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KidsRead / KidsWrite: The Center for Fiction’s Family Day

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Sunday, 12:00 pm EST - 3:00 pm EST October 24, 2021

The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join us at The Plaza at 300 Ashland across the street from The Center for Fiction for an outdoor celebration of storytelling for young readers, featuring readings and demonstrations from picture book and middle grade authors and illustrators, including Priya Huq, Isabel RoxasSchele Williams, Katie Yamasaki, and Gracey Zhang. Plus, our booksellers will set up a mobile book fair on the plaza for safe, socially distanced shopping for young people and their caregivers.

This event is part of The Center’s KidsRead / KidsWrite program, which annually serves 2,500 students from under-resourced New York City Public Schools with author-led reading and writing events. Upcoming programming includes a free online book discussion of Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies and our popular KidsWriting Genre Workshops.

We kindly ask that attendees wear masks. This event is in collaboration with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland is made possible by support from Two Trees Management Co.



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    Priya Huq

    Priya Huq

    Priya Huq is a Bangladeshi-American cartoonist from Austin, Texas, who enjoys working in water-based media. Her stories deal with complex emotions in both real and fantastic locations. In her free time she likes to drink tea and look at trees. Huq has contributed to TheNiband other online publications. Her most recent book is Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab. She lives in New York City with her spouse and two cats.

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    Isabel Roxas

    Isabel Roxas

    Isabel Roxas is the author and illustrator of The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens. The first book in a series, it features three questing kids, a lonely giant squid, dramatic synchronized swimming routines, nefarious rats in bowler hats, mayhem and pigeons.

    She was born in Manila, Philippines, was raised on luscious mangoes, old wives’ tales, and monsoon moons. Isabel has illustrated several books for young readers, including Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) and Day at the Market by May Tobias-Papa (2010 winner of the Philippine National Book Award).

    Follow her on Twitter @studioroxas and Instagram @studioroxas.

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    Schele Williams

    Schele Williams

    Schele Williams is a Brooklyn-based director committed to cultivating original plays, musicals, and socially conscious theater. She is the director of the revival of Aida for Disney Theatrical Group, Mandela: The Musical, and Indigo. She has directed at regional theatres and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical.

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    Katie Yamasaki

    Katie Yamasaki

    Katie Yamasaki works primarily as a muralist and picture book creator. She has painted more than eighty murals around the world, and her most recent book is Everything Naomi Loved. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.

    Photo Credit: Michael-Chung

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    Gracey Zhang

    Gracey Zhang

    Gracey Zhang is an illustrator and animator with a love of storytelling and verse. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and received her degree in Illustration from RISD. She is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she can be found window watching from the train when she’s not scribbling away at her desk. Lala’s Words is her first picture book. You can visit her at