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Baltimore Book Festival: Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage features interactive programs for the whole family, with popular local and nationally known authors of books for children and teens. Staff will be available all weekend for library card sign-ups to start your journey at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. You're Free to Bmore #atthepratt.

Schedule                 Friday, November 1

12:30PM-1:30PM        Book Buggy with Miss Kelly
Join Miss Kelly for a Zumbini® demo! Zumbini® is a music and movement class for children, 0 to 3 that will have dancing, singing and instruments, and will feature the theme: "Kalino Finds the Music"! You must register online at to attend the demo class.

2PM-3PM        Black Fathers are Our Superheroes: A Discussion on Positively Changing the Narrative of Black Fatherhood in Americ
The panel will display Black Fathers/Father Figures in a light that we have rarely been shown in before, specifically in children's books. The discussion will highlight the abilities of Black Fathers and the super powers they possess: the ability to have a lifelong impact on our children. Featuring: Stephen McGill II, Sherman Barksdale, Kenji Jackson, Glen Mourning.

3PM-4:30PM        Peacefire for Ceasefire
Stop by and help Pratt Library staff create PeaceFire at the Pratt, an art installation of banners, flags and posters in support of Baltimore Ceasefire. We will have a variety of supplies so that you can create a flag or a poster coloring page to be displayed at the Roland Park Branch.

4:30PM-6PM        Open Works Mobile Workshop
Open Works Mobile (OWM) is Baltimore’s first and only mobile maker-space offering an introduction to “maker” based education. The workshop on wheels travels to schools, community centers, and community event sites to demonstrate basic digital fabrication technology with a desktop 3D printer, CNC machine, and Laser engraver. Join them today for a brief demo and the 3d printing pen activity.

Saturday, November 2

12PM-1PM        Carole Boston Weatherford, author of The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop
Caldecott Honor winner Carole Boston Weatherford traces the Roots of Rap in her new picture book.

1PM-2PM        Middle Grade Books: World-building from Fantasy to Contemporary
Award-Winning authors Laura Shovan and Ronald L. Smith will talk about the importance of creating believable worlds for their characters to dwell in—from fantasy and the supernatural to contemporary, true-to-life stories. Featuring: Ronald Smith, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, in conversation with Laura Shovan, Takedown

2PM-3PM        Hena Khan, More to the Story, in conversation with Ellen Oh, Spirit Hunters 
Hena Khan is a Pakistani American children's author. Her middle grade novel Amina's Voice was named a Best Book of 2017 by the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and others. More to the Story is her newest novel, and is inspired by Hena's favorite book of all time, Little Women. Ellen Oh is co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy for young adults. She is also the editor of WNDB’s middle grade anthology Flying Lessons and Other Stories, and the YA anthology A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Featuring: Hena Khan, More to the Story, Ellen Oh, Spirit Hunters 

3PM-4PM        Paula Chase Live on the Children’s Book Podcas
Librarian and Podcast Host Matthew Winner will talk to author Paula Chase about representation in children’s literature, busting myths about taboo topics in middle grade books and using reading for pleasure as a tool for learning. Featuring: Paula Chase, co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf and author of Dough Boys, and Matthew Winner of the Children’s Book Podcast

4PM-5PM        Picture Book Extravaganza
Get to know your favorite picture book authors in an interactive panel hosted by Pratt librarian Paula Willey. Featuring: Juana Medina, Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas, Laura Gehl, Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer; Jerdine Nolen, Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life; and Gina Brelesky, Rodney Makes a Friend.

Sunday, November 3

12PM-1PM        Tackling Tough Topics in Children’s Literature: Promoting Empathy and Encouraging Hope
The children’s authors on this panel have all tackled tough topics in their debut novels for middle grade readers—stories that center on racism, neurodiversity, mental illness, substance abuse, familial abandonment, grief & acceptance, foster care, and sexuality. In this session, the authors will explore how such challenging books not only reflect the lives of many of today’s young people, but also foster empathy for the realities of others (empathy which new research indicates is in decline among school-aged children), and above all, light a path of hope for child readers. Featuring: Chris Baron, Naomi Milliner, Nicole Panteleakos, and Gail Shepherd. Moderator: Katie Zhao.

1PM-2PM        Read to Reef Book Club featuring  Lulu Delacre 
Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. She’ll share an interactive presentation inspired by Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest. Hear the story to celebrate the fall season of the National Aquarium and Pratt Library’s Read to Reef Book Club before your aquarium visit. Following the performance, explore more about the wonders of the aquatic world with Aquarium educators.

2PM-3PM        Girlfriends Book Club Hosts the Children's Author Open Mic
The young leaders of Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore are hosting an open mic for children authors! They will share from Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club and encourage young writers to come share a poem or story. Featuring: Makayla Wright and Nadia Lessing 

3PM-4PM        How to Approach Feminism in Work for TeensBarbara Perez Marquez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. She writes short stories and fiction, usually using coming of age and LGBTQ themes in her work. During her career, she has also been an editor for several publications and projects. Nikki Zelda Richard is a sensitive queer writer with moods and coping mechanisms. An MFA graduate from the University of Baltimore, she is currently pursuing her PhD at Morgan State University. Featuring: Nikki Richard, Demon in the Whitelands, and Barbara Perez Marquez, The Cardboard Kingdom. Moderated by Zanne Phillips, Library Associate, Teen Services.

4PM-5PM        Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones Live on the Children’s Book Podcast
Kim Jones is the former manager of the bookstore Little Shop of Stories and currently works in the entertainment industry. Gilly Segal spent her college years in Israel and served in the IDF. She is currently a lawyer for an advertising agency. Moderated by Matthew Winner.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Inner Harbor, 401 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Kids, whole family, Teens

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