Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Fri, Oct 19th - 5:00pm

Join Branciforte Middle School and Mission Hill Middle School at Bookshop Santa Cruz Friday, October 19th, 5-6 pm to discuss The Stars Beneath Our Feet and The Hate U Give before seeing The Hate U Give movie on opening weekend! Read more about the project, and considering donating copies of these books to our local middle schools for students to read at a 15% discount below. If you are interested in purchasing copies for yourself to read at full price, your can order The Hate U Give here, and The Stars Beneath Our Feet here.

More on Project LIT in Santa Cruz.

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

*Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Lolly, a resident of Harlem’s St. Nicholas projects, has had a tough few months. His older brother, Jermaine, died as the result of gang-related violence. Still reeling from grief, Lolly now must contend with two neighborhood teens who’ve begun following, threatening, and stealing from Lolly and his best friend Vega. Following in his brother’s footsteps and taking violent revenge is tempting. His obsession with LEGOs and a burgeoning dream of becoming an architect just might see Lolly through, though, especially after his mother’s girlfriend starts bringing him garbage bags full of bricks from her job in a toy store. This gift prompts Lolly to begin building a huge LEGO city, one that quickly outgrows his apartment and has to be moved to the storage room of the community center, where he strikes up a friendship with Rose, a girl with autism who shares his passion for building. (from School Library Journal)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

*Gr 8-up – Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.



Sun, Oct 21st - 4:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Arts Council Santa Cruz County present Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team behind Last Stop on Market Street, for a family event in Watsonville. They will be celebrating their new book, Carmela Full of Wishes—a story partially inspired by Watsonville, where de la Peña’s own parents currently teach.

Join us on Sunday, October 21st, for a fun-filled family event, where Matt and Christian will share and sign Carmela Full of Wishes. The festivities will also include visual arts and theater activities, and food will be provided.

This FREE event will take place at:
Watsonville Veterans Memorial Building

215 E Beach St, Watsonville, CA

3:30 pm   Doors open, sign-in table open & book distribution
4:00 pm   Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson present Carmela Full of Wishes, a heartfelt sibling story set in a vibrant migrant community
5:00–6:15 pm   Book signing, plus visual art & drama activities based upon Carmela Full of Wishes
6:15 pm   Free dinner & more time to meet the author and illustrator

Seating will be open, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request special accommodations, please e-mail by Friday, October 19th.

If you have any ADA accomodation requests, please contact by October 20th.

This event is presented by Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, and is cosponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Pajaro Valley Unified School District Family Literacy Program.


About Carmela Full of Wishes:

A moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places, this “powerful and beautiful” (Kirkus, starred review) picture book celebrates the vitality of migrant communities through the lens of a heartfelt sibling story.

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . .

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, "The award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street portrays Carmela's Spanish-speaking community as a vibrant place of possibility… Sensitively conceived and exuberantly executed, Carmela’s story shines."

About the author and the illustrator:

Matt de la Peña is the #1 New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of five picture books (including Last Stop on Market Street, Love, and the upcoming Carmela Full of Wishes) as well as six critically acclaimed young adult novels. In 2016, he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. He received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.

Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street, a #1 New York Times bestseller. His picture books include the Gaston and Friends series; Leo: A Ghost Story; School’s First Day of School; The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade; Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker; and many more. Robinson, based in Sacramento, is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.


Thu, Oct 25th - 7:00pm

Markus Zusak, award-winning and internationally best-selling author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, will celebrate the release of his highly-anticipated new book, Bridge of Clay, at an offsite and ticketed event. An unforgettable and sweeping family saga, written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, as signature Zusak. Tickets for this celebration and book signing event are on sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz and below. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute UC Santa Cruz and KAZU.

This offsite book discussion and signing event will be held at: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Downtown Santa Cruz

TICKET PACKAGES: Ticket packages are $30.00, include one copy of Bridge of Clay and one ticket to the event. One companion ticket may be purchased for $10.00. (No book included. Limit one per full price ticket.) 

The publication date of Bridge of Clay is October 9th, 2018. Ticket packages purchased before that date will include a voucher redeemable for one copy of Bridge of Clay (at Bookshop Santa Cruz on and after October 9th, or at the venue on the night of the event).

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge--for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Markus Zusak is the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, an LA Times Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Honor book. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

This event is cosponsered by The Humanities Institute.

Fri, Nov 30th - 7:00pm

An Evening with Rosemary Wells

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes beloved children's author and illustrator Rosemary Wells with her gentle messages of kindness and sharing in her new story, Kit and Kaboodle. This book is a great entry point to talking about feelings and emotional intelligence in a preschool setting.

Wells, whose role as an author/illustrator spans more than 30 years and 120+ books, has also dedicated her career to researching the interplay between child development and literacy. On Friday, November 30th, at 7:00, she will appear in store to discuss:

  • Booking up our kids: Reading as a learning process, bringing in some of her works to illustrate reading, playing, and healthy development

  • The most important 20 minutes of the day: How parents can nurture growth of their child's mind and spirit through reading in a quiet, restful place during their first years of life

  • Fostering creativity: How parents of children interested in the arts can encourage productive habits that can be carried on as they learn and grow


In the spirit of Max and Ruby, Rosemary Wells launches a new preschool picture book series starring brother-and-sister twin cat duo Kit and Kaboodle, and the mischievous mouse Spinka! Kit and Kaboodle are twin Siamese cats. The brother and sister are very good kittens--they are always well behaved--but they are always getting into trouble. It's not the kittens who are making mischief. It's a red-capped mouse named Spinka! There are three short stories in this picture book: Sock Mischief, Baseball Mischief, Bath Time Mischief.

Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than thirty years and 120 books, including Hand in Hand and Kit and Kaboodle. She has won numerous awards and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.


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 accomodation requests, please contact by November 29th.


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