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Family Activities

This is a banner year for children's and young adult book authors! 

Look who's joining the Festival in 2021!

Ann Patchett and Robin Preiss Glasser - Escape Goat
Saturday, April 24
Room 2
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Author Ann Patchett and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will be presenting their book Escape Goat; talking to children about the process of writing and doing the drawings for this hilarious and heart-warming story about a goat who keeps getting blamed for things that go wrong on the farm but is it really his fault? Moderated by Paula Willey.

Recommended for children ages 4-8.

Ann Patchett is the award-winning author of eight novels and three works of nonfiction. She has written about many things, but by far, she says she has had the most fun writing books for children. See full bio on Authors 2021 page.

Robin Preiss Glasser has illustrated many children’s books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. See full bio on Authors 2021 page.

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Moderator  - Paula Willey is a librarian in Baltimore. She has written about children’s literature and family engagement for publications such as School Library Journal, the Baltimore Sun, Booklist, VOYA, and Baltimore’s Child, and speaks on topics ranging from picture book illustration to teen horror. A member of the 2019 Michael S. Printz Committee, she has spent her pandemic figuring out contact-free ways to engage with the library customers she misses so much. 

Deborah Hopkinson -  We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival & Resistance
Saturday, April 24
Room 2
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Children's book author and Sibert Honor winner Deborah Hopkinson will be chatting with Susan Kusel about her new book We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance. This non-fiction book, geared toward middle school readers, is a meticulously researched tale of heroic Jewish youths who survived the the Nazi death camps. It brings in testimonials, archival images, and interviews and calls young readers to action by showing them that heroism begins with compassion towards their fellow citizens. Moderated by Susan Kusel.

Recommended for ages 9-12.

Deborah Hopkinson has written many award-winning nonfiction and historical fiction books for children and teens, including Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Sibert honor book and Courage & Defiance, winner of an Oregon Book Award.  See full bio on Authors 2021 page.

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Moderator: Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA, the children's book buyer and selector for [words] bookstore in Maplewood, NJ, and the owner of Dream On Books, a children's book consulting company. She has served on many book award committees including the Caldecott Medal and as the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. Ms. Kusel is a former board member of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She recently published her debut book The Passover Guest.

Kate DiCamillo - Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem
Sunday, April 25
Room 2
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Gather the kids and enjoy an hour with world-famous, best-selling, much-loved author Kate DiCamillo. She will be talking about her newest book in the Deckawoo Drive series, Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem (illustrated by Chris Van Dusen). Kirkus Reviews says "The academic setting, imaginative Stella, and brown-noser Horace combine for an ideal opportunity for DiCamillo to exercise her characteristic wordplay...An adorable story that teaches readers that things—and people—are not always what they seem." We all need a little bit of that right now. Ms. DiCamillo will be joined by moderator Jennifer M. Brown, an educator, bookmaker and performer.

Recommended for children ages 6-9.

Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for young readers, including the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. Her books Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux both received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, she lives in Minneapolis. 

See full bio on Authors 2021 page.

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Moderator: Jennifer M. Brown, senior editor of "Shelf Awareness," an e-newsletter for the book trade and consumers, has spent the past thirty years toggling between her two passions—education and bookmaking. She has served as director of the Center for Children’s Literature and interim children's librarian at Bank Street College of Education, and publisher of Knopf Books for Young Readers. When she's not combing bookshelves for her next read, you can find her performing cabaret at Don't Tell Mama in New York. 

Sophie Blackall - If You Come to Earth
Sunday, April 25
Room 2
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Two-time Caldecott winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall will be talking about her newest children's book, If You Come to Earth. This beautiful book was inspired by the thousands of children Ms. Blackall met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children. This moving and heartfelt picture book carries a clear message about caring for the Earth and each other. She will be joined by moderator Susannah Richards.

Recommended for children ages 3-5.

Sophie Blackall is the New York Times bestselling, two-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of numerous picture books, including Ruby’s Wish, Hello Lighthouse, Finding Winnie, and the Ivy and Bean series. 

See full bio on Authors 2021 page.

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Moderator: Susannah Richards is an associate professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses on literacy and literature for youth. She is also a literacy and literature consultant who works with authors, illustrators, publishers, teachers, and librarians at international, national, state, local, and district conferences. Follow her on Twitter and instagram @SussingOutBooks for information about books and education related topics.

Kelly Yang - Parachutes
Sunday, April 25
Room 2
1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Kelly Yang, award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, will be talking to Elizabeth Kahn about Parachutes, her new Young Adult novel. This modern immigrant story is about two girls navigating life as "parachutes": teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the U.S. while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Their paths will lead them in ways that will forever change their lives.

Recommended for Young Adult.

Kelly Yang is the New York Times best-selling author of Front Desk, Three Keys and Room to Dream and the winner of the Asian/ Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. Parachutes is her Young Adult debut. She went to college at age thirteen and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Ms. Yang is the founder of the Kelly Yang Project, a major writing and debating program for children in Asia.

See full bio on Authors 2021 page.

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Moderator: Elizabeth Kahn has been a school librarian in the New Orleans area for thirty years. She currently holds a position as librarian at Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy in Avondale, LA which serves students in 6th-12th grade. Since 2012 she has been reviewing middle grade and young adult books for School Library Journal. At Taylor she runs two book groups for students to talk about literature and to meet authors. She loves books and reading and getting the right book into the hands of each reader; you can visit her online at talesfromaloudlibrarian.com.

Anne Arundel County Public Library is partnering with the Festival this year with two wonderful  events!

These events are free!

For Parents:
School Readiness Skills/ Habilidades do preparación escolar

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Register here. 
(Registration is open from 4/6 to 4/20)

Use the five early literacy skills (Read, Write, Talk, Sing, and Play) at home to help your child be ready for school. Learn practical tips and tricks to integrate these skills into your daily routines.

Utilice las cinco habilidades de alfabetización temprana (leer, escribir, hablar, cantar y jugar) en casa para ayudar a su hijo a estar listo para la escuela.  Aprenda trucos y consejos prácticos para integrar estas habilidades en sus rutinas diarias.

 

 

 

For Pre-School Age Children:
Tree Songs Puppet Show

Saturday, April 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Register here.
(Registration is open from 4/10-4/24)

Jasper and his puppet friends take you on an interactive, musical adventure. Sing and dance to your favorite tree songs, while exploring preschool science.