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Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Tue, Oct 8th - 4:00pm

Bestselling authors (and siblings) Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish, Sunny Side Up) will join us to share their hilarious new picture book, The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight—perfect for every parent tired of telling their kids to PLEASE JUST GET ALONG.

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn't much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems? Children and parents will laugh at seeing familiar family dynamics play out in this charming and imaginative new story.

Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish and several other highly acclaimed novels, including the Scott O'Dell Award-winning Full of Beans and three Newbery Honor Books, Our Only May AmeliaPenny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. With her brother Matt, she is cocreator of beloved and bestselling graphic novels, including the Babymouse, Squish, and Sunny Side Up series. @jenniholm

Matthew Holm is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has created more than 35 books for children. He is the cocreator (with his sister, Jennifer) of a number of graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the Squish and Sunny Side Up series. Matt recently cowrote and illustrated the middle-grade novel Marvin and the Moths. He lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and dog. @mattholm

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail us at by October 6th, 2019.

Wed, Oct 23rd - 7:00pm

Tui T. Sutherland—bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series—will join us to read and sign copies of her enthralling new books, Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic, Book 3) and The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13).

The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13)
The New York Times bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation—brand-new tribes of dragons! There are dark secrets in the jungle, though—some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she's only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle—even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.

Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic, Book 3)
The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the third graphic novel adaptation! Glory knows that the dragon world is wrong about her being "a lazy RainWing." Maybe she wasn't meant to be one of the dragonets of destiny, but Glory is sharp and her venom is deadly...even if that's still a secret.

Tui T. Sutherland is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs. To learn more about Tui's books, visit her online at


This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail us at by October 22nd, 2019.

Dav Pilkey's Dog Man Do Good Tour: Meet Dav Pilkey! Hear his inspiring story. Take a photo with Dog Man & Captain Underpants! Signed books! Fun activities, cool giveaways, and more! #DoGood With image of Dog Man holding Cat Kid and the words Dav Pilkey's Dog Man Do Good Tour, and the Scholastic logo.
Thu, Oct 24th - 6:00pm


Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to welcome worldwide bestselling children's author Dav Pilkey back to Santa Cruz for a ticketed event at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium to celebrate his new Dog Man book, For Whom the Ball Rolls. Produced in partnership with Allterra Solar, and cosponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets. General Admission Tickets are $21.00 (plus service fee). Each ticket contains two general admission seats (one adult, one child) for Dav Pilkey's presentation, a photo line number to meet Dav Pilkey, access to all games and activities, and one copy of Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls with signed book plate (distributed at the event).

Join us for Dav Pilkey's Do Good Tour event in Santa Cruz—featuring a presentation and live drawing by Pilkey, immersive activities and games for kids, photo-ops with Dog Man and Captain Underpants, and of course, meeting Dav Pilkey himself! Each ticket package access to the event and all activities, as well as a copy of Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls with a signed book plate.

Doors will open and activities will begin at 4:30 pm with Pilkey's presentation beginning at 6:00 pm. Dav Pilkey will be giving a presentation at 6:00 pm. His presentation will be followed by activities, games, and giveaways, as well as his photo op line. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Civic Auditorium during the event.

The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.

Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self.

DAV PILKEY is the creator of many acclaimed children's books, including Dogzilla, Kat Kong, god bless the gargoyles, and the bestselling Captain Underpants series. His book The Paperboy received a Caldecott Honor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.