Originally Posted: June 5, 2024

We are excited to announce the first-ever Schodack Central School District ¡Celebración! Book Festival on Wednesday, June 12, 2024! This free event is open to all Schodack students and community members, you do not need a student enrolled in Schodack CSD to attend.

The ¡Celebración! Book Festival will feature in-person visits from acclaimed Latinx authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books! Scroll down to see the list of attending authors and illustrators. The event will celebrate culture, storytelling, and community, all while showcasing the diversity and talent within the Latinx youth literary world. We encourage all students and families to join us for this special event and to celebrate storytelling together!

What’s Happening

During the School Day
  • During the school day on June 12, all Schodack students will have the opportunity to meet with and hear from the visiting authors during assemblies and classroom visits.
Evening Events Schedule

Evening events are free, open to the public and take place at Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School (1216 Maple Hill Road).

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Informal mix & mingle with visiting authors and book signings. Plus free book giveaways for Schodack CSD students!

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: “In Conversation with…” interviews with visiting authors.

Visiting Authors

We are excited to have the following acclaimed authors visiting for the ¡Celebración! Book Festival. Each is listed along with the grade levels they will be aligned with for the school-day visits and assemblies. The author names are linked to their respective websites below and we encourage you to explore their books with your students before June 12!

Emma Otheguy: K-1st and 2nd Grades

Raul the Third: 3rd and 4th Grades

Pedro Martin: 5th, and 8th – 9th Grades

Angela Cervantes: 6th Grade

Pablo Cartaya: 7th Grade

Lilliam Rivera: 10th – 12th Grades

Themes and Benefits of ¡Celebración!

The ¡Celebración! Book Festival will feature book readings, interactive sessions, book signings, and opportunities to connect with fellow book lovers. These visiting authors have written stories that resonate with students from all backgrounds, offering windows into different experiences, cultures, and perspectives. While many of these stories are uplifting and heartwarming, some may touch upon emotionally challenging topics such as loss, identity, and resilience. By exploring these topics through these stories, students will have the opportunity to engage with complex emotions, navigate difficult situations, and develop the skills necessary for emotional growth and well-being.

This event is about celebrating literature but also about celebrating identity, heritage, and the power of representation. By highlighting the voices and stories of these authors, we hope to foster a sense of pride and empowerment within our students and cultivate a more inclusive and diverse literary landscape.


If you have any questions about the ¡Celebración! Book Festival, please email Stacey Rattner (SRattner@schodack.k12.ny.us).

Flyer for Schodack Book Celebracion Event