Children's + YA Authors You Don't Know Yet But Should

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Parents tend to fall back on the kids’ books they already know and love. With the Brooklyn Book Festival upon us this weekend, we asked Christine Onorati, mom and owner of WORD in Greenpoint, to give us a guide to children’s and young adult authors at the festival that you might not know yet, but really should. Use this map to find the youth stages.

Michelle Knudsen: Michelle is the author of one of our favorite picture books ever, Library Lion. It’s a beautifully illustrated story of a lion who saves the day at the New York Public Library. A perfect read-aloud. (Michelle’s reading at 4pm at the Target Children’s Area)

Brian Floca: Non-fiction picture books can sometimes be a tough sell, but Moonshot delivers in a big way. With unbelievably striking watercolor illustrations, the historic mission of Apollo 11 becomes real for the young reader. We love this book. (Brian’s reading at 3pm at the Target Children’s Area)

Francisco X. Stork: Two of our favorite books for young adults in recent years have been Francisco’s Marcello in the Real World and The Last Summer of the Death Warriors. These books don’t speak down to teen readers, but challenge them to deal with big life issues and ethical dilemmas. The crossover appeal for adults help make these titles very popular at the bookstore. (Francisco’s appearing on the panel “Making It” at 4pm at the Youth Stoop)

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich: Ugh, is there anything more cringe-inducing than remembering eighth grade? In Eighth Grade Superzero, the main character faces the daily denigration of middle-school life, but the book is able to soar above the obvious with its messages of social justice and faith, told in a humorous and accessible way. We love recommending this book. (Olugbemisola is appearing at noon on the panel “Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made” at the Youth Stoop)

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