Kidlit Rallies With Digital Book Festival

As always when someone tells us “no,” the kidlit community claps back with a “watch me.”

In the face of cancelled school visits, book promotion tours, publishing and educator conferences, and beloved book festivals, kidlit authors Ellen Oh and Christina Sootornvat created the Everywhere Book Fest.

The digital book fest, billed as a “virtual celebration of authors, books, and readers,” intends to transform the book festival experience into a digital gathering for all book lovers, featuring live and pre-recorded sessions with picture book,  middle grade, and young adult authors.

Planners are still working out details, but starting today you can click here to submit panel ideas.

The Panel Proposal Form will be open until Tuesday, March 24, 9pm ET.

Heather Murphy Capps
Heather Murphy Capps has always had a deep appreciation for comfort and elegance. She and Claudia would have run out of money quickly together but would absolutely have been on the same page about taxis and nice restaurants. And of course, solving mysteries about beautiful art. That said, Heather also appreciates Jamie’s love of complication, which is why she spent several years living in rural Kenya and then became a television news reporter, which involved standing for hours in the middle of hurricanes and political battles. Now she’s raising middle-grade readers and writing for them. She loves to read and write books with lots of great science, magic, mystery, and adventure. Heather is the communications coordinator for Mixed-Up Files, as well as creator/curator for our We Need Diverse MG series. She is committed to creating more diversity in publishing.