Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Sun, Aug 20th - 4:00pm

Join Billie Harris as she reads some of our favorite children’s books in local playgrounds this summer. In celebration of our 50th anniversary last year, Bookshop commissioned three “artful reading benches” to create reading spots for children in our local parks. This summer we hope to bring reading to life with a series of outdoor storytimes, one at each bench, and to continue to gather with friends and neighbors in our local parks. More on this series.

Our final outdoor storytime of the summer will take place at the San Lorenzo Park reading bench from 4:00–5:00 pm on Sunday, August 20th. Children's books with environmental themes will be featured at this reading, which is cosponsored by Coastal Watershed Council. All are welcome to this free outdoor story time!

Designed by local artist Terra Dawson, the San Lorenzo Park Artful Reading Bench was officially dedicated to the City of Santa Cruz with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at San Lorenzo Park on October 25, 2016.

Billie Harris loves reading stories to children. She did so on a weekly basis through her Saturday morning radio show on KUSP where she read children’s stories from 1976–2005 and as the storytime reader for Capitola Book Café for many years. An actress with both Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Stage, Billie combines her theatrical training, soothing voice and love for children to create a memorable storytelling experience for all ages. 

Wed, Sep 27th - 6:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Warriors welcome worldwide bestselling author Dav Pilkey to celebrate the release of his new book, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the 20th anniversary of Captain Underpants! Join us for a talk and visual presentation by Dav Pilkey, get books signed, meet Dog Man and Captain Underpants mascots, and have fun at our activity centers! 

This ticketed event will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz, and WILL BE ticketed. Please find ticket information and purchasing below.

He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at


TICKET PACKAGES: Ticket packages are $10.89 and include two tickets to the event and one copy of Dog Man: A Tale of Two KittiesWhen you purchase a ticket package you can also buy one additional child ticket for $5 for a child within your family to attend with you. Part of the proceeds from additional child ticket sales will be used to buy copies of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties for schools and to give to children who want to attend the event but who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Additional child ticket is only available once a ticket package is purchased and only at the time of purchasing the ticket package.


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