This week, Kwame Alexander and Jason Reynolds journey to Scotland; it’s hammer time for David Shannon; CBC Diversity and Candlewick gather in Boston; and Tracy Banghart has a royal book launch.

Great Scot!

Authors Kwame Alexander (l.) and Jason Reynolds ventured abroad for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, which took place August 10–26. Here, they take a break following a TV interview with BBC Scotland. Alexander and Reynolds also joined author Sarah Crossan for the “Writing Rhythm” panel, during which they discussed the growing popularity of verse novels and how to tell diverse, dynamic stories.

'If I Had a Hammer'

David Shannon appeared at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston in honor of his new picture book comedy, Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer (Norton Young Readers). The event took place September 3, kicking off a two-week tour of the South for Shannon’s David series and Mr. Nogginbody. During the event, Shannon gave a drawing demo based on prompts from the audience.

Boston Booklovers

CBC Diversity and Candlewick Press recently hosted their Summer Happy Hour and Diverse Book Swap networking event at Trident Booksellers & Café in Boston. The evening brought together local publishing professionals in celebration of diverse voices in children’s literature. Here, attendees show off their chosen titles from the book swap.

Her Majesty

On August 24, Tracy Banghart (l.) joined fellow author Intisar Khanani (Thorn) for the launch event of Banghart’s new YA novel Queen of Ruin, sequel to Grace and Fury. The event took place at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, Ky. Fans had the opportunity to get their books signed by Banghart, while enjoying lemonade and Italian-themed cookies.