FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brooklyn Book Festival Virtual Children’s Day and “YA Out Loud” Saturday, October 3, 2020

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Children’s Day – Award-winning children’s authors/illustrators engage kids with virtual readings, workshops, performances 

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – YA Out Loud – Young Adult Lit authors lead afternoon of compelling discussions about activism, relationships and fantasy

September 22, 2020 — Brooklyn, NY — This year’s BKBF Children’s Day and YA Out Loud will mark a historic year for the free literary festival as it goes virtual for the first time in its 15-year history. Registration kicks off later today for more than 100 Festival programs, including Children’s Day and YA Out Loud.

Children’s Day – Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event features an exciting lineup of authors, illustrators, performers and activities for children ages 2-11, including a comic book-making workshop, live drawing competition, spooky stories, friendship tales, and discussions from award-winning authors and illustrators. Our nearly 40 beloved writers and illustrators include R.L. Stine, Kate Messner, Zoraida Córdova, Meg Medina, Veronica Chambers, Debbi Michiko Florence, children’s book author and lead singer for The Decemberists Colin Meloy with Shawn Harris, author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers, and many other beloved and new authors.

Families can visit the Virtual Picture Books Stage and kids can enjoy readings, music and activities with Newbery Medalist Meg Medina, Kate Messner, Tami Charles, Colin Meloy, Shawn Harris, and Oliver Jeffers. Plus, sing (and read) along with songs from the LyricPop children’s picture book series, including “We Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s performed by Pamela Laws, and “African” by Peter Tosh sung by Miss Olithea (aka Olithea Elizabeth).

In the spirit of making and creating, kids can create projects throughout the day at comic book-making workshops with illustrator Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels), and can see the masters of children’s book illustration at work. In “Drawing A Story,” Carlos Hernandez (Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe) weaves a tale that is illustrated live by Ben Clanton (Happy Narwhalidays) and Angela Dominguez (Stella Díaz Never Gives Up); The not-to-be-missed, ever popular “Illustrator Draw-Off,” features dueling sharpies refereed by Raúl The Third and contestants Ebony Glenn, Ruth Chan, Juana Medina, and Kevin Sherry, inspired by suggestions from the audience.  

YA OUT LOUD – Saturday, October 3, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For teens and fans of YA, top young adult authors take to the stage for a full afternoon of vital conversations on Saturday, October 3 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participating authors include Libba Bray, Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed, Karen McManus, and many others. An event will take place every hour, including Raise Your Voice with Marie Lu, Brandy Colbert, and Kim Johnson discussing authoritarianism, voting rights, and the American justice system with teens who won’t let being under 18 prevent them from getting involved in the historic 2020 election. 

About the Brooklyn Book Festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival was launched in 2006 to address the need for a major literary event that embraced the diverse constituencies of New York City. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate published literature and support the literary community through programming that connects New York City readers with local, national, and international authors, publishers, and booksellers. To this end the festival develops original programs that are hip, smart, and diverse and collaborates to present free and low-cost programming including the Festival Day, Bookend Events, YA Outloud, and the BKBF Children’s Day. BKBF is presented by the non-profit Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council. The Festival is proud of its roster of supporters including the Amazon Literary Partnership, the Baillie Gifford Non Fiction Prize, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Brookfield Properties and J.P. Morgan Chase, Con Edison, Disney, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Kirby Family Foundation, Literary Arts Emergency Fund, Little A, the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin and Carlos Menchaca, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Lit Tap, NYU, and TD Charitable Foundation. The Festival’s media sponsors include C-SPAN, Book TV, WABC and the New York Review of Books.

Other topics YA authors will discuss include dreams, destiny, and making big choices; relationships of all sorts; and fear and deception. For the last event of the day, author-illustrators Mike Curato, Kiku Hughes, Lily Williams, and Gene Luen Yang will explore racism, sexism, queerness, and the power of storytelling — both written and visual — as a form of activism. 

Be sure to visit or check out the official Facebook page, follow the Festival on Twitter (@BKBF), Facebook (/brooklynbookfestival), Instagram (@bkbookfest), and past Festival photos on Flickr.

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