Past Aldo Events

Eagle Crest Elementary School Visit

April 6, 2018 (All day)

To Longmont Karla and Kendra will soar, where they'll spend the day presenting to 2nd through 5th grade readers and fledgling artists and writers.

Family Literacy Night

April 5, 2018 (All day)

The Thompson Council of the International Reading Association has invited Karla and Kendra back to present at their annual Family Literacy Night event. Kids, parents, and teachers will have the chance to hear the author-illustrator duo's stories about how and why they create their books and ask every question they've ever had about being an author or illustrator. Don't forget to pick up a signed book while you're there!

Winona Elementary School Visit!

February 28, 2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Returning to Winona Elementary, Karla and Kendra will be presenting to students twice followed by a book signing. Bring your enthusiasm, your questions about authoring and illustrating, and any books you need personalized!

Milliken Elementary School Visit!

February 23, 2018 (All day)

Karla and Kendra are thrilled to be presenting four times and spending the whole day at Milliken Elementary. They'll have the chance to meet all the students, from kinders to 5th graders. What do you think is the funniest question they'll be asked? Stay tuned!

Fort Collins Comic Con!

August 26, 2017 - 12:00am - August 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Karla and Kendra will be back at this year's Fort Collins Comic Con with their Aldo Zelnick series comic novels for kids plus Goodnight Unicorn and more!

Character Development Talk

August 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Karla will offer tips and tools for creating compelling, rounded characters to the Old Firehouse Books writers' group. If you're a writer, whether aspiring or experienced, you're invited to pop in and join in the conversation!

Independent Bookstore Day Storytime

April 29, 2017 - 10:30am

To celebrate their bestest local indie bookstore, Old Firehouse Books, Karla will join picture book author extraordinaire Natasha Wing for a storytime read-aloud of Goodnight Unicorn and The Night Before Mother's Day, respectively. For preschoolers on up!

Tavelli Elementary School Visit

March 3, 2017 (All day)

Karla and Kendra have been invited back to Tavelli for Dr. Seuss Day! They'll be giving assemblies to the students, teaching them all about being an author and an illustrator and affirming their enthusiasm for reading and books, books, books!

School Visits in Steamboat Springs

February 27, 2017 (All day)

Karla and Kendra will spend the day presenting at Strawberry Park Elementary and Soda Creek Elementary.

Hotdogger Giveaway at Howelsen Hill!

February 26, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Join Karla and Kendra at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for their annual free ski day! Kids can also receive, while supplies last, a free copy of Hotdogger—their hilarious comic novel that features Howelsen Hill and Steamboat Springs! This fun event day also includes free food and beverages, ski demos and coaching, and oh, did we mention Olympian skiers???

Crystal River Elementary School Visit

February 2, 2017 - 12:00am - February 3, 2017 - 12:00am

Karla is thrilled to be presenting at Crystal River Elementary, in Carbondale, Colorado. On Thursday night she'll be speaking to parents about being an author and children's literacy. Then on Friday she'll be doing grade-level presentations for the 1st through 4th graders.

15th Annual Fine & Funky Art Show

December 2, 2016 - 5:00pm - December 3, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Friday 12/2: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 12/3: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Unique and unusual artists participate in this premier art show in an established winter venue--The Opera Galleria in Downtown Fort Collins. This is not your typical gingham goosy craft fair. Carriage rides, Carolfest and of course--shopping.

    Follow the event on Facebook!

    Fort Collins Comic Con

    August 27, 2016 - 12:00am - August 28, 2016 - 12:00am

    Complete event info at:
    https://fococomiccon.com/

    Governor's Ranch Elementary School Visit

    April 20, 2016 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra will be visiting the students of Governor's Ranch Elementary School.

    Tavelli Read-A-Thon

    March 3, 2016 (All day)
    Tavelli Elementary

    Karla and Kendra are coming to Tavelli for a Read-A-Thon presentation!

    Kyffin Elementary School Visit

    March 2, 2016 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are excited to visit Kyffin Elementary! They will be presenting to both students and parents and helping the school celebrate Read Across America Day!

    Holiday Open House

    December 11, 2015 (All day)

    Swing by our Holiday Open House and visit with your favorite author and illustrator. Karla and Kendra are open the doors of Aldo Zelnick World Headquarters to their amazing fans. Stop by and see where the book magic happens while enjoying some tasty treats.
    (This date is subject to change)

    Hayden Valley Elementary School Skype Visit

    December 10, 2015 - 2:45pm - 3:00pm

    Wind City Books Christmas Author Collective

    December 4, 2015 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are glad to be invited back to participate in Wind City Books' annual Christmas Author Collective.

    Casper School Visits

    December 3, 2015 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are coming to Casper! They will be spending the day visiting various elementary schools to present to the kids.

    Hoff Elementary School Visit

    October 22, 2015 (All day)

    This month, Karla and Kendra are visiting Hoff Elementary! Both students and parents will get to enjoy this special visit.

    Fort Collins Comic Con

    September 12, 2015 - 8:00am - 8:00pm

    Fort Collins is having its inaugural very own Comic Con, and Karla and Kendra are stoked to be a part of it! Stop by the Northside Aztlan Community Center on Saturday, September 12th to check out our booth in the Dealer's Room. All the Aldo Zelnick titles (including Kerfuffle!) as well as our other books will be available for purchase—plus miscellaneous swag. We hope to see you there!

    Karla on Between the Pages

    August 30, 2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm

    Tune in to KRFC this Sunday to hear Karla on Between the Pages. Show starts at 6.

    New West Fest

    August 15, 2015 - 12:00am - August 16, 2015 - 12:00am

    Karla and Kendra have been invited back for another year of fun at New West Fest. Stop by on either Saturday or Sunday to say hello and pick up any books your collection may be missing.

    Local Author Book Fair

    August 8, 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Poudre River Public Library District is pleased to present Poudre River Loves Reading – a Local Authors Book Fair.

    Karla will be attending the Local Author Book Fair this August hosted by the Old Town Library. Stop by to say hello and meet some other great local authors.

    Book Feast 2015

    May 8, 2015 - 12:00am - May 9, 2015 - 12:00am

    Karla and Kendra have been invited to participate in Steamboat Springs' 3rd Annual Book Feast! On the 8th they will be popping into three schools to get the kids excited for the following day's event. And on the 9th they will be joining Avi and Brian Floca in presenting to kids and parents alike at the Steamboat Bud Werner Memorial Library!

    Colorado Book Award Finalist Reading

    May 2, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Join Karla and the other two finalists in the Pictorial category of the 2015 Colorado Book Awards for a reading and quaff at Denver's BookBar!

    Slavens School Visit

    April 29, 2015 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra will be spending the day at Slavens School (a K-8 elementary/middle school) in Denver.

    Young Writers Conference

    April 9, 2015 (All day)

    Karla has been invited to attend Jeffco Public Schools' 2015 Young Writers Conference. This conference is designed to celebrate writing and inspire a new generation of authors.

    Pioneer Ridge Elementary School Visit

    February 25, 2015 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are taking a trip to Pioneer Ridge to spend the day with their students!

    Holiday Artstravaganza!

    December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will be signing books and leading a Comic Character Workshop at 4 p.m. as part of a holiday artstravaganza at Barnes & Noble Colorado Boulevard in Denver! Come complete your Aldo Zelnick series and pick up Christmas cards with art by eight-year-old artist Adelyn. Proceeds from this holiday spirit-infused event will benefit Children's Hospital.

    Christmas Author Collective at Wind City Books

    December 6, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Karla and Kendra are returning to Casper, Wyoming, to the best bookstore on the plains for their annual Christmas Author Collective! Come pick up signed copies for holiday gifts and chat with regional authors and illustrators!

    Casper School Visits

    December 4, 2014 - 12:00am - December 5, 2014 - 12:00am

    Karla and Kendra will be visiting several elementary schools. For details and to be added to the list, call Vicki Burger at Wind City Books, (307) 315-6003.

    Bethke Elementary Book Fair

    November 18, 2014 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are already on their way back to Bethke! This time they will be presenting for families at the Bethke Elementary Book Fair!

    Bixby Elementary School Visit

    November 10, 2014 (All day)

    Bixby just can't get enough Aldo! Karla and Kendra will be returning to Bixby Elementary this January. They will be presenting to K-5th graders, chatting with the Young Librarians, and signing and selling books. If you don't have your copy of Jackpot yet, here's your chance to get one, or get your copy signed if it isn't already!

    Bailiwick Press Open House

    November 7, 2014 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm

    Pop in to the Bailiwick Press studios for some early Christmas shopping! Chat with Karla and Kendra, and meet illustrator Julie Rowan-Zoch as we celebrate the launch of the adorable Year-by-Year board book series. Shop while the kiddos are in school, or bring them by after school for cookies and crafts.

    Bethke Elementary School Visit

    October 20, 2014 - 8:45am - 11:00am

    Karla and Kendra will be causing a brouhaha at Bethke Elementary when they present one assembly for kindergarteners through second graders followed by a second assembly for the third through fifth graders. Yay reading!

    Linton Elementary School Visit

    October 13, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Karla and Kendra are attending the Linton Elementary's Book Fair Family Night! They will be set up to sell and sign books between 5:30 and 7:30. Fill in the holes in you collection and bring any unsigned copies you might have for Karla and Kendra to sign. It's sure to be a night of fun!

    Governor's Ranch Elementary School Visit

    September 26, 2014 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are spending the day at Governor's Ranch Elementary! They will be presenting to K-6 students throughout the day.

    New West Fest!

    August 16, 2014 - 10:00am - August 17, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Don't miss the Aldo Zelnick booth at Fort Collins' signature summer festival, New West Fest! Stop by for autographed copies and get a sneak peak at exciting, new, non-Aldo books!

    Allie Ogg, illustrator of our new book Goodnight Brew, will be at the Aldo booth on Sunday the 17th to sign books and chat with fans about her illustrations.

    Old Firehouse Books Summer Reading Party!

    August 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Karla is attending Old Firehouse Books' Summer Reading Party!

    This is Old Firehouse Books' first year trying out their Summer Reading Program (made possible by author James Patterson). Every kid who completes the challenge (10 books read over the 10 weeks of summer) is invited to attend the party.

    There will be pizza, other guest authors, and a free book for those who completed the challenge.

    Visit to Macdonald Bookshop

    August 8, 2014 - 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Karla and Kendra are headed to Estes Park! Fans in the area won't want to miss this visit. The dynamic duo will be visiting Macdonald Bookshop. They will be signing books and chatting with fans from 11:00 to 12:30 and again later between 2:00 to 4:00.

    For more information about Mcdonald Bookshop click here.

    Indies First Storytime at Old Firehouse Books

    May 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Karla is participating in Indies First Storytime!

    Indies First started in 2013 with a message from Sherman Alexie – a call to authors to show support for the local independent bookstores. The response was overwhelming. More than 1,000 authors volunteered as booksellers for a day across the country on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to both thank and call attention to their local indie and its important place in the community. ABA is pleased and proud to assist with and continue the Indies First movement envisioned by Sherman Alexie.

    Stop by Old Firehouse Books in Old Town to hear Karla read some of her favorite children's books!

    Cottonwood Plains Elementary School Visit

    May 15, 2014 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra will be making an appearance at the Cottonwood Plains Literacy Night! They will be speaking to parents and kids alike.

    Jessup Elementary School Visit

    April 9, 2014 - 12:00am - April 11, 2014 - 12:00am

    Jessup Elementary is getting a triple dose of Aldo! Karla and Kendra will be doing three days of school visits at Jessup.

    If you'd like to bring Karla and Kendra to your school, check out our website for more information.

    Book Fair at Loveland Barnes & Noble

    March 1, 2014 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will be participating in the Knowledge Quest Academy Library's annual Book Fair. It's an all-day family affair with lots to do! Booths will be set up throughout the store with activities like scavenger hunts, face painting, art shows, a talent show, and more. Stop by, pick up a book or three, and have some fun!

    Valentine Crafting Day!

    February 8, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Karla will be at Old Firehouse Books on the 8th to help kids make their very own valentines!

    Old Firehouse Books will provide all the crafting supplies. All you need to do is stop by, pull up a chair and come with a head full of creative valentine designs.

    If you haven't picked up a copy of Ignoramus yet (a Valentine's Day themed book!), you can do so AND get it personalized.

    Wind City Books Christmas Author Collective

    December 7, 2013 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra have been invited to participate in the Wind City Books Annual Christmas Author Collective. If you would like to set up a visit for your school while Karla and Kendra are in the area, email renee@bailiwickpress.com. Go to www.bailiwickpress.com/schoolvisits for more information.

    Park Hill Street Fair

    September 22, 2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Karla and Kendra are adding a new street festival to their calendar this year! Aldo fans in the Denver area will be excited to hear that the author and illustrator duo will be attending the Park Hill Street Fair.

    The Street Fair will be held on Forest Parkway and will have artisans, artists, musicians, vendors, a food court, kids activities, a wine and beer garden and a silent auction.

    Legato Publishers Group Meeting

    August 21, 2013 (All day)

    Bailiwick Press is pleased to announce that it has signed for distribution effective January 1, 2014 with Legato Publishers Group, a new affiliate of Publishers Group West led by industry icon Mark Suchomel. Bailiwick is one of 20 founding publishers invited to join with Legato.

    New West Fest

    August 17, 2013 - 12:00am - August 18, 2013 - 12:00am

    Fort Collins' favorite street festival is almost here. Karla and Kendra will spend the weekend chatting with fans, selling books and enjoying the summer sun. Stop by their Aldo Zelnick booth on Mountain Avenue just west of Coopersmith's and say hi to your favorite author and illustrator.

    And music, don't forget the music.

    Pulling Back the Curtain: What It's Like to Write and Illustrate for Children

    August 2, 2013 - 1:55pm - 2:45pm

    Karla and Kendra have been invited to speak at a conference for public, academic and school librarians who belong to the group Creating Community: Connecting Northeastern Colorado Librarians.

    This conference will promote sharing and discovery of resources in surrounding communities and includes librarians from UNC, Aims, High Plains Library District, University Schools and District 6 Schools.

    Longmont Public Library Workshops

    June 12, 2013 - 11:00am - June 19, 2013 - 2:30pm

    Karla and Kendra will be returning to Longmont Library this summer! They've been invited back to run a two-part workshop for kids entering grades 6-8. Participants will have the chance to work on their writing and art in a small group with a published author/illustrator team. What's more, those who complete both sessions will receive a free copy of All Me, All the Time!

    Wednesday, June 12th
    1-2:30 pm

    Wednesday, June 19th
    1-2:30 pm

    Registration is required, and seats are limited. To register please call 303.651.8470.

    Mountain View Elementary Visit

    April 24, 2013 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra head to Windsor to visit the kids at Mountain View Elementary.

    Working in the World of Publishing Panel

    April 22, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Karla has been invited to participate in a publishing panel put on by the CSU English Department. The panel will focus on topics of working in the publishing industry. While the panel is targeted towards English students, everyone is welcome to attend. Stop by if you are interested in learning about the business.

    Longmont Public Library Visit

    April 14, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Karla and Kendra have been invited to Longmont Public Library. Their presentation and hands-on comics-creation workshop for school-aged children will be part of a two-week long celebration that includes many authors and artists (a few being John Fielder, Richard Lederer, and T.A. Barron). Book sales and signing will follow the program.

    Registration is required and the event is almost full. So call the Longmont Library at 303-651-8470 to pre-register and secure a spot.

    Oregon Trail Elementary Visit

    April 12, 2013 (All day)

    There is plenty of Karla and Kendra to go around! While they're in Casper, they'll be paying a visit to Oregon Trail Elementary to give a presentation.

    North Casper Elementary Visit

    April 10, 2013 - 8:00am - April 11, 2013 - 8:00pm

    Karla and Kendra are heading north to spend a couple days with their friends up in Casper. Any other schools interested in hosting Karla and Kendra still have time to do so! Just email info@bailiwickpress.com.

    Winona Elementary Visit

    February 27, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will be visiting Winona Elementary for their "Reading with the Stars" night where local "Stars" such as police officers, the mayor, firemen, etc., come and read to the students.

    Bixby Elementary Visit

    January 29, 2013 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are kicking off the New Year with school visits! Lucky kids. January 29th they will be visiting Bixby School in Boulder.

    Garfield Elementary Visit

    January 24, 2013 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra will be visiting Garfield Elementary! Not only will they be presenting to the kids during the day, the will be attending the school's Family Night. Parents will get the chance to learn more about the series and chat with the author and illustrator. Pretty cool, right?

    Galeton Elementary Visit

    January 21, 2013 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

    Karla and Kendra head to Galeton Elementary to meet the kids and teachers at this school, who have been reading one Aldo Zelnick book a month each month starting in September 2012. Their Year of Aldo will culminate in May with an all-school field trip to Fort Collins, where they'll visit Aldo's favorite haunts, including Old Town Square and Walrus for ice cream!

    Author/Illustrator Visit

    December 10, 2012 - 9:30am - 11:15am

    What better way to wrap up the semester than with a school visit from Karla and Kendra? Olander Elementary is doing just that. The author/illustrator duo will be visiting the school for a couple short morning visits. No sleeping in or you'll miss it!

    Book signing event at Old Firehouse Books

    December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Karla and Kendra a spreading the holiday cheer by setting up at Old Firehouse Books for a signing. Stop by between 2 and 4 and get your copies of Finicky a Glitch signed. Kids will also have the chance to make their own Gnome in the Home Christmas ornaments.

    Book signing at Learning Express

    December 8, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

    It's the season of giving and what better gift to give than a good book? Stop by Learning Express and pick up the latest Aldo adventures, Finicky and Glitch. As a gift to you, Karla and Kendra will be there signing books! Stop by between 10 and 12, get your books signed and say hi.

    Bailiwick Holiday Open House

    December 7, 2012 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm

    Come make your own Gnome in the Home ornament, nibble on a Christmas cookie or three, and stock up on signed Aldo Zelnick books and goodies for all those 7- to 13-year-olds on your gift list! Both Finicky and Glitch will be in stock. Pop in during school hours if you want to keep the gifts a secret, or bring your kids after school for some Zelnick-style holiday fun.

    School Visits in Casper

    November 29, 2012 - 12:00am - November 30, 2012 - 12:00am
    Casper, WY

    Karla and Kendra will be spending a couple of days in Casper, WY visiting the local elementary schools. Make sure you're not sick on these days! You won't want to miss these awesome presentations.

    Author/Illustrator Visit

    November 27, 2012 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra have been invited to present at Letford Elementary School in Johnstown, Colorado.

    Local Author Class

    November 19, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will be speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's panel, "What the Book Jacket Doesn't Tell You: The Authors' Stories." This panel provides a chance for attendees to ask questions and to talk with the authors about their books in a relaxed setting.

    Individuals must sign up if they wish to attend the presentation.

    Applewood Arts Festival

    November 17, 2012 - 9:30am - November 18, 2012 - 4:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will be attending the Applewood Arts Festival this year! The festival brings together a collection of fine art, fine crafts, gifts and specialty food from all over. Stop by and check out a fantastic array of different goods. Festival days are Sat. Nov. 17 9:30-5:00 and Sun. Nov. 18 11:00-4:00.

    Windsor Charter Academy Book Fair

    November 15, 2012 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Barnes and Noble of Loveland is hosting the Windsor Charter Academy's book fair. And the best part? Karla and Kendra will be attending! Pick up some new books and while you're at it say hi to your favorite author and illustrator. They will be signing books so if you've got some Aldo books that need an autograph, bring 'em along!

    The book fair runs from Nov. 13-15 but if you want to catch Karla and Kendra be sure to come on the 15th!

    Tavelli School Assemblies

    October 11, 2012 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra will be presenting at Tavelli Elementary school.

    Equality State Book Festival

    September 14, 2012 - 9:00am - September 15, 2012 - 5:00pm

    Karla and Kendra are making a trek to Casper, Wyoming to be a part of the Equality State Book Festival! It's an event all about celebrating books, writers, reading and the written word. Friday the author and illustrator will be making the rounds and giving presentations at schools throughout the district, and Saturday they will take part in a Children's Literature Panel starting at 10:00 am.

    To learn more about this event as well as panel times and locations, visit: http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/

    A Taste of Colorado

    August 31, 2012 - 12:00am - September 3, 2012 - 12:00am

    If you like Taste of Fort Collins you'll love A Taste of Colorado! Karla and Kendra will be setting up shop, selling and signing books (as well as other Aldo merchandise), and talking with fans. This four day festival takes place in downtown Denver's Civic Center Park. Come say hi to your favorite author and illustrator, then peruse the 300 other booths. There will be music of all kinds, delicious food of every variety as well as arts, crafts, commercial items, quality imports, and much more! The event is free so bring the whole family for a weekend of fun!

    Festival Hours:
    Fri. Aug. 31st: 11:30am-10:00pm
    Sat. Sept. 1st and Sun. Sept. 2nd: 10:30am-10:00pm
    Mon. Sept. 3rd: 10:30am-8:00pm

    New West Fest

    August 11, 2012 - 12:00am - August 12, 2012 - 12:00am

    Karla and Kendra are back once more to Fort Collins' New West Fest event! Stop by and chat with your favorite author and illustrator pair, buy some books and get them signed and just enjoy the hustle and bustle of New West Fest!

    Event days are Sat. 11th and Sun. 12th of August from 10am-7pm.

    Learning Express Convention

    June 29, 2012 (All day)

    Viva Las Vegas! Karla and Kendra are on their way to the city of glitz and glam. But they won't be gambling. The will be attending the annual Learning Express Convention! This year the convention will be held at the Red Rock Resort and Casino.

    Author/Illustrator Visit

    June 27, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Karla and Kendra will be presenting at the Mesa County Libraries Central Branch. In this fun presentation geared to kids ages 6 to 13 as well as grown-ups who love children's books, they'll introduce their book series and characters, show artwork from the books, explain how they create, give lots of pro-reading encouragement, do a live drawing demonstration, and allow ample time for all those great kid questions!

    If you're in or around Grand Junction, stop by and see your favorite author/illustrator duo!

    2012 Summer Reading Program

    June 21, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Fort Collins just can't get enough Aldo! Karla and Kendra have been invited to give a presentation at the Council Tree Library as part of the Poudre River Public Library District 2012 Summer Reading Program. The event will take place in the evening so parents and kids can both be in attendance.

    Author/Illustrator Summer Visit

    June 14, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am

    School during the summer?! It's totally worth it if Karla Oceanak and Kendra Spanjer, creators of the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel series are in the house! Riffenburgh will be hosting the pair this summer in June. What better way to have fun this summer than to listen to your favorite author/illustrator pair talk about books?

    Aldo Zelnick World Headquarters Open House

    June 8, 2012 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Have you ever wanted to see where the magic behind the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel series takes place? Well here's your chance! Bailiwick Press is having its first every Open House! Stop by on Friday, June 8th and check out Aldo Zelnick World Headquarters. You will be treated to a tour of the studio, get to chat with Karla and Kendra and meet other Aldo Zelnick fans.

    Snacks and drinks will be provided. And of course, bring the kids! Children will receive a FREE sketch book while supplies last. So come early!

    Boys-Only Book Club

    June 5, 2012 - 6:30pm - August 7, 2012 - 7:30pm

    Keep your boys reading this summer with our Boys-Only Book Club. Meetings are led by Karla and Kendra and held at Aldo Zelnick World HQ in Fort Collins. The reading list is chosen by the kids during the first meeting. Mom or Dad is also encouraged to attend and read the books along with their child.

    We will host meetings for two age groups, one 8-11 and the other 12-14. There will be 15 spots available for each group. Meetings take place every Tuesday night from 6:30-7:30 (younger group) and 7:30-8:30 (older group).

    Cost is 50$ for the 10-week program.

    Egghead Signing at Barnes and Noble (Loveland)

    April 24, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm

    Stop by the Loveland Barnes and Noble to get a sneak preview of Egghead! The store will also be hosting a bookfair for Coyote Ridge Elementary. Get your hands on Egghead early and support reading at Coyote Ridge!

    World Book Night

    April 23, 2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Karla has volunteered to be a Book Giver for World Book Night! This charity service is dedicated to the promotion of literacy and the celebration of reading. This event is backed by the donated services of publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing and paper communities in hopes of encouraging and inspiring readers of all ages. Karla will be setting up shop at the Boys and Girls Club to hand out 20 free copies of a popular children’s book. Stop on by, say hi, and pick up a good book! Check out worldbooknight.org for more information about this event.

    Meet the Faces Behind the Books

    April 22, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    The Englewood Public Library's annual Author Open House, also called, "Meet the Faces Behind the Books", has honored Karla and Kendra with an invitation to this years event. Stop by and say hello, and meet many other great authors! The event is free and open to the public.

    Cherry Hills Village Elementary Author/Illustrator Visit

    April 13, 2012 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra will be visiting Cherry Hills Village Elementary schools to talk with the kids.

    University Schools Author/Illustrator Visit

    April 6, 2012 (All day)

    Greeley can't get enough of Karla and Kendra! The two of them will be visiting University Schools in Greeley to present their books.

    Scott Elementary School Author/Illustrator Visit

    April 5, 2012 (All day)

    Karla and Kendra are on their way to Greeley! Scott Elementary has invited the author and illustrator duo to their school for a day of presentations for the kids. What a great way to start the month!

    Public Library Association Conference

    March 16, 2012 - 9:30am - 10:45am

    Look out, Philly! Aldo Zelnick is coming to town! Karla will be attending the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia. The morning of March 16th she will be making an author appearance and signing books. If you’re a librarian, be sure to stop by and pick up a free signed copy of Dumbstruck!

    Holiday Signing - Barnes & Noble Centerra

    December 14, 2011 - 4:30pm - 7:00pm

    Pick up signed copies of Artsy-Fartsy, Bogus, Cahoots and Dumbstruck for the middle grade readers, teachers and humorphiles on your shopping list!

    Holiday Signing - Learning Express Fort Collins

    December 11, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Come meet Karla and Kendra and pick up signed copies of Artsy-Fartsy, Bogus, Cahoots and Dumbstruck—just in time for the holidays!

    Holiday Signing - Barnes & Noble Fort Collins

    December 6, 2011 - 4:30pm - 7:00pm

    Pick up signed copies of Artsy-Fartsy, Bogus, Cahoots and Dumbstruck for the middle grade readers, teachers and humorphiles on your shopping list—and help the students of McGraw Elementary raise money at the same time!

    Wind City Books Annual Christmas Author Collective

    December 3, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Rub elbows with amazing children's book authors and illustrators—like Eugene Gagliano and Zac Pullen—and Karla and Kendra too at this special Christmas gift extravaganza.

    Casper, Wyoming Elementary School Visits

    December 1, 2011 - 12:00am - December 2, 2011 - 12:00am
    Casper, WY

    Casper's truly fabulous mecca-for-book-lovers independent bookstore Wind City Books is bringing Karla and Kendra to town for a series of elementary school visits followed by a Saturday bookstore event. Stay tuned for more details.

    Loveland Applewood Arts

    November 19, 2011 - 9:30am - November 20, 2011 - 4:00am

    Applewood Arts

    Aldo and the gang hit the Ranch in Loveland for the last stop of the Applewood Arts Festival. Pick up your copy of all the books just in time for Christmas including Cahoots and Dumbstruck.
    Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Highlands Ranch Applewoods Arts Festival

    November 12, 2011 - 9:30am - November 13, 2011 - 4:00pm

    Applewood Arts
    Second stop on the this Artsy-Fartsy tour: Highlands Ranch. See the Aldo Zelnick Booth and many other unique arts and gifts vendors to make some one smile. Goosy would love this!
    Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday:11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Westminster Applewood Arts Festival

    November 5, 2011 - 9:30am - November 6, 2011 - 4:00pm

    Applewood Arts
    See the Aldo Zelnick booth along with gobs of other vendors and crafts at the 34th annual Colorado Applewood Arts Festival. First stop for this three-weekend adventure: Westminster.
    Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Grandview Elementary Family Literacy Night

    November 3, 2011 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Karla and Kendra will be presenting to kids, parents and teachers at Grandview's annual Family Literacy Night. Come learn about their books, their creative process and the importance of reading! You'll also have a chance to ask questions, buy books and have them signed. Yay literacy!

    American Association of School Librarians Conference Book Signing

    October 28, 2011 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

    Karla is thrilled to be attending the AASL conference in Minneapolis in late October. Come say hi at the Independent Publishers Group booth, where she'll be signing review copies of Dumbstruck! In case you miss the Friday time slot, she'll be back at the IPG booth on Saturday morning from 9:15-10:15.

    Burnside Elementary School Visit

    October 27, 2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Karla will be spending the day at the same elementary school she attended when she was a kid! If you'll be in Red Wing, come say hello, listen to one of her presentations and get your books signed!

    Educator Event-Loveland/Centerra Barnes & Noble

    October 20, 2011 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

    If you live near Loveland, pop in and visit with Karla and Kendra! Anyone is welcome to attend, including kids and parents. They're happy to chat with you about their books and inscribe copies as gifts or for classroom libraries.

    Educator Event-Cheyenne Barnes & Noble

    October 19, 2011 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    If you live in Cheyenne, pop in and visit with Karla and Kendra! Anyone is welcome to stop by, including kids and parents. They're happy to chat with you about their books and inscribe copies as gifts or for classroom libraries.

    Colorado Association of Libraries Conference

    October 13, 2011 - 5:15pm - October 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will have a display table at Colorado Association of Libraries Conference, rubbing elbows with all sorts of lovely librarians.

    Elementary School Visits in Los Alamos, New Mexico

    October 11, 2011 (All day)

    Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop is bringing Karla and Kendra to Los Alamos, New Mexico to visit four elementary schools and do an evening signing at the bookstore!

    Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show

    September 30, 2011 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

    Come visit Karla and Kendra at Tom Faherty's booth on the trade show floor, where they'll be distributing and signing complimentary copies of the latest books in their Aldo Zelnick comic novel series—Cahoots and Dumbstruck—for booksellers!

    Dumbstruck Presentation and Signing

    September 24, 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    This is IT! The Dumbstruck launch event you've been holding your breath for! Karla and Kendra will talk a little about Dumbstruck and what it was like working on a book with a deaf character. The McGraw Elementary Deaf and Hard of Hearing community are invited to be our special guests, as are all McGraw students, parents and teachers. Kendra and Karla will also be available to sign books and chat with everyone who drops by.

    Illustrator Book Signing

    September 24, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Join illustrator Kendra Spanjer at Manifest Art Gallery in cute downtown Niwot. All Aldo Zelnick titles will be available for purchase and personalization—including Dumbstruck! Stop by to say hello!

    Bohemian Nights at New West Fest

    August 13, 2011 - 10:00am - August 14, 2011 - 7:00pm

    Pick up Karla and Kendra's new book, Cahoots, and enjoy a weekend full of live music, special events, and scrumptious food.
    Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Artobiography Class

    July 25, 2011 - 1:30pm - July 29, 2011 - 4:00pm

    In this 5-afternoon class, Karla and Kendra will mentor kids in creating their own “artobiographies”—drawing plus writing! Students will be provided with all materials, including a series of “fill-in-the-blank” style writing and art pages to fend off fear-of-the-blank-page syndrome. By Friday each child will have a book chock-full of special details and memories all about him or her—a keepsake you’ll treasure forever!

    Limited to 12 kids ages 7 to 12

    Monday through Friday, July 25-29 • 1:30-4 pm

    Held at Aldo Zelnick World HQ: 309 E. Mulberry, Fort Collins

    $100 per student

    Artobiography Class

    July 25, 2011 - 9:00am - July 29, 2011 - 11:30am

    In this 5-morning class, Karla and Kendra will mentor kids in creating their own “artobiographies”—drawing plus writing! Students will be provided with all materials, including a series of “fill-in-the-blank” style writing and art pages to fend off fear-of-the-blank-page syndrome. By Friday each child will have a book chock-full of special details and memories all about him or her—a keepsake you’ll treasure forever!

    Limited to 12 kids ages 7 to 12

    Monday through Friday, July 25-29 • 9-11:30am

    Held at Aldo Zelnick World HQ: 309 E. Mulberry, Fort Collins

    $100 per student

    Sizzling Comics Playshop for kids

    July 21, 2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

    Join Kendra Spanjer, illustrator of the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, for a fun session of brainstorming, writing, drawing and collaborating. By the end of the day, we will have created at least one comic story starring our very own superhero food item—and have learned two simple recipes for cooking up more comic fun! We'll provide basic drawing supplies, but feel free to bring anything you may want to add from home.

    E-mail us today at karen@manifestartgallery.com & reserve your space!

    Rice Elementary author visit

    June 23, 2011 - 10:30am - 11:30am

    Sizzling Comics Playshop for kids

    June 23, 2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

    Join Kendra Spanjer, illustrator of the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, for a fun session of brainstorming, writing, drawing and collaborating. By the end of the day, we will have created at least one comic story starring our very own superhero food item—and have learned two simple recipes for cooking up more comic fun! We'll provide basic drawing supplies, but feel free to bring anything you may want to add from home.

    E-mail us today at karen@manifestartgallery.com & reserve your space!

    Bethke Elementary author visit

    June 21, 2011 - 10:30am - 11:30am

    Author and Illustrator talk at the Loveland Public Library

    May 11, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Loveland Public Library

    Come see the dynamic duo behind Aldo Zelnick at Loveland Public Library. Maybe check out a book while your there.

    Book Haven Bookstore and Elementary School Visits in Salida, Colorado (tent.)

    May 5, 2011 (All day)

    Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Fort Collins

    April 22, 2011 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Karla and Kendra will hopping into the Barnes and Noble in Fort Collins to sign books just in time for Easter.

    Book Signing at Old Firehouse Books

    April 17, 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Come see Karla and Kendra at Old firehouse books for an afternoon of book signing. Don't forget to bring your books to sign or pick up a new copy of Cahoots.

    Magic of Reading at Night Blue Mountain Elementry

    March 11, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Karla and Kendra will be talking about Aldo to kids in PJs at this event. Don’t forget to bring your blanket.

    Literacy Night at Madison Elementary

    March 8, 2011 (All day)

    Many schools that have been inviting Karla and Kendra to visit have family Literacy Nights. What a great way to get kids and parents excited about connecting through great books!

    Applewood Arts Festival

    November 20, 2010 - 12:00am - November 21, 2010 - 12:00am

    This annual artisan's fair rocks...so we'll be there with Aldo!

    Columbine Elementary School Assembly

    November 17, 2010 (All day)

    Local Author Day at Jax

    November 13, 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Join Karla and many other Northern Colorado authors for readings and book signing!

    Books for Humanity

    November 12, 2010 - 5:45pm

    Books for Humanity, a CSU community literacy initiative, provides Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity Families with a personal library of basic books.

    Each year Habitat families are invited to do their holiday shopping at the Family Book Fest. A wide selection of new books is available at no charge, and volunteers provide free gift wrapping. The event is an opportunity for the Habitat families to come together and enjoy themselves. The nights have included choral performances, presentations from local authors (that's us!) face painting, and balloon races.

    For more information, including opportunities for contributing books, money, and volunteer hours, contact Deanna Ludwin, Books for Humanity Founder, at dludwin@lamar.colostate.edu or 970-219-1353.

    Blevins Middle School Literacy Night

    October 21, 2010 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Join Karla and Kendra for a special comic storytelling session – they're in the rotation at Blevins' literacy night.

    Artsy-Fartsy and Bogus will be available in the book fair, so be sure to get your signed copy.

    Linton Elementary School Assembly

    October 11, 2010 - 8:45am

    Barnes & Noble Educator Reception

    October 9, 2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Educators are invited to join B&N staff and local authors for treats, giveaways and prizes as we say thank-you to all the fabulous educators who impact our children and our community. We'll be showcasing our eBook Reader NOOK and discussing how to improve literacy and the love of reading.

    Senior Center Holiday Market

    September 26, 2010 - 10:00am - September 27, 2010 - 4:00pm

    Close to 100 artisans and crafters (including yours truly!) will be selling their edible, wearable and lovable wares Thanksgiving weekend. Finish all your holiday shopping in two days—before December even starts—and remember to pick up signed copies of Artsy-Fartsy, Bogus and pre-orders of Cahoots for the comic fans on your list!

    Boulder Fall Festival

    September 25, 2010 - 10:00am - September 26, 2010 - 7:00pm

    Another fun weekend where we sell books at a tent and eat fair food!

    Come see us Saturday and Sunday... full schedule here: http://www.boulderdowntown.com/events/fall-festival

    Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Trade Show

    September 23, 2010 - 12:00am - September 25, 2010 - 12:00am

    As winners of the MPIBA Regional Children's Chapter Book, we're looking forward to being involved in several of the weekend's events:

    Thursday, 4-9 p.m. – Author reception and booksigning
    Friday, 8-9:30 p.m. – Awards breakfast

    Be sure to bid on a one-of-a-kind, hand-colored and signed "Need to Read" Aldo Zelnick print at the silent auction – proceeds benefit MPIBA's literacy programs!

    New West Fest

    August 14, 2010 - 12:00am - August 15, 2010 - 12:00am

    Aldo will be at New West Fest! Booth details to come.

    Taste of Fort Collins

    June 12, 2010 - 12:00am - June 13, 2010 - 12:00am

    Come visit Aldo, Karla and Kendra at this Q is for quintessential Fort Collins event!

    Colorado Book Award book fair

    May 15, 2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Come to the Barnes & Noble in Denver at the downtown Pavilions, 16th & Curtis Streets, for the 2010 Colorado Book Awards readings and book fair. The event will be held May 14-16 and will showcase all this year's Colorado Book Awards finalists. The Juvenile/Young Adult category authors will be present on Saturday from 2-3, so come say hello, hear Karla read, and get your own signed copies of Artsy-Fartsy!

    Mountain View Elementary school visits

    April 26, 2010 - 1:30pm

    Karla and Kendra will be presenting an assembly to all 3rd-5th graders and teaching a comics lesson to a select group of students.

    Fort Collins Rotary READ

    April 20, 2010 - 12:00am - April 22, 2010 - 12:00am

    We've been selected as the Rotary author team this spring and will be presenting at 6 local elementary schools and several Rotary meetings. We get to visit Dunn, Johnson, Laurel, Putnam, Riffenburgh, and Werner. Woo-hoo! Here's the scoop:

    Tuesday, April 20:
    Werner, 9:30-11 am
    Foothills Rotary Club lunch at the Marriott, 12-1 pm
    Johnson, 1:30-3 pm

    Wednesday, April 21st
    Laurel, 9:30-11 am
    Putnam, 1-2:30 pm

    Thursday, April 22nd
    Breakfast Rotary Club, 6:45-8 am
    Riffenburgh, 9:30-11 am
    Dunn, 1-2:30 pm
    Rotary Author Dinner, 5:30-7:30, Café Columbine

    First Friday live cartooning demonstration

    March 5, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Fort Collins' First Friday art walk in Old Town is always fun, but this time you can watch illustrator Kendra Spanjer creating drawings—live!—for Bogus, the second book in the Aldo Zelnick comic novel series (due out in May). Author Karla Oceanak will be there, too. Stop by to chat, get your book signed, and learn more about Aldo's upcoming alphabetical adventures.

    CCIRA Talk: Do Graphic Texts Create "Wimpy" Readers?

    February 4, 2010 - 10:30am - 11:30am

    Colorado Council of the International Reading Association annual conference

    Putnam Elementary classroom visit

    January 29, 2010 - 12:45pm

    Karla will be talking to Mrs. Rittner's 3rd graders!

    Comic fun & book signing

    January 9, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Comics drawing session and book signing
    Does your child love comics, Wimpy Kid, and other illustrated novels? Or, is your child a budding artist? Join local author Karla Oceanak and illustrator Kendra Spanjer at Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut Street, on Saturday, January 9th at noon for a free comics drawing lesson and short presentation on their new comic novel for kids 8-13, Artsy-Fartsy.

    Holiday market

    December 13, 2009 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Book launch party

    December 11, 2009 - 7:00pm

    Fun & fancy holiday artisan sale

    December 5, 2009 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
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