2021 Schedule

All sessions will be streamed live on Crowdcast. Registration not required but sign up and save a spot for the panels below. Recordings will be available and viewable on demand through Crowdcast.


11 am (EST)

Monsters, Magic & Mystery

Journey with us on a quest filled with twists, turns, and magical beasts in this lively discussion with authors Tae Keller (WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER, Random House Books for Young Readers), Kate Milford (THE RACONTEURS COMMONPLACE BOOK, Clarion Books), Chad Sell (THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM #2, Knopf Books for Young Readers), and Wendy Xu (TIDESONG, Quill Tree Books) and explore how they create imaginary characters and worlds.

12 pm (EST)

Thrills, Chills & Kills

Fasten your seatbelts for this session led by author Anica Mrose Rissi (HIDE AND DON’T SEEK, Quill Tree Books) who chats with Young Adult authors Tiffany D. Jackson (WHITE SMOKE, Katherine Tegen Books) and Erica Waters (THE RIVER HAS TEETH, HarperTeen) about their thrilling new books.

1:30 pm (EST)

Real Reads

Let’s keep it real in this session featuring author/cartoonist Damian Alexander (OTHER BOYS, First Second), author Tanita S. Davis (PARTLY CLOUDY, Katherine Tegen Books), author Kathryn Erskine (LILY’S PROMISE, Quill Tree Books), author Lee Durfey-Lavoie and illustrator Veronica Agarwal (JUST ROLL WITH IT, Random House Graphic) as they discuss their middle grade books and themes of friendship, loss, anxiety, bullying and hope.

2:30 pm (EST)

Picture Book Pairs

What is love and what’s it got to do with a bear? Join award-winning author Ame Dyckman (TINY BARBARIAN, HarperCollins) to answer these and other important questions together with award winning and best-selling authors and illustrators, Mac Barnett and Carson Ellis (WHAT IS LOVE?, Chronicle Books) and Jonathan Stutzman and Caldecott winner Dan Santat (BEAR IS A BEAR, Balzer + Bray).