Family-friendly Schedule

Kids are the center of attention in lots of ways! Enjoy story time with First Lady Elee Reeves and Rebecca Giles, meet Molly of Denali and Ed Said, explore the USM de Grummond children's literature collection, play in Rocky the Reader's house, learn about educational resources, and much more!

All festival programming, participants, and venues are subject to change.
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MPB Kids Club

Presented by Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Calling all young readers at the 2022 Mississippi Book Festival! The Mississippi Public Broadcasting Kids Club will offer books, fun activities, and the chance to meet Molly of Denali from PBS Kids and Ed Said, the popular MPB character whose rhymes and raps educate youth about the importance of healthy eating. Come for a visit and leave with fun memories and souvenirs.

Capitol ground floor

All day
EXHIBIT

First Book

Presented by Barksdale Reading Institute; Walker Foundation

First Book provides access to award-winning books, educational resources, and basic necessities curated for kids in need. Each child, ages 0 - 18, gets a free book until supplies run out.

tent on capitol lawn

All day
VENDOR

Bearapy

Bearapy is Books, Bears, and Therapy — a hybrid company that uses books, bears, and therapy to teach social and emotional well-being. Think “Build-A-Bear,” but beyond the bear: with a mobile bear stuffing machine, a library of amazing stories, and a digital platform that can be used to support school-to-home connection.

Mobile Library on N. West Street

All day
EXHIBIT

USM de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection

Presented by University of Southern Mississippi

With original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,400 authors and illustrators, and more than 180,000 published books dating back to 1530, the de Grummond Collection at USM is full of wonders and surprises that are sure to please. Stop by their exhibit in the Capitol Rotunda for an awe-inspiring glimpse of genius on display. A can’t-miss opportunity for expert collectors and children alike!

Capitol rotunda

All day
EXHIBIT

Rocky’s House

Presented by W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Mississippi Children’s Museum; Barksdale Reading Institute

Rocky’s House is a traveling exhibit created by the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Barksdale Reading Institute featuring Rocky the Reader and friends. As part of a state-wide advocacy campaign, “Talk From the Start,” Rocky helps children build language and literacy skills through playing, talking, and reading. Visitors to Rocky’s house can read books, ask questions, and create their own stories using puppets.

tent on capitol lawn

9:30 am
READING

Story Time in Kids Tent

Presented by The Phil Hardin Foundation

Join First Lady Elee Reeves, author of Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle, for story time in the shade on the Capitol lawn, with fun and interactive activities to follow!

tent on capitol lawn

9:30 am
PANEL

KidNote: Crafting Stories with Matt de la Peña

Presented by The Phil Hardin Foundation; Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

Newberry Medalist and Caldecott Award-winner Matt de la Peña brings to readers Milo Imagines the World — a poignant picture book with a surprising conclusion.

  • Matt de la PeñaMilo Imagines the World

Galloway Sanctuary

9:30 am
PANEL

Middle Grade Dreams

Presented by Cornerstone Consulting Group

Four middle grade authors celebrate resilient young characters who craft dreams of equality and adventure.

  • Clara Martin Hammett (moderator)
  • Jimmy CajoleasGussy
  • Alda P. DobbsBarefoot Dreams of Petra Luna
  • Linda Williams JacksonThe Lucky Ones
  • Angela MaySearch for Treasure

State Capitol 201 A

9:30 am
PANEL

Ride The Overground Railroad

Presented by USM de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; Mississippi Museum of Art

Join the award-winning husband and wife team, who created Before She Was Harriet, for a family-friendly trip on the Overground Railroad and a discussion of This is the Rope, to see the Great Migration through the eyes of children.

  • Ellen Hunter Ruffin (moderator)
  • Lesa Cline-RansomeOverground Railroad
  • James RansomeOverground Railroad / This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Galloway Fellowship Center

10:45 am
PANEL

Picture This!

Presented by Janet & Luther Ott; Sara & Bill Ray

Families are invited to join the authors and illustrators of best-selling picture books for an incredible learning experience about animals, home, and history.

  • Ellen Hunter Ruffin (moderator)
  • Lesa Cline-RansomeBefore She Was Harriet
  • Erin NapierThe Lantern House
  • Carmen OliverThe Twilight Library
  • James RansomeSonny Rollins Plays the Bridge
  • Carlie SorosiakEverywhere with You

Galloway Fellowship Center

10:45 am
READING

Story Time in Kids Tent

Presented by The Phil Hardin Foundation

Join educator and author of Coastal Mississippi Alphabet, Rebecca Giles in the shade on the Capitol lawn for story time with fun and interactive activities to follow!

tent on capitol lawn

10:45 am
PANEL

KidNote: Drawing History

Presented by The James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation

Collaborators discuss bringing John Lewis’s Civil Rights journey to life in graphic novel form.

  • Margaret McMullan (moderator)
  • Andrew AydinRun: Book One
  • Nate PowellRun: Book One

Galloway Sanctuary

11:30 am
READING

Story Time in Kids Tent

Presented by The Phil Hardin Foundation

Join educator and author of Coastal Mississippi Alphabet, Rebecca Giles in the shade on the Capitol lawn for story time with fun and interactive activities to follow!

tent on capitol lawn

12:00 pm
PANEL

Talk From the Start

Presented by Barksdale Reading Institute; Mississippi Children’s Museum

Five children’s literacy advocates shed light on ways to foster learning and literacy in your home and community.

  • Susan Garrard (moderator)
  • Ruth W. Patterson
  • Erin NapierThe Lantern House
  • Brittney Newell
  • Kyle Zimmer
  • Michael Cormack

Galloway Fellowship Center

2:45 pm
PANEL

Blackout

Presented by Mississippi Humanities Council; Mississippi Today; Moore Media Group

Five of YA’s biggest names, including Jackson’s own Angie Thomas, come together for an afternoon of sparks as panelists discuss their collaboration on Blackout and the changing landscape of today’s Young Adult Literature.

  • Ebony Lumumba (moderator)
  • Dhonielle ClaytonBlackout
  • Tiffany D. JacksonBlackout
  • Nic StoneBlackout
  • Angie ThomasBlackout
  • Ashley WoodfolkBlackout

Galloway Reception

2:45 pm
PANEL

Young Adult

Presented by Terry Hunt & Dick Molpus

Join three Young Adult authors for a conversation about the trials and tribulations of adolescence, including love, friendship, and belonging.

  • Sami Thomason-Fyke (moderator)
  • Kathleen GlasgowYou’d Be Home Now
  • Bethany MangleAll the Right Reasons
  • Adrienne YoungNamesake

State Capitol 201 H