LV Book Fest - Closing Session: F is for Friends


Join us, this Saturday at 10 am!

Representation is very important for children’s social and emotional growth and learning about inclusion. Diversity in children’s books is not just a response to a rise in socially conscious publishing - children themselves yearn to be represented! They want characters in books who they want “to be like” and who are “similar to me.”  We talk about how books need to be windows as well as mirrors, especially in pictures.  Join authors Dawn Masi and Alexandra Penfold in discussion with Stephanie Steinly from the Bethlehem library as they talk about their remarkable books that showcase the value of beautiful friendships that represent many.  


G My Name is Girl, by Dawn Masi 

A joyful, diverse, alphabetic picture book celebrating girls around the world.
Features girls from 26 different countries (map included in the back shows the countries represented).
A, my name is ALBA and my sister's name is AYELÉN. We come from ARGENTINA and we are ADVENTUROUS.

DAWN MASI spent her childhood jumping rope with her friends in the suburbs of New York City. After many years living in many places, she’s back to jumping rope in New York, now with her husband and two children. G My Name Is Girl is her first book. Learn more about her work at, and follow her on Instagram at @dawnmasi.


Big Feelings, by Alexandra Penfold

In their bestselling picture book All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman celebrated kindness, inclusivity, and diversity. Now with Big Feelings, they help children navigate the emotional challenges they face in their daily lives.

Alexandra Penfold is a literary agent and the author of All Are Welcome, The Littlest Viking, Eat, Sleep, Poop, and Food Truck Fest. When she isn’t writing and drinking strong iced coffee, she can be found perfecting her lattice crust. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Follow her on Twitter @AgentPenfoldand Instagram @bklynbrownie.


Event date: 

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am

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