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? Great books for young readers don’t shy away from tough issues. In her wildly successful books for kids, Katherine Applegate (“Crenshaw,” “The One and Only Ivan”) has brought to life narrators of many different kinds, including a captive gorilla and a friendly neighborhood tree. Her books are brimming with imagination, whimsy, empathy, and hope—one New York Times reviewer called her newest, “Wishtree,” “the most moving commentary I’ve read on the anti-immigration movement.” Jen Petro-Roy is a vital new voice for young readers; her “P.S. I Miss You” has garnered national attention for centering on young same-sex love. Come hear how fiction can empower kids and make them feel less alone, and how reading can start a conversation around difficult subjects that kids engage with every day. Free indoor event.
Saturday, April 28, 4:00-5:00PM. FREE at Bay Area Chidren’s Theater.
- Let Me Tell You a Really Good Story! (Katherine Applegate, Arree Chung, Steve Goetz, Eda Kaban, 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, Steve Goetz’s and Eda Kaban’s antic and new takes on Old MacDonald, 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
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