CAAMFest’s Children’s Books & Graphic Novels Panel at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon in Oakland with the top creators of new children’s books and graphic novels.

Join CAAM at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center this Saturday, March 18 for an afternoon of family-friendly activities at “Inside the Mind of a Creator: Sharing History and Culture Through Children’s Books and Graphic Novels.”

Hear from the top creators of new children’s books and graphic novels. From the author and illustrator of the popular children’s board book A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara’s new release, My Night in the Planetarium, is centered on his childhood in Indonesia. Artist Thi Bui will share insights on her new graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, and share a sneak peek with the advance reader’s copy of A Different Pond, a children’s book written by Minneapolis-based poet Bao Phi and illustrated by Bui. Co-authors Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins share the process behind the new Fred Korematsu Speaks Up  biography geared toward middle school children. Illustrator Nidhi Chanani debuts her YA graphic novel, Pashmina. Hear from these creative minds about their inspirations, artistic process, and how their personal experiences inform storytelling. Moderated by ABC7 News.

“Providing programs for the next generation is a commitment of ours,” said CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong. “Children’s literature is so important for young people who may have questions about identity and the role of identity in their communities. There’s a lot of great Asian American work in children’s book and graphic novels that we want to recognize.”

Tickets to the the event: $14 General, $13 senior/disabled, CAAM members $12, children and youth under 18 are free (reserve tickets here)


12:00pm Book Fair
12:30pm Doors Open (Peter’s Kettle Corn, drinks, and coloring sheets available!)
1:00pm Panel and Q&A
2:00pm Meet the Artist and book signing