Subscribe to The Horn Book

Boston-area children’s lit events for May

May: baseball season is in full swing (har-har), Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and graduations are beginning. Make sure you squeeze a few of these great children’s lit–related events into your jam-packed schedule! Check our monthly events calendar for all the details.

May is Asian American Heritage Month!

Both GrubStreet’s The Muse and the Marketplace annual conference (at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel) and NE-SCBWI’s Regional Spring Conference — Create Bravely: Make Your Mark (at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place) begin today and conclude on Sunday. Create Bravely is sold out, but spots are still available for The Muse and the Marketplace.

Wellesley Books will host a benefit book fair for The Foundation for Children’s Books beginning today and running through Sunday. The sale is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm today and tomorrow, Saturday, May 3rd, and from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday the 4th.

Carle Museum Chief Curator Nick Clark will lead a guided tour of the exhibit The Art of Bernard Waber at 1:00 pm tomorrow the 3rd.

Also tomorrow at the Carle, author-illustrator Elizabeth Rose Stanton will read and sign her debut picture book Henny. The event begins at 2:00 pm and is free with museum admission.

Author Sara Hoagland Hunter will read from her newest children’s book, Every Turtle Counts, at Wellesley Books tomorrow at 3:00 pm.

The Brookline Public Library hosts Tee Off, an adult evening of mini-golf, refreshments, and special author guests tomorrow night beginning at 7:30 pm.

rocco_swim that rockJohn Rocco and Jay Primiano, authors of YA novel Swim That Rock, will speak and sign the book at the Walpole Barnes & Noble at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 6th.

ChopChop Magazine editor Sally Sampson will lead two cooking classes for children and sign her new cookbook CHOPCHOP: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family on Wednesday, May 7th, at Wellesley Books. A class for children ages 5 to 8 takes place at 2:30 pm, followed by a class for 9 to 12 at 3:30 pm. Both classes are $5 per participant.

Calling all baseball fans! Book Ends Winchester hosts author David A. Kelly (Miracle Mud, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse, and The Ballpark Mystery series) for a reading and signing at 3:30 pm on Thursday, May 8th. Please call 781-721-5933 or email to RSVP.

Louise Borden, author of The Journey that Saved Curious George, will discuss her research for the book at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday the 8th at 6:30 pm.

The Writers’ Loft’s picture book manuscript critique group meets Thursday the 8th at 7:00 pm. Manuscripts for critique should be submitted by the Monday prior to the meeting.

Andrea Cremer, author of the YA fantasy series Nightshade, will share her latest novel and series starter The Inventor’s Secret at Wellesley Books at 7:00 pm on Thursday the 8th.

Writers interested in breaking into nonfiction freelancing work or critiquing a nonfiction manuscript are welcome at the Writers’ Loft’s  Nonfiction Think Tank, which meets this month on Friday, May 9th, at 10:00 am.

Author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka will sign his new picture book Peanut Butter and Jellyfish at The Blue Bunny at 4:00 pm on Friday the 9th.

perkins_open micOn Friday the 9th at 7:00 pm, Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices editor Mitali Perkins and contributors Francisco X. Stork and David Yoo will discuss their experiences of “growing up between cultures” at the Parker Middle School Auditorium.

Instructor Annie Hartnett will teach day-long writing workshop “The Adult in Young Adult: Writing about Sex and Violence in Novels for Teens” at GrubStreet on Saturday, May 10th. The class runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; fees are $110 for GrubStreet members and $130 for non-members. Please bring a notebook or laptop for in-class writing exercises.

On Monday, May 12th, at 6:30 pm, the Cambridge Public Library will host a panel discussion by Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself editor Luke Reynolds and contributors Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Anna Staniszewski, and Francisco X. Stork.

As part of its “Gateway to Reading” Lowell Lecture Series, the Boston Public Library main branch will host a panel discussion entitled “Different Paths to Reading” at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 13th. Panelists will be Carle Museum Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy; Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture for the College of Education at UMass Amherst; and author/illustrator Grace Lin. Cathie Mercier, Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, will moderate.

Call Me Oklahoma author/illustrator Miriam Glassman will lead a discussion on crafting chapter books at The Writers’ Loft on Tuesday the 13th at 7:30.

The Writers’ Loft will host its new Middle Grade Morning Critique group on Thursday, May 15th, and Thursday, May 29th, at 10:00 am. Please email if you are interested in submitting a middle-grade manuscript in progress for critique.

Rees Literary agent Rebecca Podos and Candlewick Press assistant editor Carter Hasegawa are offering manuscript critiques at the Writers’ Loft on Saturday, May 17th, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Registration is required; cost is $65 for Loft members, $85 for non-members

Author Tania Unsworth will read from her YA dystopian novel One Safe Place at 11:00 am on Saturday the 17th at the Boston Public Library’s Jamaica Plain branch.

Wellesley Books will host a kids’ writing workshop in celebration of Children’s Book Week with authors Jennifer Ann Mann (Sunny Sweet is So Not Sorry) and Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (Famous Last Words) on Saturday the 17th at 3:30 pm.

jacobs_count on the subwayPaul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender will read their new picture book Count on the Subway at a special storytime at The Carle on Sunday, May 18th, at 2:00 pm.

At 3:00 pm on Sunday the 18th at Concord Bookshop, author and illustrator team Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham will read and sign their latest picture book bio A Home for Mr. Emerson.

Moira Young will celebrate the publication of Raging Star, the concluding volume in her Dust Lands dystopian YA trilogy, at 4:00 pm at Porter Square Books on Sunday the 18th.

The monthly YA Think Tank writing group will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, May 19th. Participants will workshop their YA works-in-progress; manuscripts for critique should be submitted one week prior to the meeting.

The Carle’s special exhibit Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty opens on Tuesday, May 20th, and will run through November 30.

On Wednesday, May 21st, at 4:00 pm, middle-grade fantasy authors J.A. White (The Thickety) and Paul Durham (The Luck Uglies) will discuss and sign their novels at Wellesley Books.

Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos will speak as part of the “Gateway to Reading” Lowell Lecture Series at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 22nd, at the Boston Public Library main branch.

eric carleMr. Eric Carle himself will make an appearance at The Carle Museum on Saturday, May 24th, at 10:00 am. Tickets are free, but limited in number. Check the museum’s website for signing line guidelines.

The Writers’ Loft will host a panel on world-building with YA fantasy authors Leah Cypess, Erin Cashman, A.C. Gaughen, and Adi Rule at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 25th. The panel is free for members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members.

Wellesley Books celebrates the release of City of Heavenly Fire, the conclusion to YA author Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, with a conversation between Clare and author Jodi Picoult. The evening will also include audience Q&A, trivia, and a book signing. Tickets are $30, which includes a signed hardcover of City of Heavenly Fire.

Do you have the inside scoop on more upcoming Boston area children’s book–related events? Let us know in the comments or email

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.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind