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 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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 4 pm - LAUREN WOLK
 Her Wolf Hollow was named a Newbery Honor book this year, and is on many 'best of the year' lists.  It's now on the NC Battle of the Books list.  Now Lauren Wolk visits us with her new novel, Beyond the Bright Sea, on Tuesday, May 3, at 4 pm.  It's also beyond expectations.  CIndy says of it, "I adored Lauren Wolk's Newbery Honor title, Wolf Hollow, and thought it would be very difficult for her to write another story with the same depth of character and emotion.  Amazingly, this author has met and surpassed this challenge with Beyond the Bright Sea.  Twelve year old Crow loves Osh, the independent island man who rescued her from a rickety skiff when she was hours old, but she now yearns to know the truth of her birth parents.  Is she a child of Penikese Island and the lepers who had been confined to this windswept bit of land, a connection that the people of Cuttyhunk Island adhere to, causing them to avoid contact with her?  With the help of Osh and Ms. Maggie, Crow is determined to fill in the blanks of her beginnings.  How can she know who she is unless she knows from whom she came?  Set in 1925 on the Elizabeth Islands off Massachusetts, Beyond the Bright Sea is an exposition of family and personal identity that you will not soon forget.  If you read only one middle grade novel this year, this literary gem must be your choice."  Note: Lauren has to catch a flight, so her event will end shortly before 5 pm.

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 & The Dragon (costume character)!
 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."  As a special treat, the DRAGON (costume character) is joining Adam as well! Bring your cameras for a fun event and a great photo opportunity. Activities, story, and more for ages 3+.

SATURDAY, MAY 13, Noon - 2 pm - SCHOLASTIC BUS BOOK FESTIVAL with Alan Gratz, Lindsay Eyre and Audrey Penn (and costume character surprise)! 
Thanks, Scholastic!  The publisher sends a family reading festival on wheels our way on Saturday, May 13, from noon - 2 pm. You’ll love the bus, but all events are in our store. Crafts & activities, costume characters (!) , photo ops, promotional giveaways, and author signings  for ages 0-12.  We know Alan Gratz, Audrey Penn, and Lindsay Eyre join us, as will Geronimo Stilton and Clifford the Big Red Dog (costume characters)!

Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; Projekt 1065; and The Brooklyn Nine.  We can't wait  for his upcoming book, Refugee, to be published in August. For ages 9+.

Audrey Penn is the author of the beloved picture book, The Kissing Hand, and follow-up adventures featuring Chester the Raccoon.  Her latest book is Kai to the Rescue, about a fearless little pumper truck trying to fit in with the big red fire trucks at his new station.  Audrey celebrates how our differences make us stronger.  Ages 3+.

Lindsay Eyre is another NC author, whose Sylvie Scruggs series charmed us from the start.  The first three books of the series are already out, including the most recent, The Spelling Bee Scuffle.  For ages 6+.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 10 am - RYAN HIGGINS
 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 shares Bruce's latest outing with us on Saturday, September 30, 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. 

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.

The Good for Nothing Button Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484726464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

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 the Scientist Is Squished Cover Image
By Camille Andros, Brianne Farley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544785830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 14th, 2017

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.


Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101994856
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

From the author of Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, the moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.


The Best Man Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803738393
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - September 20th, 2016

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.


Windfall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399559372
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Delacorte Press - May 2nd, 2017

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."


Tell Me Three Things Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553535679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - March 14th, 2017

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


Goodbye Days Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553524062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

"Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming." --Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything.


Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428886
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial Books - May 2nd, 2017

The hilarious sequel to the smokin' hot New York Times best seller, perfect for story time


Kai to the Rescue! Cover Image
By Audrey Penn, Mike Yamada (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545816366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - August 30th, 2016

Kai is a small green-and-white pumper truck who moves into Firehouse #10. Firehouse #10 has some of the biggest, reddest fire trucks around. So how can Kai fit in with the other fire trucks?
When a big fire breaks out, it's Kai who saves the day


The Spelling Bee Scuffle Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545620321
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 26th, 2016

Cherry Hill Elementary has always had two baseball fields, one for Sylvie Scruggs's fourth-grade-and-under friends, and one for Jamie Redmond's fifth-grade crew. When Jamie's field is demolished for a kindergarten playground, the fifth graders want to take over the fourth-grade space. Finally, Sylvie and Jamie make a bet: Whoever wins the school spelling bee wins the baseball diamond too.


Prisoner B-3087 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545459013
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 2013

10 concentration camps.
10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.
It's something no one could imagine surviving.
But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.


Bruce's Big Move Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003544
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 26th, 2017

After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . .


Rock Star #1 Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448487519
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Penguin Workshop - September 19th, 2017

Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.


Class ACT #2 Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780451534279
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Penguin Workshop - September 19th, 2017

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.


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