Renowned author and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson will present the lunchtime keynote address at the U.S. Book Show on May 24 at NYU's Kimmel Center. The in-person talk will focus on Woodson’s forthcoming book for middle grade readers, Remember Us (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, Oct.).

A 2020 MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient, Woodson's many accolades for her children’s, YA, and adult books include the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her 2014 memoir Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Coretta Scott King Award, the NAACP Image Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Sibert Honor.

A former Young People’s Poet Laureate (2015-2017), Woodson served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2018-2019) and received an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens for Before the Ever After (2020). In 2018, she also received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which honors international children’s literature.

The U.S. Book Show's children’s books program begins with a previously announced keynote by Meg Medina, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Newbery Medalist. In addition to the in-person program at NYU, the daylong event will be livestreamed.

In a morning panel, big children’s books for the fall will be discussed with authors Candice Iloh, author of Salt the Water (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Oct.); Melissa de la Cruz, author of The (Super Secret) Society of Octagon Valley (Hyperion, Sept.); Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us Is Back (Delacorte, July); and Peter H. Reynolds, author of All We Need Is Love and a Really Soft Pillow! (Orchard, Sept.).

Registration, with early-bird rates, is open for the U.S. Book Show. See the full schedule here.