The publishing industry’s annual BookExpo convention returned to New York City’s Javits Center on May 31–June 2, with a star-studded lineup of bestselling and rising children’s book authors and illustrators. The programming included a number of panels, signings, in-booth visits, giveaways, and more. We’ve compiled a roundup of visual highlights.
(From l.): YA Editors’ Buzz authors Samantha Mabry, Tochi Onyebuchi, Dashka Slater, Nic Stone, and Tillie Walden appeared on the Uptown Stage on June 2. Photo: Steve Kagan
E. Lockhart signs copies of her new YA thriller, Genuine Fraud (Delacorte).
Greg Pizzoli was one of 10 guests of honor at the Disney dinner on June 1. Photo: Donna Svennevik
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Philomel) greets fans at the Penguin booth. Photo: Steve Kagan
Children’s Book & Author Breakfast speakers (from l.) Jennifer Weiner, Marieke Nijkamp, Jason Reynolds, and Isla Fisher. Photo: Steve Kagan
Richard Peck, E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient for The Best Man, addresses the attendees at the Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon on May 31. Photo: Steve Kagan
Collette Morgan of Wild Rumpus (l.), who won a 2017 Pannell Award, and Anne DeCourcey, PW Sales Rep of the Year, congratulate each other on their honors. Photo: Steve Kagan
Adam Gidwitz accepts the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor for The Inquisitor’s Tale. Photo: Steve Kagan
Ruta Sepetys accepts the 2017 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year Award for Salt to the Sea. Photo: Steve Kagan
Marla Frazee is named an Indie Champion Honoree. Photo: Steve Kagan
Indie Champion Honoree Gene Luen Yang at the Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon.
Nnedi Okorafor signs a copy of her novel, Akata Witch (Viking); its sequel, Akata Warrior, is due out this fall.
Mo Willems presents his new picture book, Welcome (Hyperion).
Illustrator Raúl Colón signs copies of his picture book Miguel’s Brave Knight (Peachtree), written by Margarita Engle.
Authors Marie Lu (Warcross) and Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist) were among the many authors to film Facebook Live segments during the show.
10-year-old crime reporter and author Hilde Lysiak shows off her debut series, Hilde Cracks the Case (Scholastic).
Cora Carmack signs copies of her young adult debut, Roar (Tor Teen), for a group of fans from Mexico.
(From l.): Selina Alko, Sean Qualls, R. Gregory Christie, Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez, and moderator Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati take part in the “Spotlight on African American Children’s Books” panel on June 2.
Tamara Ireland Stone stops by Disney’s booth to sign copies of Click’d.
(From l.): Robbin Friedman, children’s librarian at the Chappaqua Library in Chappaqua, N.Y.; Elizabeth McGoran, children’s librarian at the Elkins Park Library in Elkins Park, Pa.; and author Aram Kim, who spoke about her new book, No Kimchi for Me, at Holiday House’s BookExpo Breakfast.
Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt (l.) signs copies of her picture book Take Heart, My Child, with her editor Karen Nagel and Aladdin associate publisher Mary Marotta.
Kira Willey (l.), songwriter, kids’ yoga expert, and author of the forthcoming book, Breathe Like a Bear, gives a performance at the Rodale Kids booth. Rodale unveiled its inaugural line for children at BookExpo.
Kerri Maniscalco signs her YA novel Hunting Prince Dracula (Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson), the sequel to her bestselling debut, Stalking Jack the Ripper.
(From l.): Authors and collaborators Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Harris, and Daniel Handler closed out BookExpo on June 2 with “A Fortunate Stage Talk.”