2020 School & Library Webinars & Digital Events

We may be sheltering at home, but we’re still ready and eager to spread the word on what we’re excited about this summer and fall, from our computers to yours. See below for a webinar or event for whichever type of book you’re looking for, and be sure to watch this space as more info and events are added!

April 8: School Library Journal‘s Magical Middle Grade Virtual Event, 9AM-5PM EST (FREE). A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. Attendees will hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, ranging from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators. Visit the virtual exhibits hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. Featuring Snapdragon author, Kat Leyh!

April 14: Booklist‘s Must-Have Middle Grade Webinar, 1PM CST/ 2PM EST (FREE). Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Algonquin Young Readers, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

April 18: Comics Relief: A First Second Festival 11AM-5PM EST (FREE). Join us for Comics Relief: A First Second Festival—our first ever virtual festival—taking place on Saturday, April 18th from 11am – 5pm ET (8am – 2pm PT). Have you always wondered how your favorite comics are made? This free virtual festival will give comics fans an in-depth look at the key moments in comic creation, and you’ll hear from many beloved graphic novel creators.

May 26: Booklist’s Rant ‘n’ Rave Webinar: Virtual Book Galley & Author Buzz Expo (FREE). Come listen as we present some of our favorite upcoming spring and fall titles. More info and details to come!

June 23: Macmillan Fall Preview with Macmillan Adult and Tor! (FREE). Join us for this 90-minute presentation and see what must-have titles are heading your way from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Macmillan Adult (including Wednesday and Flatiron Books); and Tor Teen/Starscape. More info and details to come!

July 21: Booklist’s Fall Young Adult Preview Webinar (FREE). Join us for this hour-long presentation to see what young adult titles are headed your way this fall. More info and details to come!

August 4: Booklist‘s Graphic Novel Webinar (FREE). Join us for this hour-long presentation to see what graphic novels are headed your way this fall. More info and details to come!

Celebrate National Poetry Month This April!

Download our new National Poetry Month poster, featuring WOKE written by Mahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III; foreword by Jason Reynolds

Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

We’re celebrating all month long on social media with our favorite poems and poets–follow along at #mackidspoetry!

Find more poetry books and download a free poster here →

Join the Virtual Book Club for The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise!

Mark your calendars! Join author Dan Gemeinhart for the #CoyoteSunriseBookClub on March 31 at 10am PT! Read the book, then join Dan for this discussion and Q&A.

If you’re still waiting to receive your copy of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Dan is reading aloud from the first few chapters of the book on Youtube here.

Download the teacher’s guide for The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise here.

Author Dashka Slater reads from her ESCARGOT picture book + download the storytime kit!

Watch Dashka Slater read her hilarious and magnifique picture book starring a very handsome and charming French snail, Escargot!

Don’t miss Escargot’s second adventure, A Book for Escargot, in which our handsome snail hero searches for the perfect book at the library! A MacKids School & Library Staff Pick!

Download the Escargot storytime kit for activity ideas and fun facts about snails.