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 HarperCollins Children's Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 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, Rosie (Candlewick, Andie)
Anika Aldamuy Denise, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré (HarperCollins)
Gloria Repress-Churchill, 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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Cambridge Public Library
 

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

Keynote Speakers

Ali Benjamin
 
   Ali Benjamin
 
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

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.

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Boyds Mills Press Candlewick Press Charlesbridge Teen HarperCollins Children's Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 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.
 
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.
 
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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Sponsors

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

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