Reading Together: Library Programs for Parents and Children


Library programs are great opportunities for parents and children to bond over reading together. These amazing speakers’ books are enjoyed by audiences of all ages. In their engaging workshops, entertaining conversations, and informative talks, these speakers bring a marvelous experience for parents and children to enjoy together.

Rachel Ignotofsky Speaker

Rachel Ignotofsky: New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science

Inspiring Girls to Embrace STEM

Rachel Ignotofsky addresses the process of using illustration to make dense information fun and accessible.

Dr. Ibram Kendi Speaker

Dr. Ibram Kendi: National Book Award-winning historian and New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

Teaching Children To Connect Across Differences

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi offers advice that is grounded in research and relatable real-world experience for parents to help their children respond to the news and become antiracists.

E. Lockhart Speaker

E. Lockhart: New York Times-bestselling author of We Were Liars

Tapping Your Creativity

E. Lockhart hosts creative writing workshops on tapping your unique voice as a storyteller and shares tools she uses to create compelling narratives.

MattdelaPena Speaker

Matt de la Peña: New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults

Writing for Children

Matt de la Peña discusses the art of writing for children and the complicated themes that resonate with young readers and encourages them to find beauty in their everyday lives.

AbdiNorIftin Speaker

Abdi Nor Iftin: Author of Call Me American and immigrant rights advocate

Call Me American

Abdi Nor Iftin chronicles his incredible journey from Somali refugee to American resident. Published first as a memior, Call Me American has been adapted for young readers. Iftin shares the gripping story of his journey into young adulthood.

Amanda Lucidon Speaker

Amanda Lucidon: Obama White House photographer, award-winning filmmaker, and New York Times-bestselling author

Imagine the Possibilities: A Talk for Young Women and Girls

Amanda Lucidon shares stories that will inspire young women and girls to envision the possibilities of their futures, encouraging them to confront challenges, try new things, and use their voice and talents to make a positive impact.

Maya Camille Broussard Speaker 2

Maya-Camille Broussard: Netflix’s Bake Squad star and Owner of Justice of the Pies

“I Knead Love” Workshop

Maya- Camille Broussard offers an “I Knead Love” workshop for kids from low-income households to learn basic cooking skills, healthy eating habits, and nutrition.

Meg Wolitzer Speaker

Meg Wolitzer: Author of Millions of Maxes and To Night Owl From Dogfish

Switching Hats: Writing for Adults and Young Readers

Meg Wolitzer talks about what it takes for a novelist to write for an adult audience and then turn around and also write for children and teenagers.