What is IndiesUNITE!?

A collaborative project offering a series of hard-hitting virtual events that challenge the status quo, question our current standards, and leave no curiosity left unexplored.

Children’s Book Week Event: A Celebration of Food, Culture, and Communities

May 7, 2022 | 4 pm ET

Celebrate Children’s Book Week by attending a family-friendly virtual event celebrating food, culture, and communities as represented in children’s books! Hosted by Kevin Maillard, author of the Sibert Medal and the American Indian Youth Literature Honor-winning book Fry Bread, and featuring authors and illustrators, including Pura Belpré Award-winning author-illustrator Raúl the Third (¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat & ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market), Caldecott Award-winning Andrea Wang (Luli and the Language of Tea), Cheryl Chepulsova (Noodles, Please! A to Z Foods of the World), and Michael Genhart (May Your Life Be Deliciosa). This free event will take place online, offering author and illustrator spotlights, a group conversation about food and culture in children’s books, and an illustration demonstration, geared for children up to age eight; all are welcome to attend. This event is held in partnership with Bookshop.org and the Children’s Book Council.

Participating Stores

Boogie Down Books
Blue Manatee Literacy Project
Little Shop of Stories

Monkey See... Monkey Do... Bookstore
River Dog Book Co.

Second Star to the Right

In partnership with Bookshop.org


Interested in participating?

If you are an author, illustrator, or independent bookstore interested in participating in this event series, please fill out this interest form, and we will reach out to you shortly. Thank you!

Watch Previous Events

Fall 2021

Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories

Warren Binford, compiler of Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz

Michael Garcia Bochenek, senior counsel to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch

Moderator: Christina Scott, public interest attorney

Fall 2021

Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories

Alda P. Dobbs, Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

Inteviewer: Cadence Epting, student, Bronx, NY

Fall 2021

Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories

Yuyi Morales, Bright Star

Areli Morales, Areli is a Dreamer

Spring 2021

Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults: Giving Kids the Tools to Thrive

Jessica Curry, author, writer, work-at-home full-time mother, Happy Mama Happy Babies blog
with special guest Parker Curry, Parker Looks Up

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, Associate Professor of Sociology, John Jay College, Parent Like It Matters

Michael Genhart, PhD, author and licensed clinical psychologist, Love is Love

Moderator: Mercedes Samudio, founder, Diversity in Parenting, Inc., Shame-Proof Parenting

Fall 2020

Back-to-School Anti-Racist Panel

Valerie Bolling, Let’s Dance!

Sharon Draper, Blended

Cicely Lewis, 2020 National Librarian of the Year

Cheryl + Wade Hudson, Just Us Books

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