March 19, 2018

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School Library Journal 2013 Day of Dialog Lineup

Here’s the complete schedule for the event held Wednesday, May 29 at Columbia University, Faculty House 8:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Keynote: Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is he author and illustrator of close to 50 critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon in 2005 and a Newbery honor for the novel Olive’s Ocean. He is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly’s Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott honor book Owen, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, Sun & Spoon, and his upcoming novel for middle-grade readers The Year Of Billy Miller. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at


Panel I: Informational Picture Books

Moderator: Kathleen T. Isaacs, author of Picturing The World: Informational Picture Books For Children (ALA, 2013)

Panelists: Jim Arnosky, Shimmer & Splash (Sterling) Jennifer Berne, On A Beam Of Light: A Story Of Albert Einstein (Chronicle) Elisha Cooper, Train (Scholastic) Thomas Gonzalez, Gandhi (Amazon) Jonah Winter, You Never Heard Of Willie Mays?! (Random House)

Panel II: Middle School Drama and Trauma

Moderator: Caroline Ward, head of youth services, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Panelists: Ayun Halliday, Peanut (Random House) Josh Farrar, A Song For Bijou (Bloomsbury) Gordon Korman, Hypnotize Me (Scholastic) Holly Sloan, Counting by Sevens (Penguin) Linda Urban, The Center of Everything (Houghton Harcourt)

Publishers’ Pitch I

Brilliance Audio, Candlewick Press, Chronicle Books, Harlequin Teen, HarperCollins Publishers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lerner Publishing Group, Little, Brown and Company


Luncheon Speaker: Holly Black

Holly Black Is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts in a house with a secret library. Her website:


Panel III: Real-World Horror In YA

Moderator: Karyn Silverman, high school librarian, educational technology department chair, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School

Panelists: Julie Berry, All the Truth That’s in Me (Penguin) Adele Griffin, Loud Awake and Lost (Random House) Elizabeth Scott, Heartbeat (Harlequin) Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Little, Brown) Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire (Hyperion)

Publishers’ Pitch II

Listening Library/Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, Sterling Publishing, Blink, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Panel IV: Visual Storytelling

Moderator: Rita Auerbach, children’s literature specialist and storyteller

Panelists: Lizi Boyd, Inside Outside (Chronicle) Oliver Jeffers, The Day the Crayons Quit (Penguin) Matt Phelan, Bluffton (Candlewick) Chris Raschka, Daisy Gets Lost (Random House) David Wiesner, Mr. Wuffles! (Houghton Harcourt)

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Kathy Ishizuka ( on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.