February 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Not-To-Be-Missed Free Author Events and Celebrations at ALA Orlando

In between committee meetings, sessions, and perhaps a surreptitious jaunt over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, be sure to check out some of these hot children’s and YA author events happening during the ALA conference in Orlando, FL, next week. All are free and open to conference attendees.

Friday, June 24

Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion)

5:30–6:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1350

Marissa Moss (Creston Books)ljx160601webALAslug

5:30–7 p.m.  |  Booth 2212–2213

Nikki McClure (ABRAMS)

5:30–7 p.m.  |  Booth 1226

Lee Bennett Hopkins (LEE & LOW BOOKS)

6–6:45 p.m.  |  Booth 1469

Nadia Hashimi (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

6–7 p.m  |  Booth 1402

S.J. Kincaid (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

6–7 p.m.  |  Booth 1302–1303

Sophie Blackall (Hachette)

6–7 p.m.  |  Booth 2269



March with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell: A Celebration of NEH’s 50th Anniversary

9:30-10:30 a.m.  |  HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Regency Ballroom S

Join Congressman John Lewis—renowned civil rights leader and co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel series “March”—and his March co-ceators for a special appearance celebrating the National Endowment for the Humanities.

AASL Awards Ceremony

9–11 a.m.  |  Orange County Convention Center, Room W205

The AASL Awards Ceremony highlights best practices in school library programming. The program is a public acknowledgement and celebration of school librarians who have modeled excellence in the profession. Also recognized at this time will be the 2016 AASL Best Websites and Best Apps for Teaching and Learning.

Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1203

Bryan Collier (ABRAMS)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1226

Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1418

Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead (Roaring Brook Press)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 2118

Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1302-1303

Carole Boston Weatherford (Albert Whitman & Company)

9:30–10:30 a.m.  |  Booth 2045

Kate Messner (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

9:30–10:30 a.m.  |  Booth 2110

G. Neri (Lee & Low Books)

10–10:45 a.m.  |  Booth 1469

Ben Hatke (First Second Books)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 2118

Don Tate (Peachtree Publishers)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 2039

Jay Asher (Penguin)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 2269

Laura Ruby (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 1402

Molly Idle (Chronicle Books)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 1203

R. Gregory Christie (little bee books)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 1310

William Joyce (Atheneum)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 1302–1303

Kathryn Otoshi (KO Kids Books)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 2212–2213

Kelly Barnhill (Workman Publishing Company)

10:30–11:30 a.m.  |  Booth 1340

Lorie Langdon (Blink)

11–11:45 a.m.  |  Booth 1409

Adele Griffin (Scholastic)

11–noon  |  Booth 1237

David Shannon (Scholastic)

11–noon  |  Booth 1236

Frances Hardinge (ABRAMS)

11–noon  |  Booth 1226

Jennifer L. Holm (Random House Children’s Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 2303

Julia Alvarez (Triangle Square Books for Young Readers)

11–noon  |  Booth 2338

Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 1402

Lemony Snicket (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

11–noon  |  Booth 1418

Lynne Rae Perkins (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 1402

Marilyn Singer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

11–noon  |  Booth 1435

Tomie dePaola (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 1302-1303

Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

12–1 p.m.  |  Booth 1402

Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

12:30–2 p.m.  |  Booth 1459

Avi (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

1–2 p.m.  |  Booth 1402

Donna Jo Napoli (National Geographic)

1–2 p.m.  |  Booth 2328

Elise Broach (Christy Ottaviano Books)

1–2 p.m.  |  Booth 2118

Jonathan Auxier (ABRAMS)

1–2 p.m.  |  Booth 1226

Kate Beasley (Farrar Straus Giroux)

1–2 p.m.  |  Booth 2118

Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

1:30–2:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1418

Ashley Hope Pérez (Carolrhoda Lab)

2–3 p.m.  | Booth 1351

Kevin Henkes (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

2-3 p.m.  |  Booth 1402

Matt de la Peña (Random House Children’s Books)

2-3 p.m.  |  Booth 2303

Ann M. Martin (Feiwel & Friends)

2:30–3:30 p.m.  |  Booth 2118

Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

2:30–3:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1418

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (Candlewick Press)

3-4 p.m.  |  Booth 1459

Gayle Forman (Workman Publishing Co.)

3–4 p.m.  |  Booth 1340

Henry Cole (little bee books)

3–4 p.m.  |  Booth 1310

Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

3-4 p.m.  |  Booth 1302–1303

Kwame Alexander, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Ellen Oh, and Matt de la Peña (Random House Children’s Books)

3–4 p.m.  |  Booth 2303

AAP Children’s Author & Librarian Speed Dating

3–4 p.m.  |  Rosen Centre, Room Grand D

Meet more than 20 authors across all children’s book categories in this one-hour speed dating event. Authors to be announced shortly.

Chris Barton (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

3:30–4 p.m.  |  Booth 1402

Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

3:30–4:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1418

Jory John (ABRAMS)

4-5 p.m.  |  Booth 1226

Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

4–5 p.m.  |  Booth 1302–1303



Duncan Tonatiuh (ABRAMS)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1226

Raina Telgemeier (GRAPHIX)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1539

Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell (ABRAMS)

9–10 a.m.  |  Booth 1226

Sharon Creech (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

9:30–10:30 a.m.  |  Booth 1402

Varian Johnson (Scholastic)

9:30–10:30 a.m.  |  Booth 1236

Frances O’Roark Dowell (Atheneum)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 1302–1303

Sean Qualls and Laurie Ann Thompson (Random House Children’s Books)

10–11 a.m.  |  Booth 2303

Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books)

10:30–11 a.m.  |  Booth 2118

Angela Dominguez and Meg Medina (Candlewick Press)

10:30–11 a.m.  |  Booth 1459

Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook Press)

10:30–11:30 a.m.  |  Booth 2118

Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic)

10:30–11:30 a.m.  |  Booth 1236

Sergio Ruzzier (Chronicle Books)

10:30–11:30 a.m.  |  Booth 1203

The 2016 Alex Awards

10:30-11:30 a.m.  |  Orange County Convention Center, Room S320 G-H

The 2016 Alex Award winners–what they are and how to sell them to young adults–are highlighted in this panel presentation. Listen to winning author Ryan Gattis talk about his writing. The Alex Award is given to the top 10 books that appeal to young adults, and is administered by YALSA and sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist.

Christian Robinson (Random House Children’s Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 2303

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Atheneum)

11–noon  |  Booth 1302–1303

R. Gregory Christie and Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 1351

Rita Williams-Garcia (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

11–noon  |  Booth 1402

Kekla Magoon and Ilyasah Shabazz (Candlewick Press)

11:30–12:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1459

Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

12:30–1:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1418

Kami Garcia (Imprint)

1–2 p.m.  |  Booth 2118

2016 Pura Belpré Award Celebración

1–3:30 p.m. |  Rosen Centre, Room JR. Ballroom F

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary Pura Belpré Award Celebración with ALSC and REFORMA. Winning authors and illustrators come together for this unforgettable event, una fiesta maravillosa, to honor the 2016 Medal winners and honorees. Enjoy a keynote by author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy, a silent auction of original art by Belpré Award illustrators, and a book signing by the winning authors and illustrators.

Dan Santat (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

1:30–2:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1418

Kwame Alexander (NorthSouth Books)

2–2:30 p.m.  |  Booth 1251

Barbara O’Connor (Farrar Straus Giroux)

2–3 p.m.  |  Booth 2118

Kevin McCloskey (TOON Books)

2–3 p.m.  |  Booth 2227

Laurie Halse Anderson (Atheneum)

2–3 p.m.  |  Booth 1302–1303

Victoria Jamieson (Henry Holt)

3–3:30 p.m.  |  Booth 2118

Alex Gino (Scholastic)

3–4 p.m.  |  Booth 1236

Melissa Sweet (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

3–4 p.m.  |  Booth 1435

Poetry Blast 2016

4-4:50 p.m.  |  Pop Top Stage

Poets will read from new or forthcoming works for kids and teens: Ann E. Burg (Unbound: A Novel in Verse), Robert L. Forbes (Beast Friends Forever), Lee Bennett Hopkins (Jumping off Library Shelves), Madeleine Kuderick (Kiss of Broken Glass), Marilyn Singer (Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths), Carole Boston Weatherford (Freedom in Congo Square).



2016 ALSC Awards Presentation

8–10:30 a.m.  |  Orange County Convention Center, Room W110A

Celebrate the best in children’s literature and media at the annual presentation of the Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards.  Enjoy a continental breakfast and a chance to mingle with
your favorite authors and illustrators.









Meet the Authors: Lois Ehlert (Beach Lane Books)

9:30–10:30 a.m.  |  1302–1303

Meet the Authors: Phillip Hoose (Farrar Straus Giroux)

10:30–11:30 a.m.  |  Booth 2118

Stonewall Book Awards Program

10 a.m.–noon  |  HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Florida Ballroom

Celebrate the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards, the oldest awards honoring the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender writing. Join the GLBT Round Table as it recognizes the winners and honorees in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s and young adult categories. The first  Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community will also be presented.

2016 Odyssey Award Ceremony

3:30–5:30 p.m.  |  Orange County Convention Center, Room W110A

Celebrate the best in audiobooks produced for children and young adults
at the annual presentation of the Odyssey Award. Narrators will perform a piece from their Odyssey Award–winning audiobooks. Festivities will also include a cocktail reception after the ceremony sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.


Kiera Parrott About Kiera Parrott

Kiera Parrott is the reviews director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Her favorite books are ones that make her cry—or snort—on public transportation.



  1. I am also signing at 1pm at (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Booth 1435 on Saturday June 25

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I am not a librarian, yet I have loved books and the public library since I was a child. Once I became a mother I brought my daughter the the library from a new born. Actually, she went to the library while I was pregnant. I wish we could attend this event. It would be wonderful since we live in Orlando, Florida. It is the best place for this event. We have plenty of activities and excellent restaurants for attendees. Also, this years, speakers are amazing. This will be a great event!