Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Kids

Monday, October 5, 2020

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Out of This World Storytime: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Saturn Surprise
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Oneeka Williams
Oneeka Williams
Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Saturn Surprise

Dr. Oneeka Williams infuses her passion and knowledge about science into every page of her Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo books for young readers. To kick off our series of “out of this world” storytimes celebrating outer space as part of World Space Week, we’ll accompany Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo on an interplanetary journey to help solve a mystery on Saturn! Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author! All donations collected in conjunction with this session will go to the Boston Globe's Globe Santa program.

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations.

Ages 5–8

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Out of This World Storytime: Starcrossed
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Julia Denos
Julia Denos
Star Crossed

As long as stories have been told, people have been telling stories about stars and the constellations they make. Now it’s author and artist Julia Denos’s turn to imagine a story set amid the patterns in the night sky. Join us for an “out of this world” storytime celebrating outer space as part of World Space Week as Denos reads from Starcrossed, her picture book about a star-crossed friendship between a human girl and a constellation of a boy and shares her inspiration for her beautiful artwork. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author! All donations collected in conjunction with this session will go to the Boston Globe's Globe Santa program.

Ages 6–9

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Out of This World Storytime: Your Place in the Universe
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Jason Chin
Jason Chin
Your Place in the Universe

In previous award-winning books, author and artist Jason Chin has led readers on fantastic voyages into the Grand Canyon, through the redwood forest, and down to coral reefs. Now Chin takes readers on a mind-blowing journey that illustrates just how extraordinarily huge our universe is. In this “out of this world” storytime celebrating outer space as part of World Space Week, Chin will read from Your Place in the Universe and lead an art activity based on his book. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author!

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations.

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Story Time: I Am Every Good Thing
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Derrick Barnes
Derrick Barnes
I Am Every Good Thing
Gordon C. James
Gordon C. James
I Am Every Good Thing

Author Derrick Barnes and artist Gordon James previously teamed up on the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received the Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott and Newbery Honors. Now the duo have teamed up again on I Am Every Good Thing, a celebration of Black excellence and, according to a starred Kirkus review, a book “brimming with imagination and Black-boy joy.” James’s vibrant paintings powerfully echo messages of confidence and pride: “I am worthy of success / of respect, of safety, of kindness, of happiness.” Barnes and James will read from their book, offer insights into its creation, and participate in a brief Q&A with the Boston Public Library’s Philecia Harris. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!

Ages 4–8

Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Picture Book Creator Q&A: Okapi Tale
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Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. First up are writer Jacob Kramer and artist K-Fai Steele, whose new book Okapi Tale is a companion to their earlier book Noodlephant. This time, the animal inhabitants of Beaston take on capitalism and privatization with cooperation and creativity! Watch Kramer and Steele read their book in our on-demand video, and then tune in for this Q&A with author and racial justice educator Francie Latour. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!

Ages 6–10

Friday, October 9, 2020

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Picture Book Creator Q&A: Everything Naomi Loved
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Katie Yamasaki
Katie Yamasaki
Everything Naomi Loved

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. In her new picture book, muralist Katie Yamasaki writes about a young girl who loves her vibrant city block (“It wasn’t pretty but it was alive!”) and mourns its rapid change into a place she no longer recognizes. Everything Naomi Loved offers a concrete, child-centered portrait of gentrification and, as Publishers Weekly notes in a starred review, “champions the power of ordinary people to preserve what’s lost through art.” Watch Yamasaki read her book in our on-demand video, and then tune in for this Q&A with author and racial justice educator Francie Latour. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creator!

Ages 5–8

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Picture Book Creator Q&A: A Place Inside of Me
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Noa Denmon
Noa Denmon
A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart
Zetta Elliott
Zetta Elliott
A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. Poet Zetta Elliott has written books for all ages; in her last, she transforms a lyrical poem into a powerful picture book with dynamic artwork by Noa Denmon, tracing the evolving emotions of a young Black child over the course of a year as his community rebounds from a police shooting. Watch Elliott read her book in our on-demand video, and then tune in for this Q&A with Elliott, Denmon, and author and racial justice educator Francie Latour. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!

Ages 5–8

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Story Time: All Because You Matter
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Tami Charles
Tami Charles
All Because You Matter
Bryan Collier
Bryan Collier
All Because You Matter

In an author’s note to her new picture book All Because You Matter, Tami Charles acknowledges that its inspiration was the knowledge that at some point she’d need to sit her Black son down for The Big Talk, “the one where I tell him that while there are many nice people in the world, not everyone is.” All Because You Matter offers parents with a starting point for a family conversation about the racial climate in this country, a conversation that starts with an affirmation of value and worth rather than one of fear. Caldecott Honor artist Bryan Collier uses bold watercolor and collage illustrations to reinforce Charles’s words of pride in one’s heritage and identity. Charles and Collier will read from their book, offer insights into its creation, and participate in a brief Q&A with the Boston Public Library's Akunna Eneh. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations. Note that this session will not be archived anywhere, so be sure to tune in live!

Ages 4–8

Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Picture Book Creator Q&A: Oh, the Things We're For!
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Innosanto Nagara
Innosanto Nagara
Oh, The Things We're For!

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. In his first book, A Is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara started a movement in social justice picture books. Now, in Oh, the Things We’re For!, Nagara uses catchy rhyming text and bold illustrations to inspire young people to take action for causes they believe in, from the battle for universal healthcare and a living wage to the fight against climate change. Watch Nagara read his book in our on-demand video, and then tune in for this Q&A with Nagara and racial justice educator Tanya Nixon-Silberg. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creator!

Ages 6–9

Monday, October 19, 2020

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Out of This World Storytime: How We Got to the Moon
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John Rocco
John Rocco
How We Got to the Moon

Wrapping up our series of talks with creators of books about outer space is this fun and fascinating exploration of How We Got to the Moon, written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor recipient (and lifelong NASA enthusiast) John Rocco. Rocco’s book, which was just long listed for the National Book Award, takes readers far behind the scenes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, bringing to light the immense but often unsung contributions of the many men and women whose research and expertise helped make this dream a reality. In a conversation with Cathryn Mercier of Simmons University, Rocco will take us behind the scenes as well, giving us a glimpse into his processes for researching and creating this stunning book. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author!

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations.

Ages 8–12

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Illustrator Draw-Off
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Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown
Once Upon a Space-Time!
Sophie Escabasse
Sophie Escabasse
Witches of Brooklyn
Liz Pichon
Liz Pichon
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

You might think that illustrating (and in some cases also writing) an entertaining graphic novel for kids is enough of a challenge, but the four talented artists we’ve gathered here have no idea what kinds of challenges we’ve got in store! Host Cagen Luse of Comics in Color will guide our contestants—Jeffrey Brown (Once Upon a Space-Time!), Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn), Liz Pichon (the Tom Gates series), and Shannon Wright (Twins)—through a series of zany timed drawing challenges. A hamster doing extreme sports? An over-the-top ice cream sundae? A baby out for revenge? Who knows what they’ll be asked to draw next! Send us your ideas for drawing prompts via Twitter @bostonbookfest or via email at [email protected]. Tune in live to see if your prompt gets picked and to watch the hilarity unfold—and you, the audience, will be the judge of who wins each round and is crowned the victor! This session is sponsored by Candlewick Press and co-presented with Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, taking place virtually from October 3–25.

All ages

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Story Time: My Hair Is Magic
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Tonya Engel
Tonya Engel
My Hair Is Magic!
M. L. Marroquin
M. L. Marroquin
My Hair Is Magic!

If you’ve ever felt sometimes like your hair has a personality all its own, you’ll want to meet the feisty little girl at the center of ML Marroquin’s debut picture book My Hair Is Magic, who confidently celebrates her glorious hair, “big like clouds, SO beautiful it draws a crowd.” Artist Tonya Engel brings this magical hair to life in full color, using collage and acrylic and oil paints to create hair that transforms into a musical symphony, a ferocious bear, or ocean waves. Marroquin and Engel will read from their book and offer insights into its creation. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators! Donations received in connection with this event will go to support the Boston Globe's Globe Santa program.

Ages 4–8

Friday, October 23, 2020

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Story Time: Julián at the Wedding
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Jessica Love
Jessica Love
Julián at the Wedding

Jessica Love’s beautiful picture book Julián Is a Mermaid won a 2019 Stonewall Book Award—and this affirming story about a genderqueer child and his loving Abuela won plenty of fans as well! Readers will rejoice to re-encounter these beloved characters and meet a new friend as well in Julian at the Wedding. Love will read from her book and offer insights into its creation in a conversation with Rebecca Fox of the Boston Public Library. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creator!

This video will only be available until October 30, 2020.

Ages 4–8

Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Jerry Craft: Class Act
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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.

Ages 9+

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Downtown Crossing Story Walk

Head out to the lively shopping district of Downtown Crossing for a free, fun story walk for the whole family. Kids can collect maps from volunteers in the area and read Oge Mora’s Saturday, which will be displayed page by page on storefronts in the district. Families will enjoy this heartwarming story about a mother-daughter outing in the city with lots of ups and downs but with a reminder of the importance of just spending time together. There will be activities to complete along the way (including giveaways from JP Licks!). The story walk will run from October 3–25.

For more information and maps, visit the Story Walks page on our website.

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Nubian Square Story Walk

Head out to Roxbury’s Nubian Square for a free, fun story walk for the whole family. Kids can collect maps from the Frugal Bookstore and stroll the square’s storefronts reading Kwame Alexander’s The Undefeated, a “love letter to black life in the United States,” with powerful illustrations by Kadir Nelson. The Undefeated won the 2020 Caldecott Medal and was the winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. There will be activities to complete along the way (including giveaways from JP Licks!), and the first 50 children to complete the walk will receive a free copy of The Undefeated. The story walk will run from October 3–25.

For more information and maps, visit the Story Walks page on our website.

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Storytime: A Place Inside of Me [pre-recorded]
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Zetta Elliott
Zetta Elliott
A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. Poet Zetta Elliott has written books for all ages; in her last, she transforms a lyrical poem into a powerful picture book with dynamic artwork by Noa Denmon, tracing the evolving emotions of a young Black child over the course of a year as his community rebounds from a police shooting. Watch Elliott read her book in this on-demand video, and then tune in on October 13 for a live Q&A with Elliott, Denmon, and author and racial justice educator Francie Latour.

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Storytime: Everything Naomi Loved [pre-recorded]
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Katie Yamasaki
Katie Yamasaki
Everything Naomi Loved

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. In her new picture book, muralist Katie Yamasaki writes about a young girl who loves her vibrant city block (“It wasn’t pretty but it was alive!”) and mourns its rapid change into a place she no longer recognizes. Everything Naomi Loved offers a concrete, child-centered portrait of gentrification and, as Publishers Weekly notes in a starred review, “champions the power of ordinary people to preserve what’s lost through art.” Watch Yamasaki read her book in this on-demand video, and then tune in on October 9 for a live Q&A with author and racial justice educator Francie Latour.

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Storytime: I am Brown [pre-recorded]
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Ashok Banker
Ashok Banker
I Am Brown
Sandhya Prabhat
Sandhya Prabhat
I Am Brown

Author Ashok Banker and artist Sandhya Prabhat have teamed up on the picture book I Am Brown, an exuberant celebration of the skin you’re in! “ I am brown / I am perfect” declares a child in the book’s opening pages, and she and a chorus of other voices join to share how they play, what they wear, where they pray, and what kind of grownups they aspire to become. Prabhat’s cheerful, colorful illustrations echo Banker’s joyful prose to create a radiant affirmation that will speak to all children. Watch Prabhat introduce readers to their book in this on-demand video and get a behind-the-scenes look at its creation!

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Storytime: Juana Medina [pre-recorded]
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Juana Medina
Juana Medina
Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas

Author and illustrator Juana Medina has written many beloved picture books as well as two early chapter books featuring a young Colombian child, Juana, and her furry amigo Lucas. We are pleased to welcome Juana Medina as a headlining presenter at this year’s BBF and as a special guest at the Rafael Hernández two-way bilingual school as part of our Shelf Help partnership. In this session, Medina will introduce attendees to her characters and read a chapter from her latest book. Donations received in conjunction with this session will support the library collection at the Rafael Hernández School.

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Storytime: Oh, the Things We're For! [pre-recorded]
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Innosanto Nagara
Innosanto Nagara
Oh, The Things We're For!

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. In his first book, A Is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara started a movement in social justice picture books. Now, in Oh, the Things We’re For!, Nagara uses catchy rhyming text and bold illustrations to inspire young people to take action for causes they believe in, from the battle for universal healthcare and a living wage to the fight against climate change. Watch Nagara read his book in this on-demand video, and then tune in on October 15 for a live Q&A with Nagara and racial justice educator Tanya Nixon-Silberg. 

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Storytime: Okapi Tale [pre-recorded]
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Jacob Kramer
Jacob Kramer
Okapi Tale
K-Fai Steele
K-Fai Steele
Okapi Tale

Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. Writer Jacob Kramer and artist K-Fai Steele's new book Okapi Tale is a companion to their earlier book Noodlephant. This time, the animal inhabitants of Beaston take on capitalism and privatization with cooperation and creativity! Watch Kramer and Steele read their book in this on-demand video, and then tune in on October 8 for a live Q&A with author and racial justice educator Francie Latour.