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June children’s lit events

Here’s a selection of children’s literature–related events coming soon in the greater Boston area. Are you hosting or attending other events this month? Let us know in the comments!

Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Sydelle Pearl (co-author of Hope Somewhere in America and Elijah’s Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays) will speak about Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to and from the Children’s Poet, her biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The event will be held at the Brookline Public Library’s main branch.

Also tonight, at 7:00 p.m. at Natick’s Morse Public Library, author Sarah Dessen will celebrate the publication of her eleventh YA novel, The Moon and More. The event is hosted by Wellesley Books; participation in the signing requires the purchase of The Moon and More from Wellesley Books prior to or at the event.

On Thursday, June 13th, at 7:00 p.m., illustrator Maris Wicks will discuss Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, her YA graphic novel collaboration with author Jim Ottaviani. The free event will be held at Brookline Booksmith.

The Cambridge Public Library will hold “Fierce Reads,” a panel and signing with YA fantasy authors Gennifer Albin (Crewel), Anna Banks (Of Triton), Leigh Bardugo (Siege and Storm), Jessica Brody (Unremembered), and Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14: Sky on Fire) on Saturday, June 15th, at 2:00 p.m. at the main branch.

Another YA event on Saturday, June 15th: at 7:00 p.m., Brookline Booksmith will host a panel discussion and book signing with authors Gina Damico (Croak, Scorch), A. C. Gaughen (Scarlet), and Diana Renn (Tokyo Heist).

An exhibit entitled “Don’t Pigeonhole Me!”, featuring the non-illustration art of Mo Willems, will be on display at the R.Michelson Galleries in Northampton from June 21st to August 30th. The opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 21, at 8:00 p.m.

The Eric Carle Museum will open “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems,” a sister exhibit focusing on Willems’s illustration work, on Saturday, June 22nd. In conjunction, the museum will hold a series of Mo Willems events that weekend. “A Seriously Silly Celebration” (with activities, short films, and a Willems-led gallery tour) will take place from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The celebration is open to the public and free with museum admission. A members-only reception will follow Saturday’s festivities at 5:00 p.m.; museum members should RSVP to for free admission.

Tara Sullivan, author of intermediate novel Golden Boy, will sign at Porter Square Books on June 27th. The free event begins at 7:00 p.m.

Author/illustrator Rebecca Emberley will celebrate the publication of Itsy Bitsy Spider (co-created by Ed Emberley) and the launch of her new publishing imprint Two Little Birds on Sunday, June 30th, at 2:00 p.m. The event is free with museum admission and will include a book signing, an art activity, and snacks.

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.

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