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Coming to a Screen Near You… BAM 2021!

Updated: Feb 24

BAM is going virtual for our tenth annual festival. In the meantime, enjoy some virtual fun from beloved authors and community members!

It’s Saturday morning, and you’re just climbing out of bed. Your late-night read falls to the ground, forgotten as you run to the computer. You snuggle up on the couch in your pajamas and eagerly log on. It’s the day you’ve been waiting for… BAM Festival 2021!


You heard that right! BAM Festival is going VIRTUAL for our terrific, tenth year. You’ll get to connect with your favorite authors and artists from the comfort of your own home. The BAM team can’t wait to share all the exciting things in store. For now, know that we’ve lined up some longtime BAM favorites as well as BAM newbies. We can’t wait to see you onscreen this spring!


In the last few months, countless events and activities have transitioned to online platforms. The book community is no exception. Lucky for us, many authors and performers have taken to social media to share even more stories.


Since we know it can be tricky to stay engaged with reading outside of our libraries and schools, we’ve compiled a few resources for you to explore. Read on for some fun, virtual activities from our BAM authors and beyond!


1. Brain Yoga with Jason Reynolds: Check out Jason Reynolds’ weekly instagram live sessions. A perfect way for kids to get in touch with their creative minds and maybe even win a prize! Head to his Instagram Fridays at 1:30 PM EST.


2. Winging It with Erica S. Perl: Join Erica Perl as she hosts read alouds on Instagram live every Tuesday at 2 PM EST. Can’t make it? Watch old episodes on Instagram or her Youtube channel.


3. Page Turner Adventures: Looking for a more robust program? Page Turner Adventures is hosting a Summer of Storyology, complete with comedy shows, crafts, author interviews, and special guests! The ten-week program includes 5 episodes per week. Check out their website for additional info.


4. Palm Beach County Library System Digital Activities: Missing the library? The Palm Beach County Library System offers a ton of events kids can attend via Zoom. Don’t forget to preregister online at this link!


5. Barnes and Noble Virtual Events: Barnes and Noble also sponsors online activities, including author discussions and book clubs. If you love BAM’s Young Adult authors like we do, try their YA Book Club. You can find all their July events here.


6. Penguin Kids: Penguin Kids will be offering free, book-related activities through mid-August. Check back daily for links to trivia battles, Mad Libs, and more on the Camp Penguin website. You won’t want to miss the fun downloadables and read alouds on their Instagram either!


7. Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza: Want to keep kids reading this summer? Scholastic can help! The Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza provides books, live events, and games for kids as they track their reading over the summer. Find more information here.

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