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Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Sun, Nov 17th - 4:00pm

Join Bookshop’s head children’s book buyer Stephanie Seales and Bookshop staff for a presentation of some of our favorite kids’ books of the year. All are welcome! Parents, grandparents, and anyone with young readers in their lives will hear about great books for holiday gift giving, and educators are invited to fill out their wish lists for our Holiday Book Drive. Enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and a raffle, too!

Sat, Nov 30th - 2:00pm

Meet the Grinch! Join us from 2:00-4:00 to take a photo with Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch. Bring your own camera and say hello to the cranky-but-charming character whose heart grew three sizes when he discovered the true meaning of Christmas. All ages welcome.

Tue, Dec 3rd - 7:00pm

The winners of Bookshop’s Young Writers contest read their stories on Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine program on KZSC 88.1 FM. For more information and for weekly podcasts of Universal Grapevine, visit

For more information about our Young Writers Contest, click here. Winners and Honorees of the 2019 Young Writers Contest will be announced in November.

Thu, Dec 5th - 5:30pm

Hear some of our favorite Chanukah stories read out loud at Bookshop Santa Cruz at this special event that is being cosponsored by Temple Beth El.

Fri, Dec 6th - 4:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome award-winning illustrator (and staff favorite) Christian Robinson for a reading and signing of his new picture book, Just in Case You Want to Fly, written by Julie Fogliano.

The creators of the award-winning When's My Birthday? team up again to create an inspirational book for anyone—parent or child—looking for support when facing a new challenge.

just in case you want to fly 

here's some wind 

and here's the sky 

here's a feather 

here's up high 

and here's a wing from a butterfly

This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

Christian Robinson is an acclaimed illustrator of children's books, including Gaston by Kelly di Puchhio and the New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, which won the Newbery Medal as well as a Caldecott Honor. He also illustrated School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, recipient of seven starred reviews and a New York Times Bestseller. He has collaborated with Julie Fogliano on When's My Birthday? Which received five starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

This free children's 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 November 19th, 2019.

Fri, Jan 10th - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes bestselling author Kiersten White who will share her new book, Chosen. Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher's Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she's still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle--including her still-distant mother--Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they're not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher's Council member and Leo's mom.

And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there's also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean's demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn't enough, right?

The darkness always finds you. And once again, it's coming for the Slayer.

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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 email by January 8th.

Mon, Feb 3rd - 4:00pm

Bookshop is delighted to welcome back author and illustrator Nick Bruel, who will join us to share Bad Kitty Joins the Team, the newest book in his hilarious and bestseling series.

See Kitty as you've never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in the latest installment of the phenomenally successful New York Times–bestelling series. Kitty is terribly out of shape—she can barely torment Puppy without needing a break to huff and puff! When Kitty's owner catches her wheezing, Kitty is told it's time to EXERCISE.

It takes some serious convincing, a high-stakes competition, and a little bit of trickery but eventually Kitty gets into the competitive spirit . . . albeit reluctantly. What did you expect?

Will our favorite feline friend learn what it means to be a good sport? Find out in this hilarious addition to the Bad Kitty series.

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller BoingBad KittyBad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.


This free kids event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating is usually set up by about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email by February 1st.