From Coast to Coast, I'm Talking Books

Last week I visited the Pleasanton Library Bookleggers in California (an amazing program where trained volunteers present books in the schools), co-presented to educators with author Jennifer Holm at The Reading Bug Bookstore in San Carlos, California, and addressed the topic of social justice in fiction to an engaged audience as part of a Boston Book Festival Panel. Here are some photos for your enjoyment:
The Pleasanton Bookleggers. Find Mitali?
Twitter buddy Debbie Duncan, author and KQED reporter, and Jenni Holm (BABYMOUSE) at the Reading Bug Bookstore in San Carlos, California--a gorgeous place dedicated to Kid/YA books.

At the BBF Authors Dinner, hosted by the London Times Literary Supplement and the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston.

It's a blustery day, but the Boston Book Festival begins!
Visited the Massachusetts Center for the Book booth, where my Secret Keeper joined other books on a poster.
Boston Book Festival Executive Director Emily D'Amour Pardo introduces our panel on Social Justice in Fiction for Young Readers, held at the glorious Church of the Covenant in Boston.
The crowd begins to gather behind fellow panelist Richard Michelson, our Panel organizer, Cambridge school librarian Karen Kosko, and friend and fellow writer John L. Bell.
Richard presented the story behind Busing Brewster, his picture book set in 1970s Boston. Seated to his right is Katie Smith Milway, author of The Good Garden and the moderator of our panel.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez talks about The Red Umbrella, her beautiful debut novel about Cuba's Operation Pedro Pan. Listening between us is Lionel Vital, who is featured in the picture book Selavi by Youme Landowne.
My turn!
Lovely swag in our author gift bag from the Festival.







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