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January children’s lit events in the Boston area

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Boston is starting 2016 off with a bang. There are a ton of children’s literature related events coming up this month in and around Boston — including ALA Midwinter this weekend! Here are just a few highlights; see our calendar for even more events.

  • ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting begins Friday, January 8th, and runs through Tuesday, January 12th, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The Youth Media Awards announcements will take place Monday the 11th at 8:00 am in the ballroom. See the full schedule and register.
  • The Jumbies author and Creative Writing MA faculty member Tracy Baptiste will speak at Lesley University’s Marran Theater on Friday, January 8th, at 5:00 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public.
  • Also on Friday the 8th: at 7:00 pm, Brookline Booksmith will host a “Real Teen Lives in YA” panel with authors Marieke Nijkamp (This is Where It Ends), Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (Firsts), Annie Cardi (The Chance You Won’t Return), and Emily Martin (The Year We Fell Apart).
  • On Saturday, January 9th at 4:00 pm, Mac Barnett and Jory John will hold a prankster’s workshop at An Unlikely Story to celebrate the publication of The Terrible Two Get Worse. The (terrible?) two will also visit Barnes & Noble on Sunday the 10th at 12:00 pm.
  • As part of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, Lesley University will host a morning of Picture Book Seminars on Sunday the 10th. Author and faculty member Michelle Knudsen will cover “Picture Book Basics” from 9:30 am–11:00 am. Author/illustrator Brian Lies will discuss “Vision, Revision, and Re-revision” from 11:00 am–12:30 pm. The seminars are free and open to the public.
  • FableVision Studios will hold a reception for winners of the Massachusetts Book Awards on Sunday the 10th from 3:00 pm–4:30 pm.
  • KidLit Drink Night celebrates ALA with a gathering at Pastoral Boston at 5:30 pm on Sunday the 10th. Come socialize with fellow children’s literature aficionados!
  • The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial author and Creative Writing MA faculty member Susan E. Goodman will speak at Lesley University’s Marran Theater on Sunday the 10th at 6:30 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public.
  • Peter H. Reynolds will participate in the Family Film Festival at Arlington’s The Regent Theateron Saturday, January 16th. The event includes screenings of animated films based on several of his books, a presentation, and a book signing. It begins at 10:30 am (ages 3 and up; $6).
  • On Saturday the 16th at 2:00 pm, The Writers’ Loft will host YA authors MarcyKate Connolly (Monstrous), Camille DeAngelis (Bones & All), Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing), and Marika McCoola (Baba Yaga’s Assistant) for a panel discussion on “Writing Monsters.” Free for Writers’ Loft members; donation requested for nonmembers.
  • Grace Lin will give her presentation “The Mirrors and Windows of Your Child’s Bookshelf” at The Carle Museum on Saturday the 16th (1:00 pm; free with museum admission) and as part of TEDxNatick on Saturday, January 23rd (9:30 am–3:30 pm; $27).
  • Jarrett Krosoczka will be visiting An Unlikely Story at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 30th, to celebrate the release of Comics Squad: Lunch! Register here beginning January 16th.

See our monthly events calendar for more events and all details. Hosting — or attending — a local event and want to see it listed? Email the info to cbb (at)

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. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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