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Great Upcoming Events for Kids




Sun, Mar 3rd - 4:00pm

The world needs your voice. If you have a brilliant idea... say something!If you see an injustice... say something!

In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are... what you are thinking... and what you believe. And how you'll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The DotIsh, I Am HumanHappy DreamerThe Word Collector, and his forthcoming picture book, Say Something!. His books have been translated into over 25 languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create "stories that matter, stories that move." He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family. Visit him online at peterhreynolds.com.

 

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 e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by March 1st.




Wed, Apr 17th - 4:00pm

This is an advanced children's event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs and sitting areas are usually set up for open seating about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by April 15th.

Ever feel too small, not adequate enough, or worried about what role you play in an important task? Little Yellow Truck did too. As lumberyard owner Riley gears up for a busy day and a new project, he assigns tasks to his many trucks. A dump truck, a flatbed truck, a concrete mixer, and a little yellow truck all stand by ready to help. From hauling trash to pouring concrete, one by one they are all assigned tasks, except for Little Yellow Truck. Is there nothing he can do to help?

There’s no reason for Little Yellow Truck’s worry as Riley has just the right task and an important role at that! Written by acclaimed children’s author Eve Bunting, this story reinforces the message that even the smallest helper can make a lasting impact and that sometimes waiting is the hardest part. Social emotional learning can be explored through this title because feelings of disappointment and uncertainty can lead to discovery—specifically Little Yellow’s  discovery of belonging.


Eve Bunting has written over 250 children’s books, winning numerous awards and honors. One day, as she was passing a builder’s yard, she saw several large trucks—and one little yellow truck, all by itself among the big guys. “I’m going to write a story about that little truck”, she thought, “and I’ll show that it’s important too.” Sometimes that is how story ideas originate. Her books include Ghost Cat and Mr. Goat’s Valentine. She lives in Pasadena, California.




Sun, Apr 28th - 4:00pm

This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails.

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 e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by April 26th, 2019.

The Polar Express meets The Night at the Museum in this fantastical picture-book adventure about the magic of books and libraries, perfect for book lovers of all ages!

After a young boy goes to sleep upset that he's getting a book for his birthday, he's visited in the night by Patience and Fortitude, the two stone lions who guard the New York Public Library. Soon, he's magically whisked away from his cozy home in the Bronx, and the two mighty lions show him the wonder of the library. There, the inquisitive Latino boy discovers the power of books and their role not only in his own life, but also in the lives of the people he loves.

Raul Colon's gorgeous, rich art creates an immersive world in this book about books, which is sure to capture the imaginations of kids and adults and inspire them to grab their library cards and dive into the worlds of stories.

DAVID ZELTSER emigrated with his family from the former Soviet Union at age five. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in physics, he was admitted to vet school to study wildlife medicine, but ultimately came back to his first love--storytelling. David and his friend Julia Chiapella cofounded the Santa Cruz Young Writers Program's tutoring and writing center at the Museum of Art & History. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, Fiona; their daughter, Naomi; and their dog, Ella.