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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.

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  • 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

  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

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

    Is it possible to write freely about other people without exploiting them? Is there a difference between factual and essential truth? How do we find a coherent ...

    • Language: English

  • We Need Diverse Books™

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: 1E10

    A proud staple of BookCon, We Need Diverse Books continues to give a voice to many of today's most important authors. Come to listen to invaluable viewpoints of...

    • 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

  • President Bill Clinton & James Patterson / The President Is Missing

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: Main Stage

    The President disappears. The world is in shock.But the reason he's missing is much worse than anyone could imagine.With details only a President could know, an...

    • Language: English

  • I’ll Take Quidditch for $500, Please!: an Audiobook Game Show

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    Can you list every Hogwarts professor by magical subject? Identify your favorite YA series by its main character’s voice? Are you a bigger book nerd than your f...

    • Language: English

  • Tor Teen: Voices In and Out of This World

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: 1E16

    Tor Teen knows #nobounds, publishing young adult fiction across a variety of genres. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2018, Tor is thrilled that its editors ...

    • Language: English

  • All Impractical Jokes Aside with James Murray

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    You know him as a Murr, of truTV’s Impractical Jokers. But there’s more to this Joker than meets the eye: when he isn’t filming his TV show or touring sold out ...

    • Language: English

  • Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    Today is going to be a good day and here's why ... the creative minds behind the Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen are coming to BookCon! When a lette...

    • Language: English

  • Books + YouTube = BookTube

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:05 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Once again BookCon brings you some of your favorite fangirls/boys with whom you can fawn over your favorite new books. Please welcome BookTube sensations Sasha ...

    • Language: English

  • Zach King Meet-and-Greet

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: 1E03

    Come meet Zach King at BookCon! Purchase a copy of ZACH KING: THE MAGICAL MIX-UP signed and take a photo with Zach! Zach King is a twenty-six-year-old filmmaker...

    • Language: English

  • NaNoWriMo: The Power of Writing with Abandon

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: 1E07

    One of the biggest obstacles any writer faces is finishing the first draft of a novel. As Joyce Carol Oates said, "Getting the first draft finished is like push...

    • Language: English

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