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The NYPL Presents “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” The NYPL Presents “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter”
Date: Jun 21, 2013 - Sep 07, 2014
Location: New York, NY
The New York Public Library will be hosting “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” exhibit. It was curated by Children’s Literature Expert Leonard S. Marcus. More than two hundred items will be on view at this free exhibition.Venue: … Read More
19th-Century Children’s Book Illustrations at the Morse Museum 19th-Century Children’s Book Illustrations at the Morse Museum
Date: Nov 29, 2013 - Jan 11, 2015
Location: Winter Park, FL
The “Lullaby and Goodnight” exhibition will focus on three trailblazers of early children’s literature: Kate Greenaway (1846–1901); Mary Dow Brine (1836–1925); and Eulalie Osgood Grover (1873–1958); and feature nearly 20 books by the authors, vintage dolls, and other ephemera. “As … Read More
The Forbes Galleries and Carle Museum Will Host ‘Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty’ The Forbes Galleries and Carle Museum Will Host ‘Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty’
Date: Mar 07, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
Location: Multi-City Tour
To honor the 50th anniversary of Louise Fitzhugh’s classic, The Forbes Galleries and the Eric Carle Museum will each host Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty, an exhibition centered around the original art in the book. The show first premiered at The … Read More
Sendak in the ’60s at The Rosenbach Museum & Library Sendak in the ’60s at The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Date: Mar 26, 2014 - Nov 02, 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
During the 1960′s, Maurice Sendak illustrated more than 30 picture books. Many experts who have examined his work from this time period believe that it reflects the turmoil that society faced during that decade. Visitors can expect to see a … Read More
‘William Joyce: A Guardian of Childhood’ Exhibit at The NCCIL ‘William Joyce: A Guardian of Childhood’ Exhibit at The NCCIL
Date: Jun 12, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
Location: Abilene, TX
William Joyce, a true Renaissance man, has always felt that children’s books are the most precious projects for him to work on. The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) is hosting the “William Joyce: A Guardian of Childhood” exhibit. … Read More
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
Date: Jun 15, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014
Location: Los Angeles, CA
An exhibit dedicated to the art of Ezra Jack Keats will be on display at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. This exhibition will display over eighty original works by Keats, in various stages of completion. The pieces shown in The Snowy Day and the Art of … Read More
Walk Through Appalachian Children’s Literature Walk Through Appalachian Children’s Literature
Date: Jun 16, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
Location: Knoxville, TN
This exhibit boasts life-size characters from Appalachian children’s literature–including stories from the late 1800′s to today. Over 50 books will be on display for attendees to read and interact with. Toys, clothes, and music from Appalachia will also enhance the … Read More
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Celebrates the Life and Art of Simms Taback The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Celebrates the Life and Art of Simms Taback
Date: Jun 28, 2014 - Nov 02, 2014
Location: Amherst, MA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Amherst, MA (April 28, 2014)— The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Simms Taback. Simms Taback: Art by Design, on view from June 28 … Read More
“Celebrating Children’s Books” Traveling Quilt Exhibit “Celebrating Children’s Books” Traveling Quilt Exhibit
Date: Jul 01, 2014 - Oct 01, 2014
Location: Sioux Falls
The seven quilts in the exhibit were pieced together over a 13-year period by Muriel Feldshuh, a retired librarian and author from New York City. Each quilt is a collection of squares, 189 in all, that contain handwritten comments and … Read More
‘Madeline in New York’ Exhibit at the New York Historical Society ‘Madeline in New York’ Exhibit at the New York Historical Society
Date: Jul 04, 2014 - Oct 13, 2014
Location: New York, NY
The New York Historical Society is hosting a Ludwig Bemelmans retrospective called “Madeline in New York.” This exhibit was organized to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the publication of the first Madeline picture book. Visitors will be able to see … Read More
Bescribbled, Nibbled, and Dog-Eared: Early American Children’s Books Bescribbled, Nibbled, and Dog-Eared: Early American Children’s Books
Date: Jul 09, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015
Location: Philadelphia, PA
This exhibition examines the history of early American children’s books. Some of items on display date back to Puritanical times. Others were first unleashed out into the world in the 19th century.
Maurice Sendak:  50 years;  50 works;  50 Reasons at the Gail Borden Public Library Maurice Sendak: 50 years; 50 works; 50 Reasons at the Gail Borden Public Library
Date: Jul 19, 2014 - Sep 19, 2014
Location: Elgin, IL
“Maurice Sendak: 50 years; 50 works; 50 Reasons is composed of select works by the late artist with comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities. It celebrates Sendak’s more than 50 years as an illustrator and author and the 50th … Read More
BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels
Date: Aug 28, 2014 - Nov 25, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
The Fifth Street School Mayor’s Gallery will host an exhibit on the art of graphic novels. The “BAM! It’s a Picture Book” exhibit explores the history and growing popularity of these books. It features artwork by Matthew Holm, Jarrett J, … Read More
One Artist’s Story of Growing Up Deaf at The Salem Museum One Artist’s Story of Growing Up Deaf at The Salem Museum
Date: Sep 06, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014
Location: Salem, VA
Cece Bell’s works will be displayed at a Salem Museum exhibit called One Artist’s Story of Growing Up Deaf. Many pieces of artifacts and artwork from Bell’s new graphic memoir, El Deafo!, will be displayed. Other items that will be … Read More
NYPL Children’s Literary Salon: Personal Passions and Changes in Nonfiction for Children and Teens NYPL Children’s Literary Salon: Personal Passions and Changes in Nonfiction for Children and Teens
Date: Sep 06, 2014
Location: New York, NY
The New York Public Library Children’s Literary Salon will kick off the Fall season with a conversation about “personal passions and changes in nonfiction for children and teens.” Author Marc Aronson is set to appear. This event will be held … Read More
The National Ballet of Canada Presents ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ The National Ballet of Canada Presents ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’
Date: Sep 09, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
Location: New York, NY
The National Ballet of Canada plans to showcase a dance performance inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon oversaw the choreography and Joby Talbot composed the score. This production will take place inside the … Read More
SIBA Sets Dates For ‘Fall Discovery Show’ SIBA Sets Dates For ‘Fall Discovery Show’
Date: Sep 15, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Location: Multi-City Tour
SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, his chosen the dates for their fall discovery show. The show has been renamed the “Fall Discovery Show” to emphasize the alliance’s goal that “every attendee will discover something new that will further their … Read More
Fostering Lifelong Learners: Register Now! Fostering Lifelong Learners: Register Now!
Date: Sep 19, 2014
Location: Parma, OH
This year, the Fostering Lifelong Learners Conference will take play in Ohio at the Cuyahoga Public Library. The event is sponsored by the library, The Horn Book, and the School Library Journal. “Attendance to the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference is free and open … Read More
Princeton Children’s Book Festival Princeton Children’s Book Festival
Date: Sep 20, 2014
Location: Princeton, NJ
The Princeton Children’s Book Festival takes place annually in September and is a free, rain-or-shine event at the Princeton Public Library.“Our community is one that loves the library and loves books. The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is a celebration of … Read More
The 9th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival The 9th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival
Date: Sep 21, 2014
Location: Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, attracting over 40,000 visitors and media last year. Panels, book receptions and other events will be held at Borough Hall and nearby venues. Among the authors … Read More
Banned Books Week Banned Books Week
Date: Sep 21, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
Location: Everywhere
Banned Books Week is an annual initiative that supports the ‘freedom to read’ by encouraging readouts, displays, and community activities designed to raise awareness of the ongoing threats of censorship that continue to occur. This year, Banned Books Week will … Read More
Announcing the Inaugural Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books Announcing the Inaugural Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books
Date: Sep 25, 2014
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
This year, the South Dakota Festival of Books has announced a new component: The Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books, which will happen on September 25, just before the established Festival. At this Young Reader Festival, National Ambassador for … Read More
Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival
Date: Sep 27, 2014
Location: Chappaqua, NY
This year, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival will take place in late September at Bell Middle School. There will also be a kickoff party at Hall of Scoops on Thursday, September 18th. “Sweet, sweet news! The brand-new Hall of Scoops will create … Read More
The 11th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival The 11th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Date: Sep 28, 2014
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is the premiere, family-friendly event supporting reading, art and education in Southern California. This year, the festival will host  more than 110 authors, illustrators & storytellers along with over 120 exhibitors inspiring families to … Read More
Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt Book Fair
Date: Oct 08, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,300 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, over 3,700 events and around 9,000 accredited journalists in attendance. It also gathers key players from … Read More
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
Date: Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
Location: Sheboygan, WI
FEED YOUR IMAGINATION at the 2014 Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival!Meet acclaimed authors and illustrators including: KEVIN HENKES, DENISE FLEMING, PETER BROWN, BLUE BALLIETT, RAINA TELGEMEIER and ANN BAUSUM.  Enjoy readings, hear authors talk about what they do and make art … Read More
KidLitCon 2014: “Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?” KidLitCon 2014: “Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?”
Date: Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014
Location: Sacramento, CA
“What we would like to do with this year’s KidLitCon (along with our usual goals) is discuss what book bloggers can do to make a meaningful difference in increasing diversity in children’s and young adult literature.”The keynote speaker this year … Read More
The Harry Potter Alliance Presents The Granger Leadership Academy The Harry Potter Alliance Presents The Granger Leadership Academy
Date: Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 18, 2014
Location: Auburn, AL
The Harry Potter Alliance will be hosting its first annual leadership conference “The Granger Leadership Academy” at the Hotel at Auburn University. Attendees will enjoy two Keynote Speakers, workshops, and community-building activities. With this event, they hope to bring together chapter … Read More
In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More
Date: Oct 17, 2014
Location: Perry, OH
Hosted by The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA), In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More, is an interdisciplinary professional development day created for educators, librarians, parents, and students of education and library science. Throughout the day, participants and leaders … Read More
The Austin Teen Book Festival Becomes the Texas Teen Book Festival The Austin Teen Book Festival Becomes the Texas Teen Book Festival
Date: Oct 18, 2014
Location: Austin, TX
This year, for the first time, the event formerly known as the Austin Teen Book Festival will partner with the Texas Book Festival, creating a new event called the Texas Teen Book Festival. “The Austin Teen Book Festival has grown from … Read More
A Celebration of Science and Literacy A Celebration of Science and Literacy
Date: Oct 18, 2014
Location: Richmond, VA
Great Science Books + Giveaways + Story time and Snacks – You’re Invited!Virginia/Richmond area parents, students, librarians, and homeschoolers are all invited to attend a FREE science and literacy event at the Richmond Convention Center, Saturday, October 18, hosted by … Read More
LIVE from the NYPL: Neil Gaiman LIVE from the NYPL: Neil Gaiman
Date: Oct 31, 2014
Location: New York, NY
Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman will headline a LIVE from the NYPL event. Gaiman will sit for a conversation with Director Paul Holdengräber. It will take place inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
YALSA’s 2014 YA Literature Symposium **Dates Have Changed** YALSA’s 2014 YA Literature Symposium **Dates Have Changed**
Date: Nov 14, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014
Location: Austin, TX
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) plans to host the 2014 YA Literature Symposium in Austin, TX. All young adult librarians and YA literature enthusiasts are encouraged to register and join in on this event. Attendees will be able … Read More
Rochester Children’s Book Festival Rochester Children’s Book Festival
Date: Nov 15, 2014
Location: Rochester, NY
The 18th annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival will feature area authors and illustrators as well as workshops and fun activities for the whole family.Over 40 guests will be present, including familiar faces from past festivals like Marsha Hayles, Will Hubbell, … Read More
‘Terrific Tails: A Celebration of E.B. White’ ‘Terrific Tails: A Celebration of E.B. White’
Date: Nov 16, 2014
Location: New York, NY
The Thalia Kids’ Book Club at Symphony Space will host the Terrific Tails: A Celebration of E.B. White event. Jarrett J. Krosoczka will serve as the host. Martha White, the granddaughter of the author behind Charlotte’s Web, and actor David … Read More
Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival
Date: Jun 06, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Location: Berkeley, CA
The Bay Area will host a new book festival in 2015. Activities and spaces for kids will include a Children’s Arena and a series of YA panels. Sherman Alexie, Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler (of Lemony Snicket fame) and many more … Read More

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