Virtual Wordplay Youth Activities

Wordplay Youth Activities

Each Virtual Wordplay event for youth includes extra activities that can be done along with the event. This program is sponsored by Ryan Reads, a Ryan Companies effort.

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You Can Do It!

No matter how small, or young, or weak you might feel, these inspiring tales remind you that the little things add up! You can be kind, you can be brave, you can change the world. Grab your kiddos and join Christian Trimmer, Atinuke, Megan Maynor, Kao Kalia Yang in a discussion about actions and words.

More Than Words

From page to page, panel to panel, graphic novels create a world for the reading in more than one way. Join Trung Le Nguyen (The Magic Fish) and Ted Anderson (The Spy Who Raised Me) as they discuss their latest books and the ways in which graphics can enhance a story.

Illustrator Draw-Off!

Get ready! Get set! DRAW! Join four amazing and celebrated children’s illustrators as they compete for your votes with a live-illustration draw off. Featuring Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope), Linda Bondestam (Good Night, Earth), Mike Wohnoutka (How to Apologize), and Jon Klassen (Pax: Journey Home).

She Persisted!

Join beloved children's authors and heroes in their own right as they tell true stories about women who have persisted. With Meg Medina on Sonia Sotomayor, Sayantani DasGupta on Virginia Apgar, Michelle Knudsen on Nellie Bly, as well as Chelsea Clinton, these stories will help cultivate and inspire the young people in your life to persist.


Kitties, ducks, and skunks oh my! This virtual zoo features all of your favorite animals tackling some of life’s most important topics: personal hygiene, meeting and welcoming new neighbors, and finding your identity. Featuring Bao Phi, Jason Tharp, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham.

Out Of This World!

Dhonielle Clayton has brought together a groundbreaking collection of fantasy short stories from 15 authors with We Need Diverse Books, Namina Forna introduces a world in which the color of blood determines fate, Joan He asks if a STEM prodigy should even bother saving the earth, and Charlie Jane Anders explores themes of identity and destiny against the backdrop of an intergalactic war. These stories twist, turn, and defy the world we know.