Yesterday I attended School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, a day-long Book Expo pre-conference. It was outstanding. My thanks and congratulations to all involved especially SLJ’s uber-organizer Luann Toth. Below is a brief recap of the day. You can also get a sense of it by checking out tweets from me and many others who attended here.
First up was keynote speaker and our current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the one and only Walter Dean Myers who spoke as passionately as only he can about the importance of reading in young people’s lives. More about Walter’s talk here with a video of it here.
Next was a panel, “Minding the Reading Gap: How to Keep Middle School Readers Engaged” moderated by Jennifer Hubert Swan (who complained at one point that she wasn’t able to twitter the great comments so I tried to on her behalf). Joan Bauer, Eoin Colfer, Sharon Creech, James Dasher, and Rebecca Stead were all funny, smart, and thought-provoking. More about this excellent panel here.
After a break there was “Pushing the Picture Book Envelope” moderated by Betsy Bird with Mac Barnett, D. B. Johnson, Jon Klassen, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Tom Lichtenheld. They too were incredibly witty, smart, and showed some very entertaining visuals. More about what was said and shown here.
After a informative session of publisher’s highlighting their forthcoming books was lunch and speaker Libba Bray who was as interesting and funny and engaging as only she can be. We were all given ARCs of her new book, The Diviners, and I can’t wait to read it.
Next was “Dynamic Nonfiction fro Kids and Teens’ moderated by Susan Marston, editorial director at Junior Library Guild, and featuring Marc Aronson, Candace Fleming, Sue Macy, and Brenda Murray (who edits Scholastic nonfiction). It was lively, smart (as were all the panels yesterday), and provoking. More here.
After another informative session of publishers offering us highlights of forthcoming titles we came to the final panel of the day, “Stellar Debuts” moderated by Jenny Brown and featuring J. Anderson Coats (The Wicked and the Just), Emily Danforth (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), R. J. Palacio (Wonder), and Ellis Weiner (The Templeton Twins Have an Idea). Fascinating stuff! More here.
The day ended with food, drink, and book signing.
Congratulations again to all involved!