Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Wed, Sep 27th - 6:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 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 “supa-epic” event with live drawing and presentation by Dav Pilkey, lots of giveaways, prizes, and photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man! All books purchased at Bookshop Santa Cruz will be signed by Dav Pilkey. Due to time constraints, there will be no personalization.

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. Tickets are available for purchase at Bookshop Santa Cruz, via phone (831-423-0900) or here on our website below.

Ticket packages purchased online will be held for pick-up at Bookshop Santa Cruz under your last name until 3:00 pm on September 27th. After that, tickets will be available at Will Call at the Kaiser Arena starting at 5:00 pm on September 27th. Dav Pilkey's book talk and drawing demonstration will take approximately 30 minutes, with activities and games available for kids during the signing line, along with concessrions. Your position in the signing line will be determined by the number on the back of your ticket; in & out privileges will apply during the signing line, but we cannot guarantee the signing line will still be going when you return. Photos during the signing line will be permissable. Please e-mail with additional questions!

Thu, Oct 12th - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to welcome best-selling (and staff favorite) YA author Maggie Stiefvater for her new novel All the Crooked Saints! This event will be a free, in-store at Bookshop Santa Cruz, however, you can reserve your priority spot in the signing line at the event by preordering or purchasing a copy of All the Crooked Saints with a signing line voucher from Bookshop Santa Cruz prior to the event! Stop by Bookshop or see below to preorder your copy with your voucher.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

"This book. Oh, this book. I don't even know where to start. Maybe with the characters - complex and mysterious, frightened and flawed, brave and miraculous. Maybe with the music - an celebration of the music of the 60's and pirate radio. Maybe with the light - bright miracles that make you reconsider what you most fear. Maybe with the dark - dangerous miracles that make you reconsider what you most need. Maybe with the miracles themselves - two miracles, torn from heart and soul, that make you want to embrace rather than run from the darkness we each hold inside. What I know for sure is that I have to end with the writing - the glorious writing that marks any Maggie Stiefvater novel - and this is the most Stiefvater of them all. She brings magic to life, steeping every moment in such magic that it infuses every page, sentence, word, leaving the reader to dream of owls once it's done." —Flannery, Bookshop Santa Cruz Staff

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly.  She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels ShiverLingerForever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Raceswas named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at

Tue, Oct 24th - 4:00pm

This is an advance listing. Please check back for more details and subscribe to our Events Email for the latest updates. 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.

On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO!

Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race--by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet!--to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!

Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO! IT'S A LEMONCELLO!

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, The Island of Dr. Libris, theWelcome to Wonderland series, and many other books, as well as the coauthor of numerous fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including I Funny, House of Robots, Treasure Hunters, and Jackie Ha-Ha. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, J.J., two cats, and a dog named Fred. You can visit Chris at

Fri, Nov 3rd - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to present New York Times Bestselling author, writer and actor Jason Segel and his new book, Otherworld. Jason Segel and his co-writer Kirsten Miller are best known in the book world for their best-selling middle grade series Nightmares—but now the duo is branching into YA with Otherworld, the start of a new trilogy inspired by a game Segel played in his youth. 

Segel's book talk will be open and free to the public. To secure your chance to meet Jason Segel and get your book signed, preorder your copy of Otherworld to receive a signing line ticket (please note: only those who buy a copy of Otherworld will be allowed to enter the signing line). Plus, the first 175 preorders will also get a reserved, general admission seat at the event! After the seats sell out, standing room only viewing spots are available on a first-come, first served basis. If you preorder Otherworld, you can pick up your copy starting on publication day, October 31st. Your signing line voucher will come with a voucher to secure your book.

There are no screens. There are no controls. You don't just see and hear it--you taste, smell, and touch it too. In this new reality, there are no laws to break or rules to obey. You can live your best life. Indulge every desire.  It's a game so addictive you'll never want it to end. Until you realize that you're the one being played. Welcome to Otherworld, where reality is dead. Step into the future. Leave your body behind. The frightening future that Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have imagined is not far away. Otherworld asks the question we'll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?

Jason Segel is an actor, a writer, and an author. Segel wrote and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and co-wrote Disney's The Muppets, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Segel's film credits include The End of the TourI Love You, ManJeff Who Lives at HomeKnocked Up; and The Five-Year Engagement. On television, Segel starred on How I Met Your Mother as well as Freaks and Geeks. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Nightmares! series-- Nightmares!;Nightmares! The Sleepwalker TonicNightmares! The Lost Lullaby; and Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat ThemOtherworld is his first novel for young adults.


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


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