Virtual Events Calendar | SLJ’s Roundup of Weekly Book-ish Things

From letter-writing contests to graveyard performances, there's always something new going on, and our continuously updated calendar of events will get you there. 

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Mark Your Calendars for Closer-Than-You-Think November!

Letter Writing Contest from the Pulitzer Center for K-12The 2020 Pulitzer Center letter-writing contest
What urgent issues are on your students' minds, and how can they use writing and media literacy skills to take action? K-12 students around the world are invited to enter the 2020 Local Letters for Global Change writing contest! In their letters, students will highlight under-reported stories that matter to them, make local connections to systemic global issues, and advocate for policy change to better their communities. Contest deadline: November 13, 2020. Finalists will be published on the Pulitzer Center website, and winning entries in the high school, middle school, and elementary categories will receive $100 to promote global education in the classroom (distributed to the class teacher).

--Here are some resources to get started:

  • Find complete contest guidelines, letter-writing templates, and suggested news stories for different grade levels at this link .
  • See examples of winning entries from last year's contest here .
  • Schedule a virtual workshop to prepare your class to craft successful entries here !


Voting is now open for the 13th Annual Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards!

Kids and teens across the country are invited to vote for their favorite books in four different categories:

  • Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year
  • 3rd to 4th Grade Book of the Year
  • 5th to 6th Grade Book of the Year
  • Teen Book of the Year
Voting will run through Fall Children's Book Week, closing on November 15, and the winners will be announced by early December. See the finalists and voice your choice at .
September 24
7:30 p.m. ET

Latinx Heritage Month (9/15 – 10/15) is nearly upon us, and Bloomsbury YA is gearing up for a virtual celebration brimming with Latinx excellence that readers will not want to miss. Featuring: Ibi Zoboi, Lilliam Rivera, Zoraida Córdova, and Mark Oshiro; moderated by Adriana Herrera . For tickets:

September 26
A Lament for Troubled Times:
Enjoy live music by The Harlem Chamber Players atop the Hill of Graves at a time when in-person events are at a minimum. RSVP for free performances here.

September 27
6 - 8 p.m. ET

PBS plans to broadcast the Library of Congress National Book Festival for the first time in a program called “Celebrating American Ingenuity,” hosted by Hoda Kotb. The program, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the festival, will simultaneously stream online, following a weekend of virtual events that will be accessible at, including on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with timely topics and book buying possibilities. The full lineup was recently announced, with authors including Colson Whitehead, Madeleine Albright, Jason Reynolds, John Grisham, Melinda Gates, Gene Luen Yang, Salman Rushdie, and many others. Follow the festival on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest, and subscribe to the National Book Festival Blog at

Wide Open School is collection of online learning resources curated by Common Sense Media but sponsored by companies including Head Start, Scholastic, and Nat Geo, allows you to log in and choose content based on “Educator” or “Family.”

Scholastic has "reimagined" its free Scholastic program "to leverage a safe interactive digital community which aims to increase book access and ensure engaging experiences." Scholastic is also offering plenty of resources on its Scholastic Learn at Home page.

Todd Parr's Be Who You Are DaySeptember 30
1 p.m. ET
Be Who You Are Day!

Whether young readers celebrate with coloring sheets or get their teachers to register for a live stream of events or watch videos, it's a great day to Be Who You Are, and to be kind to others by washing your hands and wearing a mask. Find out more here 


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