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.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 4:30 pm - STUART GIBBS (time change due to flight!)
Stuart Gibbs has many beloved ongoing mystery series: Spy School, FunJungle, and Moon Base Alpha. He visits us for the first time on Tuesday, April 4, at 4:30 pm for Panda-monium, fourth in the FunJungle series. It's the day Panda-monium is published - time for a launch party! More mystery comes to FunJungle as Li Ping, the zoo's anxiously-awaited panda, goes missing from the truck transporting her. The FBI is investigating, but Teddy Fitzroy, as FunJungle’s resident sleuth, gets drawn into the case. Who's going to be left bamboo-zled? Ages 8+.
"Gibbs never scrimps on creating belly-laughing hullabaloo ... Interweaving animal facts (pandas can produce 50 pounds of poop per day) into his plot, the author seamlessly inspires compassion and urgency on behalf of species endangered due to lack of habitat and exotic animal trafficking." - Kirkus Review
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2 pm - ANDY GRIFFITHS
How tall can Andy Griffiths' Treehouse grow? It started with 13 floors, after all! Judging by kids' reactions, it can reach to the moon. Andy joins us all the way from Australia on Saturday, April 8, at 2 pm with The 65-Story Treehouse. Andy and Terry's writing adventures in the Treehouse just get wilder and wilder. How do they get anything done, surrounded by a bowling alley, birthday room, sharks, ninjas, and more? We know we're in for an afternoon of big laughs. Publishers Weekly describes the series as "Anarchic absurdity at its best" for a reason. Ages 8+.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2 pm - DEBORAH DIESEN
He started out grumpy, but we've seen Mr. Fish turn that frown upside down. Now in The Pout-Pout Fish, Far, Far From Home, Pout-Pout packs his bags, and swims off on a trip. His rhyming journey shows a few bumps in the road (or should we say, waves in the ocean) are all part of the adventure. Even if they're not there, his friends' love goes with him. Deborah Diesen joins us on Sunday, April 9, at 2 pm. Ages 3+
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 7 pm - SCOTT WESTERFELD
He's one of the most fascinating speakers we've had, as well as one of the most inventive writers in YA fantasy today. Scott Westerfeld returns on Monday, April 17, at 7 pm with Horizon, the start of a new supernatural series for slightly younger readers. Imagine Survivor on steroids. Eight young people crash in the Arctic. But instead of an icy landscape, they find themselves in a forbidding jungle, with impossibly bizarre flora and fauna. Survival means banding together, which may be equally impossible. To make the danger even more lifelike, Westerfeld's creation features a multiplatform experience in which you become one of the castaways. Join the race for survival in the free game, available on your browser and as an app. Ages 9+.
TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 7 pm - JULIA DONALDSON
We're just tickled to host Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom,The Gruffalo's Child, and so many more (over 100!). She literally comes to us direct from England on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 pm for The Giant Jumperee, the day it's published. Julia was the U.K. Children's Laureate for 2011-2013. Just who is the GJ who's got Rabbit and his friends scared? With illustrations from the award-winning Helen Oxenbury, we can't wait to see what it looks like. Julia's lively verse will make this a read-aloud favorite. Ages 3+. There will be music, too! Signing line ticket event - receive a ticket for the after-program signing line with the QRB purchase of The Giant Jumperee. (You may, of course, pre-order it long before event day. In fact, we recommend it.) Julia will sign her older books as well.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 4 pm - MARCUS SEDGWICK (Time change!!)
Marcus Sedgwick is one of YA's stellar authors - winner of the Printz Award for Midwinterblood; shortlisted for Britain's Carnegie Medal six times, and recipient of two Printz Honors, for Revolver and Ghosts of Heaven. He returns for an afternoon program on Wednesday, April 26, at 4:30 pm for Saint Death. (Sorry, his flight's time was changed. If you have to rush here from school, he's worth it!) Set on the Mexican-American border near Juarez, Saint Death's setting is jarring. So too are the struggles of friends Arturo and Faustino. Brutally realistic, and infused with cold fury at the injustices wrought by society, Saint Death will leave you pondering how to make a difference in the world. Ages 14+.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 10 am - ELEPHANT & PIGGIE STORYTIME (Costume Characters - part of Independent Bookstore Day)
Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie are arguably two of the best-loved picture book characters around. We're delighted the dynamic duo is joining us for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. They'll be here for a special Saturday Storytime, to greet fans, have pictures taken, and give hugs at 10 am. Bring your cameras! Mo has concluded the Elephant and Piggie series, but the two continue to introduce young readers to stories in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Books. We'll have the newest one on hand: The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 11 am - CAMILLE ANDROS (Part of Independent Bookstore Day)
Camille Andros shares her new debut picture book, Charlotte the Scientist is Squished, on Saturday, April 29, at 11 am. Charlotte is a true proponent of the scientific method. Being a rabbit, she's also in tight quarters with her many siblings. How can she experiment without a little space? What's a determined scientist going to do, but use science to solve her problem. Fun and funny, but also a great STEM book for young audiences! Ages 4+. Hmm, we can't help but think this would pair wonderfully with Andrea Beaty's Ada Twist, Scientist! If you're an Ada fan, come get acquainted with Charlotte.
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 5 pm - RICHARD PECK (Rescheduled from December)
Newbery Medalist and Honor recipient (A Year Down Yonder; A Long Way from Chicago) Richard Peck returns to us on Thursday, May 4, at 5 pm with The Best Man. He tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos. Archer Magill has spent five years of grade school in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the architect; his dad, the vintage car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth—Mr. McLeod, a teacher. But then comes change: middle school, puberty, his voice. Every day is filled with insights about the bewildering world of adults, made by a boy on his way to being the best man he can be. For ages 9+.
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 7 pm - JENNIFER E. SMITH, JULIE BUXBAUM & JEFF ZENTNER
Lives can be transformed in an instant. Jennifer E. Smith joins us on Friday, May 12, at 7 pm with Windfall, the story of just such a momentous change. Alice has been hoping to move her relationship with best friend Teddy into the romantic column for some time. When her birthday gift to him - a lottery ticket - gains him a fortune, it seems much of what they had will be lost. "Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love-- in all its heartache and hope." -- Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After. Find out how, or if, they can move beyond the money in the new novel from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
Desperation and humor mix in Julie Buxbaum's Tell Me Three Things, as Jessie's forced to totally upend her life on her father's remarriage. Whom can she trust at her new school? “Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum's book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do." --Jodi Picoult.
Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King was one of our favorites of 2016 (and we weren't the only ones). Goodbye Days promises the same, as Carver's one simple action has a devastating impact. "Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming.” - Nicola Yoon. We especially want to know how he writes these amazing novels on his phone while commuting to work. Ages 12+.
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 10 am - ADAM RUBIN
Bring the little ones in for a morning laugh fest on Saturday, May 13, at 10 am with picture book author Adam Rubin. The author of Dragons Love Tacos; Robo-Sauce, Secret Pizza Party and more shares his new Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel. It's an unforgettable tale of endangered tacos, time travel, and hungry dragons. Of the original Dragons, Publishers Weekly said in a starred review: "Off-kilter fun for those who like their picture books (and salsa) zesty and fresh." Activities, story, and more for ages 3+.
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.
Keep checking! Authors are most often on tour in the spring and fall.
Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle's resident sleuth when the zoo's newest addition goes missing--before she even arrives --in Panda-monium, the latest novel in Stuart Gibbs's FunJungle series.
New York Times bestselling author Andy Griffiths invites readers to come hang out with him and his friend Terry in their 65-Story Treehouse-the fifth book in the illustrated middle-grade series filled with Andy and Terry's signature slapstick humor
An exciting new adventure starring the New York Times-Bestselling Pout-Pout Fish
Mr. Fish has prepped and packed,
And he's made big plans to roam.
He's ready for adventure
On his trip away from home
But sometimes trips have detours
And not everything goes right.
Without his favorite toy,
Can he fall asleep at night?
This harrowing tale of supernatural suspense kicks off a new series from the visionary mind of #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld.
Two of the world's most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow:
"I'm the Giant Jumperee and I'm scary as can be " shouts the stranger.
Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something
Charlotte is a serious scientist. She solves important problems by following the scientific method. She has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn't have is space.
Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos.
This romantic story of hope, chance, and change from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one Jenny Han says is filled with all of her "favorite things," Morgan Matson calls "something wonderful" and Stephanie Perkins says "is rich with the intensity of real love."
A New York Times Bestseller
-Here are three things about this book: (1) It's . . . funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you'll be very happy you read it.- --Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
-Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming, - says Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, of this novel about finding strength and hope after tragedy.
The hilarious sequel to the smokin hot New York Times best seller, perfect for story time
Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.
Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy rooting for Jada Jones as she runs for student council in this easy-to-read chapter book.