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This picture book illustrates Alice Tapper’s determination, bravery, and unwillingness to accept the status quo. Ages 4-8

Punchy and emphatic text complements sweet illustrations of safari animals and demonstrate that it’s always okay to ask for help. Ages 4-8.

When Barack Obama was elected as President, one of his many priorities was to ensure that his staff reflected the population of his country. That meant hiring women—women of all ages and colors—to be part of his White House.

Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels including the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming. Grades 6+.

Overflowing with engrossing surrealism, this winding story is a deeply meditative insight into the teenage experience. Ages 14+.

Versify books seek to empower and engage readers of all ages with stories that explore the beauty of the world, and all of its challenges and hope. This event reflects that mission and will entertain the whole family.

Meet Leland Melvin, astronaut, former NFL player, and author for a book signing. Prizes for the bookmark contest will be distributed at the book signing. All Ages.

A special performance celebrating the paperback release of BOOKED and THE CROSSOVER as well as the release of Kwame’s new picture book THE UNDEFEATED. Books will be available for purchase. Ages 6+.

Renowned storyteller Atinuke and illustrator Angela Brooksbank share two engaging stories that offer readers a glimpse of what childhood is like in West Africa.

The author will discuss the importance of children experiencing time in nature, address the benefits of natural playspaces and provide how-tos for homeowners and educators.

This discussion will center on the immigrant experience in America, and will highlight stories of the challenges specifically young people face in their pursuit of new lives.

To mark the publication of her new book, Chelsea Clinton will welcome young readers and their families for a special reading and hands-on activities inspired by the book’s endangered animals. Ages 3-5.

Whether or not readers believe in UFOs and aliens, they are sure to enjoy the suspenseful plot and relate to the feeling of not being taken seriously by the adults in their lives. Ages 10-12.

Chelsea Clinton will discuss what inspired her to write about endangered animals and her passion for writing for young audiences.

Hena Khan will share her stories and creative process. Hena will read from her latest book UNDER MY HIJAB. All ages.

Celebrate el Día de los Niños with award winning children’s book author Lulu Delacre! Lulu will take the whole family on an imaginary voyage around the world with stories, game-songs and dances.

uthors and moderator will speak about their work, honor the trailblazing voices who have paved the way for contemporary stories, and recognize the changes that still need to be made. Ages 10+.

Christina Graham will read her book, “Bunnies Are a Lot Like You and Me.” Price includes the purchase of a book from the author. Ages 3-8.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing!