SLJ Day of Dialog | Cambridge, MA

Join School Library Journal for the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year and be informed, inspired, and entertained by the best authors, editors, and publishers in the industry. Spend the day discussing the latest trends and get the inside scoop on the hottest books in the world of children's and young adult literature.

This event includes a full day of panels and speaker presentations by celebrated authors as well as breakfast and lunch. Attendees enjoy access to free ARCs and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country in an intimate library-centric setting. Get a first look at exciting titles due out this fall and walk away with bags filled with books and inspiring ideas for your libraries and classrooms.

 

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Boyds Mills Press Candlewick Press Charlesbridge Teen Clavis
HarperCollins Children's Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Minedition
Penguin Young Readers The Quarto Group Scholastic Sleeping Bear Press
Vox Books

Program

 

8:45 AM | Registration

 

9:30 AM | Opening Keynote

Ali Benjamin, The Next Great Paulie Fink (Little, Brown, 2019)

 

10:00 AM | Everything I Know I Learned from a Picture Book

Harry Bliss, Good Rosie! (Candlewick)
Anika Aldamuy Denise, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré (HarperCollins)
Gloria Respress-Churchwell, Follow Chester: A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History (Charlesbridge)
Jennifer Sattler, Bully (Sleeping Bear)

 

10:50 AM | Publisher Pitch I

 

11:10 AM | Stellar Teen Reads

S. E. Grove, The Waning Age (Penguin)
Gail Jarrow, Spooked: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America (Boyds Mills Press)
Mackenzi Lee, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (HarperCollins)
Emily X.R. Pan, The Astonishing Color of After (Little, Brown)

 

12:00 PM | Lunch

 

1:30 PM | Luncheon Speaker

Padma Venkatraman, The Bridge Home (Penguin, 2019)

 

2:00 PM | Publisher Pitch II

 

2:20 PM | Fresh Perspectives and New Narratives in Nonfiction

Don Brown, The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Vita Murrow, Power to the Princess (Quarto)
Ray Anthony Shepard, Now or Never! Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery (Boyds Mills Press)
Melissa Stewart, Seashells: More Than a Home (Charlesbridge)

 

3:10 PM | Break

 

3:30 PM | Publisher Pitch III

 

4:00 PM | Closing Keynote

Eric Gansworth, Give Me Some Truth (Scholastic, 2018)

 

4:30 PM | Book Signing

 

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Boyds Mills Press Candlewick Press Charlesbridge Teen Clavis
HarperCollins Children's Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Minedition
Penguin Young Readers The Quarto Group Scholastic Sleeping Bear Press
Vox Books

Keynote Speakers

Ali Benjamin
 
   Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, and the cowriter for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir Positive as well as Tim Howard's national bestseller The Keeper. She lives near Williamstown, Massachusetts.
 
Padma Venkatraman    Padma Venkatraman has a new middle grade coming out in Spring '19 called The Bridge Home. It's Oliver Twist meets Slumdog Millionaire in this tale of homeless children trying to make a life for themselves in Chennai, India. With lyrical, beautiful, and page-turning writing, this is an #OwnVoices story that will serve as a window and mirror for young readers.

Padma is also the author of A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, Notable Books for a Global Society winner, and South Asia Book Award Honor Book), Island's End (ALA Best Book of the Year, ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selection, and CCBC Best Book), and Climbing the Stairs (Julia Ward Howe Award, Bank Street Best Book, YALSA BBYA selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and CCBC Choice). Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and Mary.
 
Eric Gansworth    Eric Gansworth (Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ) is Lowery Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and was recently NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. An enrolled Onondaga, he was born and raised at the Tuscarora Indian Nation, just outside Niagara Falls, NY. His debut novel for young readers, If I Ever Get Out of Here, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and an American Indian Library Association Young Adult Honor selection, and he is the author of numerous acclaimed books for adults. Please visit his website at ericgansworth.com.
 

Speakers

Anika Aldamuy
 
   Anika Aldamuy Denise first heard the stories of Pura Belpré from her titi Rose, who, like Pura's family, enjoyed sharing the treasured folklore of Puerto Rico. Today, Anika is the celebrated author of several picture books including Starring Carmen!, Lights, Camera, CARMEN!, and Monster Trucks. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Rhode Island. Visit her online at anikadenise.com.
 
Harry Bliss
 
   Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker. He has illustrated many picture books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Doreen Cronin that began with Diary of a Worm, and he has both written and illustrated several picture books, including Grace for Gus and Luke on the Loose. Harry Bliss lives in New Hampshire.
 
Don Brown
 
   Don Brown is the award winning creator of many picture-book biographies and graphic novels including Sibert Honor winner, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. He lives in New York with his family. Visit him at booksbybrown.com and on Instagram @donsart.
 
TiffeniFontno
 
   Tiffeni Fontno, MEd, MLIS, is a Head Librarian of the Educational Resource Center at Boston College. She studied elementary education, library science, literacy, English Language Learning, and educational technology. Her areas of interest include diverse children's literature, curriculum, and educational technology.
 
Elissa Gershowitz
 
   Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.
 
S.E. Grove
 
   S.E. Grove is a historian and world traveler. She spends most of her time reading about the early modern Spanish empire, writing about invented empires, and residing in Boston. Follow S. E. Grove on Twitter @segrovebooks or at segrovebooks.com.
 
Gail Jarrow
 
   Gail Jarrow is the author of nonfiction books and novels young readers. Her nonfiction books have earned the YALSA Award Nomination for Excellence in Nonfiction, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Outstanding Science Trade Book, a NSTA Best STEM book, the Jefferson Cup Award, the Eureka! Gold Award, an Orbis Pictus Recommendation, as well as Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal Best Books and VOYA Honor Book distinctions.
 
Mackenzi Lee
 
   Mackenzi Lee is the New York Times bestselling author of This Monstrous Thing and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, as well as the upcoming The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. She earned a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. You can find her online at mackenzilee.com.
 
Vita Murrow
 
   Vita Murrow is a writer, artist, and mom. Born in central India, she grew up in Minneapolis, MN. An adoptee and the daughter of a gay single parent, her family constellation made her acutely aware of the need for diverse and inclusive media for kids.

Vita previously directed a literacy centered school partnership program in Boston, was an educator in Seattle and New York City, and has been an American Sign Language interpreter. She earned an M.S.Ed in Education and Teaching Literacy from the Bank Street College of Education.

Her children's book debut, The Whale, was written together with her husband, artist Ethan Murrow, and nominated for a CILIP Greenway Medal. They have two children and live in Boston.
 
Emily X.R. Pan
 
   Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 12 books of the season. Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi, and is co-creator of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.
 
Gloria Respress-Churchwell
 
   Gloria Respress-Churchwell has a passion for sharing nonfictional stories, especially those about unsung heroes. Having received a M.A. and M.F.A. from Simmons College in Children's Literature and Writing for Children as a Lee & Low Books Scholar, Respress-Churchwell's picture book Follow Chester! (Charlesbridge Publishing) debuts in 2019 about the true story of how Dr. Chester Pierce became the first African American to play college football south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Respress-Churchwell has self-published Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History – A Savannah Green Story (Jabberwocky Books 2014); a historical fiction book based on the life of Robert Churchwell known as the Jackie Robinson of journalism. Respress-Churchwell produced and directed a documentary about his life that won the Tennessee Tribune award at the Nashville Film Festival. The book and documentary are part of Churchwell's permanent (displayed) collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Music specifically produced for her books accompany each of Respress-Churchwell stories to further extend the educational experience to the young reader. She believes the message of the story carries through the music and especially benefits students who learn best from hearing. Respress-Churchwell states, "during my school visits, seeing the smiles and hearing the children sing actual facts from the story is heartwarming. The connection of music is contagious and fun."

Respress-Churchwell lives in the New England area with her husband and children.
 
Julie Roach
 
   Julie Roach manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. She also teaches children's literature at Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science and at Lesley University. She reviews children's literature regularly for The Horn Book and School Library Journal.
 
Jennifer Sattler
 
   Jennifer Sattler is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including the new board books Bundle UpDirty Birdies, and Jungle Gym, as well as the picture book Bully and the Pig Kahuna and the "Chick 'n' Pug" series. She lives in upstate New York, where she delights in embarrassing her children and having meaningful conversations with her dog, Henry. Learn more about her at jennifersattlerbooks.com.
 
Ray Anthony Shepard
 
   Ray Anthony Shepard is a grandson of a slave, a former teacher, and retired editor-in-chief of a major education publishing company. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Education and the Harvard Graduate School Education where he received a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Now or Never is his first work of creative nonfiction.
 
Melissa Stewart
 
   Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and wonder with readers of all ages.

After earning a bachelor's degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master's degree in science journalism from New York University, Melissa worked as a children's book editor for nine years before becoming a fulltime writer in 2000. She has written everything from board books for preschoolers to magazine articles for adults.

When Melissa isn't writing or exploring the natural world, she spends time speaking at schools, libraries, nature centers, and educator conferences. She serves on the Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Keene State College Children's Literature Festival.
 

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Boyds Mills Press Candlewick Press Charlesbridge Teen Clavis
HarperCollins Children's Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Minedition
Penguin Young Readers The Quarto Group Scholastic Sleeping Bear Press
Vox Books

Sponsors

 
Boyds Mills Press Boyds Mills Press, a trade book division of Highlights for Children, publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers including picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction. Calkins Creek publishes both nonfiction and historical fiction that introduces children to the many people, places, and events that shaped US History. WordSong is the only children's imprint in the United States specifically dedicated to poetry. 
 
Candlewick Press Candlewick Press publishes award winning hardcover and paperback children's books for readers of all ages, including board books, picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, novels for middle grade and young adult readers, and e-books. Our imprints include Big Picture Press, Candlewick Entertainment, Candlewick Studio, Nosy Crow, and Templar Books.
 
Charlesbridge Teen Charlesbridge Teen features storytelling that presents new ideas and an evolving world. Carefully curated stories give voice to unforgettable characters with unique perspectives that inspire teens to cheer or sigh, laugh or reflect, reread or share with a friend, and read some more. Whether it's contemporary realism, fantasy, mystery, or science fiction, Charlesbridge Teen wants to tell stories that speak to young adults and make them think about the world in a new way.
 
Clavis At Clavis, our focus is on what's best for children; we believe that books play an important role in each new phase in kids' lives and so we focus on the important themes in their everyday—activities, skills, emotions, the world and language development—from bestselling authors and artists Guido Von Genechten, Liesbet Slegers, Anita Bijsterbosch and upcoming new talent.
 
HarperCollins Children's Books HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality books for children, HarperCollins is home to many of the classics of children's literature, including Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Giving Tree, Charlotte's Web, Ramona, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, the "I Can Read" beginning reader series, and countless award-winning titles. Imprints include Balzer + Bray, Greenwillow Books, Katherine Tegen Books and HarperTeen. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers includes a wide variety of award-winning, quality, hardcover and paperback books for children and young adults in all genres and formats including: board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, fiction, nonfiction, and reference.
 
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers began publishing books for children in 1926. We publish a diverse, carefully curated list of the finest books for young readers of all ages and backgrounds. LBYR has the distinct honor of being the first and only publishing division to have won the Caldecott Medal, the annual award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, three years in a row.
 
Minedition Minedition is all about building bridges through beautifully crafted children's books that open windows to the world created by authors and illustrators from around the globe including Jane Goodall, Lisbeth Zwerger, Yusuke Yonezu, Guiliano Ferri, Kveta Pacovska and so many others devoted to giving kids the very best.
 
Penguin Young Readers Group Penguin Young Readers Group is a global leader in children's publishing, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, Nancy Paulsen books, Kathy Dawson books, Price Stern Sloan, and Frederick Warner. Penguin Young Readers Group publishes books in all formats for children of all ages, including award-winning board books, picture books, novels, and nonfiction.
 
The Quarto Group The Quarto Group is the leading global illustrated non-fiction book publisher. We make and sell great books that entertain, educate and enrich the lives of adults and children around the world. We create and own proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest. We sell books across 50 countries and in 39 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.
 
Scholastic Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, creating quality books and ebooks that support children's learning both at school and at home. Scholastic releases about 600 original titles annually in the U.S. under 18 imprints, including bestsellers and award-winners, which appeal to established and fledgling readers. With a 95 year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to "Open a World of Possible" for all children.
 
Sleeping Bear Press Sleeping Bear Press is dedicated to producing distinctive books with rich content that will spark children's interest and encourage them to be lifelong readers.
 
Vox Books VOX™ Books are printed books that provide full professional audio narration using a unique audio reader attached to the book. Studies have shown that VOX™ Books users improve their reading comprehension by 75% and improve their reading accuracy by over 50%.
 

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Boyds Mills Press Candlewick Press Charlesbridge Teen Clavis
HarperCollins Children's Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Minedition
Penguin Young Readers The Quarto Group Scholastic Sleeping Bear Press
Vox Books

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