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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 Jr Civic Center Park!

Saturday

12:30 PM – Ying Chang Compestine

1:00 PM – Tania de Regil

1:30 PM –  Mylo Freeman

2:00 PM – Rana DiOrio

2:30 PM – Nidhi Chanani

3:00 PM – Oliver Chin

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

Young Readers Stage

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

Saturday

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

Annie Barrows in conversation with Regan McMahon

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 Demonstration

Nidhi Chanani, Rana DiOrio, Mylo Freeman, moderated by Alex Green

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

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

12:40 PM – Capitol Puzzlement

Kitty Felde, Marissa Moss

Test your detecting skills at this interactive session by solving a mystery about Berkeley. Join writers Marissa Moss (The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln) and Kitty Felde (Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza) to see if you’re the next Sherlock Holmes.

1:30 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.

2:20 PM – Rules Are for Breaking

Lisa Moore Ramée, Andrew Smith, Benny Lindelauf

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 Dutch program Never Grow Up!

3:15 PM – Book Club for Kids Podcast

J.C. Cervantes, Kitty Felde, and three students of Albany Middle School

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. Three students of Albany Middle School and Kitty will 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, 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, and 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

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, family-friendly performances.

Saturday

11:15 AM – Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin


11:30 AM – Alphabet 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 MarkhamRachel 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 Córdova, 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. Hosted by series co-creator Adrian Todd Zuniga


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 BramucciGennifer CholdenkoBenny Lindelauf, Anna Meriano hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga

Four 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 PM – Alphabet 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 2019 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.

4:30 PM – Poet Dani Gabriel