About the Book Festival

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is a town tradition held outside at the Princeton Public Library and the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Plaza.

We are pleased to announce Book Jam, a virtual event created by the Princeton Children’s Book Festival team at the Princeton Public Library and jaZams. We are proud to produce and share a stellar lineup of authors and illustrators participating in what we hope will be an exciting virtual and improvisational experience and the beginning of a new tradition!

The mission of the Princeton Children’s Book Festival (and Book Jam too) is to encourage reading and ignite a life-long love of books. We strive to bring a diverse and inclusive range of voices to the festival and to strengthen the connection for children between the stories on the page and the people who create them.

Sessions at Book Jam will run throughout the day on Saturday, September 25, and book lovers can tune in and have the chance to ask questions in lively panel discussions.

jaZams, our local independent bookseller, will handle book sales for the event. A portion of sales will be donated to the library.

The 2021 Book Jam art is created by Mark Chelminiak, an artist, musician, and longtime member and manager of jaZams. He lives in Stockton, NJ with his lovely fiancee, Elian and their beautiful cat, Luna (who makes an appearance in the poster). A lifelong admirer of children’s books, he dreams of one day illustrating one. Mark’s chalkboards can be found hanging in jaZams and he occasionally posts his creative endeavors on instagram (@mark_chelminiak).

Please contact us for more information.


The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is co-sponsored by jaZams of Princeton. A portion of sales is donated to the library.

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