2020 School & Library Webinars & Digital Events

We’re ready and eager to spread the word about upcoming books, from our computers to yours! Check back here as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, watch archived videos from author events, webinars, book buzzes, and more!

November 5: LJ & SLJ LibraryCon Live (FREE ARCHIVE)
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite graphic novels. Don’t miss panels with Hafsah Faizal (author of We Free the Stars) and Daniel Kraus (author of They Threw Us Away) and more!

November 6-8: YALSA YA Services Symposium
Join YALSA for their virtual Symposium as they discuss literature, activities, and programs needed to serve and inspire today’s teens.​ Don’t miss author panels with April Henry (Playing with Fire), Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys), George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren’t Blue), Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), and more! Plus, tune in for the Margaret A. Edwards Award speech from winner Steve Sheinkin!

November 6: YALSA Trivia Night
Join authors Mike Curato, Adalyn Grace, April Henry, and June Hur for a night of fun and games! Flex your bookish trivia skills and enter for your chance to win books! RSVP for Trivia Night here!

November 19-22: NCTE Virtual Annual Convention
Join us for the National Council for the Teachers of English Virtual Convention! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCTE Virtual Booth, and more resources!

December 4-6: NCSS Virtual Conference
Join us for the National Council for the Social Studies Virtual Conference! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCSS Virtual Booth, and more resources!


Archived Events:

October 24, 2020: School Library Journal Virtual Summit (FREE ARCHIVE)
Join us for a daylong event, where you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community. Hear from Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys and Ngozi Ukazu, author of Check, Please!

October 15, 2020: School Library Journal Fall Day of Dialog (FREE ARCHIVE)
Join SLJ for a daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks that will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand until December 15, 2020. Archived videos are available on the Day of Dialog platform, including a program with Randi Pink, author of Angel of Greenwood & more! Plus, visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall for a Q&A vide chat with Hafsah Faizal, author of We Free the Stars!

October 2-3: ALSC Virtual Institute (ARCHIVE AVAILABLE)
ALSC National Institute is a biennial intensive learning opportunity and one of the only conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature, and technology. Archived videos are available for registered attendes on the ALSC Virtual platform, including a session with We Are Water Protectors author Carole Lindstrom and illustrator Michaela Goade!

October 1-October 24th: ILA Next (ARCHIVE AVAILABLE)
ILA Next is the International Literacy Association’s immersive, interactive professional learning experience designed exclusively for an online setting. Watch a Keynote Speaker Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator Dan Santat. Visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall and find more ILA Resources in Virtual Booth!

August 5: School Library Journal’s SLJ Teen Live, All Day (FREE ARCHIVE) Join us and SLJ for this day-long event featuring YA authors talking about their latest titles for teens. Librarians and educators also have the chance to get advice from innovative librarians tackling timely issues relevant to their teen readers.

August 4: Booklist’s Graphic Novel Webinar, 2PM ET (FREE ARCHIVE): Join us for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels for adult, teen, and young readers—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri. Watch the archive here.

July 24: Booklist’s Graphic Novel Panel (FREE ARCHIVE): Join Booklist editor Sarah Hunter as she talks with four graphic novelists, including Displacement creator Kiku Hughes and Flamer creator Mike Curato, about their current works and inspirations. More info and details to come!

July 23: MacKids School & Library Fall 2020 Preview Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Fall 2020 Preview! Hear from the School & Library team (featuring special author guest Mike Curato!) as we present some of our wonderful upcoming titles that are coming out Fall 2020. Watch the preview here.

July 21: Booklist’s Fall Young Adult Preview Webinar (FREE ARCHIVE)
Already breezed through your TBRs? Why don’t you try some YA?! We have the scoop on some show stopping titles coming to a bookshelf near you! Join us to get the dets on these fab books! Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan.

June 23-25: MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse Picture Book Edition (FREE ARCHIVE)
– Social Studies with Carole Lindstrom, author of We Are Water Protectors, and Tracy Nelson Maurer, author of John Deere, That’s Who!
– English Class with Mahogany Browne, author of Woke, and Dashka Slater, author of A Book for Escargot
– Science Class with Stacy McAnulty, author of the Our Universe series, and Lily Williams, author of the If Animals Disappeared series
– Art Class with Heather Fox, illustrator of Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse, and Jason Tharp, It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn

June 23: Macmillan Fall Preview with Macmillan Adult and Tor (FREE ARCHIVE) 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!

June 19: Booklist’s Middle-Grade Author Panel (FREE ARCHIVE)
Booklist’s Middle Grade celebration culminates with this middle-grade panel, featuring authors in conversation with Booklist Senior Editor Julia Smith. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Renée Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine, published by Bloomsbury), Jake Burt (Cleo Porter & the Body Electric, published by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), Tony DiTerlizzi (Kenny & the Book of Beasts, published by Simon & Schuster), and Kelly J. Baptist (Isaiah Dunn in My Hero, published by Random House). The authors will discuss their upcoming titles and offer insight into the process of writing for a middle-grade audience.

June 6: Comics Relief: A First Second Festival (FREE ARCHIVE)
Are you a total comics nerd? Join us for Comics Relief: June 2020 taking place on Saturday, June 6th from 12 – 4pm ET (9am – 1pm PT). This free virtual festival will cover some of First Second’s most innovative comics, from Maker Comics to The Adventure Zone. Don’t miss the chance to hear from some of your favorite graphic novel creators from the comfort of your home!

June 2 – August 31: TLA Summer of Learning
Watch author panels on demand until August 31, including a Q&A with author Marie Lu and panels featuring authors Christian McKay Heidicker, Anna-Marie McLemore, Echo Brown, Ngozi Ukazu, and Karen Blumenthal.

May 12-June 2: FRtbr, 6 PM EDT (FREE ARCHIVE)
Join Fierce Reads for #FRtbr, an author event series featuring YA books you may have missed! Find more event details and archived videos here.

May 27: School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog Festival (FREE ARCHIVE)
Join us for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—now fully virtual and free to attend! 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.

May 26: Booklist’s Book Buzz, Jr., 12:30PM EDT (FREE ARCHIVE)
Make collection development your priority this May with our first ever virtual Book Buzz Jr. event! In this free, 75-minute webinar you’ll hear from Sourcebooks, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and NorthSouth Books about upcoming titles perfect for young readers! Moderated by Books for Youth Senior Editor, Maggie Reagan.

April 27-30: MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse, 1PM ET (FREE ARCHIVE) School is now in session! Hear from bestselling and award-winning authors as they give lessons in your favorite school subjects. Watch archived videos from authors Nick Bruel, John Patrick Green, Angela Dominguez, Maris Wicks, Deborah Heiligman, Karen Blumenthal, Remy Lai, and Christian McKay Heidicker! Don’t miss our next #StreamingSchoolhouse Picture Book Edition virtual event June 1-4! Click here for more details.

April 18: Comics Relief: A First Second Festival 11AM-5PM ET (FREE ARCHIVE) 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.

April 14: Booklist’s Must-Have Middle Grade Webinar, 1PM CT/ 2PM ET (FREE ARCHIVE) 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 8: School Library Journal’s Magical Middle Grade Virtual Event, 9AM-5PM ET (FREE ARCHIVE) Explore a day’s-worth 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 in middle grade. 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!