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Boston-area children’s lit events for October

Somehow it’s already mid-October; can you believe it? The beginning of fall is a whirlwind time here at the Horn Book as we prepare for and then host the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. It was lovely to see many of you at these events last weekend; if you weren’t able to make it, be sure to catch our photo slideshow on our homepage and our recaps of BGHB and HBAS.

While, sadly, some great children’s lit–related events have already come and gone in the last eleven days (sorry about that!), here’s what you can look forward to in the upcoming weeks — there’s quite a bit! Check out our events calendar for more details; email to submit events.

The We Art Boston online illustration auction (to benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency and Trauma Fund) opened yesterday, October 10th, and will run through Thursday, October 24th.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 12th, Journey author/illustrator Aaron Becker will discuss his creative process, lead a drawing activity, and sign books at the Carle Museum. Free with museum admission, the event begins at 2:00 pm.

Big Nate comics creator Lincoln Peirce will celebrate the publication of Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! with an event (including reading, drawing, Q&A, and signing) on Wednesday, October 16th, at 7:00 pm at the Burlington Barnes & Noble. Wellesley Books will host Mr. Peirce for a similar event at the Wellesley Free Library at 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 17th.

Avi will appear at Porter Square Books on Thursday, October 17th, at 5:00 pm to read and sign his latest novel, Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution.

The Children’s Literature Network will hold its inaugural Massachusetts Chapter & Verse book club meeting on Thursday the 17th at 6:30. This month’s selections are Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher and Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Matt Phelan.

Erin Dionne (Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking) and the Lofters will informally discuss maunscript revision in “Craft Chat: Kill Your Darlings and Revise Your Project” at The Writers’ Loft at on Thursday, October 17th, at 7:30 pm.

The Boston Book Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 17th, at 7:30pm and will run through Saturday, October 19th. There’s something for all bibliophiles. Children’s and teen literature events include a “Meet the Medalists” panel of Newbery winners, a keynote by Tomie dePaola, and much more; see the full schedule of kidlit events here. The Horn Book’s own Elissa Gershowitz will moderate a panel called “Middle Grade: Read Your Own Adventure” with authors Kathryn Lasky, Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Mass, and Erin Dionne at 1:45 pm on Saturday the 19th.

Ammi-Joan Paquette will do a special Halloween-themed book signing of her picture book Ghost in the House and middle-grade novel The Rules for Ghosting at The Blue Bunny on Friday, October 18th. The event is free and begins at 6:30 pm.

The New England chapter of SCBWI will hold a conference called “New Media Day: Making Sense of the Evolving Digital Landscape” at the Carle Museum on Saturday, October 19th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Presenters include James McQuivery, Rubin Pfeffer, Gail Gauthier, Mary Jane Begin, Emilie Boon, and Ruth Sanderson and will be followed by a book signing. Fees for the conference are $20.00 for SCBWI members and $30.00 for non-members.

Lauren Oliver will appear at the Burlington Barnes & Noble on Saturday, October 19th, at 2:00 pm to celebrate the release of Requiem, the final volume in her YA trilogy Delirium.

In a two-day class entitled “So You Want to Choose the 2013 Caldecott?,” Simmons College instructors Cathie Mercier and Megan Lambert will lead a review of the year’s eligible picture books and a mock Caldecott committee vote. The first session meets from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday, October 20th; the second session will be held December 8th. Fees are $45 for Carle members and $50 for non-members.

We Art Boston’s free family-oriented event will be held at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Sunday the 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Illustrators David Macaulay, Rebecca Emberley, and Irena Roman, and artists from Boston Center for the Arts will lead children in arts activities. Porter Square Books will be vending.

On Sunday the 20th, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Simmons College and the Carle Museum will hold an information session on their expanded graduate programs in children’s literature at the Carle. Prospective students will learn about the programs and how to apply as well as meet representatives from Simmons and the museum. Please pre-register. Another info session will be held at the Carle on Wednesday, October 30th, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Join Matthew Van Fleet for a reading of his latest pop-up book, Munch!, at the Carle on Sunday the 20th. Matt will discuss his creative process, answer questions, and sign books. The event is free with museum admission and begins at 2:00 pm.

The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales adapter Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand will read from the collection and assist children in a Hebrew calligraphy craft at 2:00 pm on Sunday the 20th. The event will be held at the Barefoot Books Concord Studio; it is free, but please RSVP.

The Writers’ Loft’s morning picture book manuscript critique group will meet on Tuesday, October 22, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Harvard University professor Maria Tatar will explore the evolution of fairy tales in a lecture entitled “The Big Bad Wolf Reconsidered: Predator and Prey in Fairy Tales Today” on Wednesday, October 23rd. The lecture begins at 6:00 pm and will be held at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch.

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday the 23rd at Grub Street headquarters, Grub Street instructors Jennifer De Leon, Celeste Ng, Pablo Medina, and Adam Stumacher will discuss writing culture in a panel entitled “What Is ‘Ethnic Writing’?”

A day-long conference called “Sensing Wonder, Serious Play” will explore “children’s literature through an ecocritical lens” on Friday, October 25th. The conference , free and open to the public, begins at 9:30 at Harvard University.

Eileen Christelow will read and sign her newest book, Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat, at the Brookline Public Library on Friday, October 25th, at 10:30 am. Ages three and up. Wellesley Books will also host Ms. Christelow for a storytime and monkey mask craft activity on Saturday, October 26th, at 10:00 am.

The Writers’ Loft YA Think Tank critique group will meet on Saturday the 26th at 10:00 am. Attendees will workshop their YA manuscripts (in any stage of completion); excerpts should be submitted via email by October 19th. Six attendees maximum.

On Saturday the 26th, The Blue Bunny welcomes David Fleming, author of the new middle-grade novel Saturday Boy, for a book signing. Time TBA.

The next Kidlit Meet Up Night, a bimonthly social event, will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, at 7:30 at the Writers’ Loft. Authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, agents, editors, etc., welcome.

The Carle Museum’s annual free Educators’ Night is Wednesday, October 30th, beginning at 3:30 pm. Presentations on integrating arts into classrooms will be followed by a conversation with author Jack Gantos and a book signing. The event is full; call 413-658-1126 to be added to the waitlist.

Jane Kohuth will teach a “Crash Course in Picture Books” on Wednesday the 30th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wellesley Books. The course will explore “topics ranging from the question, “What is a picture book?,” to issues of audience, theme, language, character, conflict, and structure, as they apply specifically to picture book writing”Fees for the class are $50 for members and $65 for non-members.

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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