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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  • Fiction Writing Workshop

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Let the prompts guide you! Our own works of fiction are a leap into the unknown and this workshop will combine the art of language with boldness of your imagina...

    • Language: English

  • In Booth Autographing: Jarret Krosoczka

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Author Jarrett Krosoczka will be in the Scholastic booth signing copies of Jedi Academy

    • Language: English

  • When Reality is Stranger than Fiction

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM, Location: 1E10

    How do thriller writers, known for creating high-concept plots which stretch reader imagination, compete with the modern day, 24-hour news cycle?   We live in a...

    • Language: English

  • Dangerous Characters and Dangerous Themes: Facing the True Danger in Novels

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: 1E14

    Whether it be vampires, assassins, or something completely outside the realm of possibility, one thing that drives us to good writing is the thrill of danger an...

    • Language: English

  • Stanning Up: Channeling Fandom into Original Fiction

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: 1E16

    Booklovers, today we stan for fandom itself! From Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter, and everything in between, fandom plays a huge role in the lives of readers—a...

    • Language: English

  • Selfies & Iced Coffee Author Meet & Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: S&S Booth #1738/1739

    Meet New York Times bestselling authors Mary H. K. Choi and Sandhya Menon in the  Simon & Schuster Booth.   Cool down with some delicious ice coffee, grab some ...

    • 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

  • The Ultimate Guide on Turning Your Manuscript into a Published Success

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Whether you’ve got a finished manuscript, or merely an inkling for a best seller, navigating the world of self-publishing can seem like a daunting task. However...

    • Language: English

  • Horror! Thrills! Murder! Oh My!

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Readers beware! Kiersten White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), Kara Thomas (The Cheerleaders), and Marisha Pessl (Neverworld Wake) discuss the cra...

    • Language: English

  • In Booth Autographing: Sandhya Menon

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1738/1739

    New York Times bestselling author Sandhya Menon will be signing copies of  her just released FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE, and WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI in the Simon & Sc...

    • Language: English

  • Novel Suspects: David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Walter Mosley, Brad Meltzer, Megan Abbott

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM, Location: 1E14

    David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, and Walter Mosley are some of the biggest and most enduring voices in the mystery thriller world. From Amos Decker t...

    • Language: English

  • BookTuber Meet & Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Location: 1E03

    Come meet and take a picture with BookTubers Natahsa Polis, Sasha Alsberg, Brandon Hoang, Emma Giardano, Ariel Bissett, and Hannah Azerang!  Please note, this ...

    • Language: English

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