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Children & Family Programs

StoryTime Circle

Bring your little ones for a read-aloud with our all-star lineup of picture book authors. Nestled on the lawn in Martin Luther King Civic Center Park!

Saturday

12:30 PM – Ying Chang Compestine

1:00 PM – Tania de Regil

2:00 PM – Rana DiOrio

2:30 PM – Nidhi Chanani

3:00 PM – Mylo Freeman

3:30 PM – Margaret Greanias

Sunday

12:30 PM – K-Fai Steele

1:00 PM – Alice McGinty

1:30 PM – Meg Fleming

2:00 PM – Tim McCanna

2:30 PM – Andrea Tsurumi

3:00 PM – Cindy Derby

3:30 PM – Oliver Chin

Young Readers Stage

From tots to tweens, your kids will love meeting the authors and illustrators of their favorite books in Martin Luther King Civic Center Park.

Saturday

11:00 AM – Ivy and Bean: A Chat with Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows

Meet Annie Barrows, the creator of the bestselling chapter book series, “Ivy & Bean,” a classroom favorite that has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than a decade!

11:45 AM – Growing Up Woke + Illustrator Duel

Nidhi Chanani, Rana DiOrio

Raise your kids to love justice and ask hard questions with the help of these beautiful and thought-provoking books by Nidhi Chanani and Rana DiOrio. Bonus: this session will conclude with a live illustrator duel!

12:40 PM – Raise Your Voice

Laura Atkins, Innosanto Nagara

Grab your megaphone and stand up for what’s right with these inspiring stories of resistance for young readers by Laura Atkins and Innosanto Nagara.

1:30 PM – Capitol Puzzlement

Kitty Felde, Marissa Moss

Turns out, Washington D.C. isn’t just about monuments and (boring) government meetings, it’s full of secrets and scandals! Learn about the spy who saved President Lincoln’s life and the mysterious demon cat that carried a curse through the Capitol with Marissa Moss and Kitty Felde.

2:20 PM – Rules Are for Breaking

Lisa Moore Ramée, Andrew Smith,

Sometimes you have to listen to your heart instead of the rules. Lisa Moore Ramée and Andrew Smith spin tales of going against the grain featuring bold kids who learn to face their fears in order to follow their dreams.

With the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the program Never Grow Up!

3:15 PM – Book Club for Kids Podcast

J.C. Cervantes, Kitty Felde,

Tune in for a live taping of the super fun Book Club for Kids podcast, hosted by award-winning public radio journalist and children’s book author Kitty Felde. She’ll talk with J.C. Cervantes about the author’s latest book, “The Storm Runner.”

4:15 PM – Comic Collaboration Conversation

Ben Costa, James Parks

Author-illustrators and best friends since childhood, Ben Costa and James Parks take us through the tricks and challenges of collaborating on their walking, talking, singing, animated skeleton “Rickety Stitch”!

Sunday

11:00 AM –  Spy Kid

Mac Barnett

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

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, 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

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, and Andrea Tsurumi

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

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

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

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.

Word Power Stage

Here’s where you’ll find a variety of exciting, kid-friendly performances.

Saturday

11:15 AM – Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin

11:30 AMAlphabet Rockers Live Show

Join the Grammy-nominated, Oakland hip hop artists for a rousing live performance. It’s time to be WOKE!

12:30 PM – I Am Home: Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers

Lauren Markham, Rachel Neumann

Meet the young faces and voices behind the immigration debate. The book “I Am Home” features the portraits and stories of Oakland International High School teenagers who are recent immigrants to the U.S. from all over the world. The volume portrays the diversity, beauty, and potential of young people who call the United States home. Join editor Rachel Neumann in conversation with OIHS administrator Lauren Markham, with performances by OIHS students sharing their thoughts on home and belonging.

1:45 PM – Poet Jacki Rigoni

2:15 PM – Poet Elaine Brown

2:30 PM – Literary Death Match (Young Adult Edition)

Zoraida Cordóva, Gordon Jack, Cindy Pon, Lee Wind, hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga

Four authors. Three (teen) judges. Two finalists. One Champion (and all kinds of hilarity in between). Watch these young adult writers perform their most electric writing in five minutes or less as they compete for the coveted Literary Death Match crown.

4:00 PM – Poet Maw Shein Win

Sunday

11:00 AM – Emerging Voices: 2019 Young Authors Writing Contest Winners

Hear original works by Bay Area high school students who are winners of the 2019 Young Authors Writing Contest, presented by Writopia Lab and the Bay Area
Book Festival.

12:15 PM – Literary Death Match (Middle Grade Edition)

Steve Bramucci, Gennifer Choldenko, Benny Lindelauf, Anna Meriano hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga

Five authors. Three (tween) judges. Two finalists. One Champion (and all kinds of hilarity in between). Watch these middle grade authors perform their most electric writing in five minutes or less as they compete for the coveted Literary Death Match crown.

With the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the program Never Grow Up!

1:45 PMAlphabet Rockers Live Show

Join the Grammy-nominated, Oakland hip hop artists for a rousing live performance. It’s time to be WOKE!

2:45 PM – Poet Connie Post

3:15 PM – Native Voices — Winners of the 2018 Graton Student Writing Contest

Hear Native students from Sonoma read excerpts from their pieces, and preview the published anthology of their work. Presented by Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

4:00 PM – Poet Dani Gabriel