Children’s, Tweens’ & Teens’ Programs – 2018

Generation Genius Days are here again!

Reading, writing, storytelling, art, and music — they all lead to discovery and a life-long love of books. Once again, The Fair will bring more than 9,000 schoolchildren on school buses to the Fair so they can meet their favorite authors and receive FREE books! Catch live presentations by some of the hottest authors for kids and YA, with readings by Gene Yang, Jason Segel, Mercedes Lackey, Peter Lerangis, Maggie Thrash, Nathan Hale Mariko Tamaki and many more! The children’s stage will host storytelling and a myriad of performances sure to delight and engage kids of all ages!

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Special thanks to the presenting sponsor of Children’s Alley:
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Past Events

November 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

YA Authors on Love, Loneliness, and Everything in Between

Love and loneliness converge for A in David Levithan’s Someday, the body-switching sequel to his bestselling Every Day. In Janelle Milanes’ Analee, In Real Life, Analee is torn between her online gaming partner and her real-fake boyfriend. Vlogger and pâtissier Eric Bittle struggles to come out to his college hockey team—and the very attractive but moody captain, Jack—in Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Wembly Wordsmith’s Storytorium (in Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Picture Book Author: Marianne Celano

Sometimes it’s hard to know how to talk to your kids about difficult topics and traumatic events, such as social justice. Psychologist Marianne Celano helps to start the conversation with Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

We Must Bear Witness: Remembering the Holocaust

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix is the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to free the German people from Hitler’s Nazi agenda. In Tara Lynn Masih’s My Real Name is Hanna, a group of Ukrainian Jews are forced to flee to underground caves, and Hanna must keep them all alive. In Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Resistance, Chaya joins a Jewish resistance cell in Poland, determined to save as many lives as possible.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Wembly Wordsmith’s Storytorium (in Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Plot Thickens: Secret Adventure Stories

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley In this rollicking adventure by comics sensation Molly Brooks, Sanity & Tallulah must save their space station from a science experiment gone wrong before it’s too late. Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs will have your pulse racing with The Darkdeep, home to something ancient that can detect your brightest wishes and your darkest secrets.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

My Body is My Own: YA Women Fight Back

Heroines must confront toxic relationships and traumatic events in Jenny Torres Sanchez’s The Fall of Innocence, Tiffany D. Jackson’s Monday’s Not Coming, Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire, and Anica Mrose Rissi’s Always Forever Maybe. Trigger warnings: domestic violence, mental illness, sexual assault.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Heartwarming Stories of Identity & Belonging

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley A boy struggles to reconnect with his roots and estranged father in Pablo Cartaya’s Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, a girl learns the hard way how to support the Deaf, ASL community in Alex Gino’s You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, and two friends uplift each other in the midst of humiliation and heartbreak in Erin Entrada Kelly’s You Go First. This session will provide ASL interpretation,…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley How adventurous are you? Brought to you by Dylan Thuras, one of the creators of Atlas Obscura, check out this kid-friendly passport to 100 weird-but-true secret places on earth—from the Yucatan, ground zero for the ancient meteor crash that caused the mass extinction of dinosaurs, to a cave in Vietnam so vast you could fly a Boeing 747 plane through it.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Picture Book Author: Margaret Cardillo

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Jackie Kennedy was an American icon if style, grace, and steel. In Just Being Jackie, you can follow her legacy as a journalist, editor, and First Lady who was respected and beloved by leaders around the world.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Reading Queer Presents Three YA Stories

In T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper’s series finale, Changers: Forever, Kim changes into the body of her dreams, but will she keep it? In Nic Stone’s Odd One Out, Rae wants to kiss him. And her. Which is…perplexing. Maggie Thrash follows up her acclaimed coming-out memoir with Lost Soul Be at Peace, an honest and humorous examination of her struggle with depression. Moderated by David Levithan.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Picture Book Author: Zack Bush

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley There’s nothing quite like the joy and awe of watching your baby grow up. Made for Me is a tender story about that special bond between a father and his new child.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Classic Myths & Legends Reinvented

In Ryan Calejo’s Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, a battle rages between secret societies of mythological beings sworn to protect (or destroy!) mankind. Comics sensation Jaime Hernandez transforms beloved myths into stunning comics in The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America. George O’Connor brings to life everyone’s favorite mischief-making god and winged emissary from Mount Olympus in Hermes: Tales of the Trickster.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Wembly Wordsmith’s Storytorium (in Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Picture Book Author: Alex Beard

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat broccoli? The Lying King is a contemporary parable in which whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real world truths for children of all ages.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Picture Book Author: Susie Jaramillo

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Start your morning singing along to your favorite nursery rhymes in both English and Spanish with Canticos, now a Nickelodeon Jr. animated series!…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Want to get healthy and stay that way? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to get rid of germs, especially on your teeth! You’ll want to show those pearly whites after dental hygienists and their puppets teach you the right way to brush. Learn about good nutrition so you can grow healthy and strong! Presented in partnership with Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus and sponsored by Holtz Children’s Hospital.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: One World, Many Stories

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Bring your imaginary passports as we take a literary journey around the word! Explore different cultures through story time. Put what you’ve learned to work and create a map of the Caribbean, design a Japanese kimono, paint a Mexican Sugar Skull mask and more! Featured books: I Live in Tokyo, Off We Go to Mexico, Mama Panya’s Pancakes, A Caribbean Journey from A to Y, Galapagos George, This Is Venice, Canada All Year, D is for Down Under,

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: The Paintbox

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Creative Fun for Kids! Read, Imagine, And Create! The Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College invites all young readers to a journey of curiosity and discovery and to create unique pieces of art inspired by seven delightful children’s books. Children will explore their creativity with interactive projects specially designed to enhance their imagination while drawing, painting and sculpting. Featured Books: Discovery and What Does Peace Feel Like by Vladimir Radunsky,…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: The Rhythm Factory

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Sing-along, move and groove! Learn about different musical instruments from around the world. Grab your passport and go on a musical journey that will take you from Brazil to Africa and as far away as Australia! Featured books: I Love My Baby Berimbau: An Introduction to the Berimbau in Capoeira, Dundun: The Talking Drum of the Yoruba People of South-West Nigeria, The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe, Fun with the Jaws Harp,

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: Tot Time Play and Learn

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Join Arts for Learning Miami (A4L) for visual and performing arts activities where little ones become a part of their favorite stories! Live readings of vivid tales are paired with hands-on activities designed to jump-start the creative process while engaging young minds in the magic of storytelling. Play instruments, explore the world through shapes and colors, roar like a lion, slither like a snake, teach a giraffe to dance, and even create your own book! Featured Books: Mary Had a Little Glam;…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Truth in Troubled Times: YA Heroes Speak Up

It takes great courage to speak out against prejudice and stand up for what you believe in, no matter the consequences in Sara Farizan’s Here to Stay, Kody Keplinger’s That’s Not What Happened, and Jon McGoran’s Spliced.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

From Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist: A Memoir

Sylvia Acevedo was a real-life rocket scientist for NASA, and is now CEO of the Girl Scouts. But before that, she was just a Brownie scout, nourishing a love of numbers and science. Read about her journey in Path to the Stars. Moderated by Chelsea Willkerson.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

ReadCaribbean Presents Adventures for Kids

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Two friends search for a long-lost quilt patch in Marjuan Canady’s Callaloo: The Trickster and the Magic Quilt, an Arctic seal tries to get back home in Joanne C. Hillhouse’s Lost!, discoveries abound during a simple walk through the neighborhood in Paula-Anne Porter Jones’ Sandy, Tosh and the Moo Cow, and family history come alive in Francie Latour’s Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Picture Book Author: David Ezra Stein

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Every good story needs an elephant of surprise—or is it element? Papa isn’t so sure about that, but can he convince Chicken? Everybody’s favorite little red chicken returns in David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Sonia Sotomayor & Juan Felipe Herrera in Conversation

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will engage in a one-of-a-kind conversation for children with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her life, her autobiography for middle-schoolers, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, and the picture-book version, Turning Pages: My Life Story, available in Spanish as Pasando Páginas. These two inspirational powerhouses will talk about their journeys to become the first Latinos to hold their respective positions. It’s a conversation you cannot miss!…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: One World, Many Stories

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Bring your imaginary passports as we take a literary journey around the word! Explore different cultures through story time. Put what you’ve learned to work and create a map of the Caribbean, design a Japanese kimono, paint a Mexican Sugar Skull mask and more! Featured books: I Live in Tokyo, Off We Go to Mexico, Mama Panya’s Pancakes, A Caribbean Journey from A to Y, Galapagos George, This Is Venice, Canada All Year, D is for Down Under,

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: The Paintbox

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Creative Fun for Kids! Read, Imagine, And Create! The Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College invites all young readers to a journey of curiosity and discovery and to create unique pieces of art inspired by seven delightful children’s books. Children will explore their creativity with interactive projects specially designed to enhance their imagination while drawing, painting and sculpting. Featured Books: Discovery and What Does Peace Feel Like by Vladimir Radunsky,…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: The Rhythm Factory

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Sing-along, move and groove! Learn about different musical instruments from around the world. Grab your passport and go on a musical journey that will take you from Brazil to Africa and as far away as Australia! Featured books: I Love My Baby Berimbau: An Introduction to the Berimbau in Capoeira, Dundun: The Talking Drum of the Yoruba People of South-West Nigeria, The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe, Fun with the Jaws Harp,

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: Tinker, Make, Innovate!

Lower Plaza of Children’s Alley Shape the worlds around you with cutting-edge tech tools and maker-centered learning activities. Learn to solder an LED light to create your own laser-etched illuminated bookmark with Moonlighter Makerspace. 01 will teach you how to use virtual reality and 3D modeling techniques to explore digital worlds. Featured Books: What do you do with an idea? by Koby Yamada and Mae Bosom, Virtual Reality by HP Nyquist, Computational Fairytales by Jeremy Kubika Presented in partnership with Maker Faire Miami.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Children’s Alley
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

FUN ROOM: Tot Time Play and Learn

Upper Plaza of Children’s Alley Join Arts for Learning Miami (A4L) for visual and performing arts activities where little ones become a part of their favorite stories! Live readings of vivid tales are paired with hands-on activities designed to jump-start the creative process while engaging young minds in the magic of storytelling. Play instruments, explore the world through shapes and colors, roar like a lion, slither like a snake, teach a giraffe to dance, and even create your own book! Featured Books: Mary Had a Little Glam;…

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