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March kids’ lit events

March is a busy month for children’s literature events! Here’s a selection of happenings in or near Boston:

Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Warriors author Erin Hunter will celebrate latest series entry The Sun Trail at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch. The free event is co-sponsored by Porter Square Books. For more info, see the the library’s website.

Tomorrow, March 6th, is World Read Aloud Day. Contact your local bookstore or library for festivities near you!

Porter Square Books will host two events with Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray and the forthcoming Out of the Easy, on Thursday, March 7th. The first, at 1:30 p.m., will be held at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch; the second, at 7:00 p.m., will be at the bookstore itself. Roger has information on an “Out of the Easy” contest to win money for college over at his blog.

Concord Youth Theater’s Pinocchio production has evening showings on Friday, March 8th, and Saturday, March 9th, at 7:30 p.m.; matinee showings are Saturday, March 9th, and Sunday, March 10th, at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at the Concord Youth Theater in West Concord, $13 per ticket. See their site for more information and ticket sales.

Also on Saturday, March 9th:

  • Ralph Masiello, creator of many drawing instruction books for children, will give a demonstration at Wellesley Books at 10:00 a.m. Some supplies will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own.
  • Singer-turned-author Rita Jahanforuz will read her picture book memoir The Girl with a Brave Heart at Barefoot Books Studio in Concord at 10:30 a.m. The reading is free, but participation in a mosaic art activity afterwards requires a craft fee of $4.
  • From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Blue Bunny in Dedham hosts a book launch party for The Museum with author Susan Verde and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.
  • The Clifford the Big Red Dog musical comes to Boston’s Wilbur Theater with showings at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $17-$25.

Boston local author Linda Elovitz Marshall will sign her new picture book The Passover Lamb at the Brookline Booksmith at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th. For more details, see the Booksmith’s event page.

Author Jane Smiley celebrates the release of Pie in the Sky, book four in her middle-grade series The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, with an appearance at Wellesley Books on Tuesday, March 12th. The free event begins at 4:00 p.m.

Creative writing center Grub Street will host a roundtable discussion on editing your writing for children at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15th, at Wellesley Books. The three-hour workshop costs $50 for Grub Street members and $65 for non-members. Register online at Grub Street’s site.

Illustrator Scott Magoon will talk about how to select great picture books in “Be a Star of Storytime: 10 Elements of Beloved Picture Books”. The free presentation, co-hosted by Porter Square Books and the Parent-Child Home Program, will be held at the Porter Square Books on Thursday, March 21st, at 7:00 p.m. More information available here.

Lemonade War series author Jaqueline Davies will read from the newest volume Candy Smash at Wellesley Books at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd.

On Sunday, March 24th, author/illustrator Matt Tavares will discuss and sign his latest picture book biography Becoming Babe Ruth. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. at BookEnds in Winchester.

Olympians graphic novel creator George O’Connor will give a comics workshop for teens at the Brookline Public Library’s main branch at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th.

Whew! And this is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to share kids’ lit events you’ll be hosting or attending in the comments.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. “Whew” is right! A few more from Brookline Booksmith’s calendar:

    Sunday, March 10 at 2pm
    Linda Marshall
    The Passover Lamb

    Local author Linda Marshall (Talia and the Rude Vegetables) joins us with her latest book, The Passover Lamb, based on an actual experience at her farm. Will Miriam be able to rescue her baby lamb? Great for kids up to age 8.

    Monday, March 11 at 5pm
    YA Book Group

    Our Young Adult book group meets at 5pm on the second Monday of each month in the downstairs Writers’ and Readers’ Room. Open to teens ages 12-18. This month’s selection is Hold Still by Nina LaCour

    Saturday, March 16 at 10:30am
    Children’s Storytime
    (‘Nuff said.)

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    Thanks, Shoshana!

  3. The Girl with a Brave Heart says:

    We just love the book The Girl with a Brave Heart and after I read this article, I got inspired by your mention about the reading and I managed one at school of my children. It was an awesome experience! So I´d like to thank you for the inspiration by reading your post!

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