Why We Need Comics with Ardo Omer, Caitlyn Bannatyne and Katie Yamasaki

Tune in for the livestream. The Brooklyn Book Festival joins the Reading is Magic Festival for a celebration of the power of an image to tell stories, to express identity and to be a tool for activism whether in comics, picture books or painted large on the side of a building. Join three young voices […]

R.L. Stine in Conversation with Tim Jacobus

Join R.L. Stine, one of America’s best-selling children’s authors in history (The Goosebumps series and Fear Street) and Tim Jacobus, an American artist, illustrator and video games designer best known for illustrating the covers for nearly 100 books in the R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, as they talk about the stories they tell, their collaborative […]

Reading the Black Liberation Reading List

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents readings by Rio Cortez, poet, children’s book author, and manager/creative coordinator of The Schomburg Shop, Parneisha Jones, and writer, Director, Northwestern University Press. OlaRonke Akinmowo, Founder, Free Black Women’s Library. Moderated by Novella Ford, Associate Director Public Programs and Exhibitions, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Kate Messner

Join award-winning author Kate Messner as she shares Over and Under the Rainforest, a story that invites young readers to visit the rainforests of Central America from the comfort of their own homes and get to know the colorful creatures that live there.

Kevin Noble Maillard: Fry Bread followed by Shirleen Allicot: Layla’s Happiness

Try not to get too hungry as Kevin Noble Maillard presents Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, a story about family, heritage, and the yummy foods that bring people together. Then, ABC7NY’s Shirleen Allicot reads Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, a book for readers of all ages to stop and appreciate the little […]

Colin Meloy and Shawn Harris

How can you sleep when everyone’s awake? Author Colin Meloy and illustrator Shawn Harris invite readers to join them for Everyone’s Awake, a hilarious rhyming book about what everyone in the family is doing when they really should be resting. Join illustrator Harris and learn how to draw the frog featured in the book. Bring […]

Ibtihaj Muhammad and Samira Ahmed

Olympic medalist and activist Ibtihaj Muhammad joins up with bestselling author Samira Ahmed for a reading of Muhammad’s, The Proudest Blue, a universal story of new experiences and sibling bonds as two sisters begin a new school year and one sister’s experience on her first day of hijab.

Oliver Jeffers

Beloved author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers welcomes young readers to join him as he shares What We’ll Build, the inspiring rhyming story he wrote for his daughter about the power of love between parents and kids.

Tami Charles

Snuggle in a chair and hear Tami Charles read her stirring ode to black and brown children everywhere and share her lyrical story All Because You Matter, beautifully illustrated by multiple Caldecott honoree Bryan Collier.

Read and Sing with LyricPop

It’s a family affair! Sing (and read) along with three songs that are part of the LyricPop children’s picture book series. “We Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s performed by Pamela Laws, “African” by Peter Tosh sung by Miss Olithea (aka Olithea Elizabeth) and “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” popularized by Nancy Sinatra) and […]

Draw Me a Story

Do you want to see two illustrators live-drawing a story as Pura Belpré Award Winner Carlos Hernandez (Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe) spins a tale right before your eyes? Come watch bestselling creator Ben Clanton (Narwhal and Jelly) and Pura Belpré Honoree Angela Dominguez (Stella Díaz Never Gives Up) as they sketch some wacky […]

Finish the Fight

The road to making history is rarely straight or smooth. It’s full of ups and downs, twists and turns, strategic moves and moments of luck. Join Veronica Chambers and Jennifer Harlan, co-authors of Finish the Fight! The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, as they trace the path to one such history-making moment with their […]

Spooky Stories!

An eccentric family of witches, malicious spirits wreaking havoc all over town, a road trip full of monsters and mayhem—‘tis the season for spooky stories that will give you, well, goosebumps. Join authors R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), Claribel Ortega (Ghost Squad), and Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn) as they chat about all things that go bump […]

Facing Your Fears

New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein (Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket) joins two debut standouts, Jessica Kim (Stand Up, Yumi Chung!) and Janae Marks (From the Desk of Zoe Washington), to discuss how their characters face their fears—whether that be a death-defying scavenger hunt, telling jokes on stage, or finding the truth about […]

A Winning Personality

A boy who believes in fairytales, a young psychic who can speak to the dead, besties about to break up, and three girls who take down a sexist list ranking their classmates by their looks. Author and librarian Betsy Bird leads characters from stories by Zoraida Córdova (The Way to Rio Luna), Gilbert Ford (The […]

Graphix Con

Friendship can be super complicated, really intense, and totally embarrassing—especially when magic sketchbooks, broken hearts, alien adventures, and loads of family drama are involved! Join comics expert Calvin Reid as he celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Graphix imprint with Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Nat Enough), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends: Back […]

Meg Medina

What happens when your best friend, your mejor amiga, has to move away? Join Newbery medalist Meg Medina for a friendship bracelet activity, and a read aloud in English and Spanish of Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away, a story of two girls whose friendship will always be special no matter what.

Brooklyn Book Bodega Story Time Walking Tour

Brooklyn Book Bodega Story Time Walking Tour  Stroll with us through Downtown Brooklyn while learning some of the amazing history of the neighborhood through story. We will read about Ida B. Wells and the Duffield Houses on Abolitionist Place. Then learn about our nonprofit organization,  the term “bodega,” and read a final book with us […]


Let’s get ready to rumble! You won’t want to miss this epic live-action drawing competition refereed by the brilliant and award-winning artist Raúl The Third (VAMOS! Let’s Go Eat) and featuring talented illustrators Ebony Glenn (Not Quite Snow White), Ruth Chan (The Great Indoors), Juana Medina (We Are the Change), and Kevin Sherry (Squidding Around: […]


Break out the art supplies and join Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels) in a comics-making workshop for ages 5 and up! Mika will give tips on the basic tools in a comic-creator’s toolbox, alongside her best pals, Norma and Belly. All you need to bring is a piece of paper, something to draw with, […]

Calling all FanWings — Lunchtime with Tui T. Sutherland

TUI T. SUTHERLAND is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). Join her as she reads from her […]