Book Fest

The Children’s Fairyland Book Festival returns on Saturday, June 3, 2023! 

Join us for a day where Bay Area’s talented book creators and our entire community come together to celebrate the latest, newest BOOKS. What an incredible way to launch into your summer!

This year, we are proud to include the following speakers:

 • Angela Dalton • Christian Robinson • Gennifer Choldenko • JaNay Brown-Wood

Mac Barnett • Nidhi Chanani • Shawn Harris • Fairyland’s 2023 Youth Writers

We are excited to welcome our guest host and beloved Oakland teacher, the amazing Mr. Limata, for a whole day of literacy and joy! Be inspired by stories shared through diverse representation in children’s literature. Celebrate our incredible 8-12 year old Youth Writers. Get your hands busy with book making activities hosted by MOCHA. Visit the Oakland Public Library’s book nook. Support your local bookstore and community hub, The Collective Oakland.

We can’t wait to see you and your young readers!

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Sponsored by:

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Stanford Childrens Hospital

Chronicle Books, Association of Children’s Librarians, Broadway Children’s School of Oakland

In partnership with:

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Youth Writer’s Workshop funded by:

Barrios Trust

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See the full schedule

Saturday, June 3 - Children's Fairyland Book Festival! Hosted by: Mr. Limata

Presentations on the Emerald City Stage

10:20 a.m. Youth Writers: Adela Olguín-Quevedo, Alana Osivwemu, Corrine Cai, Haiqa Sattar, and Rekha Dinwoodie Kumar

11:30 a.m. Angela Dalton

12:15 p.m. Christian Robinson, Mac Barnett, and Shawn Harris

1:00 p.m. Youth Writers: Helen Sze, Jax Phillips, Leto Sze, Nafissatou Ndiaye, and Yatziri Andrade

1:30 p.m. Nidhi Chanani

2:30 p.m. JaNay Brown-Wood

3:00 p.m. Gennifer Choldenko 


Meet and Greet with the Authors and Illustrators

Located in the Merry Meadow

10:00-11:20 a.m.

Darshana Khiani, Lea Redmond, K-Fai Steele, Katie Douglas, Serena Allen, Shuli de la Fuente-Lau, and Thomishia Booker

Youth Writers: Adela Olguin-Quevedo, Corrine Cai, and Rekha Dinwoodie Kumar

11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Angela Dalton, C.V. Monterrubio, Danielle Anderson-Craig, Dashka Slater, Jennifer Vetter, Meredith Steiner, and Victoria Sanchez

Youth Writers: Jax Phillips and Alana Osivwemu

12:30-1:40 p.m.

Alina Chau, Christian Robinson, Illustoria, Mac Barnett, Michael Genhart, Shawn Harris, and Tiffany Golden

Youth Writers: Haiqa Sattar and Yatziri Andrade

1:40-2:50 p.m.

Katryn Bury, Ko Kim, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Monica Wesolowska, Nidhi Chanani, Rob Liu-Trujillo, and Simone Shin

Youth Writers: Helen Sze and Leto Sze

2:50-4:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Partridge, Gennifer Choldenko, JaNay Brown-Wood, Susan Gal, Sophie Diao, and Vicky Fang 

Youth Writers: Nafissatou Ndiaye


Booksellers - Located in the Merry Meadow

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Fairyland’s Gift Shop



11-2:00 p.m.

Bookmaking & Arts and Crafts with MOCHA in the Japanese Tea Garden

Instruments 'petting zoo' with Oakland Public Library outside of the Chapel


Puppet Show: The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

Playing at the Storybook Puppet Theater

Showtimes: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


See our full list of book creators here

Corporate sponsorships are available now!

As a sponsor, your investment will support reading acquisition and help instill a lifetime love of books for young people in Oakland and beyond, as well as provide opportunities to showcase your business or organization to thousands of Fairyland families!

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