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Saturday, October 19
 

10:00am

Middle Grade: Fantasy
Authors of fantasy novels for kids are finding inspiration in a host of storytelling traditions from around the world. The result? A whole new world of amazing adventures to fuel all kids’ imaginations. In her bestselling The Storm Runner and its sequel The Fire Keeper, author JC Cervantes takes readers on an epic quest involving gods of Maya mythology. Katie Zhao’s debut novel, The Dragon Warrior, starts off in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but quickly launches into an exhilarating tale inspired by Chinese folklore and fairy tales. And in her new series launch, Tangled in Time: The Portal, beloved author Kathryn Lasky crafts a time-shift fantasy that moves between present-day Indiana and Tudor England. History, magic, adventure, danger…what’s not to love about this session, hosted by the BPL’s own Laura Koenig?

Moderators
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Laura Koenig

Laura Koenig is the Team Leader for Children’s Services at the Central Library of the Boston Public Library. She was an integral part of the BPL’s redesign of their award-winning children’s and teen spaces. In 2016, she won Honorable Mention from the Urban Libraries Council... Read More →

Presenters
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JC Cervantes

JC Cervantes is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Storm Runner, Tortilla Sun, and The Fire Keeper, the sequel to The Storm Runner based on Maya mythology. Cervantes has won the New Mexico Book Award and the Zia Book Award.
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Katie Zhao

Katie Zhao graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a minor in political science and a masters in accounting. She wrote her first novel, The Dragon Warrior, during her last year in school, in between classes. Kirkus Reviews dubbed it an “ambitious debut... Read More →
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Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor–winning author of Sugaring Time and over a hundred other critically acclaimed books for children and adults like. Her latest is the children’s book Tangled in Time: The Portal, a “convincing, compelling time-travel series rife with Tudor drama... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

10:00am

Scientists Get Dressed
How do scientists suit up, gown up, gear up, even dress up in costume to make new discoveries, save lives, and save our planet? From space to beneath the waves, from volcanoes to glaciers, “scientists get dressed for the work they do and the places they do it.” Award-winning children’s author/science writer Deborah Lee Rose (Beauty and the Beak, Jimmy the Joey) will read from her new picture book Scientists Get Dressed and talk about why scientists and engineers put on special clothing to do their extraordinary jobs—like spacewalking to fix the International Space Station or swimming with endangered whale sharks in the ocean. Rose will share a free educational guide and demonstrate the book's hands-on Scientists’ Glove Challenge activity, which any parent, teacher, librarian, community leader and even kids themselves can do, using easily available materials like winter mittens or dishwashing gloves.

Presenters
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Deborah Lee Rose

Deborah Lee Rose is a speaker and writer of nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her award-winning titles include Beauty and the Beak, Into the A, B, Sea, and The Twelve Days of Kindergarten. Her latest release, Scientists Get Dressed, is a picture book spotlighting scientists... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

10:00am

Join the Search for Waldo
Waldo’s been around for more than thirty years, and he just keeps getting better at hiding! This time he’s hiding at the Boston Public Library, and we need your help to find him. Pick up an entry form from one of our volunteers in the BPL Children’s Library, find the three Waldos hidden throughout the Boston Public Library, and return your completed form for a chance to win an amazing prize from Candlewick Press!

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

10:00am

Passport to Imagination
Here’s a great way to see the sights at the BBF! Pick up a Passport to Imagination at the Brainstorm Tent and travel through Copley Square taking part in fun activities. Have your passport stamped at each participating exhibitor, and return the completed passport to the Brainstorm Tent. Kids who return a completed passport will get a prize, donated by Candlewick Press, while supplies last!

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Brainstorm Tent 02116

10:30am

Aesop's Fables in Copley Square
There are clues all around Copley Square that refer to Aesop’s Fables. Do we know why these clues are here? What do they refer to? Join Boston By Foot to examine these clues and learn the fables behind them. This 25-minute tour is sure to delight literature lovers of all ages!

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:30am - 10:55am
Trinity Church Plaza

10:30am

Appearance by Mercy Watson
Meet the Porcine Wonder herself at the BBF!

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Brainstorm Tent 02116

11:00am

Story Time: Susan Choi and John Rocco
In this animal-themed story time, Susan Choi and illustrator John Rocco will read their picture book Camp Tiger, and then Rocco will read his own picture book Noah Builds an Ark (ages 4–8)

Presenters
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John Rocco

John Rocco is a New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of many acclaimed children’s books, including Wolf! Wolf!, Blackout, and the cover designer and illustrator for many books from Rick Riordan’s multiple bestselling mythology series. Rocco’s first young adult... Read More →
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Susan Choi

Susan Choi is a novelist and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the author of The Foreign Student (1998), which won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction; American Woman, which was a finalist for the 2004... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

11:30am

Appearance by Taco Dragon
Can't find Taco Dragon? Check the taco truck--it's almost lunchtime!

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Brainstorm Tent 02116

11:30am

Monster Mouth Puppets
It’s almost Halloween, so how about playing with some monsters? Learn how to create your own talking, chomping, monster mouth puppet in this fun, hands-on workshop with Puppet Showplace Theater's Resident Artist Sarah Nolen. Meet elaborate "Muppet-style" TV puppets, learn about their construction and design, then make and decorate your own original construction paper mouth puppet character and learn how to bring it to life.

Presenters
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Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppet Showplace Theater is New England’s favorite puppetry destination. Each year, Puppet Showplace presents over 300 performances by professional puppet companies at its Brookline Village theater. Puppet Showplace Theater touring shows travel to schools, libraries, and cultural... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

12:15pm

Story Time: Matthew Cordell
Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell reads Explorers, about a family’s eventful trip to the natural history museum (ages 4–8)

Presenters
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Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is a Caldecott Medal–winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow and many other picture books such as Wish and Dream, Trouble Gum, and Another Brother. He has illustrated numerous highly lauded children’s books including The Only Fish in the Sea and Special... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:15pm - 12:45pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

12:30pm

Appearance by Maisy
Let Maisy's colorful personality brighten your BBF day!

Saturday October 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Brainstorm Tent 02116

1:00pm

Story Time: Hayley Barrett
Bring your babies and toddlers to hear author Hayley Barrett read her heartwarming new picture book Babymoon (ages 1–5)

Presenters
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Hayley Barrett

Hayley Barrett is the author of the picture book Babymoon (illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal), which follows a new family as they welcome a child into the world. She is also the author of What Miss Mitchell Saw (illustrated by Diana Sudyka), a nonfiction account of Nantucket astronomer... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

1:00pm

My Real-Life Superhero Is...
Attention kids!! Are you ready to take action? Do you know who your real life superhero is? Would you like to write and illustrate a story about your superhero? Wondermore brings you the opportunity to create your own story in comic book form at Boston Book Fest this year.

Presenters
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Wondermore

Wondermore is a Boston-based nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate children’s curiosity, creativity, and academic achievement by igniting a love of good books. They organize visits and writing workshops by children’s authors and illustrators at underserved K–8 Boston... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

1:00pm

Playful Engineers
Playful Engineers teaching artist Jay Mankita brings his "Traveling MakerSpace" to our Brainstorm Tent! In this hands-on, STEM-focused workshop, participants design, build, test, and play with chain reactions (Rube Goldberg machines), using materials like springs, ping-pong balls, Tinkertoys, dominoes—and even books! This is a great activity for parents and kids to try together—see what kinds of creative, crazy contraptions you can build as a family!

Presenters
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Jay B Mankita

Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over thirty years. His musical concerts are refreshingly positive and fun. His engineering workshops are experiential and inspiring. He has a strong passion for engineering and making things move, and teaches how he learns—with patience... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Brainstorm Tent 02116

1:45pm

Story Time: Grace Lin
Author and artist Grace Lin will read A Big Bed for Little Snow, the companion to her Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star (ages 3–7)

Presenters
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Grace Lin

Grace Lin is an award-winning author and illustrator of books for children. Her New York Times–bestselling novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was named a Newbery Honor Book and her picture book A Big Mooncake for Little Star received a Caldecott Honor. Lin's newest picture... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

2:30pm

Appearance by Mother Bruce
Don’t let that cranky Bruce the Bear fool you—all he really wants is a hug!

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Brainstorm Tent 02116

2:30pm

Story Time: Brendan Wenzel
Author and artist Brendan Wenzel reads his beautiful new book A Stone Sat Still, the perfect companion to his Caldecott Honor book They All Saw a Cat (ages 4–8)

Presenters
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Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel is a New York–based illustrator and the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for his book, They All Saw A Cat. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he is also an ardent conservationist. His most recent release, A Stone Sat Still, focuses on a single stone in nature that provides... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

2:30pm

90-Second Newbery Filmmaking Workshop
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest, culminating in live events, in which young filmmakers make movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. For eight years, the 90-Second Newbery has showcased the best entries at annual screenings in fourteen cities across the country such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco—and right here in Boston! The screenings are hosted by festival founder James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish) and other authors like Jon Scieszka, Linda Sue Park, Rita Williams-Garcia, and M.T. Anderson. In this workshop, James Kennedy will screen some of the best videos submitted and show participants how to create their own movies, providing practical advice for young filmmakers and the teachers, librarians, and families who might want to participate in the 90-Second Newbery in the future. (The deadline for next year’s screenings is January 10, 2020!)

Presenters
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James Kennedy

James Kennedy is the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, annually screened in cities across the United States, where kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire story of a Newbery Medal–winning book in 90 seconds of less. The award-winning The Order... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

3:00pm

Middle Grade: Growing Pains
Growing up comes with growing pains, and in this session, we’ll talk with three authors who have been there, done that, and now write about it! Hena Khan’s More to the Story takes a classic novel whose origin is here in New England--Little Women--and updates it for 2019, focusing on a tight-knit Muslim, Pakistani American family who have more than their fair share of struggles. In actor-turned-author Maulik Pancholy’s debut, The Best At It, a middle-schooler struggles to define his identity while also navigating anxiety and depression, in a novel Kirkus Reviews calls “a fast-paced journey riddled with heartbreakingly authentic moments of anxiety, confusion, and triumph.” Finally, in her middle-grade debut, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, award-winning novelist Ibi Zoboi introduces readers to a memorable character who would rather keep her head in the stars than contend with the real world. Our host for this session about growing up and getting stronger is Lauren Rizzuto of Simmons University.

Moderators
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Lauren Rizzuto

Lauren Rizzuto is a writer, reviewer, and a graduate of Simmons College’s Children’s Literature MA program, where she now teaches. She also works as a bookseller at the Children’s Book Shop in Brookline and reviews books for the Horn Book Guide. Rizzuto is currently pursuing... Read More →

Presenters
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Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is a Pushcart-nominated young adult and children’s author whose work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and the Rumpus. She is the author of American Street, Pride, Black Enough, and her most recent release and middle-grade debut, My... Read More →
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Hena Khan

Hena Khan is the author of the children's books Amina’s Voice; Night of the Moon; Under My Hijab; It’s Ramadan, Curious George; and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. Khan’s latest release, More to the Story, follows four sisters in a Muslim family living in Georgia.
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Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor seen in films, on Broadway, and hit television like 30 Rock, Whitney, Phineas and Ferb, and Sanjay and Craig. He served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is the cofounder of Act... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

3:15pm

Story Time: Ryan T. Higgins
Get ready to laugh as Ryan T. Higgins reads Bruce’s Big Storm, the latest installment in his bestselling Mother Bruce series (ages 5–7)—and keep your eyes open for that curmudgeonly bear himself!

Presenters
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Ryan T. Higgins

Ryan T. Higgins is a New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of children’s picture books such as We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, Wilfried, and Be Quiet. He is a recipient of the E.B. White Award and an Ezra Jack Keats Honor. Higgins currently resides in Southern Maine... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

3:30pm

Appearance by Madeline
Ooh la la, it's everyone's favorite Parisienne, Madeline! Stop by and say "Bonjour!"

Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Brainstorm Tent 02116

4:00pm

Story Time: Mitali Perkins
Beloved author Mitali Perkins reads her picture book debut, Between Us and Abuela (ages 5–8)

Presenters
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Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins is the children’s author of Bamboo People, Rickshaw Girl, and You Bring the Distant Near, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. In 2019, Perkins has two new publications. Forward Me Back to You is a young adult novel about trauma, healing, and social justice... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116
 
Sunday, October 20
 

12:00pm

Kids' Keynote
In her acceptance speech for the 2018 Newbery Medal for her novel Hello, Universe, Erin Entrada Kelly recalled her loneliness and anxiety, growing up as one of the only Filipina children in her town. She remembered that she used to lie in bed at night, wondering about all the people in the world whom she might never meet but who could, perhaps be her friends. And then she would remind herself: “But that’s why we have books, isn’t it? So we can meet those people. Walk in their shoes. See our reflections. So we can discover that we never struggle alone.” We are thrilled to welcome Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly as this year’s BBF Kids’ Keynote. She’ll talk with host, educator and literary activist Kim Parker, about her new book Lalani of the Distant Sea, Kelly’s first foray into fantasy literature and richly informed by Filipino folktales. Kelly combines her profound talents for empathy and character development with depictions of a mysterious, magical world full of threats and promises alike. Set sail on a quest unlike any you’ve encountered before, and come with your questions for Erin Entrada Kelly about reading, writing, and finding friends in the books we read.

Moderators
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Kim Parker

Kimberly Parker is the assistant director of the Teacher Training Course (TTC) at Shady Hill School in Cambridge. She is an award-winning educator and literary activist, cofounder of #DisruptTexts, a grassroots effort for teachers to challenge the traditional literary canon and create... Read More →

Presenters
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Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is a New York Times–bestselling author of children’s books. Her novel Hello, Universe was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2018. Her books The Land of the Forgotten Girls and Blackbird Fly earned the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Award and the Golden... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dewitt Center Gym 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA, 02120

12:00pm

Animate Your Cityscape!
What can you do in four comic panels? Join 826 Boston at the Boston Book Festival and create comics that pop off the page, travel through time, and traverse the diverse natural environment and cityscapes of Boston. Using technology and crafting materials, you'll get to build 3-D comic cities for your characters to explore and problem solve!

Presenters
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826 Boston

826 Boston is a nonprofit youth organization that empowers traditionally underserved students aged 6–18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. All activities and programs are free and include after-school tutoring... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Bolling Municipal Building Lobby 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA, 02119

12:00pm

Join the Search for Waldo
Waldo’s been around for more than thirty years, and he just keeps getting better at hiding! This time he’s hiding in Dudley Square, and we need your help to find him. Pick up an entry form from one of our volunteers at the BBF merchandise table in the Bolling Building, find the three Waldos hidden throughout the Bolling Building and Frugal Bookstore, and return your completed form for a free book (while supplies last) and a chance to win an amazing prize from Candlewick Press!

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Bolling Municipal Building Lobby 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA, 02119

12:15pm

Hear a Story, Meet a Friend
Who loves their white shoes? Tie or Velcro up your favorite pair of white (or blue, or rainbow) shoes and pop on over to Frugal Bookstore to hear a fun selection of picture books hand-picked by BPL Grove Hall Branch librarian Angela Bonds and meet beloved character Pete the Cat. You can even make your very own shirt for Pete, complete with four groovy buttons!

Presenters
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Angela Bonds

Angela Bonds is a children’s librarian at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library. She has worked for the Boston Public Library as a librarian, a library assistant, and a shelver. She enjoys sharing books with kids and teens.


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Frugal Bookstore 57 Warren St, Boston, MA, 02119

1:30pm

Graphic Novelize Your Life!
You’ve been waiting all day for the moment: you’re going to be smooth and say “hi” to the person you’re dying to meet. The bell rings. The hallway is packed with kids. You walk quickly to catch up to him or her. He or she is right beside you! But . . . you keep walking, down the hall and onto your bus. Ugh. You didn’t do it. . . again. If you’ve had something you were dying to do, or something that scared the heck out of you, or was embarrassing, then you have the raw material for a great autobiographical comic! In this workshop with cartoonist Jonathan Todd, you’ll recreate the moment in a detailed, journal-like entry. Then you’ll convert your written scene into the start of a comic: first you’ll make a quick sketch to plan everything out, then draw a detailed version and learn different ways to “ink” it so it’s polished and ready to share.

Presenters
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Jonathan Todd

Jonathan Todd is a Boston-based illustrator, cofounder of the Boston Kids Comic Fest, and debut author of the upcoming middle-grade graphic novel, Timid.


Sunday October 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dewitt Center Arts & Crafts Room 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA, 02120

1:30pm

Sunday Story Time
Bring the whole family to this exciting session featuring new picture books--read for you by their creators themselves! Artist EB Goodale recently won a Massachusetts Book Award for her earlier collaboration with Julia Denos, Windows; now she's here to present their new project, Here & Now, a beautifully illustrated meditation on mindfulness we could all benefit from. Author and illustrator Oge Mora, who received Caldecott Honors for her first book, Thank You, Omu!, will read from her new book, Saturday, which celebrates a mother and daughter’s special day together—even when things don’t go perfectly. Debut author Gloria Respress-Churchwell will introduce us to a real-life character with a courageous story: Chester Pierce, Harvard’s first black football player. She tells his story in Follow Chester! And finally, Raúl Gonzales III will take us on a trip to a bustling mercado packed with lively and unexpected details, in ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market. BPL Grove Hall Branch librarian Angela Bonds will host this fun series of story times for kids and their grownups.

Moderators
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Angela Bonds

Angela Bonds is a children’s librarian at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library. She has worked for the Boston Public Library as a librarian, a library assistant, and a shelver. She enjoys sharing books with kids and teens.

Presenters
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Oge Mora

Oge Mora is a Caldecott Honor writer, painter, and Caldecott Honoree who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Her first picture book, Thank You Omu!, is about a community who forms around one lady’s famous stew, and her most recent release, Saturday, follows a mother and daughter... Read More →
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Raúl Gonzalez

Raúl Gonzalez the Third is an award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His work centers on the contemporary Mexican American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Gonzalez is well-known for his Lowriders graphic... Read More →
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Gloria Respress-Churchwell

Gloria Respress-Churchwell is a children’s author, documentarian, and both a fiction and nonfiction writer. Her documentary and fictional history of Robert Churchwell, the “Jackie Robinson of Journalism,” is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African... Read More →
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E.B. Goodale

E. B. Goodale is a designer, printmaker, and illustrator with a strong background in stationery. Windows, written by Julia Denos, was her debut picture book, which received an Ezra Jack Keats honor for illustration and was an ALSC Notable book for 2018. Her second picture book with... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roxbury Innovation Center Multipurpose Room 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02119

2:30pm

The Stuff of Stars: Create Your Universe Workshop
From the book The Stuff of Stars and based on what we know about how the universe was formed, join artist and illustrator Ekua Holmes to create a mixed media mobile of planets, galaxies, organisms, and creatures. Work with marbleized papers, holographic papers, and other cool collage elements plus your imagination to envision the emergence of our world from the great void. The final product is a mobile that can hang at home, in the office or classroom. 


Presenters
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Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is a visual artist whose work explores themes of family, relationships, hope, and faith. The first children’s book she illustrated is Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Roxbury Innovation Center Classroom 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02119

3:15pm

Find Your Story, Draw Your Story
In fabulous books for young readers like ¡VAMOS! Let’s go to the Market and Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, Raúl the Third conjures up creative characters and takes them to a border town market, up into space and down to the underworld--all with just the power of his imagination and a few ballpoint pens. In this workshop, Raúl the Third will help kids find the stories they already have inside them, and guide them through the process of creating a character or scene that will get them started on their own wild storytelling ride.

Presenters
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Raúl Gonzalez

Raúl Gonzalez the Third is an award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His work centers on the contemporary Mexican American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Gonzalez is well-known for his Lowriders graphic... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Dewitt Center Arts & Crafts Room 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA, 02120

3:30pm

Wee Wear the Crowns: Celebrating Black Identity and Experience
Join Wee The People for an all-ages art-making event celebrating Black identity, Black experience, and unapologetic Black JOY: Wee Wear the Crowns! At this drop-in workshop, we'll learn about Black icons like Jean-Michel Basquiat, the world-famous artist who used his art to crown Black American heroes as kings: musicians, athletes, writers, and revolutionaries. Then it's time to dive into our own art-making with Identity Crowns, a collage activity for all ages and backgrounds that reflects and affirms Black identity, culture, and expression.

Presenters
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Wee the People

Wee The People is an arts-based series of programming and events for kids exploring social justice and the power of protest.


Sunday October 20, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bolling Municipal Building Lobby 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA, 02119

4:00pm

How to Code a Rollercoaster Reading and Hands-on Workshop
Here’s a little secret: prolific wildly popular children’s picture book creator Josh Funk, author of hits like Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast and It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, is also a software engineer in his spare time. Now Josh’s worlds collide (hopefully not literally) in his latest picture book, How to Code a Rollercoaster. Pearl and her trusty robot sidekick Pascal use code to solve a pretty big problem: how to bypass the line for the most popular ride at the amusement park. After hearing Josh read the book, kids and grownups will team up with the STEM experts from South End Technology Center at Tent City to make a light-up illustration from the book using a circuit of copper tape, large bubblegum LED, and small coin cell battery. The first twenty kids will receive their very own littleBits electronic building kit to take home!

Presenters
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Josh Funk

Josh Funk is the author of picture books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, It’s Not a Fairy Tale series, How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, Lost in the Library, and many others. He graduated from UMass Amherst Commonwealth College with a degree in computer... Read More →
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South End Technology Center @ Tent City

The South End Technology Center @ Tent City (The Tech Center) is a collaborative venture between the Tent City Corporation (TCC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Tech Center's fundamental purpose is to enable people to become producers of knowledge and sharers... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roxbury Innovation Center Classroom 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02119

4:30pm

Tiny World: Pins!
Welcome to Tiny World! This workshop with illustrator Keith Zoo, creator of Tiny World: Pins!, will help you create your very own super-cute pins perfect for adorning a backpack or jacket, or giving to your friends! The first twenty attendees will get their very own kit with all the supplies needed to complete the workshop, plus additional materials to continue creating at home!

Presenters
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Keith Zoo

Keith Zoo is an artist, illustrator, and designer who’s been the lead artist at Fablevision Studios and a 2D artist and UI designer at The Molasses Flood game studio. He’s illustrated books such as the Monster Juice series, the Project Terra series, Code This Game, and Mobi. His... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Dewitt Center Arts & Crafts Room 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA, 02120