Thursday, April 28, 2016

Children's Book (and related) Events, Exhibits & Contests


Apr. 30  Sat.  INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY. Greenlight Bookstore has invited talented artists, illustrators, and cartoonists to offer mini-workshops and sketching sessions. Kids and adults are welcome to try their hand at drawing, with all materials provided. In between sessions, art materials will remain available for budding artistes.  
Participating artists schedule: 11:00 - 12:00 Tad Hills (Duck & Goose) / 12:00 - 1:00 Abby Denson (Dolltopia) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) / 2:00 - 3:00 David Gothard (Little Lola) / 3:00 - 4:00 Samantha Hahn (A Mother Is A Story) and Erin Gleeson (The Forest Feast for Kids) / 6:00 - 7:00 Kate Gavino (Last Night’s ReadingINFO:  718.246.0200,  LOCATION: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11217

Apr. 30  Sat. 10am-3pm  ROCKLAND COUNTY DIVERSITY FESTIVAL: Multicultural & Diverse Children's Book FairScheduled events include two workshops for children, panel discussions, book signings, raffle prizes and more with JENNIFER BAKER, TRACEY BAPTISTE, DHONIELLE CLAYTON, JERRY CRAFT, PAT CUMMINGS, SARACIEA FENNELL, HEIDI HEILIG, TORREY MALDONADO, SHAMIKA MITCHELL, CINDY RODRIGUEZ, and ERIC VELASQUEZ. INFO:  LOCATION: Rockland Community college, 145 College Road, Suffern NY 10901

May 1  Sun. 2-5pm  CBIG (CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS GROUP) visits with KELLY DELANEY, Associate Editor at Alfred A. Knopf, where she acquires and edits picture books and middle grade and young adult novels. She is always on the lookout for quirky humor, bright characters, and writers that don't underestimate their readers.  INFO:  LOCATION: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, Room 16K, NYC 10018 (Between 36th & 37th Street)

May 4  Wed. 8pm THE INVISIBLE DOG presents THE WORKING MIND AND DRAWING HAND OF OLIVER JEFFERS. His award-winning books, Once Upon an Alphabet, This Moose Belongs to Me, Imaginary Fred (written by Eoin Colfer), and The Day the Crayons Quit (written by Drew Deywalt), have been translated into over 30 languages.  Free. General seating.  INFO: LOCATION: The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

May 7  Sat.  10am - 3pm  THE HUDSON CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. INFO: 518.828.4360 (Lisa Dolan, ext. 1112 or Jennifer Clark, ext. 8202)  LOCATION: Hudson Junior High School, 215 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534  

May 8  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH welcomes GREG PIZZOLI author and illustrator of Good Night Owl, Templeton Gets His Wish, Number One Sam, and The Watermelon Seed, which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. (  INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

May 9 Mon. 6-8pm  THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts an opening reception for THE TURN OF THE PAGE, an exhibition by children's book illustrator PAT CUMMINGS and former students and illustrators she has mentored: LISA ANCHIN (A Penguin Named Patience)YOU BYUN (Dream Friends)ARAM KIM (Cat on the Bus)KAE NISHIMURA (A Baby Born in Spring)DAVID EZRA STEIN (Dinosaur Kisses), SHADRA STRICKLAND (Sunday Shopping),  EVAN TURK (The Storyteller)and ANNIE WON (The Whispering Rabbit). INFO:    LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Cultural Center, Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY

May 14  Sat. 12-4pm  4TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR.  Featured authors and illustrators include BRYAN COLLIER, FLOYD COOPER, JERRY CRAFT, SHARON FLAKE, LONDON LADD, KELLY STARLING LYONS, JERDINE NOLEN, JAMES RANSOM, LESA CLINE RANSOME, SHADRA STRICKLAND, and more.  The fair will feature author readings, illustration workshops, performances, and craft activities plus hard-to-find titles in the Book Village and free children's book for every family, while supplies last. FREE.  INFO: 443.263.1800,   LOCATION: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

May 14  Sat. 3pm  BOOKCOURT presents CHRISTOPHER SILAS NEAL, the author and illustrator of Everyone. INFO: 718.875.3677, LOCATION: BookCourt, 13 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

May 15  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH presents GREG PIZZOLI author of Good Night Owl. He is also author of Templeton Gets His Wish, Number One Sam, and The Watermelon Seed, which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.    INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

May 15 Sun. BOOKCOURT presents B.B. MANDELL, the author and illustrator of Samanthasaurus. INFO: 718.875.3677, LOCATION: BookCourt, 13 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

May 22  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH presents CHRISTOPHER SILAS NEAL author/illustrator of Everyone. INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Jun. 2  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH welcomes CARON LEVIS creator of ida, ALWAYS, inspired by the true story of the Central Park Zoo polar bears Ida and Gus, Levis’s sensitive depiciton of losing a friend.   INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Jun. 5
 Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH welcomes B.B. MANDELL author of Samanthasaurus. INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Jun. 10-12  21ST CENTURY CHILDREN'S NONFICTION CONFERENCE. Faculty includes CHRIS EBOCH, CANDACE FLEMING, MICHAEL HEARST, ROXIE MUNRO, SARAH TOWLE and many more authors, illustrators, librarians, agents and teachers. INFO:  LOCATION: Iona College, New Rochelle NY

Jun. 10-13  HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION presents PB&J: PICTURE BOOKS AND AL THAT JAZZ 2016. Led by qward-winning picture book authors DARCY PATTISON, LESLIE HELAKOSKI and KELLY BENNETTINFO: 877.288.3410,  LOCATION: Highlights Foundation, Honesdale PA  

Jun. 11 Sat.7pm BOOKCOURT presents EDWARD HEMINGWAY, the author and illustrator of Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus. INFO: 718.875.3677, LOCATION: BookCourt, 13 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

The inaugural festival will be the largest and most inclusive literary gathering in Queens, filling the borough with literary talks from over 100 authors as well as hundreds of exhibitors.   INFO:   LOCATION:  Citi Field, Queens NY  

Jul. 18-22  MAZZA MUSEUM'S SUMMER CONFERENCE featuring illustrators STEVE LIGHT, JASON CHIN, MARIE-LOUISE GAY, DANIEL SALMIERI, JIM AVERBECK, ROSEMARY WELLS and others.  INFO: 419.434.4560, LOCATION: Mazza Museum, 201 College Street, Findlay, OH 45840

Jul. 29-Aug. 1  SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE. The Annual Summer Conference spans three days with an optional intensive day on Monday. Registration for the 2016 conference will begin in mid-April, 2016. Many of the biggest authors and illustrators in children’s books will be joining a bevy of agents, art directors and editors. INFO:  LOCATION:  Los Angeles, CA

EXHIBITS (In order of closing Date)
Feb.11 - Apr. 24  BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY presents THE ART OF KADIR NELSON. Work by award-winning artist and illustrator Kadir Nelson from his various books including Nelson MandelaEllington Was Not a Street, and others will be on display. Also shown will be original new artwork created for the 40th Anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY

Apr. 21 - Jun. 5  BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY presents THE TURN OF THE PAGE. Children's book author and illustrator PAT CUMMINGS features some of her original artwok along with work by former students and illustrators she has mentored: LISA ANCHIN (A Penguin Named Patience)YOU BYUN (Dream Friends)ARAM KIM (Cat on the Bus)KAE NISHIMURA (A Baby Born in Spring)DAVID EZRA STEIN (Dinosaur Kisses), SHADRA STRICKLAND (Sunday Shopping),  EVAN TURK (The Storyteller)and ANNIE WON (The Whispering Rabbit)LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY

CONTESTS (In order of deadline)

ONGOING:  AMTRAK RESIDENCY FOR WRITERS.  #AmtrakResidency will allow for up to 24 writers to takelong-distance trains to work on their projects. Each writer's round-trip journey will include accommodations on board a sleeper car equipped with a bed, a desk and outlets. We hope this experience will inspire creativity and most importantly fuel your sense of adventure! Want to learn more and apply? Head over to the official entry form and good luck!  INFO: 

Apr. 26 - Jun. 21, 2016 WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS™ and PENGUIN YOUNG READERS announce a debut children's fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14.  Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white). applicants must be US residents,18 years or older and unpublished prior to entering the contest. INFO: ENTRY:    


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