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The 15th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival is going digital

Here's what that means for little readers.

Written by
Danielle Valente

Prepare to do your book browsing online. 

One of New York City's most popular literary celebrations, the Brooklyn Book Festival, is going remote for the first time. Although it seems like an atypical way to ring in the event's 15th anniversary, the star-studded author lineup and programming, particularly for young readers, is certainly worth celebrating—even from your laptop. 

The week-long festival is scheduled from Sept 28–Oct 5. Children's Day, which will take place on Oct 3, will include virtual illustration competitions, readings and performances for little bookworms. Among the author attendees are R.L. Stine, Oliver Jeffers and Tami Charles. 

“For children, parents and educators, Children’s Day is a literary celebration like no other, and one that reflects the diverse and international spirit of the city,” Liz Koch, festival co-producer, said in a statement. “We are excited to offer families and children this free and welcoming cultural experience to meet authors virtually, hear discussions and enjoy literary performances.”

But families with teens should particularly take note: BKBF is introducing a new program titled Y.A. Out Loud, which is also slated for Oct 3. Attendees can enjoy virtual readings and talks with the most popular young adult authors out there, including Libba Bray, Kacen Callender and Marie Lu. 

For those impatient readers who anxiously await BKBF, there's an upside to going remote: The online marketplace will open early this year on August 15, so ready your TBR lists.

Be sure to stay tuned online for more festival details. In the meantime, don't forget to explore our 101 favorite books for kids, our go-to kids' books about NYC and tune in for our daily storytimes in partnership with the New York Public Library, which will begin on Aug 10

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