Author Panels

Saturday, April 20

The Serious Business of Writing Humor: The Importance of Funny Fiction in the Classroom
Have you noticed that some of your students really turn on when you make them laugh? Join some of the funniest authors we know, including Michael Buckley, Andy Griffiths, Laurie Keller, and Devin Scillian, to learn how to use humorous fiction titles to motivate even the most reluctant readers—especially elementary and middle-grade boys! Moderated by Colby Sharp.

Celebrating 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal
In honor of the Caldecott's 75th anniversary, IRA has gathered some beloved medal recipients and honorees to talk about making the most of Caldecott books in your classroom. Join moderator John Schumacher (a.k.a. Mr. Schu) and Marla Frazee, Chris Raschka, and David Ezra Stein, and others for a closer look at classic picture books.

Sunday, April 21

Putting Books to Work: Pairing Literature Authors With Classroom Teachers
This panel pairs literature authors with classroom teachers to demonstrate how to make children's literature work in your curriculum. Panelists include authors Cynthia Levinson, Suzanne Bloom, and Ruta Sepetys, along with teachers who use their books in classroom lessons. Expect some concrete, immediate ideas for using children's books and novels to enhance literacy engagement and learning!

National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature raises national awareness of the importance of children's literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. This panel discussion brings together the current Ambassador—Walter Dean Myers—and former Ambassadors Katherine Paterson and Jon Sciezska for an hour of inspiration and engaging ideas to spark your students' love of literature. Moderated by Junko Yokota, director of the Center for Teaching through Children's Books.

The Future's So Dark: Why Readers Can't Get Enough of Dystopian Fiction
Join moderator Mary Cotillo and some of today's favorite authors, including Susan Beth Pfeffer, Marie Lu, and D.J. MacHale to discuss ways to engage your students with these heart-pounding works.

Monday, April 22

And Then What Happens?! The Enduring Appeal of Series Fiction
Join children's authors Ellis Wiener (Templeton Twins series), Annie Barrows (Ivy + Bean series), Laurie Friedman (Mallory McDonald series), and Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series) to talk about using popular series titles to keep your students excited about reading…even in their spare time. Moderated by Teri Lesesne (a.k.a. Professor Nana).

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