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Visit the PopTop Stage featuring your favorite topics with readings, discussions, panels and tips.

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TimeSaturday, June 23Sunday, June 24Monday, June 25
9:15am -
10:00am
Virtual Author Visits: Using technology to expand children's programming at public and school libraries

A True Crime Discussion: Hunting Charles Manson

Women-driven Mysteries in a post #MeToo world
10:00am -
10:50am
From Nine to Nineteen and Beyond—Young Readers Want to Feel Something, and These Authors Are Here to Help

The Yarn LIVE: The 2018 Pura Belpré Authors/Illustrators, Unraveled. El Yarn Podcast EN VIVO: Los autores Pura Belpré de 2018, desarmados!

Charles Ghigna - "Father Goose" presents his latest picture books

11:00am -
11:50am

The Fab Four of YA! Join YA Award Winners & Debut Authors Chatting About Their New & Highly-Anticipated Books1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: 14 years of Compiling a Comprehensive ListReading Outside the Box: Reaching Undiscovered Readers with Audio Books
12:00pm -
12:50pm
Street Food & Street Art: Graffiti pioneer gives live demonstration and discusses Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

WNDB and Random House present Fresh Ink, teen stories from the cutting edge

 

Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter with Brian Selznick

1:00pm -
1:50pm
Just Breathe: Mindfulness Exercises for Your Children’s ProgrammingEmpowering Children through Yoga Story TimeTake a Break: Teaching Mindfulness to Children with Author Whitney Stewart
2:00pm -
2:50pm
Bridging the Gap: Taking Readers from Picture Books to Chapter Books

Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid: Discussion with Author Rosemary Mosco and Ella Morton!

 
3:00pm -
3:50pm
Teen Voices Lead the WayIt's Personal: Writing the Book of Your Heart 
4:00pm -
4:50pm
Cultural icons in the library! DC Zoom and DC Ink authors discuss writing DC Comics characters for a new generationPoetry Blast 2018 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 23
 

Virtual Author Visits: Using technology to expand children's programming at public and school libraries
Publisher: Fabled Films Press

Looking for a way to engage the community of families in your public library or students who use your school library? Big markets will no longer exclusively have the option for author visits.  Fabled Films Press will share our experience in developing augmented learning programs with The Nocturnals series by Tracey Hecht. We will discuss these virtual programs: a Read Aloud Writing program that we developed with the NYPL and have rolled out to over 60 schools and libraries nationwide, a Nocturnals Animal Bingo session with STEM connections, and a traditional author visit with Q&A using Skype or Google Hangout.


From Nine to Nineteen and Beyond—Young Readers Want to Feel Something, and These Authors Are Here to Help
Publisher: HarperCollins/Blink, Macmillan, RandomHouse, HarperCollins

Five young adult and middle grades authors discuss what keeps their readers coming back for more and two criteria that cross genre boundaries and age categories—character and emotion. They will discuss how emotion drives characters, how emotion drives readers, and how reading increases empathy in the world at large. Attendees will enjoy a sneak peek at five 2018 releases and the diverse characters that readers of all spectra can root for, feel for, and empathize with.


The Fab Four of YA! Join YA Award Winners & Debut Authors Chatting About Their New & Highly-Anticipated Books
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Fab Four of YA!

  • Brandy Colbert -- Winner of a 2018 Stonewall Book Award for LITTLE & LION, Brandy will talk about her new book, FINDING YVONNE, about teen pregnancy
  • Monica Hesse -- Listen to the Edgar Award-winning author highlight her next book, THE WAR OUTSIDE, about a Crystal City, TX  internment camp during WWII
  • Emily X.R. Pan -- Discover why John Green says Emily's debut novel, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, is "A very special book."
  • Jay Coles -- Hear from Jay Cole, whose debut, TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE is The Hate U Give meets All American Boys

     

Street Food & Street Art: Graffiti pioneer gives live demonstration and discusses Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix
Publisher: READERS to EATERS

A pioneer in the graffiti art movement in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, Man One will give a live graffiti demonstration with spray paint, and discuss the history and culture of the art form, drawing inspiration from his native Los Angeles and Mexican American heritage, and  making his award-winning picture book debut in CHEF ROY CHOI AND THE STREET FOOD REMIX. (2018 Seibert Award Honor Book • ALA Notable Children’s Book • Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2018-2018 • NCTE Orbus Pictus Award Honor Book • Junior Library Guild Selection)
 


Just Breathe: Mindfulness Exercises for Your Children’s Programming
Publisher: Running Press/Hachette

Mallika Chopra, a renown wellness expert and daughter of spiritual icon Deepak Chopra, has a new book coming out for middle-grade readers: JUST BREATHE: MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS, MANTRAS, AND MORE (Running Press Kids, August 2018). 
 
While the book presents breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques in an accessible, kid-friendly way, it can also serve as a resource for educators and children’s librarians. In this workshop, Mallika will teach several exercises geared toward helping kids de-stress, focus, build self-confidence, and work with intent. Maybe they’ll even help you find your own calm in the middle of a busy conference!


Bridging the Gap: Taking Readers from Picture Books to Chapter Books
Publisher: ABRAMS The Art of Books

Introducing children to chapter books at an early age can nurture a love of reading and help them on the road to becoming avid readers.  Acclaimed authors Andrea Beaty (Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters), Ellen Potter (Big Foot and Little Foot) and Emma Wunsch (Miranda and Maude) discuss how they blend good storytelling, simple vocabulary, and humor to develop characters and plots that stretch young readers’ imaginations.


Teen Voices Lead the Way
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Our children can be our greatest teachers. Students today are raising their voices to participate, and even lead the way, in critical national conversations. Join Angie Thomas (THE HATE U GIVE), Justina Ireland (DREAD NATION), Tahereh Mafi (A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA), and Elana K. Arnold (DAMSEL) as they candidly discuss writing for teens, their teenage selves, and the young, diverse voices that inspire them today.”

 

Cultural icons in the library! DC Zoom and DC Ink authors discuss writing DC Comics characters for a new generation
Publisher: DC Entertainment


Have you ever wondered how to leverage your patrons’ love of Batman, Wonder Woman, or Superman into a passion for reading? Do you want to find out which super hero books are appropriate for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers? Join DC's world-class Middle Grade and Young Adult authors Mariko Tamaki, Danielle Paige, Shea Fontana, Ridley Pearson, Kami Garcia, Meg Cabot, and Lauren Myracle to find out!

 

Sunday, June 24


A True Crime Discussion: Hunting Charles Manson
Publisher: Nelson Books


New York Times Bestselling Author & Former Federal Prosecutor Lis Wiehl tells a heart-pounding story of Charles Manson's Horrific Crimes, the painstaking investigation, and the inspired prosecution that put him away.


The Yarn LIVE: The 2018 Pura Belpré Authors/Illustrators, Unraveled. El Yarn Podcast EN VIVO: Los autores Pura Belpré de 2018, desarmados!
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers & YARN Podcast


Travis Jonker of The Yarn podcast, in partnership with Penguin Young Readers, would love the keep the tradition going with a Pop Top Stage live recording featuring four of the 2018 Pura Belpré Authors/Illustrators: Ruth Behar (Lucky Broken Girl), Juana Martinez-Neal (La Princesa and the Pea), Pablo Cartaya (The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora), and Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk). With books spanning from historical fiction to contemporary stories of music, family, and friendship, Travis and the authors will discuss the meaning of the Pura Belpré and their books.


1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: 14 years of Compiling a Comprehensive List
Publisher: Workman


James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent bookstore in Ossining, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalogue A Common Reader. He is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. Join James in learning how he curated the list for 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, discussion on which books you would add, and more! Q&A and free book signing to follow.


WNDB and Random House present Fresh Ink, teen stories from the cutting edge
Publisher: We Need Diverse Books & Random House


WNDB and Random House invites you to meet the authors of Fresh Ink, a new YA anthology filled with stories by thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.


Empowering Children through Yoga Story Time
Publisher: Sounds True


Yoga in libraries and schools continues to grow—and so has research supporting its ability to help children focus, relax, and self-soothe. Through her children’s books and Kid Power Yoga classes, Mariam Gates is an innovator of childhood yoga instruction. She holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and is the author of the Good Night Yoga series.

Join Mariam for insights and tools to develop and enhance yoga story times. She will sign her new book Yoga Friends, a pose-by-pose partner adventure that helps us to imagine, move, and have fun in a whole new way!
 


Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid: Discussion with Author Rosemary Mosco and Ella Morton!
Publisher: Workman


Dylan Thuras is the co-founder and creative director of Atlas Obscura. First published in 2016, the NYT bestselling book has provided readers with a multitude of locations inciting wanderlust. Now, Dylan has brought the world of travel and unique global locations to young readers. Join him in a discussion on the importance of nonfiction, travel, and curiosity in young minds. Q&A and free book signing to follow.


It's Personal: Writing the Book of Your Heart
Publisher: North Star Editions/Flux


Join Eric Smith (The Girl and the Grove), Ashley Woodfolk (The Beauty that Remains), Kati Gardner (Brave Enough), New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), and Lydia Kang (The November Girl) to discuss writing the book of your heart. The book of your heart is a tricky thing. It's close to you. What's it like, trying to get it published? Reading reviews? Is it harder to take criticism on a story that's personal, vs. something else? Join these writers in an open talk about their stories, and the challenges of bleeding out on the page. Signings to follow.


Poetry Blast 2018
Publisher: Chronicle Children's Books, Disney-Hyperion Books for Children, Macmillan Children's Books, Penguin Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, University of Louisiana Press


Poetry should be heard and not just seen. The Poetry Blast, an ALA tradition, is a popular event featuring poets, both new and established, reading their work. Hosted by library consultant Barbara Genco and poet Marilyn Singer, this refreshing event invites attendees to appreciate the pleasures and variety of poetry for children and young adults. This year's poets include  Children's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle; verse novelist K.A. Holt; author/illustrator Lita Judge; debut author Joy McCullough; Louisiana poet and teacher Margaret Gibson Simon; and NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry winner Marilyn Singer. Program subject to change.
 

Monday, June 25

 

Women-driven Mysteries in a post #MeToo world
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing


Over the past 10 years, women writers have come to dominate crime fiction. With that dominance has come a more nuanced approach to the idea of the female victim or the male villain. In short, women writers have been discussing the topic of gender roles and power long before the #MeToo movement flooded our headlines. How can women-driven mysteries continue to lead the discussion long after #MeToo fades from our timelines? Nancy Boyarsky, internationally bestselling author of the Nicole Graves Mysteries, explores this complex topic and how it ties into her latest release Liar, Liar (Light Messages Publishing, September).


Charles Ghigna - "Father Goose" presents his latest picture books
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers


Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone, and Orca Book Publishers. He’s also had more than 5000 poems published in textbooks and magazines (including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Highlights and Cricket for children.) Father Goose will present his new board book and two new picture books.


Reading Outside the Box: Reaching Undiscovered Readers with Audio Books

The third installment in this continuing series on reaching undiscovered readers, this panel will discuss the use of audiobooks in libraries, school libraries, classrooms and other places readers might be "discovered". We will discuss such questions as "is listening, reading?", "Can audiobooks improve literacy?" and "Who might benefit from using audiobooks?". We'll also discuss audiobook awards. The panel will introduce recent audiobooks for children and teens and discuss issues in their production and marketing. The panel will include an author/narrator signing.

Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter with Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic

Join new cover illustrator Brian Selznick as we celebrate the most magical books of all time! Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Harry Potter, watch a special video message from illustrator Mary Grandpré about the original US covers, and be present for the special reveal of the new ALA READ poster featuring the artwork from the new covers by Brian Selznick. Attendees will also receive a free, exclusive getaway!

Take a Break: Teaching Mindfulness to Children with Author Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Take a break with local author and teacher Whitney Stewart! We all know that sometimes our lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help. Join Whitney Stewart as she illuminates how to introduce children to mindfulness through her new book, Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids. Learn why this wellness practice is growing in popularity, experience guided meditation exercises, find out how to create a mindfulness corner in your library, and pick up free posters to take home.