Skip to content
Join our Newsletter

Little Bookworms Rejoice! The Brooklyn Children's Book Fair Returns

The 12th Annual Children's Book Fair features 40 Brooklyn-based authors and a full program of readings and hands-on activities.
Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair, BK Reader
PHoto credit: NY Times

The twelfth annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair returns to the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, November 17. 

This year's fair welcomes 40 Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators offering a selection of storybooks, picture books and graphic novels for children of all ages. From 11:30am to 4:00pm little bookworms can meet and mingle with their favorite authors and illustrators while browsing new releases and participating in editorial and art-making activities.

Aside from author readings and illustrator presentations, the fair also boasts a full program of musical performances and hands-on activities including an ongoing drawing workshop using illustrator designs. Newly added: a floor drawing activity, designed specifically to engage with preschoolers.

Brooklyn Children's Book Fair, BK Reader
Booki Vivat will be among the authors presenting her book, Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes.

Take a look at this year's schedule:

  • 12:00pm: Peter Brown reads from The Wild Robot Escapes, the latest installment of his New York Times-bestselling Wild Robot series, which tells the story of Robot Roz's adventures on a remote island.
  • 12:30pm: Author-illustrator Jon Burgerman presents his book Rhyme Crime, which uses rhyming to solve crimes. Burgerman will encourage children to share their ideas and help him draw the whimsical characters of his new book.
  • 1:00pm: Sharee Miller reads from her picture book Princess Hair, reminding children that any girl can be a princess, regardless of what her hair looks like.
  • 1:30pm: Illustrator Stephen Savage will draw ninjas, bandits and a secret treasure featured in his new book Jack B. Ninja, which follows the titular ninja on a very important mission.
  • 2:00pm: Author Abby Hanlon will read and draw characters from Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds, the latest storybook in the popular Dory Fantasmagory series, which follows Dory on her adventures with the tooth fairy.
  • 2:30 pm: Author-illustrator Booki Vivat will engage her audience in thinking about their own mistakes and illustrate them through her middle school character Abbi Wu, the relatable protagonist in Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes, the second graphic novel in The New York Times-bestselling series Frazzled.
  • 3:00pm: Author-composer Michael Hearst will present music from Songs for Unusual Creatures, which teaches children about some of the strangest animals on this planet.

The fair is free and open to families with children of all ages; museum admission is the suggested donation.