Children’s Programs

Saturday, May 19, 2018

3:00pm

Magical Kingdoms to Taco Queens: Middle Grade Fiction Gets Real

It’s complicated being a kid these days and middle grade fiction is evolving. Whether writing realism or fantasy, our LitFest authors get to the heart of what it’s like to be a tween. Magical Kingdoms to Taco Queens reflects a wide range of themes and concerns with stories about autism, 9/11, the family taco dream, a girl with bees in her hair, and futuristic time collision. These are stories with fully realized characters who challenge readers to think more deeply and empathically. We’ll talk about what it’s like to write compelling middle grade fiction today and the creative process as it relates to writing stories that speak to kids.

Featuring: Armand Baltazar (Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic), Danielle Davis (Zinnia and the Bees), Sally Pla (The Someday Birds), Jennifer Torres (Stef Soto, Taco Queen), Tom Rogers (Eleven), Dana Middleton – Moderator (Open If You Dare)

Location: Pasadena Playhouse Friendship Room


Storytime with Children’s Book Authors

Featured Guests: Susan Lendroth (Hey-Ho, to Mars We’ll Go!: A Space-Age Version of “The Farmer in the Dell”), and more!

Location: Pasadena Playhouse Library









4:15pm

Storytime with Middle Grade Authors
Authors to be announced!

Location: Pasadena Playhouse Library

Sunday, May 20, 2018

3:00pm

Storytime with Children’s Book Authors
Authors to be announced!

Teens Take Control in Fiction: Creating Characters with Grit, Resolve, & the Strength to Survive

From love to family to post-apocalyptic worlds, sometimes we have to get tough to figure it out and find our path. On this YA panel, authors talk about how they imbue their characters, often teens, with the grit, resolve, and strength to survive, and, in the process, take us along for the journey.

Featured Guests: Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion), Cecil Castellucci (Don’t Cosplay with My Heart), Jeff Sweat (Mayfly), Isabel Quintero (Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide), and Jennifer Brody – Moderator (The Continuum Trilogy)

Location: Pasadena Playhouse Friendship Room

4:15pm

Storytime with Middle Grade Authors
Authors to be announced!

Location: Pasadena Playhouse Library

5:30pm

The Tomorrow Prize Readings & Awards

Celebrity guests read original short sci-fi by Los Angeles teens.

Location: TBA