Can you believe that we have hosted over 20 webcasts this year?! From monthly celebrations to group chats and even live drawings, this year, we have had it all. And—we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of the amazing authors and illustrators that have joined us throughout the year. Hint: plan a lesson around an author or book featured in a webcast, and treat it as an author visit to your class!
Scroll down to view our on-demand webcasts for elementary, middle school, and high school.
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2021 Elementary Webcasts
Sketch Comedy: Laughs and Live Drawing with Ben Clanton
Ben Clanton returns to talk about his newest Narwhal and Jelly creation, share a reading from Narwhal's School of Awesomeness, and draw some of your favorite characters.
Caring For Your Community: Using urban ecology to learn about our cities and ourselves
Ready, Set, Read! Excite and encourage young readers to pick up books
See the Cat creators, David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka, talk about their newest book See the Dog, and the importance of creating fun, easy to read stories.
A Tale of Tails with Elisha Cooper
Caldecott Honoree Elisha Cooper chats about his newest book, Yes & No, and the importance of engaging children in reading at a very young age.
Celebrating the Power of Libraries
Angela Burke Kunkel (Digging for Words) and Anika Aldamuy Denise (Planting Stories) talk about their biographies of real-life librarians whose grassroots efforts harness the power of books and libraries to improve their communities.
Worldbuilding: Celebrating World Storytelling Day with Roshani Chokshi
Roshani Chokshi talks about the best time to write, her love for nonfiction, what makes a story worth telling, and more!
Let’s Hang with Cece & the Gang
Cece Bell talks about the design and creation of her most iconic characters, her fun stories, how she wrote them and the importance of humor!
Celebrating Black History Month with Don Tate
Don Tate discusses the picture books he has written and illustrated, and the importance of embracing works about Black history to empower readers.
2021 Middle School Webcasts
Stretching Moments to Infinity with Tae Keller
Newbery Award Winning author Tae Keller talks about her book When You Trap a Tiger, the folklore used to build the story, emotional inheritance, and building themes that children can connect to.
Fueling Young Minds and Bodies with Dr. Jennifer Gardy
Dr. Jennifer Gardy talks about her new book, It Takes Guts, the importance of educating our kids about healthy eating, and how we can best prepare them as they go back to school.
Measuring Up with Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu
Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu (Measuring Up) talk about their heroine Cici’s determination to blend culture, cuisine, and competition to help her navigate the many transitions of her tweens.
Art & Soul: Giving voices to important stories through graphic novels
Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (When Stars Are Scattered) chat about Omar’s story, Victoria’s next book, and the importance of graphics novels.
Escape into a Great Book: Capturing the Attention of the Reluctant Reader
A discussion with authors of the shared series, Great Escapes—which blends historical fiction with short, action-filled chapters and suspenseful stories.
Magnificent Middle Grade
Meg Medina, T.R. Simon and Christina Soontornvat chat about their relatable characters, building stories for middle grade readers and more.
2021 High School Webcasts
Tears and Transformation: Exploring belonging and identity in a debut novel
Debut author Joya Goffney (Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry) talks about the creation of Quinn’s story, practices for writing nuanced characters, and more.
A Conversation with Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada
In celebration of ALA’s Banned Book Week 2021, authors Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada discuss their compelling graphic novel Banned Book Club.
Truth Be Told: Engaging Nonfiction for Teens & Adults
Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town) and Brian Alexander (The Hospital), chat about the research that went into writing their books, and the value of nonfiction aimed at adults that appeals to teen readers.
Slaughterhouse-Five: Classics Get New Lives as Comics
Ryan North and Albert Monteys discuss their adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five and the appeal of telling stories in graphic novel form.
Listen Up! The appeal & importance of audiobooks
Audio publishing expert, Michele Cobb, shares advice on how librarians can curate their audiobook collections to attract readers of all ages.
Curation Made Easy
Get an inside look at how JLG discovers and vets the best new books in children's and young adult literature, and partners with librarians nationwide to support their collection-development efforts.
Aggie Morton Mystery Party with Tundra Books
Solve a virtual mystery online! Plus, enjoy a reading by audiobook narrator Sarah English, and a live Q&A with author Marthe Jocelyn!
Picture Perfect: Meet the Duo Behind Dancing Hands
Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez talk about Dancing Hands, winning the 2020 Pura Belpré award, and the power of picture books.
Putting on a Brave Face with Shaun David Hutchinson
Being a teen is tough. Shaun David Hutchinson talks about his memoir Brave Face and the power of literature to help young people find their place.
Innovation in Uncertainty: How librarians step up, support students, and find solutions
A chat with three librarians about their challenges and solutions during COVID-19 and their plans for when things resume.
Innovation in Uncertainty: Back to School
In this second librarian panel webcast, join us as we discuss back-to-school plans, pain points, and possibilities in the continued face of COVID-19.
Truth in Teamwork: Nonfiction Storytelling through collaboration and connection
Nonfiction authors discuss how collaboration provides a perfect symmetry for building a cohesive story that is as interesting as it is informative.
How does your garden grow? Plant tomato slice seedlings with Alexis Frederick-Frost
Alexis Fredrick-Frost reads from his book, Maker Comics: Grow a Garden!, and demonstrates how to grow tomato plants with fresh tomatoes.
Art Illustrates Life: Graphic Novels Aren’t Just for Superheros Anymore
Author/Illustrators Shing Yin Khor, Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes talk about the evolution and broad appeal of comics.
Sketch Comedy: Laughs & Live Drawing with Ben Clanton
Ben Clanton reads from the latest book in the Narwhal & Jelly series, Narwhal's Otter Friend, and sketches his famous characters live!
#Teensplain This: Ben Philippe on his Field Guide, Teens & Binge-worthy TV
Authors Ben Philippe and Rex Ogle entertain as they chat about books, teen angst, and the best shows to binge while sheltered at home.
My First Book Club: Let’s read together!
Authors James Howe and Kate Messner read aloud and share tips on encouraging early-grade readers to develop a love of books and bonding.
Tundra Books Presents: “Lunch with Megabat”
Author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich celebrate the release of MEGABAT IS A FRAIDYBAT with a short reading and drawing demonstration.
Rex Ogle, Free Lunch
Meet Rex Ogle, whose story about growing up poor delivers an ultra-relatable message to young readers
Jackson Bird, Sorted
Meet Jackson Bird who has helped give a voice to the LGBTQ community by sharing his story through YouTube, podcasts, TED Talks and more.
Nikki Grimes, Ordinary Hazards
Meet Nikki Grimes, who, at the age of 6, poured her pain onto paper and discovered the healing power of words
Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen
Author Rex Ogle (Free Lunch) writes and reads a weekly “serial” about Aiden Tyler’s life during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Join us as we discuss the importance of diversifying and the wide breadth of what is considered "diverse."
Encouraging Boys to Read
Enjoy this exclusive webcast with Jon Scieszka, where we talk about motivating boy readers and exploring the universe of his latest book.