2022 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! Check out an archive of our 2021 events here.

Upcoming Events

Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians
January 19, 2022 at 3pm CT / 4pm ET

On January 19, 2022 join Mackin for a special event with bestselling, award-winning Olympians creator George O’Connor, First Second Creative Director Mark Siegel, and Tuan Nguyen discussing the value of using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms. Using The Olympians series as a case study, the panelists will discuss how graphic novels can supplement curriculums. Greek Mythology has never been so action-packed and entertaining! Moderated by Mackin Educational Sales Consultant Tuan Nguyen.


Booklist Authors & ARCs Webinar Part II
Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 1pm CT / 2pm ET

Inspiring authors, free e-ARCs, a riveting panel—it’s a conference without the crowds! Join Booklist on Thursday, January 20 for our second Authors & ARCs program of 2022! In part two of our webinar series, we’re focusing on youth authors whose books have the power to inspire all readers! You’ll hear from Jas Hammonds, author of the debut YA novel We Deserve Monuments; Julie C. Dao, author of the new middle grade fantasy adventure Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena; and more! Register now for this free, 75-minute webinar moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.


ALA LibLearnX Virtual Conference
January 21-24, 2022

Registered ALA attendees can tune in to hear from our featured author speakers Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter), Mariko Tamaki (Cold), and Charly Palmer (The Legend of Gravity) and more!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

10:30 – 11:30am CT
Theater Speaker: Angeline Boulley

11:00am – 12:00pm CT
Theater Speaker: Charly Palmer

Monday, January 24, 2022

10:30 – 11:30am CT
Theater Speaker: Mariko Tamaki

Plus, join us for the 2022 Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 24th at 9am ET to celebrate the announcement of this year’s winners and honorees!

Visit our NCTE 2021 Virtual Booth!

While we’ll missing seeing you in person at NCTE this year, you don’t have to miss out on our virtual author programs or digital resources!

What’s inside our NCTE Booth:
  • Meet our team!
  • Find a full schedule of our NCTE author programs!
  • Download our Winter 2022 Catalog and watch our Winter 2022 preview!
  • Enter for your chance to win books from our new imprint Neon Squid!
  • Browse our top books of 2021!
  • Request digital review copies of upcoming releases!
  • Download educator resources!
  • And more!
Visit our NCTE Virtual Booth →

WATCH OUR WINTER 2022 SCHOOL & LIBRARY PREVIEW, FEATURING AUTHORS LIZZ HUERTA AND GARY PAULSEN!

Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Winter 2022 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles! Hosted by Booklist.

Lizz Huerta, debut young adult author of The Lost Dreamer, joining us to talk about her upcoming YA fantasy available March 2022. Plus, Gary Paulsen joins us to give a special preview of his upcoming book, Northwind!

Timestamps:
3:08 – editor Trisha de Guzman and author Lizz Huerta in conversation with a Q&A
14:47 – Picture Books
29:28 – Introduction to our newest imprint, Neon Squid
32:41 – Middle Grade Books
42:36 – Young Adult Books
53:35 – Gary Paulsen

Join us for a free webinar on Anti-Racist Education: Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum!

Anti-Racist Education: 
Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum

Join us for this FREE Booklist webinar on Wednesday, September 8 at 2pm ET / 1pm CT! 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. 

Learn more about the featured authors & request digital ARCs here →

Watch our ALA New Voices in YA Panel!

Join five young adult authors for a conversation about their debut or sophomore titles moderated by Candice Mack, President of the 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).

Learn more about these books here!

WATCH OUR FALL 2021 SCHOOL & LIBRARY PREVIEW, FEATURING AUTHORS ARIEL HENLEY AND PHILIP AND ERIN STEAD!

Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Fall 2021 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles!

Ariel Henley, debut author of A Face for Picasso, joins us to talk about her debut novel available September 2021. Plus, Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead joing us to give a special preview of their upcoming book, Amos McGee Misses the Bus!

Timestamps:
2:21 – Ariel Henley and Grace Kendall in conversation
13:53 – Young Adult Books
27:54 – Middle Grade Books
44:24 – Picture Books
58:23 – Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

Visit our ALA Annual 2021 Virtual Booth!

Greetings, librarians! While we’re sorry we can’t celebrate together at ALA Annual, you don’t have to miss out on all the resources available in our virtual booth! Enter for your chance to win ALA award winners, request digital ARCs of upcoming releases, get an exclusive look at our fall picture books, download our interactive Fall 2021 catalog featuring audio clips from our authors, view our full schedule of author programming, and more!

Visit our ALA Virtual Booth here →

WATCH OUR SPRING 2021 SCHOOL & LIBRARY PREVIEW, FEATURING AUTHOR ADRIANNA CUEVAS!

Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Spring 2021 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles!

Plus, Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, joins us to talk about her newest book Cuba in My Pocket (available in September 2021!)

Timestamps:
3:40 – Adrianna Cuevas in conversation with editor, Trisha de Guzman
15:38 – Picture Books
29:57 – Middle Grade Books
47:27 – Young Adult Books