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! Scroll to the bottom for archived videos and recordings of past events you can watch on demand!

Upcoming Events:

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

May 26: Booklist’s Book Buzz, Jr., 12:30PM EDT (FREE!)
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.

May 27: School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog Festival (FREE!)
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.

June 1-4: MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse: The Picture Book Edition, 1 PM EDT (FREE!)
Join us at MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse! From June 1–4, you can tune in every day at 1pm ET / 10am PT to hear from bestselling and award-winning authors as they give lessons in your favorite school subjects. Featuring Mahogany L. Browne, Michaela Goade, Ekua Holmes, Carole Lindstrom, Tracy Nelson Maurer, Stacy McAnulty, Dashka Slater, Jason Tharp, and Lily Williams!

June 6: Comics Relief: A First Second Festival (FREE!)
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 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!

Watch archived videos from past events →

Watch Macmillan’s TLA 2020 Publishers Preview!

Hear about Macmillan’s upcoming books for kids, teens, and adults! Marketing representatives from MacKids School & Library, Macmillan Library Marketing, and Tom Doherty Associates share upcoming books you shouldn’t miss!

Visit our TXLA Virtual Booth
to watch more videos from our authors and request digital ARCs of our upcoming books!

Keep reading to learn more about the Macmillan Children’s books featured in our preview!

Learn more about our preview titles here →

Listen: Booklist 2020 “New Voices, New Worlds” Webinar!

Books are entries into new worlds, inviting readers to hear different voices and explore exciting places! Listen here to Associate Marketing Manager Melissa Croce, along with representatives from Lorimer Children & Teen, and Archipelago Books present their latest titles for young readers showcasing diverse authors, characters, and topics! Plus, we’ll talk with author June Hur about her upcoming YA debut, The Silence of Bones!

Listen: A Conversation with the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

Join School Library Journal for a lively conversation featuring the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists, including Deborah Heiligman, author of Torpedoed. Learn a bit about the inspiration behind these fantastic titles; hear from the authors about their research and storytelling processes; and take away some insights into how publishers select engaging and relevant nonfiction titles for teens.


Listen here for this exciting Q and A with four of the five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2020 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. Featuring conversations with Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager), David Yoon (Frankly in Love), Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), and Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame), this free, hour-long webinar will be moderated by Booklist Books for Youth editor—and Morris Award Committee consultant—Sarah Hunter. For more information about the Morris Award, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award.