Purely Fun (Books That Adults Won't Tire of Reading to Little Ones)

Families and friends who read to very young children frequently face the "not one more time" moment. Three masterful children's authors share strategies for keeping young readers engaged and their adult readers awake!
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Inshallah! A Celebration of Muslims in Children's Literature

The call is out for a more diverse children’s literature, and the participants on this panel are answering that call even as discrimination against Muslims, here and abroad, has increased. Moderated by the editor of Salaam Reads (an imprint…
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Possum's Forest: We Made Our Own Book!

Rosa and Juliette introduce their collaboration, Possum's Forest. How did Rosa think about writing about a possum as if she herself were that possum? How did illustrator Juliette come to give Possum so much personality? Was Rosa's and Juliette's…
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Diverse Books Matter (to Kids and Everyone)

Moderated by grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books, a publisher, author, public librarian/blogger, and two literacy nonprofit employees talk about the work they’re doing to increase diversity in children’s literature.

In the Middle: From Picture Books to "Big Kid" Books

Beginning readers may hone their basic skills on picture books, but it's soon time for more substantial fare, such as chapter books or stories with more nuanced plotlines. The writers on this panel have enjoyed staggering success by creating…
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Gutsy Girls: Roadmaps to Adventure

For girls, women, and anyone who loves them comes this amazing volume written by aviator and former firefighter Caroline Paul and illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. “Inspiring...the book of the year for daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all…
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Crossing a Bridge: Moving Between Tween and Teen and Back Again

Just when we think we've got a children's writer pegged, they stretch their artistic range to reach a slightly older or younger audience. This panel includes authors who have taken up this challenge by shifting between middle-grade and teen…
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Dudes Write. Dudes Read. Cheers for Men Writing for (Primarily) Boys

Keeping boys interested in reading (of any kind!) is often considered a challenge. It's being done quite well, however, by remarkably popular writers such as the participants in this discussion. If you don't yet know their work, meet and hear…
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For Kids, By a Kid: How to Write Your Own Book

Do you have a budding author in your family? Or, because you’re a kid, you don’t think you could write your own book? Come find out how an ordinary eight-year-old girl wrote and published her first bilingual book and became an Amazon bestselling…
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UC Berkeley Story Time: An Adventure through Cal’s First Children’s Book!

In partnership with the Bay Area Book Festival, students and staff from UC Berkeley’s BUILD literacy program have written and illustrated a children’s book all about the exciting life of a Cal student as told by... a Cal campus squirrel!…