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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!

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Saturday, October 15
 

10:00am

Appearance by Maisy
Meet colorful and loveable mouse Maisy!

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

10:00am

Story Time with Deirdre Sullivan and Maja Löfdahl
Deirdre Sullivan and Maja Löfdahl read from Ming Goes to School (ages 3-6).

Presenters
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Maja Löfdahl

Maja Löfdahl is a Cambridge-based illustrator. She studied painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and has since illustrated Ming Goes to School, a children’s book by Deirdre Sullivan, which Publishers Weekly calls a “cozy portrait of everyday discoveries... Read More →
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Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan lives in Boston. Her debut picture book is Ming Goes to School, which Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, calls “a cozy portrait of the everyday discoveries and accomplishments that school can bring.” | | Links: Publishers Weekly review... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:00am

Big Picture Photography Contest

Come marvel at the creativity and vision of the pint-sized photographers who captured a kid’s eye view of our Hubbub Festival back in June! Their award-winning work will be on display at the Boston Public Library’s DeFerrari Hall throughout the BBF. Sponsored by Cronin Hill Photography.


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
BPL DeFerrari Hall 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA

10:00am

Passport to Imagination
Here’s a great way to see the sights at the BBF! Pick up a Passport to Imagination at the Character Connection tent and travel through Copley Square taking part in fun activities. Have your passport stamped at each participating exhibitor, and return the completed passport to the Character Connection tent. Kids who return a completed passport will get a prize, donated by Candlewick Press, while supplies last! 

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

10:30am

Kids' Keynote: Jon Klassen

Two turtles find one fantastic hat. “But there is only one hat. And there are two of us.” So what happens next? With his trademark deadpan humor and understated style, award-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen tops off his beloved “Hat” trilogy with the thoroughly satisfying We Found a Hat, sure to delight preschoolers and parents alike. After providing a brief introduction to those charismatic turtles and a glimpse at how he works, Klassen will talk with the Horn Book’s Elissa Gershowitz—and with you! So bring your questions, and wear your favorite hat! Sponsored by Simmons College. Sponsored by Simmons College.


Moderators
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Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is senior editor of the Horn Book Magazine and online content editor for The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. Links: More About The Horn Book... Read More →

Presenters
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Jon Klassen

Kids' Keynote
Jon Klassen is a bestselling illustrator and author of children’s books who earned a 2013 Caldecott Medal for his book This is Not My Hat, as well as the 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Book award for its sequel I Want My Hat Back. Combined, both books have spent more than... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Appearance by Pancake Pig
Give our pig a pancake (or a hug) and see what happens!

Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:00am

Middle Grade: The Power of Friendship

From group selfies to sleepovers, part of growing up is forming strong friendships—some of which can last for a lifetime! In this session, we’ll hear from three novelists whose latest books vividly illustrate just how powerful friendship can be. In Ali Benjamin’s moving, award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish, a girl retreats into her imagination after losing her best friend. In Jo Knowles’s Still a Work in Progress, friendships help sustain a boy whose family life is in crisis. And in Paul Griffin’s When Friendship Followed Me Home, a scruffy four-legged friend leads a lonely boy to his first real friendship, and all the humor and heartbreak that accompanies it. Bring your best friends to this session, hosted by our friend Cathryn Mercier of Simmons College.


Moderators
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Cathryn Mercier

Cathryn Mercier is the director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and a professor of English at Simmons College. She has contributed to the scholarship on children’s literature and children’s authors and served on numerous award committees. Links: Simmo... Read More →

Presenters
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Ali Benjamin

Ali Benjamin’s debut novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is the co-author of HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl’s memoir Positive and Tim Howard’s New York Times-bestseller The Keeper. Her writing... Read More →
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Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin is an author of novels for middle grade and young adults. His work includes Ten Mile River, Adrift, Burning Blue, Stay with Me, and The Orange House, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association’s 2010 Notable Book... Read More →
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Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is a teacher in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and recipient of a 2005 PEN literary award. She is the author of middle-grade and young adult books including Lessons from a Dead Girl, See You at Harry’s, Jumping off Swings, and Read Between the Lines... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Story Time with Christian Robinson
Christian Robinson reads from School’s First Day of School (ages 4-8).

Presenters
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Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is an award-winning picture book illustrator and animator from San Francisco. As an animator he has worked with Pixar and Sesame Workshop. His illustration credits include Josephine, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, Gaston, Leo: A Ghost Story, and the Newbery... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Appearance by Madeline
Form two straight lines to greet Madeline with a hearty "Bonjour!"

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Paper Doll Portraits

When civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer was a child and was not feeling good about herself, her mom gave her a doll to inspire her to love herself and believe that she was beautiful and valued. The doll was most likely made by someone in their neighborhood using bits and scraps of fabric, ribbon, and yarn. It was made to look like Fannie Lou and wore a dress in her signature sunflower yellow. This story and others from Fannie Lou’s life are brilliantly illustrated by Ekua Holmes in the Caldecott Honor Book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Now, with Holmes’s help, it’s your turn! If someone were to make a doll or action figure that looked like you, what would it look like? Let’s find out. Make a figure or doll that looks like you using bits and scraps of paper. What colors, clothes do you like to wear? What is the shape of your nose and eyes? What is the color and style of your hair? If you like to read, add a book. If you like sports or music find some way to convey those activities. Using cut shapes and colors, create a Paper Doll portrait of YOU!

Ages 7-12.

Presenters
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Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is an award-winning artist whose work in Boston earned her a 2013 Brother Thomas Fellowship from the Boston Community. She is a painter and collage artist who uses news clippings, photographs, and found ephemera to construct vibrant new images that convey a sense of community... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

The Way Things Work Now: David Macaulay
David Macaulay, award-winning author of beloved works such as Cathedral, City, Castle, and Mosque, has, with humor and precision, depicted everything from buildings to machines to the human body. His worldwide bestseller The Way Things Work has now been updated to include machines of our modern era like 3D printers, touchscreens, and WiFi. The Boston Globe noted in its review of the original: “The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths.” Meet David Macaulay as he discusses The Way Things Work Now with educator, computer scientist, musician, and photographer Michael Hawley. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

Moderators
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Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley is the director of Special Projects and founder of MIT’s Go Expeditions program and has been on the faculty of MIT for nearly a decade, working on a wide array of creative projects with students in electrical engineering and in the Media Lab, where he held the Alex... Read More →

Presenters
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David Macaulay

David Macaulay is a visual storyteller and self-described “explainer” whose illustrated books demonstrate the origins, makeup, and workings of objects--from everyday utilitarian items to great engineering accomplishments--in a way that is accessible and entertaining for all ages... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Story Time with Katrina Goldsaito
Katrina Goldsaito reads from The Sound of Silence (ages 5-8).

Presenters
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Katrina Goldsaito

Katrina Goldsaito is a journalist, producer, and writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, the Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and the Japan Times. Goldsaito previously worked in Tokyo as an on-camera TV journalist and producer for NHK-World, and her first children’s... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Middle Grade: Strange Creatures, Fantastic Voyages
In the pages of a book, you can encounter wild landscapes, crazy creatures, and dangers galore—all from the safety of your comfiest chair. Kate Milford’s historical adventure The Left-Handed Fate depicts a nineteenth-century search for a mythical superweapon said to stop war. Elise Broach sets her latest novel, The Wolf Keepers, in magnificent Yosemite National Park. And Jennifer Weiner, in her middle-grade debut, The Littlest Bigfoot, explores an unexpected friendship between two outsiders—only one of whom is human. Our tour guide on this adventurous journey is Lauren Rizzuto of Simmons College.

Moderators
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Lauren Rizzuto

Lauren Rizzuto is a writer, reviewer, and a graduate of Simmons College’s Children’s Literature M.A. program, where she now teaches. She also works as a bookseller at the Children’s Book Shop in Brookline and reviews books for the Horn Book Guide. Links: The Horn Book Onl... Read More →

Presenters
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Elise Broach

Elise Broach is a New York Times-bestselling author of picture books and novels for children and young adults, including Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret, Desert Crossing, and Missing on Superstition Mountain. Her works have been selected as ALA Notable Books and Junior Library... Read More →
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Kate Milford

Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her work includes The Bone Lands, The Kairos Mechanism, Bluecrowne, and Greenglass House, which was a nominee for the National Book Award and winner of an Edgar Award for young... Read More →
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Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author whose novels have spent over five years on the bestseller list, with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. Her novels include Good in Bed; In Her Shoes, now a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Appearance by Wild Thing
Let the wild rumpus start when you meeet Wild Thing!

Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Story Time with Jabari Asim
Jabari Asim reads from Preaching to the Chickens (ages 5-8).

Presenters
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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a multidisciplinary journalist, editor, and critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and fiction for both children and adults. His nonfiction works, including What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

"X" Marks the Adventure
Where will you go today? With stories, the possibilities are endless! Building from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, “Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere,” Michelle LeBlanc, the Map Center’s director of education, and Dory Klein, education and outreach coordinator, will take participants on a journey to the many settings of William Shakespeare’s plays. Using The Tempest as a launching point, children will explore the culture and events that informed Shakespeare’s choice of setting and think about the roles that place, identity, and travel play in stories. Then the group will work together to create a story of an epic journey and then work individually to creatively map the group’s story. After the workshop, head to the Map Center to continue exploring Shakespeare’s world!

Ages 7-12.

Presenters
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the fifteenth century to the present. In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Appearance by Pete the Cat
Wear your favorite shoes to meet the coolest cat around!

Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Story Time with Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker reads from Return (ages 4-8).


Presenters
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Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker is the award-winning illustrator and author of the wordless children’s picture book trilogy the Journey. With evocative and fantastical watercolor illustrations, the Journey series follows its adventuring protagonist through Caldecott Honor winning Journey (2013), acclaimed... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

My Bad Bad Dog
After many tellings, master storyteller Norah Dooley wrote a picture book about her dog's well-earned reputation. Using the process and story of her recently published picture book My Bad Bad Dog, participants will create stories using prompts to remind us of our best friend's canine adventures. This one-hour storytelling workshop is for dog-lovers of all ages. They may be storytellers who write or writers who want to be able to tell better stories. Fun oral storytelling games and exercises will be followed by a share out of stories. Storytelling is a great pre-writing strategy but not a writing workshop, and written work will be minimal.

Presenters
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Norah Dooley

Norah Dooley is a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed children’s author, and creator of StoriesLive®, a high school storytelling curriculum and story slam program. She is the co-founder of massmouth.org and the Greater Boston Story Slam series. Dooley also wrote the picture... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Make Your Own Monster Puppet

Join our friends from Puppet Showplace Theater for a hands-on monster-making extravaganza! Kids engage their imaginations as they create their very own monster mouth puppet using construction paper, scissors, and glue. Scary or silly—it's all up to you!

Ages 5-10; drop in with an adult.

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:30pm

Story Time with Jef Czekaj
Jef Czekaj reads from Dog Rules (ages 4-8).

Presenters
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Jef Czekaj

Jef Czekaj writes books, draws cartoons, and also DJs. His picture books include Hip and Hop, Don't Stop!, Oink-a-Doodle-Moo, and Austin, Lost in America. Hilarity and adventure flood his comic Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters, which ran in Nickelodeon Magazine for over ten years... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA