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Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Wed, Oct 23rd - 7:00pm

Tui T. Sutherland—bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series—will join us to read and sign copies of her enthralling new books, Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic, Book 3) and The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13).

The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13)
The New York Times bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation—brand-new tribes of dragons! There are dark secrets in the jungle, though—some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she's only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle—even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.

Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic, Book 3)
The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the third graphic novel adaptation! Glory knows that the dragon world is wrong about her being "a lazy RainWing." Maybe she wasn't meant to be one of the dragonets of destiny, but Glory is sharp and her venom is deadly...even if that's still a secret.

Tui T. Sutherland is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs. To learn more about Tui's books, visit her online at


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 us at by October 22nd, 2019.

Thu, Oct 24th - 6:00pm


THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest.

Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to welcome worldwide bestselling children's author Dav Pilkey back to Santa Cruz for a ticketed event at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium to celebrate his new Dog Man book, For Whom the Ball Rolls. Produced in partnership with Allterra Solar, and cosponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz SPCA.

Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets. General Admission Tickets are $21.00 (plus service fee). Each ticket contains two general admission seats (one adult, one child) for Dav Pilkey's presentation, a photo line number to meet Dav Pilkey, access to all games and activities, and one copy of Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls with signed book plate (distributed at the event).

Join us for Dav Pilkey's Do Good Tour event in Santa Cruz—featuring a presentation and live drawing by Pilkey, immersive activities and games for kids, photo-ops with Dog Man and Captain Underpants, and of course, meeting Dav Pilkey himself! Each ticket package allows access to the event and all activities, as well as a copy of Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls with a signed book plate.

Doors will open at 4:30 pm. Open seating. Pilkey's presentation will begin at 6:00 pm (lasting approximately 25 minutes). The presentation will be followed by activities, games, and giveaways, as well as a photo line to meet Dav Pilkey. Your photo line number can be found on your ticket. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Civic Auditorium during the event.

The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.

Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self.

DAV PILKEY is the creator of many acclaimed children's books, including Dogzilla, Kat Kong, god bless the gargoyles, and the bestselling Captain Underpants series. His book The Paperboy received a Caldecott Honor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.



Thu, Oct 31st - 2:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz will be participating in Downtown Trick-or-Treat fun from 2:00-5:00 pm (or while our candy supply lasts!) on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st.

Pacific Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic and kids and families are invited to stop by participating local business—including Bookshop Santa Cruz—to trick-or-treat. We hope to see you then!

Please note: Bookshop Santa Cruz will be closing at 8:00 pm on October 31st.


Sun, Nov 17th - 4:00pm

Join Bookshop’s head children’s book buyer Stephanie Seales and Bookshop staff for a presentation of some of our favorite kids’ books of the year. All are welcome! Parents, grandparents, and anyone with young readers in their lives will hear about great books for holiday gift giving, and educators are invited to fill out their wish lists for our Holiday Book Drive. Enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and a raffle, too!

Sat, Nov 30th - 2:00pm

Join us 2:00 - 4:00 on Small Business Saturday to meet and take a photo with Dr. Seuss's The Grinch himself! All ages welcome. 

Tue, Dec 3rd - 7:00pm

The winners of Bookshop’s Young Writers contest read their stories on Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine program on KZSC 88.1 FM. For more information and for weekly podcasts of Universal Grapevine, visit

For more information about our Young Writers Contest, click here. Winners and Honorees of the 2019 Young Writers Contest will be announced in November.

Thu, Dec 5th - 5:30pm

Hear some of our favorite Chanukah stories read out loud at Bookshop Santa Cruz at this special event that is being cosponsored by Temple Beth El.

Fri, Dec 6th - 4:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome award-winning illustrator (and staff favorite) Christian Robinson for a reading and signing of his new picture book, Just in Case You Want to Fly, written by Julie Fogliano.

The creators of the award-winning When's My Birthday? team up again to create an inspirational book for anyone—parent or child—looking for support when facing a new challenge.

just in case you want to fly 

here's some wind 

and here's the sky 

here's a feather 

here's up high 

and here's a wing from a butterfly

This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

Christian Robinson is an acclaimed illustrator of children's books, including Gaston by Kelly di Puchhio and the New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, which won the Newbery Medal as well as a Caldecott Honor. He also illustrated School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, recipient of seven starred reviews and a New York Times Bestseller. He has collaborated with Julie Fogliano on When's My Birthday? Which received five starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

This free children's 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 us at by November 19th, 2019.

Mon, Feb 3rd - 4:00pm

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

This free kids event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating is usually set up by about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email by February 1st.


See Kitty as you've never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in the latest installment of the phenomenally successful New York Times–bestelling series. Kitty is terribly out of shape—she can barely torment Puppy without needing a break to huff and puff! When Kitty's owner catches her wheezing, Kitty is told it's time to EXERCISE.

It takes some serious convincing, a high-stakes competition, and a little bit of trickery but eventually Kitty gets into the competitive spirit . . . albeit reluctantly. What did you expect?

Will our favorite feline friend learn what it means to be a good sport? Find out in this hilarious addition to the Bad Kitty series.

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller BoingBad KittyBad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.