Check out Scholastic Book Fairs’ Book Joy Live Events on Facebook This May

Guest Blogger  //  May 4, 2020

Check out Scholastic Book Fairs’ Book Joy Live Events on Facebook This May

In March, we launched Book Joy Live on our Scholastic Book Fairs Facebook page featuring John Schumacher (“Mr. Schu”) and an all-star lineup of special guests. This weekly event goes live every Thursday at 3pm EDT.

During each half-hour livestream, John and his guests celebrate and encourage independent reading and share Scholastic resources that are available to help homebound families.

“Planning, hosting, and participating in Book Joy Live has brought much-needed comfort, hope, and JOY into my life,” says John. “Each episode highlights and reinforces the joy that children's book creators, children's literature, and educators bring to our lives. I hope each viewer leaves each week with a smile and is inspired to read, deliver a book talk, and advocate for school librarians and school libraries. I know I do!”

Here's the lineup of special guests for May:

  • May 7: Katherine Applegate, co-creator of the Animorphs series, and Dr. Alice Lee, member of Scholastic Principals Advisory Board
  • May 14: Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo and Jasmine Warga, author of Other Words for Home
  • May 21: Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Martin Rising: Requiem For a King, and Cassy Lee, a San Francisco-based teacher librarian and SLJ’s 2018 Champion of Student Voice 
  • May 28: Chicken Little author Sam Wedelich and Lynsey Burkins, an educator and chair of the NCTE Build You Stack committee

If you missed earlier Book Joy Live events, you can watch the replays on our Book Fairs Facebook page:

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, there is a designated, welcoming time and a place for weekly Book Joy that encourages mood-lifting, restorative reading.

Thank you, John and guests, for being there for kids no matter what!