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

Ashley Bryan's 97th birthday, Holiday House Summer Camp, Pirate Camp, and other reimagined summerscapes join our line-up in the virtual space—take a look at our continuously updated calendar of events for your patrons, families, and you.

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July 16th, 3:00 p.m. ET
Professional Development with School Librarian of the Year, Cicely Lewis: From the US to the UK, the "Read Woke" movement has sparked conversations about the lack of minority representation in YA literature. Discover how incorporating diverse stories and incentive-based learning during an era of DACA repeal, a Muslim ban, and the Black Lives Matter movement empowered students and created a culture of reading at one school. Cicely Lewis, the 2020 School Librarian of the Year and "The Read Woke Librarian," will share tools to obtain community support and equip participants to lead change in their schools. Learn creative ways to decolonize your reading list and open up to more diverse texts. Lewis will share ways to protest from where you are and recognize that everyone has a role in the movement. Participants will leave inspired and ready to make a change. Register here.


Now through August  31Ashley Bryan
In honor of Ashley Bryan's 97th birthday, now and throughout the summer, children can check out free activities at the Beautiful Blackbird Children's Book Festival honoring the award-winning creator. The organizers encourage everyone to check back weekly, and there are prompts for sharing the work of children, with permission, online and in video format. 

July 22 - 25

San Diego Comic-Con@Home has hundreds of panels and events for all ages, all available virtually and for free. From learning storyboarding to line-ups of stars from favorite Netflix and HBO series, there is something for everyone spanning the four-day event.

August 3-8

It's the last day to register, but the Virtual Summer Writing Camp promises workshops, feedback, inspiration, and fun for teens 13 and up, sponsored by Miami Dade County's Bookfest.

Don't forget these other opportunities to attend virtual camp!


Holiday House Summer Camp offers weekly activities to keep children engaged this summer! There's even a place to keep track of all the summer reading kids are doing, and events with their favorite authors.

The Story Pirates and Random House Children’s Books have partnered to create Story Pirates Creator Camp
Each week of the July camp will feature virtual visits from best-selling children’s book authors and illustrators, interactive livestream activities led by the Story Pirates, and a curated book bundle of select titles from the guest authors. Register for one or all four weeks:

Illustration Vacation (July 6-10) | Camp Cartoonist (July 13-17) | Story Pirates in Space! (July 20-24) | Time Travel Adventure (July 27-31)

Welcome to CAMP SCBWI, a digital directory of summer camp activities for students grades PreK-12 and adventurous adults! Featuring activities created by our PAL members in the arts, nature, nutrition, sports, and theater, as well as weekly live-streams led by a prominent member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators community, CAMP SCBWI is a virtual camp experience for students, caregivers, and educators.

July and August
Pizza Hut's Incentivized Reading Camp is Open for KidsCamp Book IT! from corporate sponsor PizzaHut is offering virtual camp materials (June's activity book is still available, so don't worry about catching up) for parents and educators all summer long. Enrollment is open now, for outdoor fun as well as book recommendations and rewards for reading.

Now through August 27
Camp Candlewick, part of the publishing house's Stay at Home with Candlewick campaign, is a 12-week virtual camp with cabins sorted by age level. The downloadable suggested activities are intended to promote critical thinking, curriculum engagement, and reading. Judy Moody will be on hand, as will other stars from the Candlewick universe.

Camp Wonderopolis is a free online summer-learning destination with interactive STEM and literacy-building topics. The theme-based educational content is delivered via an online mix of videos and instructions.

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.”

Summer Read-a-Palooza gets a makeover—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.

#PrideOnEveryPage with HarperCollins Children’s Books



The National Theatre at Home is offering final productions on YouTube to see viewers through most of July:

July 9
2 p.m. (streaming till July 16)

The Deep Blue Sea
Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama, played by Helen McCrory.

July 15
2 p.m. (streaming till July 23)

Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, directed by Michael Longhurst with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.


11 a.m. ET
Live From the Library, the Chicago Public Library’s weekday reading program, was recently hosted by Michelle and Barack Obama, but usually enlists librarians from the institution's 81 branches, along with notable Chicago public figures, to bring communities together through the love of storytelling. The program also taps into many of Chicago's cultural institutions like the Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as well as some of the city's sports franchises like the Cubs and the Blackhawks.

Mornings with Papa Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters
Performing live from Chapins' living room, and streaming on Facebook, Tom and his daughters deliver a big range of songs from Tom’s 13 classic albums of children’s music, as well as a lot of folk classics.

Folk music not your thing? Parents can seek out soundtracks for every kind dance party, indoor and out.

2 p.m. ET

The HarperKids team offers daily storytimes and read-alouds, activities, and other fun content and entertainment. Includes appearances from favorite authors and illustrators, Harper employees, and special guests, posting suggestions for activities, and more. Follow HarperKids on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Kids.


Monday, 12 p.m. ET
Michelle Obama Reading Series, where the former First Lady covers an array of children's classics.

Monday, 4:00 p.m. ET
At HarperStacks, noting that library programming and classroom learning are going to look very different for the near future, the publisher is posting videos and other resources for teachers, librarians, and parents to keep kids learning while keeping it fun! Follow HarperStacks on Facebook.

Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ET
Jason Reynolds continues to drop new video episodes of “Write. Right. Rite.”  First launched in April, episodes can be found at the Grab the Mic resource guide. Reynolds addresses young people directly and provides helpful ways to express creativity through various prompts and activities. Viewers are encouraged to share their projects on social media using the hashtags (#WriteRightRite and #tellyourstorywithjason).

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

2 p.m. ET

Snack & Read Live with Simon Kids offers live read-alouds and activities around bestselling and award-winning books. Also, Read & Learn with Simon Kids, on YouTube, is a new video initiative full of story times, sing-alongs, writing prompts, and other activity videos with Simon & Schuster authors.


It’s already week 11 of Dav Pilkey’s drawing projects from home. Each new episode drops in a setting where “Draw it! Construct it! Act it out!” are the watchwords.There are appearances by favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants plus new activities, videos, and more.


Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson offers a creative escape for kids/families at home during the coronavirus pandemic via a new book, You Matter , and newly released video series, “Making Space.”  Each episode featuring a special theme (gratitude, friendship, perseverance, caregivers), an art activity, and sometimes a special guest.


Antoinette Portis is the most recent participant in YouTube's StoryMakers show, discussing her new book. The channel features many other children's book creators, including Paul O. Zelinsky and  Aaron Becker.

American Public Media launched a storytelling podcast series, Julie's Library, starring Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Watson Hamilton. Episodes will be released weekly for the first six weeks, with more becoming available later in the year.

Harry Potter Reads Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe's read-aloud of the first chapter of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone kicked off Wizarding World's latest  Harry Potter at Home lockdown, and all chapters are still online.

#SketchSchool from First Second publishers is a series of drawing lessons online, taught by familiar graphic novelists such as The InvestiGators' John Patrick Green. Viewers can draw along and learn some new skills, or just enjoy the show.


Kimberly Olson Fakih
Kimberly Olson Fakih

Kimberly Olson Fakih ( is Senior Editor, Picture Books, at School Library Journal. She previously was the children's book review editor at Kirkus Reviews.

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