Jerry Craft stormed the children’s literature scene in a big way in 2019 with New Kid, which won the 2020 Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Kirkus Prize and also became the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal. Now Craft is back with a companion novel, Class Act, about trying to build and maintain friendships while coping with being one of the few kids of color at a prestigious private school. In its starred review, Kirkus calls Class Act “a well-Crafted, visually rich, truth-telling tale for our troubled times.” We are pleased to welcome Jerry Craft as a headlining presenter at this year’s BBF and as a special guest at Boston English High School as part of our Shelf Help partnership. In this session, Craft will introduce attendees to the characters and environment he’s created, offer a glimpse at his creative process, and chat with literacy organizer Kim Parker. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author! Sponsored by Simmons University. Donations received in conjunction with this session will support the library collection at Boston English HS.