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. And we expect more events to be added.

Upcoming Events

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 10:30AM - SPECIAL EARTH DAY STORYTIME WITH STACY MCANULTY
Join us in the Kids Department Under the Tree to celebrate Earth Day! We will read stories and discuss taking care of our big, beautiful planet. North Carolina author, Stacy McAnulty, will join us to read her picture book about the earth's first 4.5 billion years. Fun for children of all ages!

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2PM - JOHNNY RAY MOORE
We are so excited to welcome Johnny Moore for what is sure to be an amazing children's event. This local Raleigh author of five previously published books for children is also a poet and greeting card writer. He will be reading from his newest book, Silence, Please: A Collection of Children’s Poems, a collection of poetry exploring the joy and wonder of daily childhood life. We recommend this book for children of all ages (and you too, adults!)

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 10:30AM - SPECIAL STORYTIME WITH STAGE DOOR DANCE
Quail Ridge Books is proud to partner with Stage Door Dance Productions in celebration of National Dance Week. The 2018 Recital, Page to Stage, is all about bringing books and children's literature to life on stage. Our morning story time will feature a few favorite, dance themed books for children. Attendees may even leave with a few new moves!

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 5PM - KWAME ALEXANDER
The New York Times bestelling author, Kwame Alexander, is back with Rebound. In signature verse accompanied by striking graphic novel panels, this prequel to the 2015 Newbery Award-winning novel, The Crossover, explores the early life of Chuck “Da Man” Bell, when he discovers basketball and his family’s history. We are so excited to for this event! We recommend this book for ages 10+.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 10:30AM - STORYTIME WITH OLIVIA (COSTUME CHARACTER)
Enjoy a special Olivia-themed storytime Under the Tree in the Kids Department. Olivia herself will be making an appearance! For children of all ages.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2PM - DR. SEUSS STORYTIME & ACTIVITY
Enjoy a special Dr. Seuss-themed storytime Under the Tree in the Kids Department. Cat in the Hat hats, whiskers, and noses are provided, as well as a themed activity. For children of all ages.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 7PM - STACY MCANULTY
We’re thrilled to host North Carolina author, Stacy McAnulty! We’ve been hardcore fans of her picture books and chapter books for years now, and the kids’ staff ADORES her latest, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Lucy, a.k.a. Lightning Girl, is a once-struck-by-lightning middle-school math genius with a serious case of OCD. We were rooting for her from page one, and we’re sure you will be too. Come meet Stacy and find out more about Lightning Girl. We recommend this book for ages 9+. Stacy will sign any of her books purchased at our store.

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 7PM - ON-SALE CELEBRATION OF A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT
Though Sarah is not touring this year, we are still excited to celebrate the fourth book in The Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Frost and Starlight. The QRB Teen Advisory Board is putting together a party, complete with costumes, games, trivia, other activities, and a special message from Sarah herself. Pre-order your book now and plan to attend!

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 7PM - JENNIFER ZEYNAB JOUKHADAR
Scheherazade's The Thousand and One Nights meets Alan Gratz's Refugee in this important debut novel from a Syrian-American author, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. A 12th century fable about an apprentice mapmaker is interwoven with a modern-day Syrian refugee searching for home, as the plot follows both girls through the Middle East, encountering tremendous dangers and immense acts of kindness. A must-read for teens and adults, this is an incredibly moving and lushly described story of family and friends, meaningful culture, changing landscapes, and universal hope. A staff pick, a Signed First Editions Club pick, and a Forever Young: YA for Adults book club pick.

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2PM - CAROLINA BALLET SLEEPING BEAUTY PREVIEW
Join us at Quail Ridge Books for a special sneak peek at the Carolina Ballet's Sleeping Beauty performance for the season. Children of all ages are welcome! Co-sponsored by WCPE, The Classical Station.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 3PM - TEEN ADVISORY BOARD BOOK CLUB BASH
You don't have to be in a book club to come to our inaugural Teen Advisory Board Book Club Bash, but if you are in one, you won't want to miss out on QRB TAB members recommending their favorite young adult and adult titles for your book clubs to discuss. There will be treats to enjoy, giveaways, and guaranteed fun. Come early, Bash always draws a crowd. Intended for readers age 12 through adult. 

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 7PM - NYXIA UNLEASHED (NYXIA TRIAD #2) - SIGNING LINE TICKET EVENT
From Scott Reintgen, a favorite local author, comes the second book in the Nyxia Triad series, a science fiction young adult trilogy called "a high-octane thriller" by Marie Lu. Emmett and the Genesis spaceship survivors from Nyxia continue to fight for their lives as they are caught between the powerful forces of Babel and the Adamites. We recommend this book for ages 12+.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 7PM - NC MIDDLE GRADE AUTHOR PANEL
We are excited to welcome three local middle grade authors for a fun panel. These three new books by North Carolina authors explore friendship and family, feature kids flying and eating flying bugs, and discover what in life is worth fighting for. This panel of middle grade novelists will be moderated by local young adult author, Brenda Rufener. We recommend these books for ages 8+. Cindy Baldwin will present Where Watermelons Grow. Rebecca Petruck will present Boy Bites Bug. A.M. Morgan will present The Inventors at No. 8.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2PM - TRACY BANGHART
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one trapped as a perfect Grace in a beautiful palace, the other fighting to the death in a volcanic island prison. Intrigue and romance abound in this new fantasy from Tracy Banghart: Grace and Fury. We recommend this book for ages 13 and older.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 7PM - KATI GARDNER
It's release party time! Join us to celebrate local author, Kati Gardner's debut young adult novel. Spoiler alert: No one with cancer dies in this story. They do play Uno, shave their head, get stabbed, make new friends, enjoy glitter, attend camp, get kissed (!), and above all else, discover they are brave enough to continue living life. As a result maybe, just maybe, Casen Martin, teen and formerly the youngest dancer at the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory before the big C happened, believes she might dance again.

Once and for All Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780425290330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

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