Start your day with a free breakfast and these renowned children’s authors, moderated by Shelley Diaz from School Library Journal. This author event requires a separate ticket but is SOLD OUT.
Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, DC suburbs on the Maryland side. She is the author of the Tiny Pretty Things series (recently adapted by Netflix) and The Belles series. She earned an MA in Children's Literature from Hollins University and an MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. Now, she is a librarian at Harlem Village Academies, is one of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks librarians, and co-founder of CAKE Literary. The Marvellers is her debut middle grade novel. For more information, visit dhonielleclayton.com.
Alex Gino is author of middle grade novels Alice Austen Lived Here; Rick; You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!; and the Stonewall Award-winning Melissa. Melissa was also a winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Children's Choice Book Awards, among a host of others. Alex loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the complexity of being alive. For more information, visit alexgino.com.
Rex Ogle has had lots of jobs. Some involved waiting tables, moving boxes, or cleaning toilets. Other jobs involved creating stories for Star Wars, LEGO, Power Rangers, Minions, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics. Now, Rex is a full-time writer and the author behind Free Lunch, winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction. Oh! And he’s written the first book in The Supernatural Society series. Why? Because, while it was fun to clean toilets, it is much more fun to write about monsters.
Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children, featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies—the type of books she sought out in her school and public libraries as a child. Traci has worked as an attorney assisting tribal courts nationwide, advocated for national Native American health care, and directed a national nonprofit serving American Indian and Alaska Native elders. She has also taught at the University of North Dakota School of Law and at the University of New Mexico. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.
This author event requires a separate registration but is currently sold out.
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