Children's Book Guild Speaker Series, 2020 - 2021


We have an exciting year of programming planned for the Children's Book Guild Speaker Series. All events will be held online, using the Zoom platform. There will be no fee to attend Speaker Series programming during the 2020-2021 year. You may register here.

Support for those working for Racial Justice in Children's Literacy and Education
In lieu of a registration fee, the Guild is offering the option to make a small donation to one organization, chosen monthly by the Program Committee, that supports black lives and racial justice initiatives in children's literacy and education. Please note, donations are optional, and will be given by Members and Friends of the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC.

The Guild is supporting Teaching Tolerance for its January program. There is an option to donate after registering. To learn more about Teaching Tolerance and their important work, check out their website here.


 Juana head shot

January 21, 2021
1 PM

Juana Martinez-Neal

Moderated by Susan Stockdale


Meet Juana Martinez-Neal in a Zoom webinar on Thursday, January 21 at 1 pm. This Peruvian-born book maker is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut picture book as an author-illustrator, Alma and How She Got Her Name, was awarded the 2019 Caldecott Honor. Juana received the Sibert Medal in 2020 for Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. We will get a look into her creative process as well as a sneak peek at her upcoming book, Zonia’s Rain Forest. This event will be moderated by Guild member Susan Stockdale.

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Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam
November 19, 2020

7 PM

Ibi Zoboi


Dr. Yusef Salaam

Moderated by Deborah Taylor
Ibi Zoboi is the author, most recently, of the middle grade novel My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (Penguin, 2019). She earned an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her books also include the young adult novels Pride (HarperCollins 2018) and American Street (HarperCollins 2017), which was a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book.
Dr. Yusef Salaam, now known as one of the Exonerated Five, the Black and Latinx men wrongly convicted as teenagers of assaulting a jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, is an educator and lecturer. He advocates for criminal-justice reform, and in 2016 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama.
Deborah Taylor, the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, recently retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she enjoyed a long and distinguished career. She has chaired and served on many ALA committees, including the 2015 Sibert Award for Outstanding Informational Books for Children, the Newbery Awards, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and the Printz Award. Taylor is an adjunct professor teaching young adult literature at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies.

Tiffany D. Jackson
October 15, 2020

Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany is a recipient of a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, an NAACP Image Award nominee, and a Walter Award Honoree. In addition to her other critically acclaimed books, Tiffany will discuss her just released, Grown, a powerful look at popular culture and its impact on young women in particular. (It’s also a fascinating who-done-it!)


Raul the Third

September 17, 2020

 Raúl the Third and His Art
Join us in a lively conversation moderated by Guild member Yukari Matsumaya.

Raúl the Third (aka Raúl Gonzalez) is the Pura Belpre Medal award-winning illustrator of the dynamic graphic novel Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, as well as the other graphic novels in the series, Lowriders in Space and Lowriders Blast from the Past. He received a 2020 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Award for Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market and is the author and illustrator of Vamos! Let’s Go to Eat, both titles in Guild member Kwame Alexander’s Versify Imprint at HMH.

Yukari Matsuyama is the Cataloging Manager for First Book. She serves on the Children’s Book Guild Advisory on Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity, and was part of the 2019-2020 Program Committee.


Please check back soon for a full schedule of events.





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