Children's Lounge

You don't want to miss the opportunity to hear from your favorite children's authors or add these new books to your collection. Check out all the children's sessions at Bookfest below! 

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June 8, 2021

*All times listed in ET

All session recordings will be made available to registrants for several months after the event.


Picture This 

Who You Are, Where You Come From and What Is Community with David Bowles and Erika Meza, Corinna Luyken, and Divya Srinivasan.

Picture This


You Are Stronger Than You Know

It takes courage and chutzpah to listen to your heart and follow your intuition. Authors Alda P. Dobbs, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Leslie C. Youngblood share stories about kids growing up, finding friends and family, and discovering their strength.

You Are Stronger Than You Know



The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has long been a trusted voice in quality children’s literature with an eye toward using literature effectively in the classroom. Join us to learn more about NCTE’s Children’s Book Awards and how to best use these award-winning books in libraries and classrooms. We'll also cover how to submit books for award consideration.

Speaker: Sarah Miller (NCTE)

June 9, 2021


Love Is, Love Is, Love Is 

Join Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Michaela Goade, and Mac Barnett as they share their vibrational prose and images about the power and love of family, tradition and life.

Love Is, Love Is, Love Is Children's panel 3


Indies Introduce: Kid's Debut authors

Indies Introduce is all about what independent booksellers do best: discover exciting debut authors and share the best with readers across the country. The bookseller panelists who curated the Summer/Fall 2021 Kids' Indies Introduce list will share how they selected titles and many of the debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer panelists’ questions.

Speakers: Jessica Stauffer (ABA), Joy Dallanegra-Sanger (ABA), Hannah Amrollahi, Kelsey April, Kim Brock, Cat Chapman, Connie Griffin, René Kirkpatrick, Abby Rauscher, Brein Lopez, Kelly Fernández, Amber McBride, Alexis Nedd, Alda P. Dobba, Isaac Fitzsimmons, Elisabet Velasquez, Alejandra Algorta, Kylie Lee Baker, Natasha Bowen, Maleeha Siddiqui


It's Not What it Seems

What’s a kid to do when the mayhem, magic and other people’s issues try to get in the way?  Lori Lee, Victoria Schwab, and Katie Zhao come together with powerful stories for the kid in all of us.

It's Not What It Seems


editors' picks: Children's 

These new children’s books by LGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC authors have been nominated by editors as their top picks! In this session, the editors and authors behind these highly anticipated titles share why these books belong on your shelf. The goal of this Editors’ Picks series is to amplify under-supported voices in publishing while helping you find your next great read.

Speakers: Katie Sehl (The Secret Mountain), Mona Damluji (author), Innosanto Nagara (illustrator), Alda Dobbs (author), Raj Haldar (author), Lilly Workneh (editor), Kahran + Regis Bethencourt (artists), Natasha Tarpley (author), Francesca Cavallo (author), Shakirah Bourne (author), Jess Harold (Orchard Books/Scholastic), Sara Richmond (Edelweiss)


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And don't forget that you can connect with other readers and discover upcoming books in the Edelweiss Children's Community.