April 23, 2014

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Masters of Informational Picture Books | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

Info Picture Books panel SLJDOD 13

Attendees of SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog received an information boost from the pre-BEA event’s first panel of authors and illustrators. Moderated by Kathleen T. Isaacs, author of Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children, the lively discussion offered Jim Arnosky, Jennifer Berne, Elisha Cooper, Thomas Gonzalez, and Jonah Winter the chance to share with librarians more about their creative processes, who they write for, and why they choose to create nonfiction for young readers.

David Wiesner on Visual Storytelling | video


Simply put, “The pictures tell the story,” says David Wiesner. The three-time Caldecott Medal winner Wiesner shared his thoughts on visual storytelling,—along with fellow panelists, Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, and Chris Raschka—at SLJ’s 2013 Day of Dialog held May 29 at Columbia University.

Masters of Real-World Horror | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

Real World Horror panel SLJDOD13

A panel of YA authors shared with nearly 250 children’s librarians what inspired them to write about “tough stuff” at SLJ’s annual pre-BEA Day of Dialog event. Moderated by Karyn Silverman—SLJ blogger and librarian and educational technology department chair of the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School—the panel’s discussion flowed from dark to light, touching on topics such as school shootings and Nazi Germany.

Matt Phelan on Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels (Video) | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013


From a scratchy nib pen to splatter from a toothbrush, author illustrator Matt Phelan describes the special quality he derives from using traditional media in this clip recorded at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.

Photos from the Floor at BookExpo of America 2013

Rebecca Miller, Kathy Dawson, Stacey Barney

The publishing industry’s BookExpo of America took place from May 30 to June 1. An annual gathering of authors, publishers, booksellers, and of course librarians, it held signings, panels, and events at the Javits Center in New York City.

Holly Black Shares a Poem | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013


In a charming keynote, bestselling author Holly Black shared a poem that she wrote in seventh grade, to the hysterics of the audience at School Library Journal’s annual event held during BookExpo America.

Masters of Visual Storytelling | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013


Author/illustrators Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, Chris Raschka, and David Wiesner spoke about picture books and the art of visual storytelling at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog event this week. The panel was moderated by kid lit specialist and storyteller Rita Auerbach.

Sharing the Love: Librarians, Authors Talk Kid Lit | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013


More than 20 popular children’s book authors and illustrators were invited guests at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog event on May 29 in New York City. There, they joined their publishers and about 250 children’s librarians for a daylong discussion and celebration of the latest releases and trends in children’s literature.

Bean, Rowell, Byrd win 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Sutton, Stead, Bean

Jonathan Bean’s Building our House, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, and Robert Byrd’s Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin have been named the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, revealed today at BookExpo America.

Masters of Middle School Drama and Trauma | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

SLJ DOD 2013 Middle Grade Panel

From tragic turning points to budding first love, some of the most talented and up-and-coming authors for the middle grade audience shared their insights on the writing process, connection to their intended audience, and how humor plays a part in all of their works at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog, held at Columbia University’s Faculty House on May 29.

School Library Journal 2013 Day of Dialog Lineup


Here’s the complete schedule for the annual event held Wednesday, May 29 at Columbia University, Faculty House. The 2013 gathering of publishers, authors, and librarians held in conjunction with BookExpo America features keynoters Kevin Henkes and Holly Black.

Galley Guide | Go Inside BookExpo

BEA Galley Guide

The doors to the exhibit halls at BookExpo America (BEA), one of the biggest shows of the year, open on May 30, and School Library Journal has prepared a special free guidebook, the 2013 BEA Guide to ARCs & Signings, for its readers.

Children’s Book Art Auction at BEA | News Bites

abffe childrens book art silent auction logo

Mark your calendars for May 29 for an exciting children’s book art silent auction and reception taking place at BookExpo America in New York City. The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers Association will use the funds raised to support the Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) and Banned Book Week.

Collier, Frazee, Green Kick Off First SLJ/AAP Children’s Librarians’ Dinner


Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, John Green, John Stephens, and Catherynne M. Valente spoke about their latest works, their love of libraries, and the importance of literacy in their lives during the first Children’s Librarians’ Dinner on June 4 at a New York City midtown hotel.

Video: ‘Middle School Snake Charmers’ Hold Forth at SLJ Day of Dialog

The prospect of working with adolescents may inspire fear in some, “but for a small, dedicated group of us, middle school is where it’s at,” said librarian Jennifer Hubert Swan, who gleaned some insight on engaging young readers from panelists Sharon Creech, Eoin Colfer, Rebecca Stead, Joan Bauer, and James Dashner at SLJ’s event held June 4 at the Javits Center in New York.

2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners Unveiled


The tale of a little girl who loves to knit, a story about a Harlem book seller, and a book about the life and work of artist Chuck Close are winners of the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.

BEA 2012: Live, Semi-Live, and Post-Mortem Blogging (Wednesday)

More coverage of BookExpo America, whether you like it or not…

SLJ 2012 Day of Dialog: Walter Dean Myers’s Keynote Address

Missed SLJ 2012 Day of Dialog and the National Ambassador of Children’s Lit’s keynote? Or want to hear it again? Watch a video of his address here.

BEA 2012: Live, Semi-Live, and Post-Mortem Blogging (Tuesday)

I’m attending sessions and wandering around, and, well, here are some of the results…

SLJ’s 2012 Day of Dialog: Dynamic Nonfiction for Kids and Teens

What’s the secret to creating riveting nonfiction for young readers? It begins with passion, says kids’ book author Candace Fleming, one of the participants in SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog, on June 4, at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “If I’m going to spend five years working on a book, it has to be something I’m interested in.”