2021 MacKids School & Library Virtual Events

Join us and our authors at these upcoming virtual events, including book buzzes, webinars, conferences, and more! Check back for updates, as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, ICYMI: watch archived videos from our past events here!

Upcoming Events

MacKids School & Library Winter 2022 Preview
Monday, September 13th at 2pm ET

Register for this free webinar here!
RSVP for our Winter 2022 Preview to hear about our upcoming must-read picture books, middle grade, and YA books! Plus, hear from special guests Lizz Huerta, author of the YA fantasy debut THE LOST DREAMER, and Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor winner & author of the upcoming middle grade novel NORTHWIND!

Archived Events

September 8th: Anti-Racist Education: Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum
Watch the recording and find resources here!
Watch this where librarians and educators will learn how to use both nonfiction and fiction books in their anti-racist collections and classroom curriculums. Julia Torres, a teacher librarian in Denver Public Schools and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts, will lead a conversation with authors Dr. Crystal M. Fleming (Rise Up: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy), Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix), and Aminah Mae Safi (Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix). This conversation will address how educators can create more inclusive, representative and equitable curriculums by incorporating newly published works into school and library collections. Attendees will hear authors discuss ways to empower young people through literature with actionable steps to foster anti-racism in their communities.


July 23rd: Booklist’s Graphic Novel Webinar
Friday, July 23rd at 1pm CT

Event recording available from Booklist
Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter chatted with graphic novel creators, including Nidhi Chanani, creator of Jukebox. Tune in for insight into their creative processes and their exciting titles for middle-grade and young-adult readers!


July 20: Fall 2021 YA Booklist Webinar
Event recording available from Booklist
Join us to hear about our must-read YA books coming to shelves near you this fall!


July 20: 2021 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program: The POW(!)er of Graphic Novels to Support Youth Literacy: Creators Speak
Event recording available here
Join creators Nidhi Chanani, Jerry Craft, Varian Johnson, and Nadia Shammas in a conversation of how their work has been shaped to engage and support youth. Learn about their journey in the current social environment of inclusivity and what inspired their work.


July 15: SLJ Picture Book Palooza
Event archive available from SLJ.
Join us for an all-day, free virtual celebration of authors and artists dedicated to the visual dance and extraordinary craft of picture books! Featuring closing keynote speaker Tyler Gordon (author and illustrator of We Can: Portraits of Power), and author panels featuring Magdalena Mora (illustrator of I Wish You Knew), Katie McCabe (co-author of We Wait for the Sun), and Cleo Wade (author of What the Road Said).


June 17: ALA – New Voices in YA Panel
Watch the captioned recording here!
Join five young adult authors for an evening of conversation about their debut or sophomore titles moderated by Candice Mack, President, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Participating authors include Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Ace of Spades), Cory Anderson (What Beauty There Is), Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter), Cassandra Hartt (The Sea is Salt and So Am I), and Joan He (The Ones We’re Meant to Find).


June 3: MacKids School and Library Fall 2021 Preview
Watch the captioned recording here!
RSVP now to save your spot at our Fall 2021 Preview Event scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd at 3:30 pm ET where we’ll be buzzing about our upcoming picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles! We’ll be joined by April Henley, author of A Face for Picasso. Philip and Erin Stead will be joining us at the end of our event to preview their upcoming title Amos McGee Misses the Bus.


May 20: School Library Journal Day of Dialog
Event archive available from SLJ.
Don’t miss this day-long virtual event featuring author panels with LeUyen Pham (Outside, Inside), Steve Sheinkin (Fallout), and Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter)! Plus, visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall to request digital ARCs and more.


May 14: ALSC’s Celebration of Illustration
Recorded session available from ALSC here.
Join ALSC and key children’s book creators, leaders in children’s librarianship, and others as we celebrate illustration in children’s literature. Don’t miss Caldecott Medal Winner Michaela Goade (We Are Water Protectors) at the Opening Session!


May 11: ILA Children’s Literature Intensive: Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom Through Books
Recorded session available from ILA here.
Don’t miss Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix) and C.B. Lee (A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix) in conversation about the new Remixed Classic series.


May 10: Introducing “Outdoor School” from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Watch a free recording of the webinar here!

Amidst a global pandemic that has forced the world indoors and online, many young readers are unable to experience outdoor learning. And with summer just around the corner, it’s critical now, more than ever, to help young students embrace the outdoors—wherever that may be! This April, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Odd Dot are introducing OUTDOOR SCHOOL, an immersive, eight title series from some of the most-recognized names in the outdoor community, encouraging kids to put away the screens and head outside. Join us to learn about this exciting new series!


April 12: MacKids School & Library Spring 2021 Preview
Watch the captioned recording here!
Join us to hear about our must-read Spring books! Plus, we’ll be joined by special guest Adrianna Cuevas, author of the 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. Adrianna will also talk about her new book Cuba in My Pocket, coming September 21, 2021!


March 31: Fall 2021 Macmillan Family Preview
Recording Coming Soon!
Join Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group , Macmillan Adult Library Marketing, and Tor/Forge to hear about our must-read Fall 2021 books! Plus, we’ll be joined by three author guests: Dr. Crystal Fleming (Rise Up! How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy); Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (All Of Us Villains); and Ashley C. Ford (Somebody’s Daughter)!


March 9: SLJ Middle Grade Magic
Event Archive Available!

Don’t miss panel’s featuring Kate Reed Petty (The Leak) and Juliet Menéndez (Latinitas). Plus, visit our booth in SLJ’s virtual exhibit hall to chat with us, score digital ARCs, and more!


March 2: Booklist Picture Books Webinar
Archived Webinar Available!
Join us to hear about this spring’s must-read picture books!


February 16: Booklist Graphic Novel Showcase webinar
Archived Webinar Available!
Join us to hear about this year’s not-to-be-missed graphic novels!


January 22-26: ALA Midwinter Virtual Meeting
Visit our virtual booth here!
Visit our booth to watch free On Demand recordings of our author programs and book buzzes, score digital ARCs of upcoming titles, and more!


January 13: MacKids School & Library Winter 2021 Preview featuring Katherine Applegate!
Watch the captioned recording here!
Join the School and Library team to hear us buzz about our Winter 2021 releases, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles. Plus, Katherine Applegate joined us to reveal the cover of WILLODEEN and talk more about this new book!