The 2023/2024 Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series features #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jon Klassen and Renée Watson, with more events coming soon.

In 2004, Inprint launched a family reading series now called the Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series. The series brings in the country’s most exciting children’s authors for free readings and book signings. Each of the writers gives a lively presentation about their work and then takes questions from the audience. The on-stage portion of the event is followed by a book sale and signing, where kids can meet their favorite authors. With book giveaways to families and free bus scholarships available for student groups, the series helps inspire a love of reading in children.

Inprint conducts three to four readings per year, and audiences have ranged from 100 – 1,000 attendees. The series has featured more than 40 leading middle-grade authors, including Kwame Alexander, Katherine Applegate, Chris Grabenstein, Lois Lowry, Meg Medina, R. J. Palacio, Katherine Paterson, Gary Paulsen, Jon Scieszka, and Jacqueline Woodson.

To see highlights from the 2022-2023 Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series, click here.


Cool Brains! featured authors

Sylvia Acevedo
Kwame Alexander
Katherine Applegate
T. A. Barron
Pseudonymous Bosch
Marc Brown
Susan Cooper
Jerry Craft
Christopher Paul Curtis
Kate DiCamillo
Jack Gantos
Adam Gidwitz
Chris Grabenstein
Alan Gratz
Tim Green

Nathan Hale
Juan Felipe Herrera
Jennifer L. Holm
Nick Hornby
Gordon Korman
Tae Keller
Erin Entrada Kelly
Lois Lowry
Barry Lyga
David Macaulay
Ann M. Martin
Meg Medina
Jasminne Mendez
Pat Mora
R. J. Palacio
Stephan Pastis
Katherine Paterson
Gary Paulsen

Jason Reynolds
René Saldaña, Jr.
Dianne K. Salerni
Dan Santat
Jon Scieszka
Roland Smith
Rebecca Stead
Trenton Lee Stewart
Chris Van Allsburg
Rosemary Wells
David Wiesner
Jacqueline Woodson