YOUNG READERS & YOUNG ADULTS

HBF PANEL DISCUSSIONS – YOUNG READERS/YOUNG ADULTS

Sunday, July 19, 2020

 

THE WORLD IS TALLER THAN ME: WRITING FOR YOUNG READERS – A PANEL DISCUSSION
DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2020

TIME: 3:00 p. m. – 3:30 p. m.

Moderator: Kathy Siekierski, Literary Consultant

Panelists: Debbie Gonzalez (A Walk with Cooper and A Game with Cooper); Judith Falloon-Reid, (Antarctica Adventures with a Jamaican On Ice); Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella is Dead).

It takes great listening, a willingness to remain vulnerable, and great empathy to look at the world from the bottom up. Join this panel of authors as they share their worlds through unfiltered eyes of the readers they serve.

 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Nikki Grimes, Southwest Sunshine

DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2020

TIME: 3:35 p. m. – 3:50 p. m.

For decades Nikki Grimes has brought joy to young readers with her words and poetry​. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the Printz Honor and Sibert Honor book Ordinary Hazards; NAACP Image Award nominee Planet Middle School; Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade; Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin’s Notebook, SPOTLIGHTin’ About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings, which was also named an ALA Notable Book; and What Is Goodbye?, an ALA Notable Book. www.nikkigrimes.com

 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Renée Watson, Ways to Make Sunshine

DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2020

TIME: 3:55 p. m. – 4:10 p. m.

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, co-written with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée lives in New York City. www.reneewatson.net; @harlemportland (Instagram); @reneewauthor (Twitter).​

AUTHORS READ ALOUD

Debbie Gonzalez, A Walk with Cooper and A Game with Cooper

DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2020

TIME: 4:15 p. m. – 4:25 p. m.

Cooper is very excited to get started. He can almost taste the treats. In this story, he engages his senses and draws on his imagination for his favorite game. Daddy joins the fun. Cooper loves to play with him. Daddy happily humors him by creatively setting the stage. Children of all ages, who appreciated his energy and enthusiasm in A Walk with Cooper, will surely fall in love with this one.

 

Judith Falloon-Reid, Antarctica Adventures with a Jamaican On Ice

DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2020

TIME: 4:25 p. m. – 4:35 p. m.  

Antarctica Adventures with a Jamaican on Ice is a children's book that features beautiful images and chronicles the author’s journey through Antarctica complimented by a fictional cartoon character, Pedro the Penguin, who reveals interesting facts about the region throughout the book. Designed for children ages 4+, the rhyming text is easy to read. However, there are facts about the fauna and region that make Antarctica a great child and adult read. More than a story with brilliant pictures, Antarctica serves as a learning tool to broaden the horizons and knowledge of children and adults.

 

Kalynn Bayron, Cinderella is Dead

DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2020

TIME: 4:35 p. m. – 4:45 p. m.

Kalynn is a debut author and classically trained vocalist. This Own Voices and LGBTQ retelling fast forwards 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, and where there is no more happily ever after. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her stepsisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all - and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . . @KalynnBayron. 

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