This year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books took place April 21–22 on the campus of the University of Southern California. The event brought together more than 150,000 attendees for a weekend of readings, signings, panels, and more, featuring a number of children’s and adult authors. We’ve gathered a selection of kids’ book-related highlights from the festivities.
(From l.): YA authors Marie Lu, Sabaa Tahir, Dhonielle Clayton, Tochi Onyebuchi, Nic Stone, and Randy Ribay got revved up for their panel.
Dave Eggers signed a copy of his new novel, The Lifters, for a fan.
(From l.): Authors on the Nothing Left to Lose panel, Marie Marquardt, Emily X.R. Pan, Farrah Penn, Gayle Forman, and E. Katherine Kottaras.
Authors Rick Riordan (center) and Roshani Chokshi joined Rich Fahle of PBS for a live interview about the Rick Riordan Presents imprint and, which kicked off in March with Chokshi’s debut middle grade novel, Aru Shah and the End of Time.
Author Rob Sanders read from his new picture book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.
(From l.): Authors Brandy Colbert, Robin Benway, Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Renée Watson, and Abdi Nazemian after the YA Fiction: Secrets and Self-Discovery panel.
Bonnie Verburg, v-p and editorial director at Blue Sky Press, and a cosplaying David Shannon (Bizzy Mizz Lizzy).
(From l.): Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious), Shea Ernshaw (The Wicked Deep), and Caleb Roehrig (White Rabbit) during the YA Thrillers: Buried Secrets panel, which was moderated by Gretchen McNeil.
Super Bowl champion and author Malcolm Mitchell presenting his picture book, The Magician’s Hat, to the crowd.