February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Masters of Informational Picture Books | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

Attendees of SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog received an information boost from the pre-BEA event’s first panel of authors and illustrators. Moderated by Kathleen T. Isaacs, author of Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children, the lively discussion offered Jim Arnosky, Jennifer Berne, Elisha Cooper, Thomas Gonzalez, and Jonah Winter the chance to share with librarians more about their creative processes, who they write for, and why they choose to create nonfiction for young readers.

Masters of Real-World Horror | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

A panel of YA authors shared with nearly 250 children’s librarians what inspired them to write about “tough stuff” at SLJ’s annual pre-BEA Day of Dialog event. Moderated by Karyn Silverman—SLJ blogger and librarian and educational technology department chair of the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School—the panel’s discussion flowed from dark to light, touching on topics such as school shootings and Nazi Germany.

Masters of Visual Storytelling | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

Author/illustrators Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, Chris Raschka, and David Wiesner spoke about picture books and the art of visual storytelling at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog event this week. The panel was moderated by kid lit specialist and storyteller Rita Auerbach.

Sharing the Love: Librarians, Authors Talk Kid Lit | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

More than 20 popular children’s book authors and illustrators were invited guests at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog event on May 29 in New York City. There, they joined their publishers and about 250 children’s librarians for a daylong discussion and celebration of the latest releases and trends in children’s literature.

Masters of Middle School Drama and Trauma | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

From tragic turning points to budding first love, some of the most talented and up-and-coming authors for the middle grade audience shared their insights on the writing process, connection to their intended audience, and how humor plays a part in all of their works at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog, held at Columbia University’s Faculty House on May 29.