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Sat, Jun 18



Author Registration: JustKids Book Festival

We are seeking independent and traditionally published authors who identify as members of the People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and disabled communities. Authors will participate in our author expo and marketplace, interacting with children, families, and educators who attend the festival.

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Author Registration: JustKids Book Festival
Author Registration: JustKids Book Festival

Time & Location

Jun 18, 2022, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Chicago, 1901 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612, USA


About the event

Chicago is a People of Color city with a multicultural future. 51st Ward Books is committed to partnering with like-minded communities to expand access to culturally responsive and culturally affirming literature for children. According to the 2020 census results, the children of Chicago are largely BIPOC, comprising nearly 81% of the city total. Despite this reality, there is no singular literary event that focuses on BIPOC and historically-excluded readers, authors, and illustrators in children’s and young adult literature.

Through the JustKids Multicultural Book Festival we aim to:

  • Partner with and feature local authors and illustrators to offer storytimes, art-making, workshops for parents and educators, and FUN!
  • Offer families and community members access to carefully curated experience featuring authors, illustrators, and books for children and youth that prioritize storytelling by and for People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and disabled communities.
  • Host a book expo and marketplace featuring local, independent authors, and a range of culturally-relevant, anti-bias, and anti-bias children’s texts. Many of these books will be available in Bilingual or Spanish formats.
  • Unite our diverse city through a shared love of books and reading.


  • Author Exhibitor

    This ticket covers the cost of exhibiting and vending at JustKids Book Festival.

    +$0.75 service fee
    Sale ended



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