Second Star to the Right Children’s Bookstore Celebrates Children’s Book Week with Six Author Visits to Denver Schools

(DENVER, COLO.) – Fresh off a fun-filled day of festivities for Independent Bookstore Day, Denver A-List’s Best Bookstore will celebrate Children’s Book Week with six author visits to Denver-area schools and a night celebrating education on Friday, May 5. New York Times bestselling author and illustrator team, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham will kick off the string of school visits today in celebration of their new graphic novel “Real Friends” which was released on Tuesday. Highly acclaimed middle reader author Holly Kowitt will visit three Denver schools on Thursday and Friday in support of her latest book “The Principal’s Under is Missing” and Colorado’s own Jean Reidy will close out the week with a special presentation on Friday afternoon.

On the evening of May 5, Second Star to the Right’s First Friday festivities will include a silent and live auction to benefit Denver’s Education program to raise scholarship money for local high school seniors.

Hale and Pham are making a special stop in Denver to visit Centennial and Cheltenham elementary schools and will also pay a visit to Second Star to the Right today to greet Denver fans and visit with students from nearby Cesar Chavez Academy. Kowitt will speak to different group of students from Cesar Chavez Academy and Warder Elementary School on Thursday before a trip at Hamilton Middle School on Friday morning. Reidy will finish out the special three-day author tour on Friday afternoon, speaking to a group of primary grade students at Centennial Elementary.

Fostering the love of reading in young people and helping to keep books in their hands are core values of Second Star to the Right Children’s Bookstore and its owners, former elementary school educators Dea and Marc Lavoie. The store is continuously working to connect authors and illustrators with young people to encourage reading and writing at an early age. Second Star to the Right looks forward to welcoming many more authors to the Mile High City in the future.

As former elementary school teachers, the Lavoies have a unique understanding of the challenges facing educators and the store works to support area schools throughout the year. Second Star to the Right offers a special discount to teachers and regularly hosts an Educator’s Night in addition to making regular donations to schools and libraries.

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