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Everywhere Book Fest

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Register Now for Everywhere Book Fest! Enjoy the book festival experience straight from your living room!

The #EverywhereBookFest is a free, 2-day virtual event taking place on May 1-2. Celebrating picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors, illustrators, books, and readers, Everywhere Book Fest is bringing everyone the book festival experience straight to their living room! You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @EverywhereBookFest and register for the event and see the full festival schedule  here.

Below you will find a list of authors participating in Everywhere Book Fest and links to their eBooks and audiobooks available in PLYMC’s digital collections.


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Day 1: Friday, May 1, 2020

Welcome to Everywhere Book Fest:

Melanie Conklin, Ellen Oh (OverDriveHoopla), and Christina Soontornvat (OverDriveHoopla)

 

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Gene Luen Yang (OverDriveHoopla)

 

Speakers

Jacqueline Woodson (OverDriveHoopla)

Jason Reynolds (OverDriveHoopla)

Meg Medina (OverDriveHoopla)

Cynthia Leitich Smith (Hoopla)

Author and Illustrator Panels:

Dinosaurs, Ghosts, and Gods, Oh My!
Claribel Ortega (Hoopla), Daniel José Older (OverDrive), and Kwame Mbalia (OverDriveHoopla)

You Make a Difference: Activism in Picture Books
Carole Lindstrom, Marcie Colleen, Mahogany Browne, and Michaela Goade

Picture Book Draw-Off!
Tom Lichtenheld, Raúl the Third, and Chloe Bristol

Magic vs. Science: Children’s Authors Battle It Out!
Anne Nesbet (OverDriveHoopla), J. Anderson Coats (Hoopla), and Sayantani DasGupta (OverDriveHoopla)

Putting the STORY in History: a historical-fiction panel
Anne Bustard (Hoopla), Gail Carson Levine (OverDriveHoopla), and Linda Sue Park (OverDriveHoopla)

Team Tropes: YA Fantasy Edition
Swati Teerdhala (OverDriveHoopla), Kat Cho, Katy Rose Pool (OverDrive), Roseanne A. Brown, Janella Angeles, and Christine Lynn Herman (OverDriveHoopla)

Inspired by a True Story
Kamen Edwards (OverDrive, Hoopla), Ray Jayawardhana (Hoopla), and Ashima Shiraishi

Write #HerStory
Samira Ahmed (OverDrive), Abigail Hing Wen (OverDriveHoopla), Gabby Rivera  Hoopla), and Libba Bray (OverDriveHoopla)

Doodle Duel!
Remy Lai (OverDrive) and Kayla Miller (OverDrive)

It’s All Relative: Sibling Stories
Erin Entrada Kelly (OverDriveHoopla), Renee Watson (OverDrive), Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Sarah Allen

Draw Me Like One of Your Graphic Novels
Gene Yang (OverDriveHoopla), Ngozi Ukazu (Hoopla), and Lisa Brown (OverDrive)

Take a Virtual Korean Vacation with Korean Authors!
Kim Hyun Sook, Robin Ha, and Erin Yun (Hoopla)


everywhere bookfest2Day 2: Friday, May 2, 2020

Closing Keynote Speaker: Nic Stone (OverDrive)

Speakers:  Marie Lu (OverDriveHoopla)
Grace Lin (OverDriveHoopla)

 

Author and Illustrator Panels:

To Create a STEAM Book, You Must Fall in Love
Daniel Miyares and Amy Alznauer

Home and Belonging: Migrant Stories in Middle Grade Literature
Aida Salazar (OverDrive), Ernesto Cisneros (Hoopla), Yamile Saied Méndez (OverDrive), and Kelly Yang (OverDrive)

I Am My Own Hero
Mike Jung, Daniel Nayeri (Hoopla), and Donna Barba Higuera

Capturing a Life: Writing and Art about Real People
Annette Bay Pimentel (Hoopla) and Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins

Plot on the Spot!
Sarah Mlynowski (OverDriveHoopla), Max Brallier (OverDriveHoopla), Stuart Gibbs (OverDriveHoopla), and Christina Soontornvat (OverDriveHoopla)

Illustration Fight to the Death
Adam Rex (OverDriveHoopla), Juana Martinez-Neal (Hoopla), Molly Idle (Hoopla), and Shannon Wright (Hoopla)

Writing with Furry Friends
Jennifer Li Shotz (OverDriveHoopla), Karina Yan Glaser (OverDriveHoopla), and Melanie Conklin

Black Voices Matter
Karyn Parsons (OverDrive), Jason Reynolds (OverDriveHoopla), Jewell Parker Rhodes (OverDrive), and Vashti Harrison- illustrator (OverDrive)

Magic in Queer YA
Andrew Eliopulos), Isabel Sterling (OverDrive), Aiden Thomas, and Anna-Marie Mclemore (OverDrive)

Totally True Stories: Nonfiction Books that Stick
Teri Kanefield (Hoopla), Tonya Bolden (OverDriveHoopla), and Nathan Hale (OverDriveHoopla)

Out of the Box: Exploring the Boundlessness of Black Girlhood
Jennifer Baker, Liara Tamani (OverDriveHoopla), Brandy Colbert (OverDriveHoopla), and Bethany C Morrow (Hoopla)

Truth or Dare with YA Authors Everywhere
Ismée Williams (Hoopla), Mayra Cuevas (Hoopla), Natalia Sylvester, and I.W. Gregorio

Middle Grade Lunch Bunch
Mae Respicio (OverDrive), Jessica Kim (OverDrive), and Debbi Michiko Florence

Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
Danielle Paige (OverDriveHoopla), Amerie, Somaiya Daud (Hoopla), and Karen Strong


Alex Harper is the Assistant Supervisor and Youth Services Team Leader for the Newport Unit of PLYMC.

She loves working with Tweens and Teens and providing school outreach. She runs Project LIT Youngstown, PLYMC’s chapter of Project LIT Community, a national grassroots literacy movement. Alex wholeheartedly believes that books have the power to change the trajectory of one’s life and is committed to ensuring that all young people can find a book that represents their unique story.

When not working, she can be found making things out of yarn, eating ice cream, or taking a nap.