11:00 AM – Spy Kid
How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? Grab your trench coat and put your spy skills to the test with Festival favorite and Caldecott winner Mac Barnett.
11:40 AM – Hey! That’s Me!
Oliver Chin, Ying Chang Compestine, Mylo Freeman, Tania de Regil, moderated by Innosanto Nagara
When a kid recognizes herself and her culture in the books she reads, it opens up a world of possibilities! Oliver Chin, Ying Chang Compestine, Mylo Freeman, and Tania de Regil talk about why we need diverse faces, voices, and customs in children’s books.
With the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the program Never Grow Up!
12:20 PM – Seasons, Sounds and Sandwiches
Meg Fleming, Tim McCanna, Alice McGinty, moderated by Regan McMahon
The bitter brrrrrrr of winter, the sweet tweet of birds, the yummy smell of breakfast. These three delightful books by Meg Fleming, Tim McCanna, and Alice McGinty celebrate the senses!
1:00 PM – Crabs, Ants, and Noodlephants + Illustrator Duel
Cindy Derby, K-Fai Steele, Andrea Tsurumi, moderated by Alex Green
Whether they crawl, march, or saunter, bake cakes or turn pillows into pasta, these animals have a lot to teach us. Join Cindy Derby, K-Fai Steele, and Andrea Tsurumi for a thoroughly wacky ride. Bonus: this session will conclude with a live illustrator duel!
2:00 PM – No Place Like Home
Gennifer Choldenko, Mae Respicio, moderated by Quinn Boyd-Roberts
Family can be a handful, especially when things at home are upside down. Gennifer Choldenko and Mae Respicio talk about the brainy kid characters who must use their DIY skills to problem solve and learn the real meaning of home and family.
3:00 PM – Wild Rides
Steve Bramucci, J.C. Cervantes, Anna Meriano, moderated by Nevo (student at Malcolm X Elementary School)
From pirates, to brujas, to powerful Mayan gods—these brave kids face danger, take crazy adventures, and find a way to save the day. Join Steve Bramucci, J.C. Cervantes, and Anna Meriano for a thoroughly wild ride!
4:00 PM – Las Musas
Yamile Méndez, Emma Otheguy, Aída Salazar, moderated by Ananya Goenka and Jennifer Leon (students Berkeley High School)
No apologies and no watering down. Yamile Méndez, Emma Otheguy, and Aída Salazar talk about what inspires them to tell rich and dynamic Latinx stories for young readers.