Saturday April 9 - Celebration of Books

We Are ALL Readers is thrilled to present these award-winning authors and illustrators! Come hear them share their stories, meet them in person, and get books signed for your home library! The first 350kids get a free book of their choice!

Authors Presenting Saturday, April 9th

Photo by Jerri Graham Photography

Janae Marks

Janae Marks is an author of middle grade novels. Her debut From the Desk of Zoe Washington is an indie bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Year by Parents Magazine, Book Riot, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Chicago Public Library and the Boston Globe.

Photo by Carter Hasegawa.

Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers. She also cohosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.

Photo by Erin Jones-Le

Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. Before becoming a full-time writer, Kyle worked at five bookstores, in four libraries, for three schools, as two genders, through one intersection: people, and books.

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Anika Aldamuy Denise

Anika Aldamuy Denise is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction picture books including Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, and A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer! This fall, her third picture book biography, Phenomenal AOC: the Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will be published by HarperCollins.

Photo Credit: Chris Newell

Chris Newell

Chris Newell is co-founder/director of education for Akomawt Educational Initiative; a majority Native owned educational consultancy based in Connecticut and author of Scholastic's If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving. He is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township.

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Amitha Knight

Dr. Amitha Jagannath Knight is a graduate of MIT and Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also a former social media manager for We Need Diverse Books. In 2012, she won the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award.

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Gaia Cornwall

Gaia Cornwall loves making books for kids. Her first book, Jabari Jumps, was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, among other accolades. After growing up and spending the last ten years in Providence, RI, she recently moved with her family to CT. Look for her latest book, The Best Bed for Me, out this spring from Candlewick Press.

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Sarah Prager

Sarah Prager is an advocate for queer history education particularly for youth. Her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World received five award nominations, and was named a Best Book for Teens 2017 by New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library.

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Jannie Ho

Jannie Ho (pronounced Jane-nee) is a professional illustrator and writer of children’s books. She is also a cartoonist for Chickengirl comics, in which she draws herself as a neurotic hen observing the details of everyday life.

On Site Book Vendor

We are excited to announce that Wakefield Books will be at our celebration on Saturday, April 9th at North Kingstown High School. They will be selling a wide variety of diverse children's books from 1pm to 5pm. Be sure to stop by their pop up shop at the event, or preorder your books to make sure you get the books you want!