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Welcome Welcome from Executive Director, Jackie Copeland.


Live Webinars 


1:00 PM How High the Moon Discussion

Join Celebrity Author Karyn Parsons (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) for a discussion and reading of her book How High the Moon with MahoganyBooks.

Click HERE to Purchase How High is the Moon.

2:00 PM The Power of Activism in Children’s Literature Panel

Authors Zetta Elliot and Just Us Founders Cheryl Willis-Hudson and Wade Hudson will discuss the importance of teaching children about activism through the use of children’s literature. 

Click HERE to Purchase Milo’s Museum or Pre-Order A Place Inside Me

Click HERE to Purchase Just Us Books




Pre-Recorded Videos (Recordings are available throughout the event beginning at 11 am. on June 27)


Story Readings – Part I

Join author Jenny Delacruz for a reading of Mommy Can I Sleep with You Tonight? This story tackles the tough topics of talking to your kids about COVID-19 while calming any panic or fear.

Click HERE to purchase Mommy Can I Sleep with You Tonight?

Join author Kelly Starling Lyons for a recorded story reading of Tiara’s Hat Parade. Tiara has a gift for storytelling; her momma has a gift for making hats. When a new store opens that sells cheaper hats, Momma has to set her dreams aside, but Tiara has an idea for helping Momma’s dreams come true again.

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Author/ illustrator Floyd Cooper will read from his book The Ring Bearer a story that celebrates blended families. The reading will be followed by an illustration activity inspired by, A Ride to Remember, the true story of how a community came together–both black and white–to make a change to  desegregate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland.

Click HERE to purchase The Ring Bearer

Click HERE to purchase A Ride to Remember

What happens when a brother and sister who share a love as big as the sky must separate? Join illustrator Elizabeth Zunon for a reading of As Big as the Sky, a heartwarming story set in an African village shows that with a little generosity, there’s always a way to come together. 

Click HERE to purchase As Big as the Sky

Enjoy a reading of Darius Daniels: Game On! with author Caroline Brewer. This fun-filled book is about a boy, a game, and a great adventure involving some scary and beautiful creatures. Readers will experience rhythm, rhyme, rap, and riddles, as well as travel across time, space, place and the shores of identity.

Click HERE to purchase Darius Daniels: Game On! 

Illustrator’s Activity with Vashti Harrison

Illustrator Vashti Harrison presents a drawing demo and breaks down the process of drawing faces, features, and bodies of the characters from her books, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Dreamers Visionary Women Around the World.

Click HERE to purchase Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Illustrator’s Activity with Akinseye Brown

Join illustrator Akinseye Brown to discover how to create your own  comic book story. Akinseye is an artist and writer that uses African culture, science fiction, and fantasy to tell stories.

Click HERE to purchase How to Draw African Superheroes

KidzArt Literature Activity Join Ebbie from KidzArt Central Maryland for a literature-inspired art project for children.
Story Readings – Part II

Author/illustrator Vanessa Brantley- Newton will read from Just Like Me, an ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between.

Click HERE to purchase Just Life Me

Join Tracy Barnett Jones, Founder and President of YoungSTEM for a reading of Careers from A to Z. YoungSTEMs is a Baltimore-based organization that works to expose youth to the world of science, technology, engine and math.

Click HERE to purchase Careers from A to Z

Authors Jessica & Parker Curry will read from Parker Looks Up. A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

Click HERE to purchase Parker Looks Up.

Join Illustrator Gordon C. James for a reading of  I Am Every Good Thing and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut followed by a demo drawing of  one of his male characters. The confident Black narrator of  I Am Every Good Thing is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He’s got big plans, and no doubt he’ll see them through. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

Click HERE to purchase I Am Every Good Thing

Click HERE to purchase Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

End the day with award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford for a reading of In Your Hands.  In this powerful picture book, a black mother expresses the many hopes and dreams she has for her child. This book was selected by the author in memory of George Floyd and all black mothers.

Click HERE to purchase In Your Hands