Readers, authors, and publishers gathered together at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York City on September 20 for the 10th annual Brooklyn Book Festival, featuring programs for both children and adults. The children’s events kicked off a day early, and the Festival’s Children’s Day on September 19, with additional programming for young readers continued on the official festival day. Below are some highlights from the children’s events, including some kid lit cosplay, live illustration demonstrations, and star-author-studded panels.
The weather was perfect for browsers throughout the Festival.
Readers crowded the Papercutz booth to take a look at the publisher's wares.
The moderator and authors on the “What Could Go Wrong?” panel (from l.) MacKenzie Lee (This Monstrous Thing, HarperCollins/Tegen), Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things, HarperTeen), Libba Bray (Lair of Dreams, Little, Brown), Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things, HarperTeen), and Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight, Delacorte).
Author Drew Daywalt reading from The Day the Crayons Came Home (Philomel).
From l., authors Chris Grabenstein (The Island of Dr. Libris, Random), Sarah Mlynowski and Emily Jenkins (Upside-Down Magic, Scholastic Press), and Tracey Baptiste (The Jumbies, Algonquin) in the Readers’ Theatre.
Jon Scieszka and Kevin Henkes in conversation with two microphones.
Five-year-old Chloe Roberts dressed as her favorite character Dory Fantasmagory to meet author Abby Hanlon.
From l., Kate Milford (Greenglass House, Clarion), Stuart Gibbs (Evil Spy School, S&S), Erin Entrada Kelly (Blackbird Fly, Greenwillow), and Jeffrey Salane (Justice, Scholastic Press) were featured on the panel “Don’t Antagonize Me!”
Author-illustrator Kevin Sherry of the Yeti Files series (Scholastic Press) showing off his baby velociraptor puppet.
Authors (from l.) Alex Gino (George, Scholastic Press), I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray), Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not, Soho Teen), and David Levithan (Another Day, Knopf).
R.J. Palacio (Wonder, Knopf) signing books for readers.
Author Edwidge Danticat reading Mama’s Nightingale (Dial) with her niece Zora.
Author-illustrator Jon Buller (Scarlett: Star on the Run, Papercutz) during a drawing demonstration.
A young reader giving a goodbye hug to DK’s Bip the Cat, from the publisher’s new Get Ready for School series. Until next year!