The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in the city, with a number of literary stars and emerging authors as well as events from September 11 to September 17.
On Children’s Day, kids can check out an array of books, from picture books to chapter books to graphic novels, and see writers such as Laurie Berkner (“We Are the Dinosaurs”), Alexandra Bracken (“The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding”) and Javaka Steptoe (“Radiant Child”).
The authors will bring books to life with readings, performances, singing and music. International authors will host the International Showcase panel which will show how different countries tell and engage their stories. The authors include Jostein Gaarder from Norway, Liniers from Argentina, Majel van der Meulen from the Netherlands, Carme Lemniscates from Spain, and Jacques Goldstyn from Canada.
“The Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day celebrates the childhood reading experience at every age—the comfort of being read to, reading your first book on your own, devouring a thrilling series in grade school, being captivated by a classic,” said Liz Koch, Co-Producer of the festival and Children’s Day committee member. “A book well-loved is never forgotten.”
Illustrators such as Katy Wu, Misa Saburi, Alix Delinois, Ruth Chan and Gregg Schiegiel will compete in “Illustrator Smackdown,” a live action drawing competition that will prove to be both dramatic and hilarious.
“Saturday’s many activities offer a lively, interactive opportunity for children to be not only readers, but creators,” Koch said.
Workshops include “Raise Your Voice” led by Leila Sales, author of “The Little Book of Little Activists.” Kids can also learn how to create an origami Yoda with Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series.
If you have children that are a bit older, head to the festival on its last day. Young adult programming includes “Head Over Heels,” a panel discussion about romance, relationships and the riskiness of opening your heart.
Jay Asher, author of the book “13 Reasons Why” which led to the popular Netflix series, will join Veronica Chambers (“The Go-Between”) and Ibi Zoboi (“American Street”) to discuss finding yourself beyond stereotypes of how others see you with the “Fitting in & Standing Out” panel.
For more information and schedules, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.