spinetingling action this best-selling series is known for. Anthony Horowitz will be here Sunday, October 15 at 2pm to share Never Say Die, the 11th book in the series. We recommend this book for ages 11+.
Receive a signing line ticket with the QRB purchase of Never.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:30 AM - POKY LITTLE PUPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY
Everybody’s favorite little puppy is having a birthday! Join us on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30am to celebrate with a Poky Little Puppy storytime and craft, enjoy some birthday treats, and meet the Poky Little Puppy himself. He will also be making an appearance at our regularly-scheduled Monday morning storytime on October 23 at 10:30am.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2 PM - MARISSA MEYER
From the bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles comes the start of a new series. The Renegades are human prodigies with extraordinary abilities, but not everyone believes them to be the champions of justice they claim to be. Welcome to a new world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal. Marissa Meyer joins us Sunday, November 12 at 2pm. Signing line tickets with QRB purchase of Renegades.
From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning