SLJ: Day of Dialogue: Authors and Discussions on Children’s Books

The School Library Journal held their Day of Dialogue last Wednesday May 31.  Here is the portal to the full day conference.  Password is SLJ2017.

The schedule of events is below:

Keynote Speakers

Gene Luen YangGene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is the author of the Secret Coders series, combining comics and computer programming, and he has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. You can visit him online at


Megan Whalen TurnerMegan Whalen Turner is the bestselling and award-winning author of five novels set in the world of The Queen’s Thief. She has been awarded a Newbery Honor and a Horn Book–Boston Globe Honor and the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. She has won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. She worked as a bookseller for seven years before she started writing. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes. Thick as Thieves, the eagerly anticipated new stand-alone novel set in the world of The Queen’s Thief, will be available in May. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. You can visit her online at


Kwame AlexanderKwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages and is part of the Scholastic Reading Club. His other works include Surf’s Up, a picture book; Booked, a middle grade novel; and Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers.



8:00-8:45 AM | Registration & Breakfast

8:50-9:00 AM | Welcome

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, School Library Journal

9:00-9:30 AM | Keynote

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

9:30-10:15 AM | Panel I: To Interstellar Space and Back: Nonfiction for Everyone!

R. Gregory Christie, A Time To Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech (NorthSouth)
Sue Macy, Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century (National Geographic)
Michelle Markel, Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books (Chronicle)
Steve Sheinkin, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team (Roaring Brook)
Alexandra Siy, Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space (Charlesbridge)

Moderator: Christopher Lassen, Youth Material Selector, BookOps – New York Public Library & Brooklyn Public Library

10:15-10:30 AM | Break

10:30-11:00 AM | Publisher Pitch I


11:00-11:45 AM | Panel II: The Sweet Spot: Captivating Middle Grade Readers

Tracey Baptiste, Rise of the Jumbies (Algonquin Young Readers)
Paul Griffin, Saving Marty (Dial)
Katherine Paterson, My Brigadista Year (Candlewick)
Jason Reynolds, Patina (Simon & Schuster)
Karina Yan Glaser, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Moderator: Deborah Taylor, Coordinator, School and Student Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library

11:45 AM-12:15 PM | Publisher Pitch II

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Listening Library

12:15-1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30-2:00 PM | Luncheon Speaker

Megan Whelan Turner, Thick as Thieves (HarperCollins)

2:00-2:30 PM | Publisher Pitch III

Macmillan Adult
Macmillan Children’s
Penguin Children’s
Random House Children’s

2:30-3:15 PM | Panel III: Imagination on Steroids: Powerhouse YA Fiction

M.T. Anderson, Landscape with Invisible Hand (Candlewick)
Gregory Scott Katsoulis, All Rights Reserved (Harlequin Teen)
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Warrior (Viking)
Mitali Perkins, You Bring the Distant Near (Macmillan)
Maggie Stiefvater, All the Crooked Saints (Scholastic)

Moderator: Monica Edinger, teacher at The Dalton School and creator of the Educating Alice blog

3:15-3:30 PM | Break

3:30-4:00 PM | Publisher Pitch IV

Simon & Schuster Children’s
Sleeping Bear Press

4:00-4:45 PM | Panel IV: The Expansive Picture Book Universe

Hervé Tullet, Say Zoop! (Chronicle)
Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, Why AM I Me? (Scholastic)
Sydney Smith, Town Is by the Sea (Groundwood)
Philip Stead, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine (Doubleday)
Brendan Wenzel, Life (Simon & Schuster)

Robin Gibson, Youth Services Librarian, Westerville (OH) Public Library

4:45-5:00 PM | Closing Keynote

Kwame Alexander, Solo (Blink)

5:00-5:15 PM | Announcement of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

5:15-6:15 PM | Reception and Author Signings


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