Graphic Novels for Every Mood

Whether you are new to comics or are an Austin Books and Comics devotee, there’s a graphic novel for you and your mood! As the Texas Book Festival team shelters in our respective homes, I’ve been getting reacquainted with my bookshelves, specifically my shelf of comics (featuring several TBF authors!). Here are just a few of my recommendations, and feel free to share yours on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Most of these are for adults and/or teens, unless noted. Links all go to Bookshop.org, which will help support local independent bookstores.

Let’s start easy…

Calvin and Hobbes. All of them. Read them with the family, by yourself, during a virtual happy hour, to your dog. It doesn’t matter which collection you choose or where you start or if you finish. Personal favorites are the strips with Rosalyn the babysitter, and when Calvin’s dad drags them on camping trips.

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For that food love: Lucy Knisley’s Relish

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

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For some dark laughs (and cries): Roz Chast’s Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? A memoir.

Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

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For that brassy survivor: Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s Cancer Vixen

In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.

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For finding survival in art: Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Hey Kiddo

The powerful, unforgettable memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.

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For that YA angst: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits.

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Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. it’s their getawy, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different.

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For that adult angst: Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings

Lauded for its provocative and insightful portrayal of interpersonal relationships, Adrian Tomine’s politically-charged Shortcomings was one of the most acclaimed books of 2007.

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Leslie’s Stein’s Present

Stein is a master storyteller, an urban explorer, and a loyal guide through dark days and simple, blissful encounters. Stein’s curiosity about and generosity toward the world around her come through powerfully: each colorful story flows with vivid watercolors and delicate ink lines.

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Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This

A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief.

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To finally get the Bechdel Test reference: Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home

In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.

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For all the feels: Mira Jacob’s Good Talk

Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

 

 

 

Amplify the Texas Book Festival!

Help us inspire Texans of all ages to love reading!

The Texas Book Festival is participating in Amplify Austin to help fund our year-round literary programs. We strive every day to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, from the YA fans at the Texas Teen Book Festival, to Title I public elementary schools students, to readers at rural libraries, to the 50,000 attendees at the annual Festival. Schedule your donation to the Texas Book Festival through Amplify Austin!

What is the Texas Book Festival doing in Austin and Texas?


Real Reads

The newest literacy program for the Texas Book Festival, Real Reads brings critically acclaimed and popular YA authors like Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Nic Stone to middle- and high-schools students. Not only do the students get their own new, hardcover copies of the books, but they get to meet the authors! These students participate in a book club curriculum leading up to the Texas Teen Book Festival or Festival Weekend, where they get a private session with the author to ask ALL their questions. Real Reads is in Austin and Dallas, for now!


Reading Rock Stars

Since the program began, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 117,900 books in Title I public elementary schools.  The Reading Rock Stars program is available to Title I Elementary schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. More than a one-day author visit, we work with schools ahead of time with curriculum guides, follow-up to determine impact, and commit to each school for three year. For many children, this is the first book they will own, which can make all the difference. Watch this Reading Rock Stars video to learn more about the program!


Texas Teen Book Festival 

This year marks the twelfth year of the Texas Teen Book Festival! This unique Festival features critically acclaimed YA authors such as Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and many more! The free, one-day Festival welcomes more than 5,000 enthusiastic readers to a welcoming and safe space to meet their favorite authors, discover new books, and feel at home with fellow young readers. Many come in literary costumes, and spend the entire day with their friends at panels programmed specifically for this audience. Encouraging the joy of reading at this age is so important! Check out this cool TTBF video!


Texas Public Library Grants

The Texas Book Festival was founded in part to support Texas libraries as invaluable community resources. With these crucial funds, libraries purchase the books needed by their unique community, whether large-print books, bilingual board books, or just new fiction. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,169 grants totaling over $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state.


Festival Weekend 

Last but certainly not least, the annual Festival Weekend! In 2020 the Festival will be on November 7 and 8, in and around the Texas State Capitol. This free literary event features more than 275 authors and welcomes more than 50,000 attendees to attend panel discussions, meet authors, and enjoy downtown Austin with other readers. The Kids on Congress, YA HQ, and Next Chapter tents make this a perfect weekend destination for families. The C-Span Tent, Texas Tent, Latinx Lit Tent, and many more venues provide a range of programming for everyone. Check out some Festival highlights!


Schedule your donation at https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/texasbookfestival and change lives through literature and literacy. Happy reading!

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End of Year Giving

As 2019 comes to an end, we look back with gratitude at a year full of books, readers, and authors. We are also looking forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead, and it is your generous support that makes it possible. To help share the gift of literacy with all Texans, we hope you make an end of year tax-deductible gift to the Texas Book Festival.

Not only will your donation support and celebrate the joy of reading in Texas, but we will thank you with one of our Texas Book Festival gifts!

What will your donation support? Check out just a few of our 2019 Highlights:

300+ authors featured during the Festival Weekend including John Grisham, Sonia Sotomayor, Malcolm Gladwell, and Texas Writer Award winner Attica Locke

Inaugural Real Reads program in Dallas with National Book Award Winner Erika Sánchez, reaching 125+ low-income high school students with engaging curriculum and every student receiving Sánchez’s powerful book about identity and mental illness

$100k+ in Library Grants to 41 libraries across Texas

12, 692 books given out through Reading Rock Stars in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley, where students connected with inspirational and award-winning children’s authors

Texas Teen Book Festival held at Southwestern University, captivating thousands of readers with the most popular Young Adult authors

Donate today!

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity, and an opportunity to support the organizations in our community that make a difference throughout the year. This year, we hope you make a tax-deductible gift to the Texas Book Festival.

Not only will your donation support and celebrate the joy of reading in Texas, but we will thank you with one of our Texas Book Festival gifts!

What will your donation support? Check out just a few of our 2019 Highlights:

300+ authors featured during the Festival Weekend including John Grisham, Sonia Sotomayor, Malcolm Gladwell, and Texas Writer Award winner Attica Locke

Inaugural Real Reads program in Dallas with National Book Award Winner Erika Sánchez, reaching 125+ low-income high school students with engaging curriculum and every student receiving Sánchez’s powerful book about identity and mental illness

$100k+ in Library Grants to 41 libraries across Texas

12, 692 books given out through Reading Rock Stars in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley, where students connected with inspirational and award-winning children’s authors

Texas Teen Book Festival held at Southwestern University, captivating thousands of readers with the most popular Young Adult authors

Donate today!

TooFar Media at the Festival

An Immersive Story Experience

TooFar Media creates immersive story experiences, fusing fiction, music and art, by author Rich Shapero. Get the TooFar Media app, and look for the Craft Reader Gallery at the Texas Book Festival! Don’t forget your gift of the latest novel and TooFar Media app!

Rich Shapero is a writer and musician whose multimedia storytelling projects pioneer unseen worlds. His projects include Rin, Tongue and DornerArms from the SeaThe Hope We SeekToo Far and Wild Animus.

Visit the @toofarmedia Craft Reader Gallery to explore the stories, brought to life, and to change the way you experience literature!

Featured at the festival is the release, Arms from the Sea, which combines the fantastical novel with music by Orenda Fink and Visionary art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, to create an other-worldly, immersive story experience.

Arms from the Sea is a tangible encounter with the creative spirit. A guide for reconstructing our understanding of water and our origins.”

—Moses Hacmon

We are excited to partner w/ @toofarmedia! Come check out their Craft Reader Gallery and explore fiction fused w music & art in the TooFar Media app! TooFar Media will be located on Colorado Street, you can’t miss them!

“A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art.”

The Village Voice

Brunch with Shuk: Israeli Home Cooking at Olamaie

 

When: Sunday, October 27 at 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Olamaie
1610 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: Include three-course brunch and copy of Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

Tickets now available!

We are thrilled to partner with Olamaie to host Janna Gur for an exclusive brunch on Sunday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are now on sale for this special event. Tickets include a three-course brunch featuring recipes by Chef Fojtasek, adapted with collaboration from Gur and Einat Admony’s Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking, along with Olamaie biscuits and brunch cocktails.

The morning will kickoff with passed appetizers from Olamaie, with Gur onsite to welcome and mingle with guests. Every ticket includes one signed copy of Shuk along with food and cocktails at brunch.

Israel’s open-air marketplaces or shuks are the heart and soul of its daily life. Both authors’ Middle Eastern heritage inform each authentic dish, from Persian rice platters and Moroccan tagines to Levantine spreads and the rare, hand-rolled couscous of North Africa. Written by two leading female voices in Israeli cuisine, Shuk presents an enticing portrait of this globally beguiling melting pot fare.

Janna Gur was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Israel in 1974. She is the founder of Al Hashulchan, the premier Israeli food and wine magazine, which she edited for almost 30 years. Gur is the author of The Book of New Israeli Food and Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh and has written and/or edited nearly 40 other cookbooks. She lives in Tel Aviv.

Einat Admony, co-author, will be at the Texas Book Festival in the Central Market Cooking Tent. The schedule details will be available on the Texas Book Festival website.

Purchase your brunch tickets today!

2019 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup

We are thrilled to reveal the 2019 Texas Book Festival author lineup! Our 2019 Festival lineup features a diverse array of topics, genres, and writers, including acclaimed poets, illustrators, and bestselling authors of both fiction and nonfiction.

As one of the largest literary festivals in the country, we are proud to showcase both national and Texas authors, including debut and bestselling writers, renowned chefs, beloved children’s illustrators and authors, and more.

Join us for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival on October 26-27, and help us inspire all Texans to love reading!

See all 300+ authors here! 

 

Among the acclaimed authors scheduled to appear at TBF this October is New Orleans native Sarah M. Broom, who will present her critically acclaimed debut memoir, The Yellow House. Having grown up in New Orleans East, Broom takes us through the history of New Orleans as seen through her family’s past and her iconic childhood home.

TV personality, James Beard Award-winning chef, and cookbook author Aarón Sánchez will present his memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, which offers an intimate look into the chaotic and unorthodox life of a professional chef and television personality. Sánchez is known for judge appearances on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MasterChef and has co-starred on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior.

 

New York Times bestselling author, historian, and leading antiracist voice Ibram X. Kendi, whose nonfiction book Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, will present his most recent work, How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi leads readers through a widening circle of ideas, weaving a combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story, asking readers to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, London Review, and Time.

 

Jami Attenberg will present her new novel, All This Could Be Yours, a timely, piercing exploration of family secrets and the web of a toxic patriarch. Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and was published in ten countries.

 

Award-winning author of The Things They Carried and former reporter for the Washington Post, Tim O’Brien will present his most recent work, Dad’s Maybe Book, in which he shares wisdom from a life of letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons. O’Brien was awarded the 1979 National Book Award for his bestseller Going After Cacciato and won the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing.

 

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power will present her most recent work, The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir, which traces Power’s distinct American journey from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room. Powers is a leading global voice on human rights and international affairs, as she served four years as President Barack Obama’s human rights advisor and eventually served in his Cabinet.

Chris Ware, award-winning cartoonist, novelist, and contributor to The New Yorker, will present Rusty Brown, a graphic novel that features a young Nebraska boy and his obsession with superheroes. The story depicts the melancholic, yearning thoughts of Midwestern characters moving through realities shared and cloistered. Ware also created  Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by the Times (London) in 2009.

 

James Beard Award-winning chef of Houston’s Underbelly Hospitality and cookbook author Chris Shepherd will present Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World, where he shares the names of the cooks who have inspired him and teaches readers how to respectively and creatively work with flavors and cultures of Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and others. Shepherd will present in the Central Market Cooking Tent.

 

National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson will present Shout, a searing and soul-searching poetic memoir inspired by her groundbreaking novel Speak that advocated for survivors of sexual assault. Shout shares Anderson’s personal reflections and calls to action denouncing our society’s failures, and it is also a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup.

 

Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “one of the most anticipated books of fall 2019,” Jaquira Díaz will present her debut, Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, which will be published this October. Ordinary Girls recounts Díaz’s childhood in Puerto Rico and Miami, along with her bumpy transition from girlhood to womanhood. Diaz is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, among other honors. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2016, Rolling Stone, Tin House, New York Times Style Magazine, and elsewhere.

See all 300+ authors presenting at the 2019 Texas Book Festival

 

Texas Book Fest Q&A with Ibi Zoboi

Texas Book Festival is excited to welcome Ibi Zoboi to the 2019 Texas Book Festival! Zoboi is the author of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwicha story about the sci-fi obsessed 12 year-old Ebony-Grace finding her place while visiting her father in Harlem in 1984.

TBF: What was the inspiration for your book? 

Ibi Zoboi: I wanted to write about a character I’ve never seen in books–a highly imaginative nerdy black girl who is trying so hard to make sense of her world and her place in it. I was inspired by the music and overall zeitgeist of the early 1980s, mainly the space race, science fiction, and early hip hop. I found common ground in all three of these things and they converge in the summer of 1984 in Harlem. My science-fiction obsessed character is the only one who can see how they are all connected. 

TBF: What’s the last book you read, loved, and can’t stop recommending? Why is it so good?

Ibi Zoboi: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams. It covers a the topic of colorism that I’ve rarely seen done in children’s literature. I love the voice and the harsh realities the author brings to light.  

TBF: What’s the first book you remember reading? Who gave it to you?

Ibi Zoboi: Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I don’t remember, but I was nine and obsessed with that one famous line.

Ibi Zoboi is one of 300 authors who will appear at the 2019 Texas Book Festival which takes place October 26-27th 2019 in downtown Austin. The Festival is free and open to the public! To learn about more children’s and young adult authors appearing at this year’s Festival check out Kids On Congress

SOLD OUT – Malcolm Gladwell in Austin – October 26, 1 PM

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.
There is not a wait list. 

We’re proud to announce we’re hosting multiple New York Times #1 bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell as he presents his new book, Talking to Strangers. Gladwell will present this “classically Gladwellian adventure” through troubles and scandals from history through today at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 PM.

Book tickets to see this beloved author present are now available! Each book ticket includes one pre-signed copy of Talking to Strangers and admits one person. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round literacy programs.

Thanks to Texas Capital Bank for supporting this event.

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WHO: Malcolm Gladwell
WHAT: Speaking about Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 PM
BOOK TICKET: $35  | Includes one pre-signed copy of Talking to Strangers and admits one attendee to the session. 
SEATING: Seating for book ticket holders will open at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 26. 
SIGNING: All books will be pre-signed. You may also purchase additional signed copies of Talking to Strangers at the event.

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.

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About Malcolm Gladwell:

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers—The Tipping Point, Blink,Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy‘s Top Global Thinkers.

About Talking to Strangers:

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

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Kids On Congress: Our 2019 Kids and Young Adult Author Lineup!

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Our children’s and YA programming at the Festival has grown so much over the years that we’ve had to turn Congress Avenue into Kids On Congress, an energetic thoroughfare of book talks, author signings, and activities for kids and children’s literature lovers of all ages.

Of course, we have so many amazing authors, we can’t keep it all contained to Congress Avenue. This year, you’ll find children’s and YA authors in the Kirkus Reviews tent on Eleventh Street and at First United Methodist Church on Colorado Street. You’ll also find bilingual storytimes and panels in our Latinx Lit tent at the Congress Ave/8th Street intersection.

Here is a look at some of the highlights. We’ll announce our full schedule of sessions and book signings in October. Stay tuned! And remember, everything here is FREE and open to the public to attend.

 

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks about and signs her new picture book, Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.
Justice Sotomayor is one of the most inspiring speakers you will ever hear. We are honored to welcome her to the Festival with this wonderful new picture book, available in both Spanish and English, that encourages young readers (and all of us) to embrace our differences and love who we are. Special instructions for the signing will be announced in October. We’re excited to share this opportunity to meet her!

R.J. Palacio speaks about and signs White Bird: A Wonder Story.
We are over the moon to welcome the bestselling author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio, to the Festival with her debut graphic novel, which once again centers kindness and courage alongside Palacio’s beautiful illustrations.

 

Graphix Con Panel featuring Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, and Molly Knox Ostertag.

We’re kicking off the Festival Weekend with an epic Graphix Con panel featuring acclaimed middle grade graphic novelists at First United Methodist Church, featuring Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, and Molly Knox Ostertag. They’ll talk about their new books and the art of creating captivating graphic novels young readers can’t put down!

Kwame Alexander presents The Undefeated.
Bestselling poet and Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander returns to the Texas Book Festival with a powerful, moving new picture book that celebrates black life in America and pays tribute to the struggle of black Americans. The Undefeated is one of the most remarkable and beautiful new picture books of the year, a must for the shelf of readers young and old. Kwame is planning a special presentation in our Kirkus Reviews Tent that includes a musical performance!

When I Was a Kid: Writing Books Inspired by Our Childhoods.
Newbery Award-winner Meg Medina, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi, and Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad will take the stage in the Kirkus Reviews tent to share their latest books, all fictional stories inspired in different ways by their childhoods. This is a panel with major star power, featuring three of the biggest names in children’s literature who inspire kids every day with their words.

 

Writing the Civil Rights Movement for Kids.
Bestselling author Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball player Jackie Robinson, will be joined by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney and author Barry Wittenstein to discuss their new books that remember and celebrate the Civil Rights movement. What can young readers learn from the past?

Also grab a seat in the Kirkus Reviews tent this year to go Astro-nuts with Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg as they share the first book in their brand new series, AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet. And stick around to climb up into the 117-Story Treehouse with the one and only Andy Griffiths. For even more middle grade authors, including Maulik Pancholy, Gordon Korman, Daniel José Older, Stu Gibbs, Juana Medina, Lisa McMann, and more, stop by our Next Chapter tent, where we’ll have panels for chapter book readers all weekend long.

For our youngest readers, we have so many wonderful picture book authors and illustrators in our Read Me A Story tent! Judy Schachner, Duncan Tonatiuh, Raúl the Third and many more will share their new stories.

In our Latinx Lit tent, be sure to catch our bilingual storytimes and a special conversation between Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award-winners Yuyi Morales and David Bowles.

Our YA programming is on FIRE this year! We’re thrilled to host a very special conversation with Rainbow Rowell about her latest, Wayward Son, the highly anticipated sequel to Carry On. Rowell will be in a special spotlight conversation in our Kirkus Reviews tent.

Also not-to-miss in our Kirkus Reviews tent is a special conversation with author Ruta Sepetys about her engrossing, page-turning new historical novel set in late-Fifties Spain, The Fountains of Silence.

The YA HQ tent is packed with amazing panels and authors all weekend long, including sessions with Maureen Johnson, L. L. McKinney, Mariko Tamaki, Hafsah Faizal, Tiffany Jackson, Lilliam Rivera, and so many more!

Phew! That doesn’t even cover everything. Check out all of the children’s and YA authors and illustrators over on our author page. We’re thrilled to welcome so many amazing storytellers to this year’s Festival! We can’t wait to see you there!

 

See all Kids On Congress authors, along with previously announced authors, here.