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BookCon Family HQ

Javits Center Show Floor

Looking for something fun to do with your family during the show? Come visit BookCon's Family HQ at the back of the Show Floor. Family HQ will have daily activities like workshops, readings and more geared towards younger fans all weekend long.

BookCon Family HQ
BookCon Family HQ
BookCon Family HQ

Happy Camper: The Scholastic Summer Reading RV

BookCon Family HQ

Don’t miss the Scholastic RV for fun activities for families and kids like crafts, signings, costume character appearances, and more! This summer, the RV has been on the ultimate reading road trip—touring the country with authors, illustrators, and characters!

Check out other stops on the tour here:

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip

Hit the road with the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip! And don't forget to sign up online for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, which runs through September 8th. Find out more at

The Boxcar Children Maker Stations at Family HQ!

BookCon Family HQ

Celebrate 75 years of the Boxcar Children with Albert Whitman & Company. Visit Family HQ on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm and Sunday from 10:30am to 11:30am to create custom Boxcar Children buttons, bookmarks, crafts, and more! Space is limited to the first 40 Boxcar fans—don’t miss it! Afterward, stop by booth #1913 to find out about exclusive giveaways and everything that’s in store for this very special anniversary!

Additional Events

Our friends at Albert Whitman, Candlewick Press, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan will also be hosting daily events and workshops including drawing classes, photo ops, author readings, and more!

BookCon Family HQ

For a complete schedule of all the activities taking place in Family HQ, please continue to check the BookCon webpage and the Official BookCon Mobile App.

BookCon Family HQ Highlights


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  • Drawing Cute with Katie Cook

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Stop in for a fast and furious and ADORABLE quick-draw session with Katie Cook of My Little Pony and Star Wars fame. Her new book Drawing Cute with Katie Cook r...

    • Language: English

  • Learn to Draw with Master Artist and YouTuber Mark Crilley - 2.9 Million Subscribers!

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Stop by for a drawing demonstration with expert artist Mark Crilley whose bestselling publications include the Akiko comic series, the Mastering Manga series, a...

    • Language: English

  • I Read YA

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: MR1875

    The Scholastic Meeting Room will once again become the destination for YA books, authors, and activities. This event is free and open to all. Share your voice a...

    • Language: English

  • Love Them More: Taye Diggs and Shane Evans

    Jun 02, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM, Location: 1E10

    Taye Diggs, the well-loved actor known for his roles in Empire, Rent, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back has collaborated with his childhood best friend, Shane ...

    • Language: English

  • Brain Quest Challenge

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth1061

    Hey all of you super smart kids out there! Brain Quest is bringing its fast-paced, curriculum-based question and answer game to life with a “Brain Quest Challen...

    • Language: English

  • In Booth Autographing: Gale Galligan

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Author Gale Galligan  will be in the Scholastic booth to sign copies of Baby-sitters Club Graphix #5 

    • Language: English

  • Chalk of the Town

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Calling all creative kids and parents!    Join Chalk Of The Town at the Family HQ booth and design your very own book bag or t-shirt.  Simply draw with colorful...

    • Language: English

  • Lumberjanes to the Max!

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types! Based on the bestselling, cult-favorite graphic novels, the Lumbe...

    • Language: English

  • Klutz Mini Bake Off

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Create and decorate your own mini key lime pie slice with easy-peasy, no BAKE, air-dry clay.

    • Language: English

  • Wonder Women: Kid Lit Stars Pack Power in Prose

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: 1E16

    This panel showcases five powerhouse kid lit authors– Kate DiCamillo, Shannon Hale, Meg Medina, T.R. Simon, and Jessica Spotswood –on one stage to discuss stron...

    • Language: English

  • Kwame Alexander Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

  • All Ages Fantasy and Sci-Fi Writing Workshop

    Jun 03, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Are you obsessed with the fae in A Court of Thorns and Roses? Have you thought about what it would be like if life was more like a video game in Ready Player On...

    • Language: English

  • Meet Dog Man!

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Come meet crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

    • Language: English

  • Middle Grade Blowout!

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: 1E14

    This middle grade mega panel features beloved best-selling authors and a new emerging voice. Join Renée Russell, creator of the Dork Diaries series and The Misa...

    • Language: English

  • Make Tuffytastic Puppets with Tuffy Tiger!

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Cute, Clever, and almost 5 Tuffy is an adorable friend exploring the world around us through music and imagination.  Today you can make your very own Tuffytasti...

    • Language: English

  • In Booth Autographing: Dav Pilkey

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Location: Booth 1538

    Dav Pilkey will be signing hardcover copies of Dog Man #4 while supplies last in the Scholastic Booth (#1538)! No book purchase required.

    • Language: English

  • Intro to Spells for Young Witches and Wizards

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Our magic instructors will teach introductory lessons in spells to prepare students before they get their magic school letters or to help improve their marks at...

    • Language: English

  • Art Force 5 Hero Craft Station

    Jun 03, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    This team of real-life super art heroes invites you to create a hero of your own. Stop by to build an action figure that could be your choice of superhero, wiza...

    • Language: English

  • Jeff Kinney Live

    Jun 03, 2018, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is the world-wide bestselling series is based on middle-schooler, Greg Heffley and his hilarious adventure with h...

    • Language: English

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