Dec 01, 2020 2020-12-01
The Latinx KidLit Book Festival is the largest gathering of Latinx children’s book authors and illustrators for students, teachers, and book lovers everywhere. This virtual festival will take place on December 4 and 5, 2020, and feature more than 150 Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, poetry, graphic novels, and comic books. Participating authors include National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X), National Medal of Arts winner Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies), National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi (American Street), and Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina (Merci Suárez Changes Gears). Students may ask a participating author or illustrator a question. If a student’s question is selected for use in the festival, the student’s class will be entered in a drawing to win a set of books. Each student may submit one form with up to three questions. Dozens of festival organizers and volunteers have worked on a compilation of children’s books written and illustrated by Latinx authors. Each listing in the online database indicates the author’s name and website, book title, genre, representation, and themes. Teachers will also find links to freely downloadable pre-festival educator guides, in English and Spanish, for elementary and high school grades, as well as guides for books from festival authors. In addition, closed-captioning or ASL interpretation will be offered during the virtual festival. Each panel presentation will also be available as a podcast episode that book lovers can listen to anywhere and at any time. The festival was created by Las Musas, a collective of women and nonbinary Latinx picture book, middle grade, and young adult debut authors.