Book Jam 2020 Schedule

All sessions were streamed live on Crowdcast. Recordings are available and viewable on demand through Crowdcast.


11 am (EST)

Illustrator Sketch-Off: Part One

Ready, set, DRAW! In this fun, lively event, viewers can submit prompts for a panel of beloved illustrators to draw in 60 second and 2 minute intervals. Hosted by Ruth Chan (THE GREAT INDOORS), watch Sophie Blackall (IF YOU COME TO EARTH), Patrick McDonnell (MUTTS) and Mika Song (DONUT FEED THE SQUIRRELS) sketch in action and see what kind of drawings they create on-the-spot! Get your suggestions ready and join us!

12 pm (EST)

Telling Our Stories

Join a conversation with authors Eric Gansworth (APPLE (SKIN TO THE CORE)), Darcie Little Badger (ELATSOE) and Daniel Nayeri (EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE) as they discuss how their personal narratives inspire their work and the craft of storytelling in memoir and fiction. This session will be moderated by author Amy Jo Burns (SHINER).


How to Raise a Reader

Maria Russo (HOW TO RAISE A READER), former children’s book editor at the New York Times and current editorial director of mineditionUS, and author/publisher Margery Cuyler (SKELETON FOR DINNER) discuss ideas for engaging children of all ages in books, raising lifelong readers, and the overall landscape of children’s literature.

1 pm (EST)

Finding Your Voice

Finding your true voice can be a challenge, especially when you’re a kid. Middle grade authors Phil Bildner (A HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE), Hena Khan (MORE TO THE STORY), Torrey Maldonado (WHAT LANE?) and Janae Marks (FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON) discuss the art of writing courageous characters and what it means to overcome a challenge in order to become the hero of your own story.


Animal Antics

Would you rather have a stink bug for a best friend or a jaguar for an evil nemesis? Would you rather be raised by a pod of dolphins or a herd of elephants? Join Lauren Castillo (OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG), Beth Ferry (FOX & RABBIT), Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg (ASTRONUTS MISSION TWO: THE WATER PLANET) as they play a wacky animal-themed game of “Would You Rather?” and discuss their new books.

2 pm (EST)

Illustrating Friendship

Join in on a conversation between long-time friends and fellow author/illustrators Airlie Anderson (NEITHER), Barbara DiLorenzo (RENATO AND THE LION) and Victoria Jamieson (WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED) as they discuss their work, building professional communities, and getting to do what they love as a career.


Reading with Pride

Everyone’s story deserves to be told and read. YA authors Phil Stamper (THE GRAVITY OF US), Aiden Thomas (CEMETERY BOYS) and Ngozi Ukazu (CHECK, PLEASE!: STICKS & SCONES) discuss with Robin Stevenson (PRIDE: THE CELEBRATION AND THE STRUGGLE) how stories about the LGBTQ+ experience expand our world’s perspective.

3 pm (EST)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Book Jam

A funny thing happened on the way to the Book Jam…tune in to find out what happens when middle grade authors Pablo Cartaya (EACH TINY SPARK), Chris Grabenstein (MR. LEMONCELLO AND THE TITANIUM TICKET), K.A. Holt (BENBEE AND THE TEACHER GRIEFER) and Mike Jung (THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROW) join forces to write an interactive story with help from the audience!


Keeping It Real!

Fed up with fantasy? Done with dystopia? Sick of sci-fi? Keep it real with Anna Birch (I KISSED ALICE), Lamar Giles (NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE), Megan McCafferty (THE MALL), and Anica Mrose Rissi (NOBODY KNOWS BUT YOU) as they discuss their latest books.

4 pm (EST)

Illustrator Sketch-Off: Part Two

Ready, set, DRAW! In this fun, lively event, viewers can submit prompts for a panel of beloved illustrators to draw in 60 second and 2 minute intervals. Hosted by Ruth Chan (THE GREAT INDOORS), watch John Patrick Green (INVESTIGATORS), Remy Lai (FLY ON THE WALL), Adam Rex (ON ACCOUNT OF THE GUM) and Gene Luen Yang (DRAGON HOOPS) sketch in action and see what kind of drawings they create on-the-spot! Get your suggestions ready and join us!