Uptown Kid Lit

Uptown Kid Lit 2020 (Virtual) (CLOSED)

Uptown Kid Lit was originally conceived as a one-day children's book festival for the Uptown community. In 2019, our first year, we held the fest on a sunny day on Pat's Lawn in Inwood Hill Park, welcoming 27 authors, a dozen community groups, and 1,000+ kids and their familes. In 2020, Uptown Kid Lit has been reimagined as virtual programming throughout the summer: We have 6-day-a-week programming for our littlest readers; a virtual summer camp, for which we have teamed up with a dozen Uptown arts and culture organizations to run 7 camps throughout July, for ages 3–18; and a book club for youth ages 13-25. Special events punctuate this regular prorgramming. We hope to see you this summer at #UptownKidLit at #WordUpBooks!


La casa en tu casa con/with Melissa Guzman
Ages 3–5 | RSVP | Registration CLOSED
Weekdays in July at 11am // with tech assistance from Robby Kim

Stories & Storytellers with Reza Salazar & Friends
Ages 6–7 | Registration CLOSED
Part of the Uptown Arts Summer Camp (camp registration closed, but author visits will be recorded and streamed) // with tech assistance from Robby Kim

Voice Texts: Make it Jazzy with Memphis Song Washington & Marlahna Miller
Ages 7–8 | Registration CLOSED
Part of the Uptown Arts Summer Camp (camp registration closed, but musician visits courtesy of Jazz Foundation of America will be recorded and streamed)

Power Up with Dulce Marquez & Ernie Alugas
Ages 9–10 | Registration CLOSED
Part of the Uptown Arts Summer Camp (camp registration closed, but author visits will be recorded and streamed)

Summetime Stories with Mariel Escalante & Jerise Fogel
Story time & music for kids | RSVP | Registration CLOSED
Saturdays at 4:30pm, starting July 11

Lo'Mas Lit Book Club, moderated by Carisa Musialik & Rachel Gorman
Ages 13–25 | Registration CLOSED | Author events open
Fridays till August 28, 5-6pm with author events open to the public with the purchase of one of the participating books

June 26 @ 6–7pm | Book club launch event with authors Angie Cruz and Victor LaValle

July 17 @ 6–7pm | Event with authors Matt Mendez, Randy Ribay, Maika Moulite, and Maritza Moulite

Aug 7 @ 6–7pm | Event with authors Mira Jacobs and Zalika Reid-Benta

August 28 @ 6–7pm | Event with authors Natalia Silvester, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jenn de Leon, and Lilliam Rivera, moderated by Angie Cruz


Uptown Summer Arts Camp Virtual Showcase

Join Word Up and thirteen other uptown arts organizations as we celebrate the end of our first collaborative (virtual) Uptown Summer Arts Camp. There will be compilation videos highlighting some of the best moments we all shared with our campers. 

Find the livestream by following People's Theater Project or follow us on Facebook to watch it with us on August 6th, at 5pm. 

We look forward to seeing our campers and their families for this closing event. 




Uptown Kid Lit is organized by Word Up Community Bookshop and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp. and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; New York State Council on the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and the New York Community Trust COVID-19 Fund. With in-kind support from PEN World Voices Festival and the Jazz Foundation of America.



Uptown Kid Lit 2019 (Festival)

Join Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria and your neighbors for a kids' book festival in Inwood Hill Park! We'll have story times, readings, activities, and talks from authors; resources from local organizations; books for sale; and a school supply giveaway.

Uptown Kid Lit 2019 was made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC. With support from the Partnerships for Parks Inwood Parks Grant, made possible by Columbia University.