Black-Eyed Susan Tapestry

CSD presents BEST 2019 (Black Eyed Susan Tapestry) on Tuesday, September 17th

8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Owings Mills Branch of Baltimore County Public Library

Love talking about books? Join us for the Black Eyed Susan Tapestry (BEST) Workshop, a celebration of children and teen titles. Learn about the Black Eyed Susan Award and participate in a full day of small group discussions of the 2019 nominees. Children’s author Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbi Behr, creators of The Real McCoys, will be our keynote speakers. Program check-in begins at 8:45 a.m., and the program will start at 9:15 a.m.

Members: $50 Nonmembers: $75 Students: $25

Volunteers needed!

Planning to attend BEST? Want to help out? We need volunteers for the following:

  • Book discussion facilitators
  • Event set-up
  • Registration table
  • Lunch set-up & clean-up
  • Booksale & signing
  • Event clean-up.

Please email mlachildrens@gmail.com if you can help with any of these important jobs!

Book Groups (Choose 3 groups when registering):

Picture Books

  • Ben-Barak, Idan – Do Not Lick This Book: It’s Full of Germs
  • Doerrfeld – The Rabbit Listened
  • Fogliano, Julie – A House that Once Was
  • Le, Minh – Drawn Together
  • Montgomery, Sy – Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home

Grades 4-6

  • Auxier, Jonathan – Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
  • Creech, Sharon – Saving Winslow
  • Mass, Wendy - Bob
  • Swanson, Matthew – The Real McCoys
  • Yang, Kelly – Front Desk

Graphic Novels: Grades 4-6

  • Boothby, Ian – Sparks!
  • Breach, Jen – Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race
  • Scott, Mairghread – The City on the Other Side
  • Tatulli, Mark – Short & Skinny
  • Utkin, Alexander – The King of Birds

Grades 6-9

  • Alexander, Kwame – Rebound
  • Dee, Barbara – Halfway Normal
  • Greenwald, Tommy – Game Changer
  • Hood, Susan – Lifeboat 12
  • Saeed, Aisha – Amal Unbound

Graphic Novels: Grades 6-9

  • Castellucci, Cecil – Soupy Leaves Home
  • Colfer, Eoin & Andrew Donkin – Illegal
  • Osborne, Melissa – The Wendy Project
  • Walz, Jason – Last Pick
  • Wang, Jen – The Prince and the Dressmaker


High School

  • Benway, Robin – Far from the Tree
  • Johnson, Maureen – Truly Devious
  • McGhee, Alison – What I Leave Behind
  • Ribay, Randy – After the Shot Drops
  • Zoboi, Ibi Aanu – Pride