On May 20, authors and young readers gathered in Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, Md., for the annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. The event offered free author panels, workshops, read-alouds, and more. We rounded up highlights from children’s events and appearances. Credit: Daniel Martinez/ City of Gaithersburg.

(From l.): Jarrett Lerner, John David Anderson, and Janae Marks posed for a selfie against the Gaithersburg Festival backdrop.

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina spoke with an audience about her book Merci Suarez Plays It Cool.

Rebekah Lowell (l.) and Amina Luqman-Dawson Lowell presented their books The Road to After and Freewater, which received the 2023 Newbery Medal.

Characters greeted young attendees.

Mika Song (l.) and Isabel Roxas brought a young artist to the stage during their graphic novel presentation and workshop.

A volunteer gave a reading to attendees.