Richard PeckRichard Peck, recipient of almost every children’s fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Award, and the Edgar, and the first children’s author to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal, will kick off the day. He will share insights from his newest book, The Best Man, which will be published in September 2016 by Penguin Young Readers.


Laini TaylorNew York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Laini Taylor will dazzle us during the lunch hour. Laini’s work includes the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” trilogy and companion e-novella, Night of Cake & Puppets. She authored Blackbringer and Silksinger, part of the “Dreamdark” series, and the highly acclaimed Lips Touch: Three Times. Her newest book, Strange the Dreamer, a tale set in the aftermath of a war between gods and mortals, will be out September 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


8:00–9:00 am | Registration and Breakfast Room A (Ground Level)

9:00–9:10 am | Welcome Room DEF (Ground Level)
Luann Toth, Managing Editor, SLJ Reviews

9:10–9:40 am | Keynote: Richard Peck Room DEF

9:45–10:30 am | Panel I: Some Nonfiction! Dynamic informational books for young readers Room DEF

Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann, Giant Squid (Roaring Brook Press)
Julia Kuo, The Sound of Silence (Little, Brown)
Mara Rockliff, Around America To Win the Vote (Candlewick)
Jane Sutcliffe, Will’s Words (Charlesbridge)
Melissa Sweet, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White (HMH)

Moderator: Deborah Stevenson, Director for Children’s Books at GSLIS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Editor of Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

10:30–10:45 am | Break

10:45–11:15 am | Publisher Pitch I Room DEF

  • Penguin Children’s
  • Random House Children’s
  • Scholastic
  • Sourcebooks

11:15 am–12:00 pm | Panel II: Truth Be Told: Big questions in middle grade fiction and what adults keep from children Room DEF

Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Workman)
Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale (Dutton)
Jennifer Holm, Full of Beans (Random)
Jason Reynolds, As Brave As You (Simon & Schuster)
Raina Telgemeier, Ghosts (Scholastic)

Moderator: Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager at the Evanston Public Library

12:00–12:30 pm | Publisher Pitch II Room DEF

  • Griffin Teen & Flatiron Books YA
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Listening Library
  • Macmillan Children’s

12:30–1:15 pm | Lunch Room A

1:15–1:20 pm | Greetings: Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal Room DEF

1:20–1:45 pm | Luncheon Speaker: Laini Taylor Room DEF

1:45–2:15 pm | Publisher Pitch III Room DEF

  • Groundwood
  • Harlequin
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

2:15–3:00 pm | Panel III: Mind-bending Women of YA Room DEF

Sharon Cameron, The Forgetting (Scholastic)
Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen (St. Martin’s Griffin)
S. J. Kincaid, The Diabolic (Simon & Schuster)
Laura Ruby, Bone Gap (HarperCollins)
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer (Little, Brown)

Moderator: Janice Del Negro, Associate Professor and Follett Chair at Dominican University

3:00–3:15 pm | Break

3:15–3:45 | Publisher Pitch IV Room DEF

  • Blink
  • Candlewick
  • Charlesbridge
  • Chronicle

3:45–4:45 pm | Panel IV: What Comes First, the Idea or the Image? Creativity at Play in Today’s Picture Books Room DEF

Kate Beaton, King Baby (Scholastic)
Michelle Cuevas & Erin Stead, Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Dial)
Richard Jackson & Jerry Pinkney, In Plain Sight (Roaring Brook Press)
Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, A Child of Books (Candlewick)
Brendan Wenzel, They All Saw a Cat (Chronicle)

Moderator: Elisa Gall, Librarian and Department Co-chair at the Latin School of Chicago

5:00–6:00 pm | Reception and Author Signings Room A


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UIC Forum
725 Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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