2022 Festival Youth Schedule

Scroll down to see the full festival schedule of our Youth programs!

Each youth event is free, though some require registration.

Click the buttons below for General programs, the full speaker roster, or FAQs.

Click here for an alphabetical list of the authors and their book signing times!

All times below are Pacific Time.

Thank you to the Saul Zaentz Company for supporting our youth programs!

  • Category

  • Event format

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Courage Hats

Jessixa Bagley

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

Where do you find courage when you feel anything but brave? That’s the challenge tackled by a bear and a young child, both of whom are a bit nervous about new surroundings but find a creative solution to face their fears. Illustrator Jessixa Bagley will read Courage Hats and share her process for creating her gently whimsical artwork. And who knows? Maybe you can make your own hat to show off at the Festival all day! Ages 5–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 11:30 AM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Alphabet Rockers: You Are Not Alone

Alphabet Rockers

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

Oakland’s Alphabet Rockers, two-time Grammy nominees for Best Children’s album, will bring the community together in true Rockers fashion at the Festival’s official kick-off event on Saturday. Centered on togetherness, the group will present a dynamic reading of its first published book You Are Not Alone and a curated music set by Rockers DJ Roza to get everyone moving in celebration and joy!

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 11:45 AM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • History
  • Race/Identity
  • YA (Young Adult)

Black Panthers: Inherit the Revolution

Kekla Magoon, Jetta Martin, Waldo Martin Jr., moderated by Cinnamongirl Olivia and Kimberly Cox Marshall

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

When Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale first met at Oakland’s Merritt College in 1966, history was made. They formed the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and ended up rocking the world with a revolutionary vision whose legacy still burns bright. Three renowned authors—Kekla Magoon, Jetta Martin and Waldo Martin, Jr.—will show a new generation the roots of this home-grown, human-rights revolution born in their own East Bay community. Kekla Magoon’s Revolution in Our Time was praised by Publishers Weekly as “powerful…an incisive, in-depth study of the Black Panther Party.” Jetta Martin and her father, scholar and UC Berkeley professor Waldo Martin, Jr., collaborated on Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party , which Booklist called “a passionate, honest, and intimate look into an important time in civil rights history.” This is a chance to get to know the stories of historically significant freedom fighters, whose legacy looms larger than ever today. Their conversation, which is aimed at both teenagers and adults, will be moderated by Cinnamongirl Olivia and Kimberly Cox Marshall.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

I Am Smoke

Henry Herz

Saturday, May 7

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

In these parts we know about smoke, right? You might be surprised by how much more there is to learn! In his new book I Am Smoke, Henry Herz invites readers to discover smoke’s history and power throughout civilization, from its role in communications to pest control to spiritual practices. Smoke can harm but it can also help—breathe in a combination of poetry and surprising science in this thought-provoking exploration. Ages 6–10.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:00 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle

Nina LaCour

Saturday, May 7

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

The little girl at the center of Nina LaCour’s picture book debut loves nothing more than to have her Mama on one side and her Mommy on the other. When Mommy goes away on a work trip, everything feels off-kilter, until she finds a creative way to welcome Mommy home again. Join us for a joyful reading of this inclusive ode to family love—a perfect book for Mother’s Day weekend! Ages 3–7.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:30 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

Meet the Medalists

Donna Barba Higuera, Tae Keller, moderated by Elaine Tai

Saturday, May 7

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

We’re rolling out the red carpet for some luminaries of children’s literature at this year’s Festival. Join us in welcoming the two most recent winners of the Newbery Medal, children’s literature’s most prestigious award, which celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. In Donna Barba Higuera’s The Last Cuentista, winner of the 2022 Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Award, a Mexican American girl, awakening after centuries in suspended animation, discovers she’s the only one who remembers the stories of the Earth humans have left behind. Tae Keller won the 2021 Newbery for When You Trap a Tiger; now, in Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone, Keller offers a powerful story of friendship and alienation, as a girl ostracized for her belief in aliens . . . disappears. Berkeley Public Library children’s supervising librarian Elaine Tai will host this star-studded celebration of children’s literature. Ages 8–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Writing & Publishing
  • YA (Young Adult)

I Am the Dream: Voices of a New Generation

Cinnamongirl authors moderated by R.C. Barnes, Misa Sugiura

Saturday, May 7

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

Now in its second year, Write Your Story is an exciting year-long program that brought creative writing masterclasses and artistic mentorship to young women of color, ages 12 to 18, a fantastic collaboration of the festival with Cinnamongirl, Inc. This year again, a cohort of girls spent the year honing their voices and their visions, with encouragement and instruction from a wonderful faculty of women authors of color, and now they are ready to present their work and read at the Bay Area Book Festival. They will be joined on stage by girls of the inaugural cohort to celebrate the publication of the first anthology, I Am the Dream.

Book signing information: Immediately after the session at the Cinnamongirl booth, booth no. 50

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • History
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Love in the Library

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Saturday, May 7

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

How do you find joy even when times are tough? Maggie Tokuda-Hall explores that question in Love in the Library, inspired by the true story of how her grandparents met when both were incarcerated in Minidoka during World War II. One was a library volunteer, the other was an avid reader . . . and the rest is history. Come hear an inspiring story of love, literature, and the power of the human heart to overcome adversity. Ages 7–10.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:30 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • History
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

A Brief History of Underpants

Christine Van Zandt

Saturday, May 7

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

From loincloths to bloomers to superhero-themed Underoos, the story of human history can be summed up by what we choose to wear on our behinds. In her brief but hilarious overview, Christine Van Zandt reveals how our choices of unmentionables have evolved over time and been shaped by the who, when, and where of human history. Get ready to giggle, guffaw, and learn a thing or two in this fun- (and pun-)filled session. Ages 4–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Native American
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • YA (Young Adult)

Native Voices: Essayists from the 2022 Graton Student Writing Program

Saturday, May 7

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

The Graton Writing Project is a series of writing workshops open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma, California, that culminates in a published youth anthology. This year, students were asked to write on the theme of enacting transformational change in their communities. Come hear the students read powerful, sometimes surprising excerpts from their pieces and share their insights.

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Juna and Appa

Felicia Hoshino, Jane Park

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

Juna loves helping her father at their family’s dry-cleaning shop, but when a customer is mean to her Appa, Juna sets off on a magical journey to help her dad, along the way learning about the many ways fathers care for their young. Jane Park and Felicia Hoshino, the duo behind the award-winning Juna’s Jar, return with another beautifully illustrated celebration of family and the power of imagination. Ages 4–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

Middle Grade: COVID and Communities

Ying Chang Compestine, Kelly Yang, moderated by Cinnamongirl Olivia and Cinnamongirl Ly-Ly

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

When the world falls apart … This session explores the effects of the global pandemic on both coasts of the Pacific. In bestselling novelist Kelly Yang’s latest standalone novel, New From Here, Knox Wei-Evans stands up to anti-AAPI racism at his new school after moving from Hong Kong to California during the pandemic. Ying Chang Compestine portrays how COVID-19 affected Wuhan in her forthcoming Morning Sun in Wuhan, which follows 13-year-old Mei as she puts her love of cooking toward a good cause by volunteering in a community kitchen. Join these two brilliant writers for a thoughtful discussion on community, resilience, and hope after a long period of being apart. Ages 8–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • Literary
  • Middle Grade

Best of the Best 90-Second Newbery Film Fest

James Kennedy, Kekla Magoon

Saturday, May 7

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Berkeley Public Library - Community Meeting Room

  • In-Person Only

Our celebration of the Newbery Medal’s hundredth anniversary continues! The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest, culminating in live events, in which young filmmakers make movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books . . . in about 90 seconds. For more than ten years, the 90-Second Newbery has showcased the best entries at annual screenings in cities across the country such as New York, Chicago, Boston—and right here in Berkeley! The screenings are hosted by festival founder James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish), with a special appearance by award-winning author Kekla Magoon! In this workshop, James will screen some of the very best videos submitted in the contest’s history, and he’ll provide practical advice for young filmmakers and the teachers, librarians, and families who might want to create their own award-winning short films for next year’s contest. Ages 7–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

In partnership with the Berkeley Public Library

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Women/Gender
  • YA (Young Adult)

Werewolves and Monster Slayers: Transforming Horror in YA

Lily Anderson, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, moderated by Rex Horner

Saturday, May 7

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

If you’re dying to read about a rag-tag team of powerful young women with a side of killer fun, you’re in the right place. In Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s graphic novel debut Squad, Becca longs to be popular at her new school, and winds up finding her place in a group of fashionable girls . . . who also happen to be werewolves. Lily Anderson’s Scout’s Honor is filled with tons of high-octane action and adventure as protagonist Prudence Perry is on a mission to steal an invaluable ingredient while taking on the hardest challenge of all: her legacy as a monster hunter. Be prepared for some chills and thrills in this empowering panel.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 3:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Native American
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Writing & Publishing
  • YA (Young Adult)

What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids

Jen Ferguson, David A. Robertson, Cynthia L. Smith, Traci Sorell, moderated by Regan McMahon

Saturday, May 7

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

A wider range of Native American issues, stories, and characters than ever before are being represented in books for young people. In this session, hear from debut YA author Jen Ferguson (The Summer of Bitter and Sweet), picture book author Traci Sorell (Powwow Day) and by David A. Robertson (On the Trapline, The Great Bear) author of both picture books and middle-grade fantasy novels about the breadth of Native American titles for young readers and what’s next for the industry.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:30 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

Middle Grade: Solving Big Problems

Cathy Camper, Jonathan Case, Shanthi Sekaran, moderated by Cinnamongirl Ari and Cinnamongirl Malia

Saturday, May 7

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

Small, but mighty! This session will feature young protagonists tackling big problems with the spirit and determination of a butterfly flying against the wind. In Cathy Camper’s Lowriders to the Rescue, Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio must join forces when Sokar, a young monarch, reports that the spread of dangerous wildfire is leaving butterflies stranded. Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case follows Elvie and Flora’s mission to save humanity from extinction by using scales from monarch butterfly wings to create an antidote to sun sickness. Finally, in Shanthi Sekaran’s The Samosa Rebellion, Muki rebels against xenophobia on the fictional island of Mariposa after his grandmother is detained at a relocation camp by the government. Their discussion will shine the spotlight on superhero kids who won’t let their small size stop them from changing the world. And after the session, don’t miss your own chance to be a butterfly hero, by picking up a milkweed plant in our interactive Kids Zone and creating your own butterfly habitat at home! Ages 7–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Show the World

Angela Dalton

Saturday, May 7

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

What inspires you? Is it exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of your neighborhood? Fighting to protect that neighborhood? Or maybe hearing a great story? In this inspiring picture book, Oakland-based author Angela Dalton introduces readers to a young photographer recording the ways young members of her Black community express themselves. Come listen to Angela read her story and share the people and places that inspire you! Ages 4–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:30 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • YA (Young Adult)

YA: Rumors and Lies

Dhonielle Clayton, E. Lockhart, moderated by Jessica Lee

Saturday, May 7

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

You may have heard the rumors . . . and they’re all true. YA authors Dhonielle Clayton and E. Lockhart will be spilling the beans about how words can be more deadly than they seem. Set in a lavish preparatory school, Dhonielle Clayton’s The Rumor Game focuses on three girls whose social statuses are put to the test as rumors and gossip spread like wildfire. E. Lockhart’s Family of Liars takes readers back to the world of the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars. Who knows what new secrets from a different generation of the Sinclair family will be revealed in this hard-hitting family drama? All the mysteries and deceptions will be unraveled in this electrifying session.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 5:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

cancelled: Wordplay with Jon Agee

Jon Agee, hosted by Regan McMahon

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

Have you heard of TACO CAT or UFO TOFU? Have you eaten an EVIL OLIVE or STRESSED DESSERTS? You might think you have ailihphilia (that’s a love of palindromes) but only Jon Agee, a true prodigy of palindromes, would have the audacity to write a whole story—a graphic novel no less—constructed entirely of these mirror-image words and phrases. Enter the wild back-and-forth world of Agee’s Otto: A Palindrama and maybe even engage in a little wordplay of your own! Come to this fun session, hosted by Common Sense Media deputy books editor Regan McMahon, and you’ll be sure to exclaim “WOW!” and “YAY!” Ages 9–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 11:30 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Native American
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

On the Trapline

David A. Robertson

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

A young Indigenous child goes on a trip with his grandfather—and on a journey into his Swamp Cree grandfather’s memories of growing up connected with the land. Award-winning picture book author David A. Robertson will share this meaningful story of memory and family connections. Ages 4–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 11:30 PM

With the support of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

(Big) Cats and Dogs

Isabelle Groc, Tyus D. Williams, hosted by Monica Wesolowska

Sunday, May 8

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

We might not answer the age-old debate of cats vs dogs in this session—but why would we want to, when both are so incredible? With naturalist and educator Tyus D. Williams, we’ll find out what some magnificent big cats—from mountain lions to snow leopards—get up to all day. And conservationist and photographer Isabelle Groc will introduce us to some astonishing “conservation canines”—dogs working on everything from sniffing out invasive species to stopping wildlife traffickers in their tracks. Whether you’re Team Cat or Team Dog, you’re sure to learn something amazing in this fascinating session. Ages 5–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Free
  • Women/Gender
  • YA (Young Adult)

YA: Growing Up Queer Then and Now

Jen Ferguson, Laura Gao, moderated by Cinnamongirl Kailynn

Sunday, May 8

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

Discovering and embracing your identity as a queer young person can be joyful, confusing, or downright dangerous, depending on when and where you’re growing up. These three authors offer historical and more contemporary narratives of growing up queer. Jen Ferguson’s stunning debut novel The Summer of Bitter and Sweet focuses on a Métis teen who contends with myriad issues and questions—including racism, generational trauma, sexual identity, and first love—over the course of a life-changing summer. Laura Gao’s graphic memoir Messy Roots finds the author striving to define (in sometimes cringingly hilarious ways) both their queerness and their identity as a Chinese immigrant to America. You won’t want to miss this candid exploration of the messy, joyous process of growing up, hosted by Cinnamongirl Kailynn.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza!

Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris

Sunday, May 8

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

During COVID lockdown, when many of us were just trying not to lose it entirely, author Mac Barnett and artist Shawn Harris kept their sanity and exercised their zany brand of creativity with a series of wildly popular live cartoon shows about the first cat in space. Now the pair is turning that YouTube phenomenon into a new series of graphic novels. Celebrate The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza with Mac and Shawn and get ready to enjoy an out-of-this world science fiction adventure with unlikely team of heroes! Ages 8–11.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Native American
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Powwow Day

Traci Sorell

Sunday, May 8

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

River longs to participate in the Grand Entry procession at the powwow, but she’s recovering from an illness and is too weak to dance. As she looks on from the sidelines, though, she feels gratitude to be part of of this tradition and hope for the future. Join award-winning author Traci Sorell for a reading of this empowering portrait of contemporary Indigenous traditions. Ages 4–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:30 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

Dust Off Those Classics: Innovative and Inclusive Retellings

Myisha Haynes, David A. Robertson, Cynthia L. Smith, Rey Terciero, moderated by Cinnamongirl Taylor and Cinnamongirl Rosie

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

If you think the classic tales of yore have nothing relevant to say to today’s young readers, these three fabulous creators are here to prove you wrong. In their new works, they challenge and transform those dusty (and sometimes problematic) old stories, re-imagining them into something entirely new! David A. Robertson’s The Great Bear, the second volume in his Misewa Saga, is a portal fantasy like the Chronicles of Narnia—but one that prioritizes environmentalism and Indigenous folklore. Myisha Haynes’s artwork for the graphic novel Anne of West Philly transports Anne Shirley’s story from nineteenth-century PEI to a vibrant present-day Philadelphia neighborhood. And finally, Rey Terciero’s Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms turns Tchaikovsky’s ballet into a swashbuckling feminist adventure tale. In this session led by Cinnamongirl Rosie, get ready to rethink everything you thought you knew about “the classics”! Ages 8–13.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:15 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Writing & Publishing
  • YA (Young Adult)

Write the Future with 826 Valencia

826 Valencia

Sunday, May 8

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

In this session, you will hear writing from 826 Valencia’s Black Literary Achievement Club (BLAC) about who they are, where they come from, and the issues they care about. BLAC strives to cultivate an intentional space for Black students to tell their own stories in their most truthful forms. With the support of a Black professional mentors, students embrace a positive outlook on their Black identity through writing, the exploration of Black literary icons and leaders, Black history, community and leadership building.

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

I Am Able to Shine

Korey Watari

Sunday, May 8

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

If you’ve ever felt invisible or overlooked, you’ll relate to Keiko’s story in this picture book by husband-and-wife team Korey Watari and PIXAR artist Mike Wu. Keiko learns to embrace her Japanese American identity and shine bright; so will you when you listen to Korey Watari read this affirmational story! Ages 4–7.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:30 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

Magic Goes Global: The Marvellers

Dhonielle Clayton, interviewed by Tiffany Golden

Sunday, May 8

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

A talented young person with remarkable powers is accepted into an elite magic school, where they encounter new friendships, old rivalries, and plenty of adventure. Think you know that story already? Think again, because in her middle-grade debut, The Marvellers, bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton breathes fresh (and beautifully inclusive) new life into the magic school trope. Ella is an eleven-year-old Black girl from New Orleans, and her classmates hail from all around the world, bringing their own global traditions and supernatural powers to bear on this spellbinding new fantasy world. The result? Simply marvelous. You won’t want to miss this thrilling introduction to the world of The Marvellers as Clayton is interviewed by Tiffany Golden, teaching artist at Oakland-based youth writing and publishing center Chapter 510. Ages 8–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Let It Grow

JaNay Brown-Wood, Riz Reyes

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than by planting a garden? In this session, we’ll hear Sacramento author JaNay Brown-Wood read her new picture book Miguel’s Community Garden. Then horticulturist and educator Riz Reyes will share some gardening tips for the whole family from his new book Grow! Stick around and pot a plant for your mom or other grownup! Ages 5–12.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:45 PM

Thank you to Annie's Annuals and Perennials (Richmond, CA) for their donation of plants and pots for this event.

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book

Little Loon Finds His Voice

Regina Shklovsky

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

Have you ever heard the eerie wail of a loon? In Little Loon Finds His Voice, a young bird longs to grow up and imitate his Papa’s hoots and yodels. Come listen to Little Loon’s story and then get inspired by the book’s illustrator, Regina Shlovsky, who will share how she created the beautiful watercolor paintings in the book and lead young artists through a drawing demo. Ages 5–7.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:30 PM

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Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Middle Grade
  • Outdoor (Free)

Middle Grade: Sports and Identity

Rebecca Balcárcel, Ernesto Cisneros, Diana Farid, moderated by Cinnamongirl Abisola and Cinnamongirl Valeria

Sunday, May 8

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

For many athletes, all those hours spent training and competing makes that sport a big part of their identity. But who are these athletes when they aren’t participating in their sport? Rebecca Balcárcel’s Shine On, Luz Véliz! features soccer star-turned coder Luz Véliz and her journey to find a place for herself after her serious knee injury. In Falling Short, Ernesto Cisneros tells of best friends Isaac and Marco, a basketball player and a chess enthusiast, on their mission to get Marco a spot on the school basketball team. And in Diana Farid’s novel-in-verse Wave, surfer-singer Ava must find a way back to the shore when surfing no longer provides the solace she needs to face life’s challenges. Whether you’re an athlete yourself or just enjoy watching from the sidelines, this session will give you plenty to cheer about! Ages 8–13.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Picture Book
  • Race/Identity

Black: The Many Wonders of My World

Nancy Johnson James, Constance Moore

Sunday, May 8

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

StoryTime Circle

  • In-Person Only

Black is special. Black is wonderful. Black is beautiful! Oakland-based author Nancy Johnson James and Oakland illustrator Constance Moore team up for a celebration of color and identity. Listen to the book, and then try your hand at exploring the richness and depths of the color black during an art demo! Ages 5–8.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:30 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • YA (Young Adult)

Engaging with Evolution

Pamela Turner, Elizabeth Shreeve, moderated by Lisa White

Sunday, May 8

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

From the emergence of COVID variants to the origins of Homo sapiens, the process of evolution underlies all biology. Yet only about half of American adults agree that humans developed from earlier species. In this session, Dr. Lisa White, Director of Education and Outreach at the UC Museum of Paleontology joins Elizabeth Shreeve (Out of the Blue) and Pamela S. Turner (How to Build a Human), authors of books about evolution for young readers, to celebrate evolutionary science. We’ll hear about science denialism and why evolutionary concepts are so often misunderstood, and we’ll gain new tools to combat misinformation about evolution and the nature of science. Ages 8+.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 4 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • YA (Young Adult)

Young (Adult) Love

Kate Marchant, Casey McQuiston, Suzanne Park, moderated by Cinnamongirl Mariah

Sunday, May 8

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

Love is in the air… literally. In this panel, YA authors will share their recent novels that offer plenty of romance, regardless of the state of your own love life. New York Times–bestselling author Casey McQuiston makes their YA debut with I Kissed Shara Wheeler. Chloe Green takes you on a journey to find Shara Wheeler, after unexpectedly going missing from their Alabama Christian school just days before prom. In Kate Marchant’s Float, Waverly Lyons travels from chilly Alaska to sunny Florida for summer vacation, in hopes of finding herself (and possibly a new hot boyfriend) after her parent’s divorce. And in Suzanne Park’s Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, a social media influencer stranded at a digital detox camp can handle airplane mode—but can she live through an entire month unplugged? Get ready for this roller-coaster session, hosted by Cinnamongirl Mariah McCoy, that will give you all the laughs and feels, capturing what young (adult) love truly is.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 4:30 PM

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