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Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day

StoryMakers On Location | Brooklyn Book Festival Childrenu0027s Day!

On Sunday, September 18th, New York City hosted one of the largest free literary events in the nation: The Brooklyn Book Festival! Join Rocco Staino as he chats with Brendan Wenzell, Christian Robinson, Matthew Cody, Jude Watson, and Gordon Korman in this special On Location edition of StoryMakers.  Whether you missed the event or are eager to relive the excitement, this episode captures a glimpse of the festivities! You can also watch our live stream on the KidLit TV Facebook page!

Check out Rocco’s illustration-inspired tie and get to know some of your favorite authors and illustrators!  Find out which spread from Last Stop on Market Street is Christian Robinson’s favorite and hear about the unusual pet Brendan Wenzell had when he was a kid (its name was Gus!).  Matthew Cody, Jude Watson, and Gordon Korman talk about their newest books and what inspires them to write.  Tune in to learn all this and more!


Circus Mirandus
Written by Cassie Beasley
Published by Dial Books

Do you believe in magic? Micah Tuttle does. Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim told him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other the Man Who Bends Light.

They All Saw a Cat
Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzell
Published by Chronicle Books

In this glorious celebration of observation and curiosity, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see.

Some Pets
Written by  Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzell
Published by Beach Lane Books

Come one, come all, to the pet show! With dogs and cats, horses and chickens, hamsters and chinchillas! This book celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes. Who will take home the c Best in Show ribbon? Join the fun to find out!

Last Stop on Market Street
Written by Matt De La Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty in the world around them.

Leo A Ghost Story
Written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by Chronicle Books

You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can’t even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo’s efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination. And that is when their adventures begin.

The Dead Bird
By Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by HarperCollins

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat.So they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

Little Penguins
Written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books

Snowflakes? Many snowflakes. Winter is coming. As the snow starts to fall, the excited penguins pull out scarves, mittens, heavy socks, and boots, and Mama helps them bundle up. But when it’s time to go out, one timid penguin decides to stay home. Filled with waddling baby penguins, playful text, and delightful illustrations, this book feels like a young picture-book classic in the making.

Written by  Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips never slobbers. He yips never yaps. And he walks with grace. Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.

Written by Matthew Cody
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear along with any memory that they ever had them.

Written by Matthew Cody
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Daniel Corrigan is as regular as can be, especially when compared to the Supers: kids in his new hometown with actual powers like flight and super-strength. But Daniel’s not powerless. Only he was able to stop the Shroud, a supervillain bent on stealing his newfound friends’ powers. And thanks to him, his friends got to keep those powers.

Written by Matthew Cody
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The truth about the Super children who have real powers like flight and super strength is finally exposed, and the town of Noble’s Green has created a special boarding school for its superpowered children. That’s where all Daniel’s friends are headed, while the regular kid that he is is headed to summer school. But all is not well at the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted. A clique of popular kids has taken over the school, and once again, it’s powerless Daniel who may be able to stop them. To do so, he will have to turn to his sworn enemy, the Shroud, for help.

Written by Gordon Korman
Published by Scholastic Press

Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It’s not too hard for him to get away with it until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him.



Written by Jude Watson
Published by Scholastic Press

Rule Number One for Cat Burglars: Never Do a Favor for a Friend.
So why is March McQuin dangling upside-down twenty feet above a stone floor in the middle of the night, instead of tucked in bed like a regular kid? Along with his twin sister, Jules, he’s set on stealing a set of stunning diamonds. It should have been an easy job, in and out. Except another thief got there first.

StoryMakers on Location
Host: Rocco Staino | Executive Producer: Julie Gribble

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