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What’s New in Children’s Books Spring 2014 Conference

April 12, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Foundation for Children’s Books is excited to introduce a new venue for the spring “What’s New in Children’s Books?” half-day conference. Thanks to a partnership with the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program, it will be held at University Hall at Lesley University, conveniently located next to the Porter Square T stop on the Red Line. Paid parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.

The spring conference will take place on Saturday, April 12th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For this event we’ll be looking at “What’s New?” in nonfiction. Here’s a quick preview at our amazing line-up of speakers:

Steve Sheinkin makes history not only readable but page-turnable. He is the author of Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, which School Library Journal said “reads like an international spy thriller.” Bomb was a National Book Award Finalist, as well as a Newbery Honor book and Sibert Award winner. His just-published book, The Port Chicago 50, is a story of disaster, mutiny, and a civil rights showdown on a naval base during World War II.

Jason Chin takes complex subjects and makes them beautifully accessible for young readers. He is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture books Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Redwoods, and Coral Reefs.

Kathryn Lasky is a favorite among young readers for her Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, among many other exciting works of fiction, including lots of historical fiction. But she’s also written over 20 nonfiction books for young people. She’ll talk about both and the differences and similarities between them.

Michael Tougias’s books focus on history and adventure stories. He combines the two in The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue. The book, originally published for adults, has just been released as a middle-grade book. He’ll talk about that process of conversion.

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for children. She’ll discuss some of her favorite new nonfiction books for spring.

More on these speakers and on event logistics to come. Meanwhile, feel free to register if you’re ready by clicking here. Hope to see you there!



April 12, 2014
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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University Hall Ampitheater, Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02108 United States
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