8:30 am | Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 am | Opening and Welcome
Cathryn Mercier, Director and Professor, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College, and Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief, The Horn Book, Inc.
9:15 am | What’s Actually in the Box?
A keynote address by M. T. Anderson, author, Symphony for the City of the Dead.
10:00 am | Unboxing Nonfiction
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Judge Roxanne Feldman interviews Carole Boston Weatherford, author, and Ekua Holmes, illustrator, Voice of Freedom
10:45 am | Get Me Out of the Health Food Aisle!: Rethinking Nonfiction
A presentation by Steve Sheinkin, author, Most Dangerous
11:30 am | Book Signing
12:00 pm | Lunch and Breakout Sessions
1:00 pm | How Jazz and Picture Books Are the Same Exact Thing
A conversation with Roxane Orgill, author, and Francis Vallejo, illustrator, Jazz Day
Moderated by Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief, The Horn Book, Inc.
2:00 pm | Unboxing Picture Books
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Judge Betsy Bird interviews Rebecca Kai Dotlich, author, and Fred Koehler, illustrator, One Day, the End
2:45 pm | Unboxing Fiction
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Chair Joanna Rudge Long interviews Laura Amy Schlitz, author, The Hired Girl, and Rebecca Stead, author, Goodbye Stranger
3:30 pm | Presentation of the Scott O’Dell Award
Scott O’Dell Committee Chair Roger Sutton honors Laura Amy Schlitz, The Hired Girl
3:45 pm | Closing Remarks from Cathryn Mercier
4:00 pm | Scott O’Dell Reception Hosted by Candlewick Press