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The Art of Uri Shulevitz at the Eric Carle Museum The Art of Uri Shulevitz at the Eric Carle Museum
Date: Mar 14, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Location: Amherst, MA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present ‘Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz,’ a retrospective of the Caldecott award-winning artist’s work. In celebration of Shulevitz’s 80th birthday, the exhibit will feature approximately 90 … Read More
National Poetry Month 2015 National Poetry Month 2015
Date: Apr 01, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015
Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, and poets participating. The goal of National Poetry Month is … Read More
Master Story Tellers Exhibition Master Story Tellers Exhibition
Date: Apr 01, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Location: Bronx, NY
The New York City parks department is hosting the “Master Story Tellers Exhibition” at the visitor center inside Poe Park. The artwork on display were contributed by nineteen children’s book illustrators. These artists drew inspiration from classical stories by Edgar … Read More
Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season
Date: Apr 01, 2015 - Mar 26, 2016
For its 2015-2016 season, the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) is creating four new plays and staging two musicals based on favorite children’s stories. Original works will include adaptations of Lemony Snicket’s The Lump of Coal, Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty … Read More
Diversity in Action Symposium at the Library of Congress Diversity in Action Symposium at the Library of Congress
Date: Apr 30, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
The Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress will hold a Diversity in Action (DIA) symposium, Using Books and Stories to Strengthen Families, on April 30, 2015 from 2-3:30 pm. Participants will explore … Read More
Día! Diversity in Action Día! Diversity in Action
Date: Apr 30, 2015
**New** Check out the Día newsletter here for celebration ideas and opportunities. El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), or Día, is a national celebration of children, families, diversity, and reading that culminates annually on April … Read More
Independent Bookstore Day Independent Bookstore Day
Date: May 02, 2015
On May 2, 2015, booksellers and readers across the country will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. The event was launched in 2014 as California Bookstore Day, and was such a success that the celebration is expanding. Learn more about IBD and … Read More
Hudson Children’s Book Festival Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Date: May 02, 2015
Location: Hudson, NY
The Seventh Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival will be held on May 2, 2015. Established in 2009, the festival strives to foster a culture of literacy in partnership with schools and the larger community. Readers of all ages and their … Read More
Free Comic Book Day: Children’s Book Week Kick-Off Free Comic Book Day: Children’s Book Week Kick-Off
Date: May 02, 2015
Comic book stores will kick off Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day. With over … Read More
Walter Dean Myers Literary Landmark Dedication at the George Bruce Library Walter Dean Myers Literary Landmark Dedication at the George Bruce Library
Date: May 04, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
On Monday May 4th, 2015, at 1 pm, the beloved author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) will be honored with a plaque at the George Bruce Library in Harlem, the NYPL branch he used as a child. The library will be … Read More
The 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards Ceremony The 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards Ceremony
Date: May 04, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
All proceeds from the Awards Ceremony benefit Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)3 literacy organization committed to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. 2015 Event DetailsMonday, May 4, 2015 6pm Dinner Reception, 7-8pm Awards Ceremony Age range: 8 … Read More
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature on Africa PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature on Africa
Date: May 04, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Location: New York, NY
Writers from around the world will gather in New York for the 11th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, a week-long celebration of contemporary literature. This year’s festival, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will bring perspectives from contemporary … Read More
National Ambassadors Program at the Library of Congress National Ambassadors Program at the Library of Congress
Date: May 06, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will host the National Ambassadors Program on May 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the Coolidge Auditorium (Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building). Current National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo will be … Read More
Inside the Author’s Studio with Kate DiCamillo Inside the Author’s Studio with Kate DiCamillo
Date: May 08, 2015
Location: Providence, RI
Be a part of the live studio audience for the taping of the first Inside the Author’s Studio, a new Rhode Island PBS production. This first episode will feature an interview with Newbery Medal winner and 2014-15 National Ambassador for … Read More
8th Annual Children’s Literature Conference & Horace Mann Upstander Awards 8th Annual Children’s Literature Conference & Horace Mann Upstander Awards
Date: May 16, 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The 8th Annual Children’s Literature Conference & Horace Mann Upstander Awards, will be held on May 16, 2015, from 9 am to 12:30 pm, at the Wildwood School (Elementary Campus) in Los Angeles, California. The event includes an award ceremony … Read More
2015 Girls Write Now Awards 2015 Girls Write Now Awards
Date: May 19, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
The Girls Write Now annual spring benefit pays tribute to influential women who have broken boundaries in life and literature, and paved the way for young adults! This year the spotlight will be on best-selling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah, … Read More
The Diversity of Success: How Publishers Create Captivating Stories The Diversity of Success: How Publishers Create Captivating Stories
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
This event is free with a BEA badge.This BEA panel – held at the Javits Center (Room 1E07), immediately following the Children’s Breakfast – will focus on the specific success stories of three diverse children’s and young adult titles. A … Read More
ABC-CBC Tea with Children’s Authors & Illustrators ABC-CBC Tea with Children’s Authors & Illustrators
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
Please note: This event is open exclusively to booksellers and librarians, and registration is required (see below). Each year, the Children’s Book Council partners with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on popular events at Book Expo America that give … Read More
ABC-CBC Speed Dating Lunch with Children’s Authors & Illustrators ABC-CBC Speed Dating Lunch with Children’s Authors & Illustrators
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
Please note: This event is open exclusively to booksellers and librarians, and registration is required (see below). Each year, the Children’s Book Council partners with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on popular events at Book Expo America that give … Read More
Simmons College Summer Courses at the Eric Carle Museum Simmons College Summer Courses at the Eric Carle Museum
Date: Jun 01, 2015
Location: Amherst, MA
Simmons College and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art have announced their 2015 summer course offerings. Courses may be counted towards the Children’s Literature MA at Simmons College and are open to matriculated as well as non-degree students. … 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
21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference
Date: Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015
Location: Riverdale, NY
This 21st Century Children’s™ Nonfiction Conference, held at Manhattan College, will bring together authors, illustrators, teacher, librarians, and publishing professionals to address current issues in children’s nonfiction publishing. The conference provides a forum for discussion of the Common Core Standards, Next Generation … Read More
‘Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland’ Exhibit ‘Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland’ Exhibit
Date: Jun 26, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015
Location: New York, NY
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been delighting fans for more than a century. The Morgan Library & Museum will host the “Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland” exhibit. The curators have collected the original manuscript, drawings, letters, rare editions, and … Read More
Speculative Fiction Convention: Southeast 2015 Speculative Fiction Convention: Southeast 2015
Date: Sep 25, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
Location: Orlando, FL
This year’s Speculative Fiction: Southeast will be held at the Sheraton Orlando North in Florida, from September 25 to 27, 2015. SF:SE is an event for fans and icons of Speculative Fiction, a term encompassing Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Paranormal, and … Read More
Texas Teen Book Festival 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival 2015
Date: Sep 26, 2015
Location: Austin, TX
The 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival will be held on Saturday, September 26, at St. Edward’s University in Austin. The annual festival is held in celebration of teen readers, providing an opportunity for teens to meet some of the most … Read More
YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium — ‘Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities’ YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium — ‘Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities’
Date: Nov 06, 2015 - Nov 08, 2015
Location: Portland, Oregon
The event will bring together librarians, educators, and other advocates of teen literacy to discuss the theme of connecting young adults to their community.YALSA is currently seeking symposium proposals; the deadline to submit is December 1, 2014.
2016 ALSC National Institute 2016 ALSC National Institute
Date: Sep 15, 2016 - Sep 17, 2016
Location: Charlotte, NC
Held every two years, the conference is unique in its focus on children’s librarianship, literature, and technology. The Institute brings together youth library faculty and staff, along with experts in the field of children’s literature.About ALSCThe Association for Library Service to … Read More

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