The Boston Book Festival, which takes place Oct. 19 throughout Boston’s Copley Square and Oct. 20 at venues in Dudley Square, Roxbury, has revealed its lineup of presenters for its youth programming. Each year, the festival aims to attract literary lovers of all ages and provide a diverse offering of activities for individuals and families alike.
This fall, the festival will offer multiple sessions for kids and teens that explore numerous literary genres and themes as well as provide more than 10 children’s workshops to hone writing, reading and creative art skills across the two-day festival.
“The Boston Book Festival has always incorporated activities to spark the interest and curiosity of young readers,” said executive director Norah Piehl. “We want to show how the creative and literary arts have so much to offer today’s youth as a medium for enjoyment and education. In today’s technological world, kids need to be pushed more than ever to see the value a book can offer them outside of an academic context and what we have planned will show how fun literature can be.”
The youngest attendees will enjoy picture book readings by award-winning authors and illustrators, appearances by beloved costume characters and a Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt. They can also participate in a scavenger hunt called, “Passport to Immigration” in Copley Square.
Middle-grade and teen readers can take part in author panels and sessions on fantasy, historical fiction and love stories, as well as youth-focused keynote presentations with authors Erin Entrada Kelly, Marie Lu and Akwaeke Emezi.
Adults will also be able to attend two children’s literature–based sessions.
This year, the youth programming provides active learning opportunities for various types of creative and visual arts. Hands-on workshops will include:Cartooning Writing Urban farming and urban planning Engineering Black identity Art Puppetry Filmmaking Wearable art
The 2019 edition of the BBF will feature more than 300 presenters covering a diversity of topics spanning today’s most pressing issues including politics, ethics, technology, social media, big data, climate change, sustainability, agriculture, race, gentrification, aging, relationships, sex and romance. The Festival will kick off on Friday, October 18 with a discussion with Samantha Power on her memoir, The Education of an Idealist. The BBF will continue on Saturday, October 19 in Copley Square in Boston and on Sunday, October 20 in Dudley Square in Roxbury. Saturday’s events also include a street fair with live music, food trucks and 75+ exhibitors.