May 4-10, 2015

Official Events

Children's Book Week -- May 4-10, 2015

A Nationwide Celebration of Books and Reading Since 1919

From May 4-10, 2015, official Children's Book Week events will be hosted in all 50 states! Attendees receive complimentary Children’s Book Week posters and tote bags (while supplies last).

View images of some of the fabulous literacy celebrations held during Children's Book Week 2014 on the CBC's Facebook page.

Official Events 2015


Event details coming soon -- check out confirmed sites below!

Nationwide

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On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children's Book Week by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day! Learn more and find a participating store near you.

Alabama

May 2, All Day: Use this store locator to find a Free Comic Book Day location near you!

Alaska

Juneau
Juneau Public Libraries
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May 1-8: Stop by the Mendenhall Valley Library and check out our Children's Book Week display. Cast your vote until May 3rd for your favorite children and teen books during the 8th Annual Children's and Teen Choice Awards sponsored by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader!
May 9, 11am: Children's Book Week at the Juneau Maritime Festival! Stop by the JPL booth and enjoy a wide range of maritime books for young and old. Climb aboard the Chilkitty Boat for a high seas reading adventure, help us launch our Lego Club and learn more about our Summer Reading activities, including a visit with Kate DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Children's Literature (Flora and Ulysses).

Ketchikan
Parnassus Books
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Arizona

Pheonix
Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 5, 7pm: Comic Book Night! Join us for an evening of fun with comic books, activities and prizes.
May 7, 10am: Storytime with Amy Nichols. The Local YA author of Now That You're Here will read her favorite picture books!
May 8, 7pm: Teen Poetry Night. Calling all teens! Join us for a free open mic poetry night.
May 9, 10am: Costume Storytime with Llama Llama! Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Llama Llama, from your favorite books by Anna Dewdney!
May 8 - 10: Phoenix Children's Hospital Emily Center Give Back Shopping Event

Tempe
Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 4, 7pm: Ultimate Star Wars with Adam Bray & Tricia Barr
May 5, 6pm: PJ Storytime
May 7, 10:15am: Family Storytime
May 8, 7pm: Teen Poetry Night
May 8 - 10: Phoenix Children's Hospital Emily Center Give Back Shopping Event

Arkansas

Bentonville
Bentonville Public Library and Bentonville Community Center
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May 2, 9-4: Bentonville's Inaugural Youth Literature Festival

California

Alameda
Books Inc.
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May 9, 2pm: Mac Barnett and Jory John (The Terrible Two)

Burlingame
Books Inc.
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May 8, 7pm: NYMBC Presents:

Corte Madera
Book Passage
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May 9, 11am: Author Kate Schatz and Illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl (Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!)
May 9, 1:30pm: Richard Leiter (The Flying Hand of Marco B)
May 9, 3pm: Michael Buckley (Undertow)

La Jolla
Warwick's Books
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Long Beach
Apostrophe Books
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Los Angeles
Children's Book World
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May 4: Pam Muñoz Ryan (Echo). Contact Children’s Book World for details.
May 5, 7pm: Sarah Dessen (Saint Anything)
May 9: Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert featuring folksy, engaging music for children of all ages
May 9, 2:30pm: Jennifer Caloyeras (Strays)
May 9, 5:30pm: Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places). Please RSVP to this event by May 8: cbwreaderscouncil@gmail.com

Mountain View
Books Inc.
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May 5, 4pm: Dev Petty Story Time (I Don't Want to Be a Frog)
May 9, 2pm: Curious George Costume Party and Storytime!

Palo Alto
Books Inc.
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May 9, 2pm: Spring Story Time Party with Bob Barner (I Have A Garden, Sea Bones, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!)

San Fransisco
Books Inc.
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May 5, 9:30am (Chestnut St. location): Storytime with Marta Lindsey (Little Gray's Great Migration)
May 6, 6pm (Laurel Village locations): Pajama Party Storytime with special guest Arree Chung (Ninja and How To Pee)
May 9, 4pm (Opera Plaza location): NYMBC Presents: YA Author Hoopla!

Colorado

Denver
Tattered Cover Bookstore
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May 2, 11am (Tattered Cover Aspen): Bad Kitty Story Time at Grove
May 2, 2pm (Tattered Cover Lower Downtown): Holly Grant (The League of Beastly Dreadfuls)
May 4, 7pm (Tattered Cover Colfax Ave): Colorado Authors' League Writings Awards: Children & Young Adult Finalists
May 5, 7pm (Tattered Cover Aspen Grove): Jill Daugherty (Courage and Other Demons)
May 8, 7pm (Tattered Cover Aspen Grove): Colorado Book Awards Children's Literature Finalists!

Steamboat Springs
Bud Werner Memorial Library
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Connecticut

Darien
Darien Library
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May 4, 6 & 8, 4pm: Picture Book Workshop! Have you always wanted to design your own picture book? Here's your chance! We will be hosting a three day picture book workshop. Participants will learn how to develop a concept, storyboard and then finally create their own picture books.
May 5:Cinco de Mayo Crafts: Inspired by Mexican Culture
May7: Mother’s Day Crafts
May 9 11am: Storytime event with Mike Curato (Little Elliot, Big City)!

Delaware

Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach Books
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District of Columbia

Washington
Politics and Prose
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May 5, 7pm: Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)
May 6, 10:30am: Dave Barry (The Worst Class Trip Ever)
May 6, 7pm: Kiera Cass at Bethesda Library (The Heir)
May 6, 7:30pm: Dave Barry at Takoma Library (The Worst Class Trip Ever)
May 7, 10:30am: Juana Medina (Smick En Español)
May 8, 10:30am: Carole Boston Weatherford and Jamey Christoph (Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America)

Library of Congress Young Readers Center
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May 6, 10:30 - 11:30am: National Ambassadors Program at the Center for the Book. Current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo is joined by past ambassadors Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson to discuss their role and how it has affected their lives, and to honor the late Walter Dean Myers.

Florida

Bal Harbour
Books & Books
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Coral Gables
Books & Books
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Miami Beach
Books & Books
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Tampa
Inkwood Books
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May 4, 6:30pm: Tommy Greenwald (Katy Friedman Gives Up Texting (And Lives to Tell About it!))
May 5, 6pm: we have a Star Wars storytime party. Come in your Star Wars PJ finest and bring your legos for a building contest! We'll have Princess Leia (cinnamon) Buns, Death Star Punch, Pretzel sabers, and Jar Jar Links in a Blanket. Star Wars book giveaways to best Lego models!
May 8, 6pm: Story time with local "celebrities"!
May 9, 4pm: Story time!

Georgia

Athens
Avid Bookshop
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May 9, 11:30am: Super Duper Story Time with Miss Rachel and Lyle Lyle the Crocodile!

Decatur
Little Shop of Stories
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May 1, 6:30pm: Authors Terra Elan McVoy and Anica Mrose Rissi: Friendship Stories for Middle Grade Readers
May 2, 11am: Independent Bookstore Day/Little Shop 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring Special Guest Judy Schachner!
May 3, 3pm: Ultimate Star Wars Event
May 5, 11am: Sing Along Storytime with Miss Hannah
May 5, 7pm: Max Brallier (Galactic Hot Dog)
May 7, 6pm: Sarah Maas at the Decatur Library

Hawaii

Kailua-Kona
Kona Stories
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Idaho

Moscow
BookPeople of Moscow
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May 4, 11am: Storytime! Pet Partners/Paws with a Cause will read with their special canine friends.
May 5, 11am: Storytime! Sandye Crooks from Moscow Recycling will read Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel.
May 6, 11am: Storytime! We’ll be joined by former mayor Nancy Chaney!
May 7, 11am: Our beloved Thursday Story Time reader Linda Cronquist will read her favorite picture books.
May 8, 11am: Jenny Kostroff will ready Curious George Goes to a Bookstore. Keep an eye out for a special appearance by Curious George himself!
May 9, 9:30am: The Inland Northwest Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will hold a webinar craft workshop on what makes a great character, with editor and publishing consultant Elizabeth Law.

Illinois

Galesburg
The Carl Sandburg Historical Site
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April 25, 10am: To open the final day of the 2015 Carl Sandburg Festival and as a kick-off event for Children's Book Week, the Carl Sandburg Historical Site will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™.

Oak Park
Magic Tree Bookstore
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Winnetka
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
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May 5, 4:30pm: Timmy Failure Total Takeover event!

Indiana

Indianapolis
Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
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Iowa

Iowa City
Prairie Lights
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Kansas

Wichita
Watermark Books
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Kentucky

Crestview Hills
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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May 5: Storytime featuring Sarah and Dave's favorite stories!
May 7 & 9: Storytime with special guest star, Olivia

Fort Thomas
Blue Marble Books
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Lexington
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Louisiana

Metairie
BSI Comics
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May 9, 1pm: Come celebrate comics and Children's Book Week at our monthly Super Saturday event, featuring a marshmallow gun and Howtoons giveaways!

Monroe
Quachita Parish Public Library
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New Orleans
Octavia Books
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Maine

Farmington
Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers
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May 7, 5:30pm: Diary Writing Contest prize giveaway party! See contest details here!
May 9, 10am: Story Time with the Poky Little Puppy!
May 9, 10:30am: Elephant and Piggie hour with games and activities.
May 9, 12pm: Join Megan Frazer Blakemore (The Spy Catchers of Maple Hills) for a book siging, challenge tackling, prize giving experience!
May 9,1pm: The Great Disruption Comes To Farmington with special guest Sylvia Grove (The Glass Sentence).

Maryland

Baltimore
The Children's Bookstore
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Massachusetts

Boston
Wellesley Books
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May 8, 7pm: Keira Cass (The Heir)
May 9, 10am: Storytime with Lisa Anne Novelline (Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka) and The Brothers Hilts (Seaver the Weaver)

Falmouth
Eight Cousins Bookstore
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May 9, 10am: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare!
May 9, 4pm: Lori Goldstein (Becoming Jinn)

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Nicola's Books
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May 5, 10am: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare and Melanie Zwegers (Into the Garden)!
May 9, 11am: Story Time with the Humane Society of Huron Valley w/adoptable dog

Lansing
Schuler Books and Music
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Minnesota

Minneapolis
Wild Rumpus
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St. Paul
Addendum Books
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Mississippi

Jackson
Lemuria Books
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Missouri

St. Louis
St. Louis County Library
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April 27, 4:30pm: Children’s Book Week Diorama Contest at the Prairie Commons Branch! Join us for a kick-off party! Bring your favorite children’s book to life in a 3D replica by creating a diorama for Children’s Book Week. Submissions are due by May 9 at Prairie Commons. Registration is required.

May 4-9, All Day: Children's Book Week Scavenger Hunt at the Prairie Commons Branch! Stop by the library, complete our scavenger hunt, and win a prize!
May 4-9, All Day: Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the Meramec Valley Branch! Come in and make a craft during the week or take the craft to go home with you.

May 4, 6:30pm: Kind Kids Story Time at Headquarters. Join us for a special story time that emphasizes the importance of being kind to all animals. We will even have a live dog present for practice.
May 8, 10am: Dragons Love Tacos party at Headquarters! Listen to the hilarious book by Adam Rubin, make a fun craft and party like a dragon! Registration required.
May 9, 11am: Mo Willems storytime at Thornhill Branch. Registration required.

Pete the Cat Visit: Join us for some Pete the Cat fun as everyone’s favorite cool cat visits the library. Bring your camera.
Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.--Daniel Boone Branch
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.--Cliff Cave Branch
Thursday, May 7, 3:00 p.m.--Prairie Commons Branch
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.--Headquarters

Montana

Missoula
Fact & Fiction
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Nebraska

Omaha
The Book Worm
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Nevada

Reno
Sundance Bookstore
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May 5, 10:30am: Story Time with Paula Robison
May 9, 11am: Story Time with Ellen Fockler

New Hampshire

Exeter
Water Street Books
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May 5, 10am: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare!
May 6, 4pm: Mike Curato (Little Elliot, Big City)

North Conway
White Birch Books
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May 5, 4pm: Mike Curato (Little Elliot, Big City)

New Jersey

Clinton
The Clinton Bookshop
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New Mexico

Albuquerque
Bookworks
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May 4, 6:30pm: Youth Writing Night! Students from the Albuquerque area will be reading works they have written. Writers ages 5 to 18 are encouraged to participate.

May 7, 10:30am: Story Time! Books, songs, and a craft. We will be reading books about moms, and making them a small gift, to celebrate their big day!
May 9, 10:30am: Story time for families with local author Slim Randles (Ol' Jimmy Dollar)

New York

Brooklyn
Greenlight Bookstore
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Larchmont
The Voracious Reader
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New York City
New York Public Library, George Bruce Branch
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May 4, 1pm: In honor of Walter Dean Myers, who grew up going to this branch of the NYPL, The George Bruce Library will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™.

New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch
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May 5, 3:30pm: Bad Kitty Birthday Celebration with the author himself, Nick Bruel!
May 9, 3pm: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare!

Port Washington
The Dolphin Bookshop
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May 3, 10am: Independent Bookstore Day celebrations, featuring Gordon Korman!

North Carolina

Asheville
Malaprops Bookstore
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May 7, 7pm: Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow) and David Arnold (Mosquitoland)
May 8, 7pm: Dave Barry (The Worst Class Trip Ever)
May 9, 3pm: Inspire Curiosity event with Curious George live and in person! Activities and a reading of Curious George Goes to the Bookstore.

Raleigh
Quail Ridge Books & Music
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May 4, 10:30am: Special preschool storytime!
All week: displays of our all-time favorite children's books for all ages.
All week: Customers are invited to write a note about their favorite children's book. We'll post it and they're entered into a drawing for a $50 Quail Ridge Books gift card!

North Dakota

Minot
Main Street Books
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May 6, 10 & 11am: Storytime!
May 7, 10 & 11am: Storytime!
May 9, 12pm: Bad Kitty visits with store with a special storytime, cat face painting and of course Bad Kitty herself. You can dig through ancient cat litter to find very special hidden treasures and register to win an awesome Kitty Gift Basket. So many cool ways to enjoy Meet Bad Kitty Day.
Drawing for a children's gift basket happening all week. Come in Monday to receive a Children's Book Week tote and poster with qualifying purchase (while supplies last)!

Ohio

Cincinnati
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Win a Children's Book Week tote when you attend events leading up to and during Children's Book Week! Collect stamps on your "passport" as you go!
May 1, 12pm: Author Michelle Staubach Grimes storytime for Where is Pidge?
May 1, 7pm: PJ Storytime with Olivia
May 2, 11am and 3pm: Storytime with everyone's favorite pig, Olivia!
May 4- 10, 10:30am: Storytime with our A-Team Storytellers!

Delaware
Fundamentals
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Hamilton
Hamilton Lane library
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May 9, 10am: McCloskey Walk! Meet at the Hamilton Lane Library and parade your way to the Robert McCloskey Museaum, touring McCloskey landmarks along the way.
May 9, 12pm: Join us back at the Hamilton Lane Library as it is dedicated as a Literary Landmark™ in honor of Robert McCloskey!

Oklahoma

Norman
Norman Public Library Central
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May 3, 1:30pm: In honor of Harold Keith (Rifles for Wattie), the Norman Public Library will have an interactive Living History Exhibit telling the story of Keith's life. Following the exhibit, the library will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™.

Oklahoma City Full Circle Bookstore

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Oregon

Beaverton
Powell's Books
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Pennsylvania

Harleysville
Harleysville Books
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Haverford
Children's Book World
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Lansdowne
Lansdowne Public Library
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Meadsville
Tattered Corners New & Used Books
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May 3, 10am: Bad Kitty Birthday Party with treats, discounts and give aways!
May 6, 6:30pm: Nick Bruel (Bad Kitty), at Meadville Area High School

Rhode Island

Providence
Books on the Square
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May 9th, 11:30am: R.W. Alley (Paddington Bear books, Enzo Races in the Rain)
May 9, 1pm: Jay Primiano and Jon Rocco (Swim That Rock)
May 9, 3pm: Marcy Kate Connolly (Monstrous), Cindy Rodriguez (When Reason Breaks), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising)

Westerly
Westerly Library and Wilcox Park
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May 2, 10am: In honor of beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown, Westerly Library will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™. Westerly Library houses a near complete collection of Wise Brown's published works as well as personal papers and manuscripts!

South Carolina

Greenville
Fiction Addiction
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May 9, 1pm: Samantha Bell (The Perfect Pet) and Scotti Cohn (Animal Partners)

Joe's Place
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May 8, 3:30pm: Tacky the Penguin Party with the Penguin himself!
May 9, 2pm: Dr. Joe Maurer (Goodnight Greenville)

South Dakota

Spearfish
Black Hills State University Bookstore
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Tennessee

Memphis
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
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May 5, 11am: Special Storytime featuring Bill Steers (Tractor Mac)
May 7, 11am: Storytime with Miss Marjorie!
May 7, 4:30pm: Florence Ann Romano discussing and signing Nanny and Me

Nashville
Parnassus Books
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Texas

Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop
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May 5, 5pm: Timmy Failure Total Takeover event! (Held off-site at Family Point, at the Outreach Center of West Houston)
May 7, 5pm: Jean Reagan (How to Surprise a Dad)
May 9, 11am: Dianna Aston (A Nest is Noisy)
May 9, 2pm: We will celebrate the Ultimate Star Wars book with co-author Tricia Barr

Utah

Provo
Provo Library
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May 5, 7pm: Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce (Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures) May15-16: Children's Book Festival featuring Katherine Applegate!

Salt Lake City
The King's English Bookshop
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May 4, 7pm: Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)
May 5, 7pm: Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce (Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures) at Provo Library
May 9, 11am: Baby Mouse Costume Character and Story time
May 9, 2pm: Bree Despain (The Eternity Key)
May 9, 4pm: Chantele Sedgwick (Love, Lucas)

Vermont

Burlington
Phoenix Books
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May 9, 11am: Story Time with Harry Bliss (Grandma in Blue with Red Hat)

Essex Junction
Phoenix Books
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May 7, 6pm: Curious George "Inspire Curiosity" event!

Shelburne
The Flying Pig Bookstore
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Virginia

Alexandria
Hooray For Books!
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Arlington
One More Page Books
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Norfolk
Barnes & Noble
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Washington

Bellingham
Village Books
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West Virginia

May 2, All Day: Use this store locator to find a Free Comic Book Day location near you!

Wisconsin

Fort Atkinson
The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop
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May 9, 10am: Curious George will be here to take pictures and will join our story time at 10:20! Enter to win either a Treasury of Curious George or a $20 Gift Certificate to The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop.

Milwaukee
Boswell Book Company
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May 7, 6:30pm: Middle-Grade author panel featuring Julie Mata (Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens), Sandy Brehl (Odin's Promise), and Emily Demuth (Hattie's War)!
May 8, 7pm: Silvia Acevedo (God Awful Loser)
May 9, 2pm: Picture Book author panel featuring Janet Halfmann (Animal Teachers), Kashmira Sheth (Sona and the Wedding Game), and Jamie Swenson (If You Were a Dog ).

Wyoming

May 2, All Day: Use this store locator to find a Free Comic Book Day location near you!