Can Sadie climb her way to save the holiday? In Pamela Ehrenberg’s newest picture book Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, Sadie’s multicultural family celebrates Hanukkah by swapping latkes for dosas. When they all get locked out of the house before the celebration, Sadie’s climbing skills come in handy. Young readers will also love Ehrenberg’s board book Planting Parsley.
Memoirist and novelist Courtney Brkic, poet Tarfia Faizullah, and children’s author Juana Medina, and poet Vivek Narayanan come together to wrestle with issues surrounding language and land barriers. Brkic is a Croatian American, Faizullah is a daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, Medina is a Colombian American, and Vivek Narayanan was born in India and raised in Zambia. Moderated by Danielle Badra.
Three award-winning writers come together to discuss immigration and writing. Jennine Capó Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, writes of the story and struggle of a child of Cuban immigrants. Gish Jen, author of The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap examines the distances between cultures. Marie Marquardt, author of the YA novel The Radius of Us discusses gang culture surrounding the US/Mexico border.
Author Valerie Tripp is best known for her American Girl book series for beloved characters such as Felicity, Josefina, Samantha, and Kit, who inspire young girls to use their imaginations. Her latest American Girl character, Maryellen, is a fun-loving girl growing up in Florida in the 1950s, whose adventures take her on a roadtrip around the country. Tripp calls writing for American Girl her “ideal job” because she gets to use her love of history to help children learn. Sponsored by Friends of the Burke Centre Library.
The Book Club for Kids Podcast celebrates middle grade books and the kids who love them, by bringing together young readers to discuss their favorite works. The podcast was awarded the “Literacy in Media” prize. In this episode, host Kitty Felde and her young readers are joined by Linda Oatman High, author of the middle-grade book One Amazing Elephant, to discuss the story of 12-year-old Lily, a girl who unexpectedly befriends the elephant Queenie Grace whom she previously disliked, as they both mourning the passing of Lily’s grandfather.
Ahoy there, mateys! All hands on deck for Story Hour with the Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to set sail with us for pirate stories, activities, and a chance to walk the plank. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
Bring the whole family and cozy up with children’s author Megan Wagner Lloyd. Her upcoming picture book Fort-Building Time follows a group of friends who build a fort for every season and discover along the way that every fort is the perfect fort. With vibrant colors and rich detail, Wagner reminds readers of all ages that it’s never a bad time to build a fort. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
Interactive children’s book author/illustrator Chiêu Anh Urban will delight the whole family in a book launch celebration with storytime, crafts and activities, and color tattoos. Join Chiêu in an inventively visual experience that allows children to mix and match the colors of winter and spring right before their eyes. Discover fun animal idioms in a playful guessing game story. Titles such as the Color Wonder series, Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms, Away We Go!, and Raindrops are among Urban’s hands-on, novelty works. Her forthcoming title includes 123 Go! Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
Teens grapple with issues and institutions in these YA books rooted in political history. New York Times best-selling author L.M. Elliott’s novel Suspect Red takes on McCarthyism in America when a 1950’s teen named Richard establishes a controversial friendship after Czechoslovakian neighbors move in down the street. As the nation’s paranoia is at an all-time-high, Richard is torn between proving his patriotism, and continuing a friendship with someone who understands his love of art and literature. Former reporter for the Boston Globe’s famous Spotlight Team, Dick Lehr investigated the case that would later become the basis for his novel Trell about a young African-American man convicted of a murder that he didn’t commit. Set in 1980s Boston, the novel follows an innocent young man’s search for justice.
Bring the whole family for a celebration of comic books and graphic novels with artists S.L. Gallant, Paulina Ganucheau, Kevin Panetta, Jason Rodriquez, and Ben Towle. Gallant presents his artwork of a familiar hero figure as he is the longest running artist on G.I. Joe: An American Hero. Ganucheau and Panetta co-authored Zodiac Starforce, starring comic high school girls taking on the darkness of the earth. Rodriquez shares his graphic novel, Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and his revolutionary idea for exciting young adults to learn about the history of colonial New England. And Towle introduces readers to the coastal town of Blood’s Haven, with an ocean full oysters and even oyster pirates in his graphic novel, Oyster War. Sponsored by Canon Solutions America
Meet three YA authors as they chat about writing teen characters growing up and finding themselves. Christina June’s It Started with Goodbye is a modern take on the Cinderella story–but with way juicier secrets and a feisty step-abuela “fairy godmother.” Misa Sugiura’s It’s Not Like it’s a Secret explores a queer teen’s coming of age in a way that “realistically celebrates a teen’s discovery of trust in herself and in others.” For fans of retro gaming, Meg Eden’s Post-High School Reality Quest is about a teen girl whose life becomes narrated like a video game–but some things are all too real.
Owen Connors has the ability to jump inside his favorite books. In the fourth installment of James Riley’s New York Times bestselling, middle grade Story Thieves series, Owen finds himself stuck in a Pick Your Own Plot story—and you, the reader—get to decide how his story ends. School Library Journal called the series a “fast-paced, action-packed tale.” Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
Ada Calhoun, Lindsay Detwiler and Katy Upperman chat about the art of writing about L-O-V-E across genres. In Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give author Ada Calhoun is revered for her honesty, poignancy, and sense of humor in her memoir about the complexity of marriage. Calhoun is a contributor to the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column. Romance novelist Lindsay Detwiler shares the gripping tale of a married couple, fighting for their lives and their love in the novel Remember When. Katy Upperman continues the discussion with her debut YA novel Kissing Max Holden about a forbidden teenage romance with the boy next door.
Join author Kara Laughlin for a jewelry-making workshop to help you glam up your wardrobe! Her most recent book Sparkle and Shine!: Trendy Earrings, Necklaces, and Hair Accessories for All Occasions book offer simple, step-by-step instructions for making DIY accessories. Fashionistas of all ages will be inspired to make their own crafty creations to personalize their looks. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
Mystery and magic can be found between the pages of these must-reads from Tor Teen. New York Times bestseller AJ Hartley is the author of the Steeplejack series that addresses topical issues of racism, immigration and political corruption, influenced by Apartheid-era South Africa. Cory Doctorow praised Hartley’s series as having “a richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for.” Hartley’s new book is Firebrand. Sarah Porter is the acclaimed author of Vassa in the Night. Her second novel When I Cast Your Shadow is set in Brooklyn, New York… only filled with nightmarish dreamscapes of the Land of the Dead. Fans of Ransom Riggs will enjoy Porter’s haunting urban fantasy book for teens.
Say “Hello!” to Zara and her loyal dog Moose, as well as a real reading dog, Cali from Heeling House! Maria Gianferrari’s Hello Goodbye Dog is a picture book that explores the loyal bond between a therapy dog and his favorite girl who have to say “goodbye” when Zara goes to school. A moving story with a focus on problem solving, Hello Goodbye Dog is sure to delight young readers and dog lovers alike. Gianferrari’s other titles include Penny & Jelly and Coyote Moon, a non-fiction picture book that encourages readers to discover nature in their own backyards. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
What’s a girl to do in a world full of magic? Save the day, of course! In S Jae-Jones’ debut novel Wintersong, nineteen-year-old Liesl makes a deal with the Goblin King, and puts the love of her life–her music–on the line. Set in a magical freak show, Amanda Foody’s Daughter of the Burning City is tantalizingly dark and mysterious. Bestselling author Tamora Pierce praises the novel as having “a world like no other and heroism of the weirdest kind.” Dreams come to life in Kerry Reed’s Dreamscape turn reality into an epic quest to wake up out of a nightmare.
Join Jason Rodriquez, comic book editor and author of Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and artist Liz Laribee for a comic drawing workshop. This workshop will teach kids to create their own comics when they have a story to tell. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.