Announcing Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature

The 36th annual Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature, hosted by the Women’s National Book Association-Los Angeles Chapter (WNBA-LA), will broadcast its virtual award’s event on YouTube beginning Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. PST.

The award is granted to works of literary excellence for nine-to-twelve year olds. Judy Lopez was a bookseller and founding member of the WNBA-LA, and she was passionate about seeing children’s literature of quality recognized and rewarded. Visit our website at

+ Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature
+ Date—beginning Sunday, September 26, 2021
+ Time—2:00 p.m. PST
+ Open to the public—FREE

This year’s medalist is NPR Best Book of the Year author Daniel Nayeri, who wrote Everything Sad is Untrue: a True Story. Honor book awards go to Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Dial Press) for When Stars are Scattered, Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick) for A Wish in the Dark, and Wesley King (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books) for Sara and the Search for Normal.

Books are available for purchase at Donations are welcome to help promote the award and support excellence in children’s literature. The WNBA-LA is a registered 501(c)(3).

Kid Lit Happy Hour

Calling all Kid Lit Authors and Illustrators! The WNBA LA chapter is hosting our FIRST Kid Lit Happy Hour. Grab your favorite book-themed drink and come hang out.  RSVP for the event by clicking here.

Who is invited:
Lovers/ Authors/ Illustrators of:
Board Books
Picture Books
Graphic Novels for kids
Young Adult Books

Learn more about WNBA
Sneak Peek at Kid Lit Summer Workshops/events

April 29th Thursday From 6pm – 7pm

What to Bring:
Your Work!
Your drink!


WNBA-LA at The Spring 2021 BookFest

WNBA-LA is thrilled to participate in the Spring 2021 BookFest – April 17 & 18

The BookFest, an award-winning bi-annual online event, brings the book-loving community together from around the world for an online bookish adventure.

Saturday, April 17, is dedicated to readers, while Sunday, April 18, is dedicated to writers. To attend, just go to the website ( and check out the live stream to watch panels and conversations.

WNBA-LA VP Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning, and Achieving Your Goals, will be participating in an author chat on April 17 at 4:50pm.

Our President Diana Giovinazzo is moderating a panel on memoir on April 18 at 11am: Sharing Your Story: The Secret Ingredient in Your Memoir is You

WNBA-LA presents a panel of amazing women memoirists. Whether you are toying with writing a memoir, have a story you need to tell, or are just fascinated by the genre, these authors are sure to inspire. Featured authors write about grief, redemption, and good old-fashioned sex. There’s something for everyone.

Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley, Author of The Gift of Crisis, chronicles her story of financial crisis and the meditation practice which helped to overcome it. Bridgitte is the owner of Little Visioneers Bookstore.

Arlene Schindler, Author of the memoir Stand Up & Heartbreak and the novel The Last Place She’d Look. Arlene, who originated the comedy-review column at The New York Post, currently reviews films for Watercooler.hq.

Sue William Silverman, Award-winning author of seven books, including How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences and Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, made into a movie, teacher at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Moderator: Diana Giovinazzo, Author of The Woman in Red and forthcoming Antoinette’s Sister, President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and co-creator of Wine, Women and Words, a weekly literary podcast.

To stay informed on everything BookFest-related, and to get a free Virtual Gift Bag emailed to you after The BookFest Adventure, sign up for email alerts:

You will also receive a free ticket to our VIP Spring Mixer (Click link for more information and event link)

Check out the full schedule here:

Hope to see you at The BookFest!