8:30 AM | Opening and Welcome

Cathryn M. Mercier, Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College
Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief, The Horn Book Inc.

Poetry Reading

Ashley Bryan, Author and Illustrator, Freedom Over Me

9:00 AM | Publishing and Politics

Donna Bray, VP and Co-Publisher, Balzer + Bray
Caitlyn Dlouhy, VP and Editorial Director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Lauri Hornik, President and Publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers

Moderated by Cathryn M. Mercier

10:00 AM | Some Artist Meets Her Heroes

Melissa Sweet, Author, Some Writer!
Sheila Geraty, Judge, 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards

11:00 AM | Revolutions: History and Young Readers

Deborah Heiligman, Author, Vincent and Theo
Steve Sheinkin, Author, Undefeated

12:00 PM | Lunch, Breakout Sessions, Book Signings

Troubling Comfortable Readings — Cathryn M. Mercier
Stevie’s Legacy: Black Boys in Children’s and YA Literature — Kim Parker
Radical Librarianship — Laura Saunders
The Politics Of and In Reviewing — Roger Sutton

1:00 PM | The Brush as Mighty as the Pen: Making Pictures

Matthew Cordell, Author, Wolf in the Snow
Joanne Schwartz, Author, Town Is by the Sea
Sydney Smith, Illustrator, Town Is by the Sea

Moderated by Julie Roach, Chair, 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards

2:00 PM | The Lion and the Cub

Richard Peck, Author, The Best Man
Angie Thomas, Author, The Hate U Give

Moderated by Roger Sutton

3:00 PM | Coffee Break and Book Signings

3:30 PM | Truth Through Poetry

Nikki Grimes, Author, One Last Word

Poetry Reading

Convened by Pauletta Bracy, Judge, 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards


Student pricing available.
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