by Jen Donovan
One of the hottest events at the IRA Convention this year will be the Author Luncheon Series. The line-up consists of some of the most dynamic and influential voices in young adult and children’s literature today. Their award-winning books are read in classrooms and top the best seller lists. These luncheons fill up fast so don’t forget to register today to save your seat!
On Monday, April 30, at noon, convention-goers will have the opportunity to attend the Primary Literature Luncheon featuring best-selling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, sponsored by Simon and Schuster. His two best-selling books, The Dot and Ish, encourage children to be themselves and embrace creativity. These books are filled with wonderful watercolor, ink, and tea illustrations that make the stories especially original and special. Reynolds’ unique illustrations can also be found in the book Someday by Alison McGhee and in the Judy Moody Series.
The Young Adult Literature Luncheon will take place the next day featuring Jacqueline Woodson, multiple award-winning author and one of the finest writers in young adult literature. Some of her award-winning titles include The Other Side, Locomotion, Miracle’s Boys, and Hush. Her latest book, Beneath a Meth Moon is a powerful and beautifully told story of a young girl’s journey with addiction after losing her mother, grandmother, and her home in Hurricane Katrina. Woodson will offer a fresh new take on how to use her books in the classroom. Brought to you by Penguin, this event will take place Tuesday, May 1 at noon. Don’t miss the chance to hear this fantastic speaker!
On Wednesday the Book and Author Luncheon will feature speaker Christopher Paul Curtis, one of the most important authors in children’s literature today. His book Bud, Not Buddy is widely read both in and outside the classroom. It was also the first book ever to win both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award. The Mighty Miss Malone is his latest title, due to be published this spring. This new book, published by Random House, promises to join the ranks of his other award-winning titles and educators anxiously await its release. Christopher Paul Curtis will be speaking about his books on Wednesday, May 2 at noon.
This series presents a rare opportunity to hear three of the most talented writers in children’s and young adult literature. Each speaker will have something new to offer listeners about teaching their novels in the classroom. Regardless of the genre, their books will move and inspire readers of all ages. Space is limited, so sign up for these luncheons today!
To find information about the luncheons and more programs at the Annual Convention, visit www.iraconvention.org.
Jen Donovan is an intern in the Strategic Communications Department of the International Reading Association.