In Person

Where to Find Me:

September 17: #StrongGirls = Empowerment and Activism Panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival – Brooklyn, NY
The Langston Hughes House, 20 E. 127 St., New York, N.Y., 7:00-9:00pm

Description: Strong girls become great women, and this panel gives context to the process. Join Caldecott winner Emily Arnold McCully (She Did It!: 21 Women Who Change the Way We Think), publisher Cheryl Willis Hudson (We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices),  and authors Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Someday is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins) and KaeLyn Rich (Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution) for a discussion about empowered females of the past and girls’ activism today. Moderated by a member of the Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee of PEN America.


September 24: Author Panel at the We Need Diverse Books Seminar – Rochester, NY

Description: We Need Diverse Books started as a viral hashtag on Twitter in 2014 and since then has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with eleven initiatives that seek one common goal — to create a world in which all children can see themselves on the pages of a book. Since our inception, librarians have proved vital in furthering our mission and they continue to play an integral role in introducing diverse stories in the communities they serve. In this seminar, WNDB will share information on our programs that can assist librarians in discovering and integrating diverse books in their collections. Further we will provide book recommendations, from board books up to young adult books that represent a wide variety of diverse voices. Lastly, we will organize a panel with local authors and illustrators to talk about their work and to discuss diversity in children’s literature as a whole. Featuring local authors: Linda Sue Park, Leslie Youngblood, KaeLyn Rich