Ci2023: Meet-ups in Milwaukee

The first full day of Children's Institute was packed with programming, presentations, and parties. A sampling:

A morning panel on Book Deserts presented ideas for how indies can support literacy in communities with less or no access to printed books: (l.-r.) Brein Lopez, Children's Book World, Los Angeles, Calif.; moderator Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, Wash.; Calvin Crosby, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah; Ashley Valentine, Rooted MKE, Milwaukee, Wis.

At the evening Author Reception: Vanessa Montalban with A Tall Dark Trouble (Aug., Zando Young Readers) and Deya Muniz with The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Little, Brown Ink).

Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey with prints from their upcoming picture book, There Was a Party for Langston (Oct., Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books), written by Jason Reynolds.

Traci Sorell with Mascot (Sept., Charlesbridge), written with Charles Waters, and Mari Lowe with The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman (Nov., Levine Querido).

Kate Hannigan shows off her recently published Josephine and Her Dishwashing Machine (Calkins Creek/Astra), and Jesús Trejo holding English and Spanish copies of his new Papá's Magical Water-Jug Clock (Minerva/Astra).

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