Children’s Book & Author Breakfast

  • DA
  • Eoin Colfer
  • Jenna and Barbara
  • Lupita Nyong'o
  • Tomi Adeyemi

Date / Time: Friday May 31, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Location: Main Stage, Javits Center, BookExpo 2019

BookExpo brings together some of literature’s most prominent Children and Young Adult authors for one of the show’s most popular events – the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast. Drawing more than 1,000 attendees for a morning of lively conversation with literary giants, the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast continues to be one of the most sought-after events of the show and this year will tackle some of the most relevant topics of the day.

The annual BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast brings together some of literature’s most prominent Children’s and Young Adult authors. The Children’s Book & Author Breakfast continues to be one of the most sought-after events of the show, drawing over 1,000 attendees each year for a morning of lively conversation with literary giants.

This year's breakfast will be co-hosted by sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, daughters of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s TODAY and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living magazine, while Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, a non-profit organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. The twins previously co-authored a collection of personal stories entitled Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life.

BookExpo will welcome Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o (Marvel’s Black Panther, 12 Years a Slave) to discuss her debut children’s book, Sulwe. Drawing inspiration from her own childhood, Sulwe follows a young girl in Kenya who feels self-conscious about her dark skin until she embarks on an adventure that will lead her to self-love and acceptance. Tomi Adeyemi, author of bestselling young adult fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone, will take the stage to talk about the highly-anticipated second title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Children of Virtue and Vengeance. They will be joined by Eoin Colfer, author of the beloved Artemis Fowl series, who will discuss his buzzed about upcoming spin-off novel, The Fowl Twins. Additionally, Da Chen, bestselling author of Brothers and Colours of the Mountain, will preview his forthcoming work, Girl Under a Red Moon, which tells the story of his resolute older sister and their childhood growing up together during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Taking place Friday, May 31, the BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast will kick off the final day of the 3-day event, further establishing BookExpo as the must-attend destination for the publishing industry.

"The Children’s Book & Author Breakfast draws a huge audience of book lovers looking to discover breakout talent in the world of children’s and young adult literature and we are excited to welcome this year’s outstanding panelists,” said Jennifer Martin, Event Director of BookExpo. “With an array of unique perspectives and works across multiple genres, this year’s speakers are sure to offer a morning of exciting and meaningful conversation, as all of their works examine a variety of traditionally underserved populations.”

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