Thursday, August 25, 2016

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


Aug. 27  Sat. 11:30am  BANK STREET BOOKS welcomes STEVE LIGHT and SELENE CASTROVILLA, who will be reading and discussing their work, some of which is included in the exhibition on display, The Picture Book Re-Imagined: The Children's Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and the Bank Street College of Education.  INFO:  LOCATION:  Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Aug. 27  Sat. 2-3pm  BOOKCOURT presents JESSICA OLIEN and DIANA MURRAY present their book NED THE KNITTING PIRATE.  INFO: 718.875.3677,   LOCATION: BookCourt, 
163 Court Street, Brooklyn NY

Aug. 28  Sun.  2-4pm  BOOKS OF WONDER hosts LAUNCH PARTY for Little Elliot, Big Fun by MIKE CURATO.  Mike will introduce the third book featuring everyone's favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot!  INFO: 212.989.3270, LOCATION:  Books of Wonder, 18 west 18th Street, NYC 

Aug. 31  Wed.  1-3pm  BOOKS OF WONDER welcomes ADAM RUBIN.  The author will read from his bok Dragons Love Tacos at a celebration in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill. Guests will be treated to salsa and guac-making demonstrations, an interactive Dragons Love Tacos t-shirt making station, and of course, free Chipotle. The first 25 people at the event will even receive a signed copy of Dragons Love Tacos as a special keepsake.  INFO: 212.989.3270, LOCATION:  Books of Wonder, 18 west 18th Street, NYC 

Sept. 3  Sat. 11am  GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE presents FIONA ROBINSON, author and illustrator of Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer.  INFO: 718.246.0200,  LOCATION: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sept. 8-11 HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATIONS hosts THE JOURNEY: Your Path to Publication 2016.  Faculty includes  DON TATE, ALISON GREEN MYERS, KATHLEEN HAYES, and  CARMEN OLIVER. This workshop for authors and illustrators includes one-on-one manuscript critiques, daily writing and revising time, sessions on craft and more. INFO:  877.288.3410, LOCATION: The Highlights Foundation, 392 Boyds Mill road, Milanville, PA 18443

Sept. 10  Sat. 11am  GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE welcomes PAULETTE BOGAN.  The beloved author and illustrator of Bossy Flossy; Virgil and Owen; and Lulu and the Big Little Chick, winner of the Children's Choice Book Award will read her latest book and sign copies during an interactive story time.  INFO: 718.246.0200,  LOCATION: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217  

Sept. 10  Sat. 11am  WORD Jersey City presents PAUL CZAJAK author, with his latest book Monster Needs to Go to School.   INFO:  201.763.6611, WORD Jersey City, 123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Sept. 10 Sat. 11:30am  BANK STREET BOOKS welcomes CARON COHEN, SCOTT MENCHIN, JACIKE KRAMER and OREL PROTOPOPESCU , who will be reading and discussing their work, some of which is included in the exhibition on display, The Picture Book Re-Imagined: The Children's Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and the Bank Street College of Education.  INFO:  LOCATION:  Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Sept. 11 Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH presents SERGIO RUZZIER author/illustrator of This is Not a Picture Book.  INFO: 718.801.8375,   LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Sept. 11 Sun. 1-3pm   BOOKS OF WONDER hosts SEPTEMBER PICTURE BOOK BONANZA with LORI RICHMOND (A Hop Is Up); JON AGEE (Lion Lessons); TODD KESSLER (The Good Dog and the Bad Cat) and DAVID SOMAN (The Monster Next Door).  INFO: 212.989.3270,  LOCATION:  Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, NYC 
Sept. 12 Mon. 6-8pm  BOOKS OF WONDER hosts WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS for an official Brooklyn Book Fest Bookend.  Local authors who write about characters seeking to learn more about themselves and their environment will discuss and read from their work, followed with book signing by Sona Charaipotra (Shiny Pretty Things), Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis), Sofia Quintero (Show & Prove), Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath), and Eric Velasquez (Looking for Bongo).  INFO: 212.989.3270,  LOCATION:  Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, NYC 

Sept. 13  Tues. 7:30-9:30pm  SCBWI METRO hosts CROSSING THE DESK: Editors Who Write. Editors DANIEL EHRENHAFT, CHERYL KLEIN, ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY and JILL SANTOPOLO will discuss the pleasures and challenges of doing both types of creative work.  INFO: LOCATION: Anthroposophical Society, 138 West 15th Street, NYC 

Sept. 15 Thur. 7-8:30pm  BANK STREET BOOKS and PRATT INSTITUTE host a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibit The Picture Book Re-Imagined: The Children's Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and the Bank Street College of Education.  Panelists STEVE LIGHT, JAMES RANSOME. BARBARA LALICKI, SCOTT MENCHIN, CARON LEE COHEN and CAROLINE WARD will discuss what's new and best in illustrated books for children.  INFO:  LOCATION: Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Sept. 17  Sat. BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S DAY. Join PETER BROWN, RUTH CHAN, RAUL COLON, MIKE CURATO, CHRISTIAN ROBINSON, SERGIO RUZZIER, BRENDAN WENZEL, RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA and other authors and illustrators at the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors.  INFO:  LOCATION: Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Sept. 17 Sat. 1-3pm  BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY and THE AUTHORS GUILD present THE ART OF THE BOOK: Creating Children's Books. A panel of authors and illustrators, moderated by PAT CUMMINGS, will show samples of their work and offer tips on how they have established their careers and produced award-winning books for young readers.  An audience Q&A and autographing session will follow. FREE.  INFO: TK LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY

Sept. 17 Sat. 4-6pm  BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY and THE AUTHORS GUILD present THE BUSINESS OF THE BOOK: The Path to Publishing a Children's Book. A panel of top publishing professionals, moderated by PAT CUMMINGS, will offer tips on how to target the right agents and publishers, how to submit work to publishers and how that work is evaluated before taking questions from the audience.
FREE  INFO: TK   LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY  

Sept. 17  Sat. 4pm  PRATT presents A CREATIVE CONVERSATION with KADIR NELSON. 
The award-winning American author, artist, and Pratt alumnus will talk about his creative inspirations, work, and latest projects, followed by a book signing. This special event, which is FREE and open to the public, is the highlight of Pratt’s 2016 Alumni Day. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  INFO:   LOCATION: Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Sept. 18  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH welcomes SHANA COREY author of The Secret Subway.  INFO: 718.801.8375,  LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn NY


INFO:  888.714.4696,    LOCATION: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Sept. 24  Sat.1-4pm SCBWI METRO presents DAY OF THE LIVING DEAD WORKSHOP. Join Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends Editor KAT BRZOZOWSKI (RL Stine's FEAR STREET reprisal), Agent MONICA ODOM of Bradford Literary, and YA author MICOL OSTOWO  (AMITY, THE DEVIL AND WINNIE FLYNN) for an afternoon of ghosts and gore in the spookiest setting Sleepy Hollow has to offer. Lectures will be held in the cemetery Washington Irving is buried, not far from the Headless Horseman bridge. Near Metro North. Tickets are limited. INFO:  LOCATION: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Community Mausoleum, NY

Sept. 24 Sat. 7:30pm WORD Jersey City presents DEIRDRE SULLIVAN with her new book Ming Goes to School.   INFO:  201.763.6611,  LOCATION: WORD Jersey City, 123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Sept. 25 Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH hosts ELANNA ALLEN creator of Poor Little Guy.  INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn NY

Sept. 26 Monday 6:30pm  NYPL hosts INCLUSIVITY AND INDIE AUTHORS: The Case for Community-Based Publishing.  Self-publishing, indie author Zetta Elliott’s imprint, Rossetta Press, produces stories that are culturally specific and organic.  INFO: 212.340.0863,  LOCATION: Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Conference Room (Elevators to the 6th floor open around 6:15pm), 455 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10016

Sept. 28 Wed. 5:30pm  THE CARLE HONORS.  The eleventh annual gala and fundraiser will fĂȘte some of the talented people who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America including author Gregory Maguire, best known for his novel, Wicked.  

      The gala will feature The Carle Honors Art Auction, highlighting original art donated by some of the industry’s most revered artists.  INFO: 413.559.6308, LOCATION: Gustation's, 409 East 59th St., NYC 10022

Oct. 5-9  HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION presents PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK TEXT 2016. Golden Kite winner KRISTY DEMPSEY (A Dance Like StarlightMe With YouSurfer Chick, and the forthcoming Superhero Instruction Manual) and National Book Award-winner KATHRYN ERSKINE (MockingbirdMama Africa) will give you the tools you need to write your first-ever picture book or to perfect the picture books you’ve already written.INFO:  877.288.3410, LOCATION: The Highlights Foundation, 392 Boyds Mill road, Milanville, PA 18443

Oct. 6  Thurs. 6pm BOOKS OF WONDER host ARAM KIM with her wonderful debut picture book Cat on the Bus. The beautiful, nearly wordless picture book details the touching story of a homeless cat in search of a home. Aram will read her book, answer questions from the audience and autograph copies.  INFO: 212.989.3270,  LOCATION:  18 West 18th St., NYC 10011 

Oct. 10  Tues. 7:30-9:30pm  SCBWI METRO hosts #WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS PANEL: Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Moderated by JENNIFER BAKER, a panel feature authors HEIDI HEILIG, ZORAIDA CORDOVA, and TRACEY BAPTISTE will discuss craft, world-building, research and more.  INFO: LOCATION: Anthroposophical Society, 138 West 15th Street, NYC 

Oct. 16 Sun. 2-4pm  SCBWI METRO hosts FIRST PAGES with an Agent and an Editor. First Pages offers an opportunity to be critiqued by an agent and an editor (TBA).  First pages wil be chosen by the editor and agent.   INFO: LOCATION: Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington NY

HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION hosts CARVING OUT YOUR PICTURE BOOK FOR SUBMISSION 2016.  Receive one-on-one critiques and peer-to-peer feedback, learn about the climate of today’s picture book market and hear from industry professionals about making your book stand out in the pile of submissions.  INFO:  877.288.3410,   LOCATION: The Highlights Foundation, 392 Boyds Mill road, Milanville, PA 18443   

Oct. 27 6pm THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS AWARD PRESENTATION for THE ORIGINAL ART SHOW: Celebrating the Fine Are of Children's Book Illustration. INFO: 212.838.2560, LOCATION: Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, NYC 

Nov. 7  Mon. 6pm  SCBWI presents THE AGENTS PANEL, hosted by THE NEW SCHOOL. Moderated by Metro NY volunteer and writer Adria Quinones, the panel will feature LINDA CAMACHO (Prospect Agency), SUSAN HAWK (The Bent Agency) and ANDREA SOMBERG (Harvey Klinger Inc.). Admission is FREE for SCBWI members and New School Students, $20 for all others. Doors open at 5:45pm. Seating is limited to the first 350 people. TICKETS:    INFO:   LOCATION: The New School, 66 West 12th Street. NYC 

Nov. 12  Sat. 6pm  CARNEGIE HALL welcomes J.K. ROWLING for the benefit screening of Fantastic Beasts. This family event (children 10 years old and up) is a benefit for Lumos Foundation USA; the non-profit international children's rights organization founded by J.K. Rowling, and also includes an in-depth conversation between the writer and star of the film.  INFO:  212.247.7800,  LOCATION: Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th Street, NYC 10019  

EXHIBITS (In order of closing Date)

Jul. 12-Sept. 15, 2016  PRATT INSTITUTE and the BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION present The Picture Book Re-imagined: The Children's Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and the Bank Street College of Education. On exhibit are works by illustrators who attended Pratt, including TOMIE DE PAOLA, ARNOLD LOBEL, ED YOUNG, TED & BETSY LEWIN, PAT CUMMINGS, STEVE LIGHT, STEVE HENRY, SEAN QUALLS, SCOTT MENCHIN, JAMES RANSOME and more.  Readings and talks by the artists are listed above in the Events section.  INFO:  LOCATION:  Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

May 27 - Oct. 16, 2016  THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM exhibits PRINTING A CHILD'S WORLD. Printed works for or about children are the focus of the installation with more than two dozen works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries—primarily children’s books, illustrations, and prints by artists including Randolph Caldecott, George Bellows, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Nast. They are rarely displayed because of their sensitivity to light.  
     Among the highlights on view are nine original watercolors by Caldecott (1887) for the children’s book The House That Jack Built; the familiar illustration of Santa Claus by Nast from A Visit from Saint Nicholas (1872); and one of Homer’s earliest illustrations, which was made for Eventful History of Three Blind Mice (1858).  INFO:   LOCATION: The Met Fifth Avenue, The American Wing, Mezzanine, Gallery 773, The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, NYC

Oct. 26 - Dec. 22, 2016  THE ORIGINAL ART 2016 at THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS.  The annual exhibit celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration, founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books, chosen by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. INFO: 212.838.2560, LOCATION: Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, NYC  

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: 

Jun. 1-Oct. 31, 2016  NEW VISIONS AWARD from LEE & LOW BOOKS.  TU BOOKS, the middle grade and young adult imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the fourth New Visions Award. The award will be given for a middle grade or young adult novel by a writer of color. Established in 2012, the NEW VISIONS AWARD encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent.  ENTRY, RULES, INFO:

Nov. 1, 2016  WNDB WALTER DEAN MYERS AWARD FOR YA 2017. Named after celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014), the 2017 Walter Award will be given in the young adult category. Future Walter Awards will expand to include awards for picture books and middle grade literature. The judging committee consists of esteemed librarians, educators, and authors. The winner will be announced in January 2017.  The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016. ENTRY RULES/INFO:   


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