This week, festival guests meet a picture book heroine; cartoonists are drawn together; librarians and booksellers get acquainted at an author dinner; a community shows support for a local author; and young musicians perform at a bookstore.

Fancy Meeting You Here!

The Hubbub Festival for kids, an offshoot of the Boston Book Festival, took place on June 20 in Boston’s Copley Square. The event featured guest authors, artists, performers, and visits from some favorite picture book characters. Here, two festival guests greet Madeline. The organizers estimate that the event drew from 7,500 to 8,000 attendees

It’s a Draw!

An event in Los Angeles, titled “Drawing Together,” united cartoonists (from left) Stephan Pastis, Lincoln Peirce, Jeff Kinney, and Dav Pilkey, who took part in a panel discussion moderated by Modern Family actress Julie Bowen (center). The event was a fundraiser for Access Books, an organization that provides books to schools in Southern California.

I Say Hello

Little, Brown hosted a dinner in San Francisco on June 23 for Jennifer E. Smith to celebrate the upcoming release of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between (Sept.). Guests at the dinner, held at Salt House restaurant, included 17 librarians and booksellers. From left: Thea Hashagen of the San Francisco Symphony, Hannah Walcher of Books Inc., the author, and Connie Lin of Books Inc.

Let It Bee

Maine resident Cynthia Lord, author of A Handful of Stars (Scholastic Press), launched her middle grade novel on June 4 at Milbridge Elementary School in Milbridge, Maine. Numerous businesses in the community partnered with the nonprofit literacy organization, Island Readers and Writers, the elementary school, and Milbridge Public Library to support the launch, which showcased art and writing by Milbridge students, inspired by Lord’s book. Here, Milbridge Elementary students don bumblebee costumes during a performance at the event.

Father’s Day Music

Jah-sire Burnside, age six, played his cello during a musical book celebration at New York’s Bank Street Bookstore on Father’s Day, featuring Amy Nathan, author of The Young Musician’s Survival Guide and The Music Parents’ Survival Guide (Oxford University Press). Jah-sire studies cello at Opportunity Music Project in New York City. Other performers at the event were Eliot Flowers, age seven, who studies at the Special Music School; Helena and Sophia Steger, ages 10 and 16, students at Manhattan School of Music PreCollege; and seventh grader Jonah Kreitner, who studies jazz violin at the Bloomingdale School of Music.