October 20, 2017

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Powerhouse YA Authors on World-Building and Agency | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Attendees at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog on May 31 in New York City were treated to a lunch keynote from the acclaimed Megan Whalen Turner and a panel of blockbuster YA authors.

A Mark Twain Picture Book, “Say OH!”, and More | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Picture book creators Sean Qualls, Selina Alko, Sydney Smith, Philip Stead, Brendan Wenzel, and Hervé Tullet touched on collaboration, a sense of place, and whimsy during a panel.

Middle Grade Authors on Family, Connection, and Representation | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

A riveting conversation with Tracey Baptiste, Paul Griffin, Katherine Paterson, Jason Reynolds, and Karina Yan Glaser.

Nonfiction Creators on Inspiration, Research, and More | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Insight into writing and illustrating nonfiction from Steve Sheinkin, Sue Macy, Michelle Markel, Alexandra Siy, and R. Gregory Christie.

Gene Luen Yang, Ambassador and Nerd, Inspires | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Gene Luen Yang, U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, kicked off SLJ’s Day of Dialog with a witty, dynamic presentation about superhero comics, computers, reading, and his life as a nerd.

Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”

While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts.

SLJ’s 2016 Day of Dialog in Chicago: “Everything Is Wonder”

The summit drew record numbers of librarians and book creators, who, apropos of the new location, enjoyed deep dives into kid lit along with their deep dish.

Day of Dialog 2016 Recap: Chicago Edition!

I feel like it’s been a long time since I “reported” on anything. It isn’t just the move to the Chicago area. It’s more that subtly over the years I’ve pulled back from the rote typing that I used to engage in so often. Blame Twitter. Blame aging. Blame my left pinkie finger which, even […]

Nathan Hale, Maris Wicks, Don Brown, and Others On Nonfiction Graphic Works | Day of Dialog 2015

Dynamic authors and illustrators on the panel Nonfiction Goes Graphic (in Format) spoke about everything from whether cute cartoons can faithfully illustrate the human body to portraying violent subject matter for young children.

In Enthralling Speech, A.S. King Explores Feminism | Day of Dialog

In a talk that cited Mother Teresa, Kim Kardashian, and her own photographic alter egos from an art project, A.S. King declared, “Your feminism is yours. [It’s whatever you] want to make of it—[whatever] you decide to do.”

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.

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.

SLJ Day of Dialog Round Up

I wasn’t able to attend this year’s School Library Journal Day of Dialog. Instead, I followed along on Twitter and read some of the SLJ recaps:
Keeping Middle Schoolers Engaged “Middle school students are a “hormonally charged” bunch who are “full of complex contradictions” and just “want a voice,” say authors who participated in SLJ’s 2012 […]

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.

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.

SLJ’s 2012 Day of Dialog: Stellar Debuts

Palacio and three other first-time children’s book authors spoke at the “Stellar Debuts: Celebrating new and noteworthy arrivals to the publishing scene” panel during SLJ’s Day of Dialog on June 4 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

SLJ’s 2012 Day of Dialog: Walter Dean Myers Vows to Close the Reading Gap

Our nation faces a huge reading gap—but most people are unwilling to talk about it because the bulk of illiterate kids are minority and poor, says Walter Dean Myers.