Great Upcoming Events for Kids




Tue, Nov 28th - 7:00pm

The winners of Bookshop’s Young Writers Contest read their stories on Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine program on KZSC 88.1FM. Tune in to your radio from 7-8 pm on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 to hear from some our most talented local young writers. For more information and for weekly podcasts of Universal Grapevine visit kzsc.org

For more about the Young Writers Contest, visit our website here.




Thu, Nov 30th - 5:30pm

Hear some of our favorite Chanukah stories read out loud at this special event co-sponsored by Temple Beth El.




Sun, Dec 10th - 5:00pm


Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to welcome Jan Brett for a special book talk and signing of her new book for children, The Mermaid, a striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks as only Jan Brett could create. This event will be offsite at the MAH (Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History) and is open to the public. There will be a free, community art activity for children, cosponsored by the Santa Cruz Public Library. Purchase the book and receive a signing line voucher to have your copy of The Mermaid signed.

When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She's thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current. But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed. Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.

Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Chock full of fish and fauna and adventure, Kiniro's story will enchant readers of all ages.

With more than 34 million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost illustrators of children’s books. As a child, she decided to be an illustrator and spent much of her time reading and drawing. As a student at the Boston Museum School, Jan spent many hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. Travel is also a constant inspiration, so with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts.

”In this dazzling remix, Brett sets “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” under the sea. The bears turn into octopuses, dressed in the straw hats and indigo-dyed coats of rural Japan, and Goldilocks becomes Kiniro, a mermaid with black hair and golden scales (“kin-iro” is Japanese for gold). . . Brett’s brightly colored, highly detailed art shines in this aquatic setting as she embellishes the octopuses’ dwelling with shells, coral, and tropical fish that swim in and out of the windows. . .  Brett’s fans will rejoice, and she’ll make new ones, too.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In an aquatic version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Kiniro, the beautiful mermaid, is intrigued by the mystique and beauty of [a] little seashell house. [. . . .] Not only is this fractured fairy tale a delight to read, there is also an adorable side story skillfully told in the border art as only Brett can. Set in the waters off of the coast of Okinawa, this colorful picture book is exquisite.”School Library Journal

“[S]ure to please Brett’s fans.”Kirkus




Wed, Jan 17th - 4:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin and her new novel Rain, Reign, the story of a girl who's on the autism spectrum, and the dog she loves. Join us for this book talk and signing.

Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog, Rain, a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose's father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose's father spends most evenings at a bar and doesn't have much patience for his special-needs daughter.

Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose's father shouldn't have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain's original owners.

Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose's point of view.

Ann M. Martin is the author of Ten Rules for Living with My SisterTen Good and Bad Things About My LifeEverything for a Dog, and Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe, and is the author of the beloved Baby-Sitters Club series. She lives in upstate New York.

EVENT DETAILS: This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating. Seats are generally set up one hour prior to the event's start time.




 

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