Children & Family Programming

at the Bay Area Book Festival Outdoor Fair in Downtown Berkeley at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park

Grow a Reader

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Bay Area Book Festival.
Our children’s programming will give you and your little one the tools to GROW A READER!

How do we grow readers? We show them the joy in books!

All children’s programming is free and outdoors, making it easy for parents and kids to access throughout the day (with plenty of space for rest and distractions), both Saturday and Sunday. From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., our Story Time Circle will entertain and inspire children as they meet the authors and illustrators of their favorite books. Competitively-inclined kids can shout out prompts and cheer on illustrators who will be dueling on stage.

The world-famous Literary Death Match comes to the Bay Area Book Festival — and, for the first time in the world, to middle-graders! This competitive, humor-centric reading series pits famous and emerging authors against one another, proving that literature is a brilliant, unstoppable, and undeniably fun medium. Your middle-graders will be dazzled, entertained, and inspired to read even more.

For more Children and Family Activities, visit our Outdoor Fair Page

2019 Programming Sneak Peak

Innosanto Nagara‘s A is for Activist series was a smash hit. His upcoming book, We Are The Change, continues the theme of children claiming important roles in activist movements, cultivating the practice of speaking up for what is right.

K-Fai Steele, the illustrator of Noodlephant, will join us with her adorable first book about animals standing up against their bully kangaroo neighbors. (We all need someone to stand up against our bully kangaroo neighbors.)

What radical possibilities emerge when children of color see themselves reflected in the stories they read from a very young age? What are the barriers faced by writers of color to see these fully-realized diverse characters make it to print? Local authors, including Aída Salazar (The Moon Within) and Emma Otheguy (Martí’s Song For Freedom), will think through these questions and more.

Andrew Smith will present his first foray into middle grade with The Size of the Truth. A kid once trapped in a well overcomes his PTSD so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a chef. But can he first survive eighth grade? (Lurking in eighth grade: the kid he’s sure pushed him into the well.)

We believe in kids taking the lead. We’ll have a live podcast recording for the Book Club for Kids with a middle grade author in conversation with their middle grade readers, hosted by Kitty Felde.

Much more to come!

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