Great Upcoming Events for Kids

Mariam Gates, This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One)
Thu, Sep 20th - 4:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Mariam Gates for a book discussion and signing of her new book, This Moment is Your Life (and So is This One). This illustrated guide for teens and tweens offers an engaging introduction to yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. With examples relevant to the modern teen and fun full-color illustrations lining the pages, This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One) provides easy solutions for managing stressful situations, minimizing distracting thoughts, and incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine.

The key to happiness is being able to find comfort in this moment, here and now. When you are completely present and not distracted by regrets, worries, and plans, even for a little while, you begin to feel more confident and can deal more easily with everything you experience. This is mindfulness: paying attention to this very moment, on purpose and without judgment—simply being present with curiosity.

Mariam Gates has used her ample expertise in the art of mindfulness to craft this “clear and instructive handbook” (Publishers Weekly). Gates has a master's degree in education from Harvard University and has been teaching children for more than twenty years. The founder of Kid Power Yoga, she now devotes herself to training children and adults in yoga and mindfulness.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Mariam Gates's book is aimed at teens and tweens, but all are welcome to join. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begin.

Tue, Oct 9th - 7:00pm

Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains.

Women are, and have always been, all these things and more.

Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian wrestlers to Chinese pirates, Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists, Japanese novelists to British Prime Ministers, History vs Women will reframe the history that you thought you knew.

Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations of each woman and a bold graphic design, this standout nonfiction title is the perfect read for teens (or adults!) who want the true stories of phenomenal women from around the world and insight into how their lives and accomplishments impacted both their societies and our own.

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Best known as the creator and host of Feminist Frequency's highly influential series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Anita lectures at universities, conferences and game development studios around the world. Anita dreams of owning a life-size replica of Buffy's scythe. She is the coauthor of History vs Women.

Ebony Adams, Ph.D. is an author, activist, and former college educator whose work foregrounds the lives and work of black women in the diaspora. She lives in Los Angeles with a steadily-increasing collection of Doctor Who memorabilia. She writes widely on film criticism, social justice, and pop culture, and is the coauthor of History vs Women.


This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. While seating is open (chairs are usually set up an hour ahead of time), you can reserve you place in the signing line by preordering your copy of History vs. Women with a priority signing line voucher from Bookshop Santa Cruz below.


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 event are on sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz and below.

This offsite 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 additional family member 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.

Fri, Nov 30th - 7:00pm

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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.

An Evening with Rosemary Wells

With gentle messages of kindness and sharing, Rosemary Wells' new story, KIT AND KABOODLE, is a great entry point to talking about feelings and emotional intelligence in a preschool setting.

Rosemary, 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, 11/30, at 7 pm, Rosemary 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.


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