Plan to join us for the 16th annual
Joan Y. Leopold Children’s Book Week Celebration

November 7 – November 13, 2022


Your name is a song


Your Name is A Song


2021 Irma Black Award winning author will join us to talk about her nationally recognized books Your Name is a Song and Mommy's Khimar. Each family that registers will receive a copy of Your Name is a Song.



East Shore Area Library
Saturday, November 5th at 10:00am

McCormick Riverfront Library
Saturday, November 5th at 3:00pm

Livestreamed Virtual Presentation on Zoom
Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 am


The Children’s Book Week Celebration is made possible by the Joan Y. Leopold Endowment Fund.
Joan Y. Leopold, a life long resident of Dauphin County, served as a board member of the Dauphin County Library System for more than 20 years. A tireless advocate for both child and adult literacy, her belief that reading opens a world of education and imagination lives on in her family, students and all those she touched through her efforts.

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About the Author


Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow


Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, M.S.Ed, is a Philadelphia-based, award-winning children’s book author. A former English teacher, she educated children and teens in traditional and alternative learning settings for more than 15 years. As an inaugural fellow with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), she also developed foundational curricular frameworks for youth and adult anti-racist programming and this work continues to influence her writing. Her picture books and middle grade fiction, which feature young Black and Muslim protagonists, have been recognized as the best in children’s literature by Time Magazine, Read Across America, NCTE, and NPR, and she is a 2021 Irma Black Award Honor author. In addition to producing children’s literature, she invests her time in the mentorship of aspiring children’s book authors through multiple programs including We Need Diverse Books and the Muslim Storytellers Fellowship of the Highlights Foundation where she is also a program committee member.

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