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Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard
Date: Mar 08, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
Location: Amherst, MA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard from March 8 to June 5, 2016.In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Weisgard’s birth, the exhibit will feature work by the acclaimed children’s … Read More
School Library Month School Library Month
Date: Apr 01, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016
April is School Library Month, the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Each April librarians are encouraged to host activities in celebration of the essential role school libraries play in education. The 2016 theme is “School … Read More
Drop Everything and Read 2016 Drop Everything and Read 2016
Date: Apr 01, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016
Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) is the national month-long celebration of reading. D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th on author Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about the event in her novel, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. … Read More
I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle
Date: Apr 02, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
The High Museum of art will present an exhibition dedicated to children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle, best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other picture books featuring his trademark collages. ‘I See a Story’ features  more than 80 of … Read More
The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek
Date: Apr 05, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016
Location: Amherst, MA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present ‘The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek,’ from April 5 through August 28, 2016.‘Hide and Seek’ takes viewers on a journey through Carle’s illustrations, to discover hidden “Easter eggs” or … Read More
Not Your Typical Story Hour Not Your Typical Story Hour
Date: Apr 21, 2016 - Aug 25, 2016
Join Petra on Thursday mornings at the 92nd Street Y to look at books with your child, listen to stories, create an art project, and dance to the music!Encourage your child’s imagination and love of books. Listen as a story … Read More
2016 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2016 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition
Date: Apr 21, 2016 - May 05, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Columbia College Chicago’s Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery presents the 2016 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. Created in 1967, the annual exhibit brings together artwork by international children’s book illustrators, both established and emerging.This year’s show features over 250 images, printed and installed … Read More
Independent Bookstore Day Independent Bookstore Day
Date: Apr 30, 2016
Celebrate the community-building power of local, brick-and-mortar bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day!This year’s IBD exclusive items include the “How to Draw…” guide by Mo Willems; the Neil Gaiman coloring book; and a signed, special edition of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.Visit indiebookstoreday.com to … Read More
ZOMG! Authors as Fans: Children’s Book Week Kick-Off at YALLWEST! ZOMG! Authors as Fans: Children’s Book Week Kick-Off at YALLWEST!
Date: May 01, 2016
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Kick off Children’s Book Week with your favorite YA authors at YALLWEST! Authors have fandoms, too! Writers talking about their favorite books, movies, TV shows – all the things they geek out over. This panel is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council.Moderated … Read More
Children’s Book Week Kick-off at the NYPL! Children’s Book Week Kick-off at the NYPL!
Date: May 01, 2016
Location: New York, NY
Join us as we kick-off the most wonderful time of the year!Come to the Jefferson Market Library on Sunday, May 1 to kick-off Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading.Kids ages 5 to … Read More
Celebrate the 97th Annual Children’s Book Week! Celebrate the 97th Annual Children’s Book Week!
Date: May 02, 2016 - May 08, 2016
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, and the longest-running nationwide literacy initiative in the country. 2016 will be the largest celebration of Children’s Book Week yet, … Read More
Literary Landmark Presentation Ceremony: The Society of Illustrators Literary Landmark Presentation Ceremony: The Society of Illustrators
Date: May 05, 2016
Location: New York, NY
The Children’s Book Council has teamed up once again with the American Library Association’s United for Libraries and the Empire State Center for the Book establish a literary landmark to commemorate Children’s Book Week 2016. A dedication ceremony will be held on … Read More
National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Celebrates Children’s Book Week! National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Celebrates Children’s Book Week!
Date: May 07, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
In celebration of the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8), National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang will appear in conversation with fellow graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier at the San Francisco Public Library.This event is free and open to … Read More
2016 Hudson Children’s Book Festival 2016 Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Date: May 07, 2016
Location: Hudson, NY
The 8th annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Hudson Junior/Senior High School in New York. The festival will feature 75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, including Newbery Medal winner … Read More
Strategies for Selling Diverse Books Strategies for Selling Diverse Books
Date: May 13, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
The Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative will host a BEA panel on Friday, May 13, from 9:30 – 10:20 AM (Room W180), bringing together booksellers and librarians to share insight and triumphs for how they sell and market diverse books. Join … Read More
ABC-CBC Tea with Children’s Authors & Illustrators ABC-CBC Tea with Children’s Authors & Illustrators
Date: May 13, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
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 13, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
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
4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair 4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Date: May 14, 2016
Location: Baltimore, MD
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host the 4th annual African American Children’s Book Fair on May 14 from 12 to 4 PM. Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Participants will enjoy … Read More
Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary
Date: May 17, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016
Location: Amherst, MA
In celebration of the centenary of Darling’s birth as well as Cleary’s 100th birthday, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary on view May 17 through November 27, 2016. Darling brought … Read More
National Readathon Day National Readathon Day
Date: May 21, 2016
Penguin Random House and the American Library Association will host the second annual National Readathon Day on May 21, 2016.Join fellow readers in the nationwide celebration of reading! Funds raised during the readathon will benefit the Every Child Ready to Read initiative. Learn how … Read More
Immigration and Children’s Literature: The Role of Heritage in Storytelling Immigration and Children’s Literature: The Role of Heritage in Storytelling
Date: May 25, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
The Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress will hold a Symposium to explore the contribution of diverse cultural experiences to literature for children and youth — moderated by award-winning author and Cuban American, … Read More
Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls: Opening Horizons Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls: Opening Horizons
Date: Jun 04, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
Gene Luen Yang, recently named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has chosen “Reading without Walls” as the platform for his tenure as ambassador. “I want kids to explore the world through books, to read outside of their … Read More
Gene Luen Yang: “Asian Americans and Comics” Gene Luen Yang: “Asian Americans and Comics”
Date: Jun 10, 2016
Location: Columbus, OH
Join award-winning cartoonist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang for a discussion of the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics; commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art; prominent Asian American cartoonists; and how being … Read More
21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference™ 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference™
Date: Jun 10, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
Location: New Rochelle, NY
The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference™ will be held at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY on June 10-12, 2016.The conference brings together authors and illustrators, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishing professionals, and other children’s book lovers to explore aspects of nonfiction … Read More
Do the Write Thing Do the Write Thing
Date: Jun 13, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
We Need Diverse Books and the Library of Congress are teaming up to host a master class on writing and publishing for children and young adults. The course will cover a range of introductory topics from writing children’s books to the role of … Read More
Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey
Date: Jun 19, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016
Location: Amherst, MA
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ (1941), The Carle will present a retrospective highlighting original art from the beloved picture book.“American on Parade” will feature over 90 original artworks, ephemera, and rare preliminary book … Read More
Thalia Book Club Camp Thalia Book Club Camp
Date: Jul 11, 2016 - Jul 26, 2016
Location: New York, NY
Register now for the Thalia Book Club Camp, a unique program that offers avid readers and writers ages 9 – 13 the chance to interact with beloved children’s book authors and illustrators!Campers will join in book discussions and book-related field trips around New … Read More
Young Writers’ Workshop Young Writers’ Workshop
Date: Aug 11, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016
The 92nd Street Y will offer three-week summer intensives with expert teachers and visiting authors. Students ages 15-18 may register for workshops focusing on poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.Poetry: Mon Jul 11-Thu, Jul 14Fiction: Mon, Jul 18-Thu, Jul 21Creative Nonfiction: Mon, … Read More
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
Teen Read Week 2016 Teen Read Week 2016
Date: Oct 09, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016
Teen Read Week, YALSA’s annual celebration of teen literacy, will take place October 9–15, 2016. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Read for the fun of it,” with an emphasis on services, programming, and literature for young adults who speak … Read More

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