Get ready to come face-to-face with 250+ amazing authors at the 5th Bay Area Book Festival, the most dynamic ever this May 4 + 5! The Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book. Check out the great line up for Children and Teens.
Young Readers Stage
From tots to tweens, your kids will love meeting the authors and illustrators of their favorite books in Martin Luther King Civic Center Park.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Meet Annie Barrows, the creator of the bestselling chapter book series, “Ivy & Bean,” a classroom favorite that has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than a decade!
Raise your kids to love justice, ask hard questions, and celebrate difference with the help of these beautiful and thought-provoking books by Nidhi Chanani, Rana DiOrio, and Mylo Freeman. Bonus: this session will conclude with a live illustrator duel!
Grab your megaphone and stand up for what’s right with these inspiring stories of resistance for young readers by Laura Atkins and Innosanto Nagara.
Turns out, Washington D.C. isn’t just about monuments and (boring) government meetings, it’s full of secrets and scandals! Learn about the spy who saved President Lincoln’s life and the mysterious demon cat that carried a curse through the Capitol with Marissa Moss and Kitty Felde.
Sometimes you have to listen to your heart instead of the rules. Lisa Moore Ramée and Andrew Smith spin tales of going against the grain featuring bold kids who learn to face their fears in order to follow their dreams.
Tune in for a live taping of the super fun Book Club for Kids podcast, hosted by award-winning public radio journalist and children’s book author Kitty Felde. She’ll talk with J.C. Cervantes about the author’s latest book, “The Storm Runner.”
Sunday, May 5, 2019
How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? Grab your trench coat and put your spy skills to the test with Festival favorite and Caldecott winner Mac Barnett.
When a kid recognizes herself and her culture in the books she reads, it opens up a world of possibilities! Oliver Chin, Ying Chang Compestine, Mylo Freeman, and Tania de Regil talk about why we need diverse faces, voices, and customs in children’s books.
The bitter brrrrrrr of winter, the sweet tweet of birds, the yummy smell of breakfast. These three delightful books by Meg Fleming, Tim McCanna, and Alice McGinty celebrate the senses!
Whether they crawl, march, or saunter, bake cakes or turn pillows into pasta, these animals have a lot to teach us. Join Cindy Derby, K-Fai Steele, and Andrea Tsurumi for a thoroughly wacky ride. Bonus: this session will conclude with a live illustrator duel!
Family can be a handful, especially when things at home are upside down. Gennifer Choldenko and Mae Respicio talk about the brainy kid characters who must use their DIY skills to problem solve and learn the real meaning of home and family.
From pirates, to brujas, to powerful Mayan gods—these brave kids face danger, take crazy adventures, and find a way to save the day. Join Steve Bramucci, J.C. Cervantes, and Anna Meriano for a thoroughly wild ride!
Programs for Young Adults
Top-selling YA author readings and signings, movie screenings, virtual reality, and more!
“Zombies are a writer’s best friend,” said Justina Ireland, young adult fantasy fiction writer and author of the New York Times bestselling novel “Dread Nation.”
Meet the young faces and voices behind the immigration debate.
When you open a book, do you see yourself in its pages? Do the characters look or think like you? Cindy Pon fought hard to publish one of the first Young Adult fantasy novels with an Asian protagonist on the U.S. market.
Four authors. Three (teen) judges. Two finalists. One Champion (and all kinds of hilarity in between). Watch these young adult writers perform their most electric writing in five minutes or less as they compete for the coveted Literary Death Match crown. Hosted by series co-creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
We are witnessing a revolution in storytelling. Publications all over the world are increasingly using immersive storytelling tools—virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality—to tell urgent and impactful stories.
“Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words," said Ursula K. Le Guin in her courageous speech upon receiving the 2014 American National Book Foundation Medal.
No damsels in distress here! These powerful young women protagonists are almost as incredible as the writers who crafted them. Join Zoraida Córdova (“Bruja Born”), Anna Marie McLemore (“Blanca Y Roja”), and Cindy Pon (“Ruse”) for a discussion on how their characters use their brains and brujería to devise a way out of serious danger.
Get fired up and inspired at this special performance featuring current and former students of June Jordan’s Poetry For The People program at UC Berkeley.
Experience indigenous legends the way they were passed down—through oral tradition. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction.
What do you do when your world is suddenly turned upside down? Growing up is hard enough, but these teen protagonists must cope with loss and navigate violence completely out of their control.
Global politics affect young people as much as anyone else, but they have little to no voice as major decisions are made.
Bring your little ones for a read-aloud with our all-star lineup of picture book authors. Nestled on the lawn in Martin Luther King Civic Center Park!
Word Power Stage
Here’s where you’ll find a variety of exciting, kid-friendly performances.
11:00 AM – Emerging Voices: 2019 Young Authors Writing Contest Winners
12:15 PM – Literary Death Match (Middle Grade Edition)
1:45 PM – Alphabet Rockers Live Show
2:00 PM – Poet Connie Post
3:15 PM – Native Voices — Winners of the 2019 Graton Student Writing Contest
4:30 PM – Poet Dani Gabriel