The lineup for BookExpo's Children's Book & Author Breakfast, scheduled for Friday, May 29, has been announced. Author Judy Blume will host the breakfast, where she'll moderate the discussion and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with a look at how the novel influenced her own life and those of generations of young readers.
Joining Blume will be Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, who will discuss her Bunheads picture book series; award-winning actress, director, producer and activist Natalie Portman, who will introduce Natalie Portman's Fables, which retells three classic fairy tales; Raj Haldar (stage name Lushlife), author of P Is for Pterodacytl, who will talk about his upcoming book No Reading Allowed, which teaches children about homophones, homonyms and tricky punctuation; Marie Lu, author of the Legend series, who will introduce her new dystopian novel Skyhunter; and Kwame Mbalia, who will present Strong Destroys the World, the second volume in the trilogy that started with his bestselling Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky.
"The Children's Book & Author Breakfast showcases the diversity of genres, book types, authors and publishers within the world of children's and young adult literature," said Jennifer Martin, event director of BookExpo. "We're extraordinarily thrilled to have such a varied group of authors who will bring such unique and different perspectives to our show. We know all our attendees will walk away with valuable insights about how these books, and ones like them, can help their own bookstores, libraries and retail shops."
The lineup for BookExpo's Adult Book & Author Breakfast was announced last week.