This week, authors Stuart Gibbs, Sarah Mlynowski, Leslie Margolis, and Maryrose Wood read aloud; the Rochester Children’s Book Festival honors Jane Yolen; Phillip Hoose speaks at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Kheryn Callender and L.C. Rosen chat about love; rescue dogs visit Maria Gianferrari’s book event; and Christmas comes early for prize winners.

Fantastic Four

Four authors—(from l.) Stuart Gibbs (Spy School Goes South), Sarah Mlynowski (the Whatever After series), Leslie Margolis (Ghosted), and Maryrose Wood (the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series), took part in an event at Chevalier’s Books in Los Angeles on November 3. The authors read from their books, spoke in conversation, and, along with guests, enjoyed cookies designed after their books.

Happy 365th!

The Rochester Children’s Book Festival took place on November 3 in Rochester, N.Y. Guest authors and illustrators offered a full day of lively book presentations. During the event, festival co-directors Barbara Underhill (TK) and Vicki Schultz (Tk) awarded Jane Yolen with the 2018 RCBF Inspiration Award for her dedication to children’s literacy and in recognition of her 365th book, A Bear Sat on My Porch Today (Chronicle).

Team Players

Author Phillip Hoose recently celebrated Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Hoose (l.) presented the book to local students and appeared in conversation with author Stanley Warren (High Five: African-American Institutions That Have Strengthened the Indianapolis Community) and (r.) Hallie Bryant, Crispus Attucks high school graduate and former Harlem Globetrotter.

With Love

Kheryn Callender (center), author of This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray) and Little, Brown author L.C. Rosen (Jack of Hearts (and other parts)) took part in a dual event at Books of Wonder in New York City on October 30, discussing their respective novels, and writing themes of love, sex, and romance in YA fiction. Dahlia Adler (l.), editor of The Radical Element (Candlewick), moderated the conversation.

To the Rescue!

Author Maria Gianferrari read from her new book, Operation Rescue Dog, at Scrawl Books in Reston, Va. Gianferrari partnered with a local rescue organization, New Love Animal Rescue. Two dogs—Chewy (l.) and Polly—interacted with guests during the event. Gianferrari and New Love partnered to raise $600 for Chewy, who was a rescue from Hurricane Florence and is in need of a wheelchair and rehab for his damaged legs.

Gift Wrapped, one of the websites in the Book Report Network, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the site held an online contest with big prizes—collections of 20 middle grade series spanning the last 20 years. Here, Kidsread staff members (from l.) Tom Donadio (editorial director), Carol Fitzgerald (president of the Book Report Network), Ashley Thermidor-Payne (editorial intern), and Rebecca Munro (editorial manager), get ready to ship out the prizes, wrapped in Kidsreads’s signature colors.