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.

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 →

FRtbr: Move these books to the top of your Young Adult TBR list!

Don’t miss these four virtual author events!

Everyone knows hindsight is 20/20 and since it is 2020 AND the year of social distancing, our friends at Fierce Reads are taking this extra time indoors to reorganize their TBR list and revisit some of our favorite books! Find some YA books you may have missed here + join the authors for a virtual visit during BookCon Virtual!

Find YA books you may have missed + more author event details here →

Storytime: Author Paul Greci reads HOSTILE TERRITORY

Author Paul Greci reads from Hostile Territory, a thrilling YA wilderness survival story, in which a catastrophic earthquake strands four teens in the Alaskan wilderness—and leaves them without a civilization to return to.

Praise for Hostile Territory:

“This fast-paced book contains all the hallmarks of a classic wilderness survival novel (deadly terrain, vicious predators, literal cliff-hangers) and the best of the postapocalyptic genre … The author’s decades of Alaskan wilderness experience is evident throughout … A great high-stakes wilderness survival tale.”—School Library Journal

“Heart-racing… A rugged wilderness lover’s post-disaster survivalist tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

Heart-thumping suspense for readers who liked Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave.”—Booklist

Find more author storytime videos here.

Author Interview with Dita Kraus, the Librarian of Auschwitz, and more books for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dita Kraus grew up in Prague in an intellectual, middle-class Jewish family. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, fourteen-year-old Dita was one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. There, she met Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch, who put Dita in charge of protecting eight precious volumes that prisoners managed to sneak past the guards. And so, Dita became known as the Librarian of Auschwitz.

Dita shares her remarkable life story in her breathtaking new memoir for teens and adults, A DELAYED LIFE. Dita’s incredible story was also fictionalized in the outstanding young adult novel, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ.

Read an interview with Dita Kraus and find more books to share with young readers for Holocaust Remembrance Day here.

Read an interview with Dita Kraus + find more books for Holocaust Remembrance Day here →

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 →

Teacher’s Guide: Last Pick

Last Pick by Jason Walz

In this first volume of Jason Walz’s dystopian graphic novel trilogy, the kids last picked are humanity’s last hope.

Three years ago, aliens invaded Earth and abducted everyone they deemed useful. The only ones spared were those too young, too old, or too “disabled” to be of value. Living on Earth under the aliens’ harsh authoritarian rule, humanity’s rejects do their best to survive. Their captors never considered them a threat—until now.

Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels and start a revolution. It’s time for the kids last picked to step into the game.

A YALSA Recommended Reading Great Graphic Novel
A 2020 Texas Maverick Graphic Novel