This month authors gathered to honor a late illustrator; a beloved character celebrated a holiday; journalists brought context to a new release; and an author appeared at a launch event in style.

A Celebration in Honor

For the release of the late Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney’s illustrated memoir Just Jerry (Little, Brown), members of the Pinkney family gathered with authors and readers at Books of Wonder in New York City for a special event. On January 22, panelists Brian Pinkney, Gloria Pinkney, James Ransome, Eric Velasquez, and LBYR editor Andrea Spooner spoke about their cherished experiences with Jerry and his impact on children's literature. (From l.): pictured here, Gloria Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, James Ransome, and Eric Velasquez at the celebration.

Chinese New Year with Curious George

On January 7, the Huntington Public Library in Huntington, N.Y., welcomed readers to the launch event for Maria Wen Adcock’s board book, It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George (Clarion). The event included a book reading and signing with Adcock, as well as Chinese New Year and Curious George-themed craft activities.

Journalists Gathering

Author and journalist Katherine Marsh (r.) celebrated the release of her middle grade novel The Lost Year (Roaring Brook) at an event on January 17 at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. Marsh was joined by journalist Julia Ioffe (l.) to discuss her new book and its historical ties to the Russia-Ukraine war.

Life’s a Party, Dress Like It!

On January 11 the recently opened Montague Street location of Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, N.Y., held a launch event for Camryn Garrett’s (r.) new YA novel Friday I’m in Love (Knopf). Victoria Lee (l.) appeared in conversation with Garrett, who made a fashionable appearance with a book-inspired dress.