Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

Kids

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Story Time: Jason Chin and Andrea Wang
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Jason Chin
Jason Chin
Watercress, Tuesday, October 18 | virtual
Andrea Wang
Andrea Wang
Watercress, Monday, October 18 | virtual

Recently named a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book, Watercress, written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin, tells an understated but deeply moving story about a seemingly simple family meal that’s laden with significance for its Chinese American family. In this story time, artist Jason Chin and author Andrea Wang will introduce viewers to this aptly bittersweet story and Chin’s exquisitely detailed watercolor illustrations, which mirror the theme by utilizing both Chinese and Western brushwork techniques. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore Boston’s Chinatown while enjoying a StoryWalk based on Watercress! See our website for details. Sponsored by Simmons University.

Donations made during registration or during the session itself will go to support the Boston Globe's Globe Santa program, gifting new books and toys to children in need this holiday season!

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Middle Grade Graphic Novels: Cats vs. Dogs
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Michelle Mee Nutter
Michelle Mee Nutter
Allergic, Monday, October 18 | virtual
Colleen AF Venable
Colleen AF Venable
Katie the Catsitter, Monday, October 18 | virtual
Stephanie Yue
Stephanie Yue
Katie the Catsitter, Monday, October 18 | virtual
Jef Czekaj
Jef Czekaj
Little Ghoul Goes to School, Monday, October 18 | virtual

Are you a cat person or a dog person? This fun and interactive session is open to both! Artist Michelle Mee Nutter, illustrator of Allergic, a graphic novel about a girl whose desire for a dog is foiled by her allergies, will square off against author Colleen AF Venable and artist Stephanie Yue, whose graphic novel series opener Katie the Catsitter is about a girl who winds up sitting for 217 cats! The perfect impartial host for this session is, of course, Jef Czekaj, author and illustrator of Cat Secrets and Dog Rules, not to mention his latest picture book, Little Ghoul Goes to School. Bring the family dog or your 217 cats to learn more about these funny graphic novels during this fast-paced session that will include draw-offs, audience voting, and a surprise or two! Sponsored by Simmons University.

Donations made during registration or during the session will go to support the Boston Book Festival's Shelf Help Partnership, providing brand-new books and an author/illustrator visit to Boston-area public schools. This year's recipient schools are Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown and Chelsea High School in Chelsea. Thank you for your support!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Story Time: Raúl the Third
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Raúl the Third
Raúl the Third
¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge!, Wednesday, October 20 | virtual

We ♥ the t-shirts Raúl the Third designed for BBF 2020, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back as a presenter for BBF 2021! In this Story Time session, Raul will introduce viewers to Little Lobo and his friends, who, in ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, are delivering party supplies, only to get stuck in an epic traffic jam turned fiesta on the Mexico–United States border. Like Richard Scarry with a Mexican American spin, Raul’s latest book takes readers on a road trip to remember! Don’t miss our East Boston Story Walk featuring ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, too! Sponsored by Simmons University.

Donations made during registration or during the session itself will go to support the Boston Globe's Globe Santa program, gifting new books and toys to children in need this holiday season!

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Story Time: Katie Yamasaki
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Katie Yamasaki
Katie Yamasaki
Dad Bakes, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

We’re pleased to welcome author, artist, and muralist Katie Yamasaki back to the Boston Book Festival. This year, you can tune online in to watch a short Story Time with Katie about her new picture book Dad Bakes. Then head to Nubian Square in Roxbury, where you and your family can explore the neighborhood while discovering the story of Dad Bakes on our StoryWalk there, developed in partnership with the Boston Public Library! Sponsored by Simmons University.

Donations made during registration or during the session will go to support the Boston Book Festival's Shelf Help Partnership, providing brand-new books and an author/illustrator visit to Boston-area public schools. This year's recipient schools are Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown and Chelsea High School in Chelsea. Thank you for your support!

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Friday, October 22, 2021

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Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Feature
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Join us all month long for the virtual Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Editor in Chief Roger Sutton interviews winners Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith (Picture Book, I Talk like a River); Paula Yoo (Nonfiction, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry); and Rita Williams-Garcia (Fiction, A Sitting in St. James). Honorees Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James, Andrea Wang, Jason Chin, Christina Soontornvat, Carole Boston Weatherford, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam, and Omar T. Pasha present remarks. And watch a special session on the late Floyd Cooper, with Carole Boston Weatherford and BGHB Judge and Simmons University Lecturer in Children's Literature Nicholl Montgomery.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: Chalk Art
ZNT Arts
ZNT Arts
Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

Beginning at 11am, join visual artist and art educator Zahirah Nur Truth for a participatory chalk art activity for the whole family. Help make the new Roxbury Branch even more beautiful!


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BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: Dream Street Story Time
Ekua Holmes
Ekua Holmes
Dream Street, Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square
Tricia Elam Walker
Tricia Elam Walker
Dream Street, Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

At 1pm, two Roxbury natives—author Tricia Elam Walker and artist Ekua Holmes—will read their forthcoming picture book Dream Street, a love letter to growing up in this vibrant Boston neighborhood. The first 25 families to attend and sign up will receive a free copy of the book when it publishes next month!