The festival offers great entertainment for young children on the ShowTime Stage, where storytelling from leading authors and illustrators is mixed in with performances that will get kids dancing.
We also offer indoor programs that can help you find great great books that both you and your children will enjoy, and also help you learn a bit more about children’s literature.
- Dude! Making a Book Together (With Dan Santat and Aaron Reynolds) Dude! Aren’t friendships the best? Whether you and your best friend are setting off on a surfing adventure or writing a children’s book together, there are bound to be some twists and turns. Award-winning author Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat will discuss the making of their new book, “Dude!” and what it’s like to work together to create something really cool. (Special free event—no wristbands or tickets needed!)
Saturday, April 28, 4:00-5:00PM. FREE at Bay Area Chidren’s Theatre.
- Let Me Tell You a Really Good Story! (Katherine Applegate, Arree Chung, Jonathan London, Michael Slack, Todd Parr) There’s nothing better than being told a really good story, right? These authors have some news for you: It’s even more fun to tell the story yourself! They’ve told quite a few tales—Arree Chung with his energetic “Ninja!” series, Jonathan London’s long-running “Froggy” escapades, Michael Slack’s alien field trippers and monkey trucks, Todd Parr’s books about family, and Katherine Applegate’s new picture book for kids, “Sometimes You Fly.” They’re here to tell you a few more stories (and maybe help you discover the one you’ve been itching to tell). A don’t-miss marathon story time! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)
Sunday, April 29, 10:00-11:15AM. The Marsh Theater Get Tickets
- What Makes A Family? (Nidhi Chanani, Chris Crutcher, Abdi Nazemian, Mitali Perkins) There are those with whom we share blood and childhoods, and those we choose as adults: These are the beautiful, sometimes ill-fitting puzzle pieces that make up a family. These panelists discuss what makes a family (and what makes a family difficult to write): Nidhi Chanani, graphic novelist who delves into the immigrant experience; Chris Crutcher, novelist and family therapist; Abdi Nazemian, whose newest novel raises the question of personal identity and unknown heritage; and Mitali Perkins, who tells multigenerational stories of family and the Indian-American identity. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)
Sunday, April 29, 11:45AM-1:00PM. Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Boiler Room Get Tickets
For parents, teachers, librarians, and friends:
- Books y Libros: A Talk with Spanish and Bilingual Children’s Books Writers, Illustrators and Publishers (Maya Christina Gonzalez, Robert Liu-Trujillo, Heather Robertson-Devine, Aida Salazar, Jennifer Torres, and Maceo Cabrera Estévez) As a generation of DREAMERS and dreamers faces a precarious future, these children need now more than ever to find hope — to find themselves — in the books they read. In the age of Trump and Time’s up, is the presence of characters of color enough? How can bilingual and Spanish language children’s books in the U.S. shape the experiences of their young readers? Can they help create a world where borders cannot be closed off? Children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers discuss why and how they create for a Latinx audience.
Sunday, April 29, 3:15-4:30PM FREE at the ShowTime Stage