Max Greenfield

Featured Speaker

Sunday, June 30: 9:30AM―10:30AM PT

Feature Speaker: Max Greenfield, ALA Annual San Diego, June 27 – July 2, 2024

Max Greenfield is a New York-born actor who is best known for his roles as Schmidt in “New Girl,” and Dave Johnson in “The Neighborhood.” He is the author of “I Don’t Want to Read This Book,” “This Book is Not a Present,” “I Don’t Want to Read This Book Aloud,” and the upcoming "Good Night Thoughts," illustrated by James Serrfino and published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

“Good Night Thoughts,” available September 2024, is a sweetly, funny bedtime book about anxiety and being present. What do we do when we can’t fall asleep? The child in the story has racing thoughts—funny, silly, and scary—that are running on a cycle they can’t stop. It is only when they begin to think to themselves, “do any of these thoughts have merit?” “am I in any danger right here and now?” that they are finally able to settle down. 

The lovely picture book offers a simple but complex message about acknowledging anxiety without succumbing to it. And it will appeal to so many little ones (and adults) out there who find that nighttime is when their thoughts carry the most weight.

Greenfield will soon begin production on Season 6 of the hit-CBS sitcom "The Neighborhood," in which he stars opposite Cedric the Entertainer. He can be recently seen in Chelsea Perretti’s directorial debut, "First Time Female Director" and will be seen in Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix comedy "Unfrosted," opposite Amy Schumer. He recently starred in the Lionsgate/Hulu feature, "The Valet," opposite Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving.

There will be a book signing in the Sails Pavilion immediately following the session.

Kit Ballenger









Kit Ballenger, JD/MLIS, is a youth services librarian and literary consultant with Help Your Shelf. A former Legal Aid child advocacy attorney, she prioritizes helping young readers see themselves and appreciate the experiences of others through story. Kit curates the children’s library collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new 81st St. Studio, and her clients include National PTA, Pride and Less Prejudice, and Tinkercast, creators of the award-winning STEM podcast Wow in the World. Kit makes regular radio appearances as the librarian in residence on SiriusXM Kids Place Live and shares reading recommendations on Instagram @KitonLit. 

Good Night Thoughts book cover by Max Greenfield


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