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Let It Grow

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than by planting a garden? In this session, we’ll hear Sacramento author JaNay Brown-Wood read her new picture book Miguel’s Community Garden. Then horticulturist and educator Riz Reyes…
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I Am Able to Shine

If you've ever felt invisible or overlooked, you'll relate to Keiko’s story in this picture book by husband-and-wife team Korey Watari and PIXAR artist Mike Wu. Keiko learns to embrace her Japanese American identity and shine bright; so will…
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On the Trapline

A young Indigenous child goes on a trip with his grandfather—and on a journey into his Swamp Cree grandfather's memories of growing up connected with the land. Award-winning picture book author David A. Robertson will share this meaningful…
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Middle Grade: COVID and Communities

When the world falls apart … This session explores the effects of the global pandemic on both coasts of the Pacific. In bestselling novelist Kelly Yang’s latest standalone novel, New From Here, Knox Wei-Evans stands up to anti-AAPI racism…
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Dust Off Those Classics: Innovative and Inclusive Retellings

If you think the classic tales of yore have nothing relevant to say to today’s young readers, these three fabulous creators are here to prove you wrong. In their new works, they challenge and transform those dusty (and sometimes problematic)…
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Little Loon Finds His Voice

Have you ever heard the eerie wail of a loon? In Little Loon Finds His Voice, a young bird longs to grow up and imitate his Papa's hoots and yodels. Come listen to Little Loon's story and then get inspired by the book's illustrator, Regina Shlovsky,…
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Black: The Many Wonders of My World

Black is special. Black is wonderful. Black is beautiful! Oakland-based author Nancy Johnson James and Oakland illustrator Constance Moore team up for a celebration of color and identity. Listen to the book, and then try your hand at exploring…
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Young (Adult) Love

Love is in the air… literally. In this panel, YA authors will share their recent novels that offer plenty of romance, regardless of the state of your own love life. New York Times–bestselling author Casey McQuiston makes their YA debut with…
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Middle Grade: Sports and Identity

For many athletes, all those hours spent training and competing makes that sport a big part of their identity. But who are these athletes when they aren’t participating in their sport? Rebecca Balcárcel’s Shine On, Luz Véliz! features…
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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza!

During COVID lockdown, when many of us were just trying not to lose it entirely, author Mac Barnett and artist Shawn Harris kept their sanity and exercised their zany brand of creativity with a series of wildly popular live cartoon shows about…