School Library Journal Day of Dialog Cambridge 2019

School Library Journal Day of Dialog, October 4, 2019
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA


Join School Library Journal for our second-annual Day of Dialog Cambridge, the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year! Attendance is absolutely free! 

Be informed, inspired, and entertained by the industry’s leading authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers. Spend the day discussing the latest trends, and get the inside scoop on the hottest books in the world of children's and young adult literature.

You’ll enjoy a full day of panels and speaker presentations by celebrated authors. And thanks to our many publisher sponsors, attendees will receive free advanced reading copies and an opportunity to have complimentary books signed by their authors. 

Network with colleagues from around the country in an intimate, library-centric setting; get a first look at exciting titles due out next season; and walk away with free books and stimulating ideas for your libraries and classrooms.


9:30 AM | Registration

9:55 AM | Welcome

Kiera Parrott

10:00 AM | Keynote

Erin Entrada Kelly (Lalani of the Distant Sea; HarperCollins)

10:30 AM | Panel 1: Picture Books

Vita Morrow (High-Five to the Hero; Quarto)
Julia Denos (Here and Now; HMH)
E. B. Goodale (Here and Now; HMH)
Cornelius Van Wright (The Little Red Crane; Starbright)
Kyle Lukoff (Call Me Max; Max and the Talent Show; Reycraft)
Moderator: Leslie Hynes, Early Childhood and Elementary School Librarian, Kingsley Montessori School, Boston

11:20 AM | Book Buzz 1

Charles Bridge
Deborah Sloan
Owl Kids

12:00 PM | Lunch/Signings

1:00 PM | Keynote

Deborah Heiligman (Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"; Macmillan)

1:30 PM | Panel 2: Nonfiction

Kim Chafee (Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer's Historic Boston Marathon; Page Street
Marge Pellegrino (Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing; Magination Press)
Melissa Stewart (More Than Seashells; Charlesbridge)
Carole Boston Weatherford (Beauty Mark; Candlewick)
Moderator: TBD

2:20 PM | Break/Signings

2:35 PM| Panel 3: Tweens & Teens

Malik Pancholy (The Best at It; HarperCollins)
Ryan LaSala (Reverie; Sourcebooks)
Karen Rayne (Trans+; Magination)
Craig Battle (Camp Average; Owlkids)
Christina Soontornvat (A Wish in the Dark; Candlewick)
Moderator: Ashleigh Williams, SLJ

3:15 PM | Book Buzz 2

Harper Collins
Page Street
Star Bright Books

4:05 PM | Keynote

Nikki Grimes (Ordinary Hazards; Boyds Mills)

4:35 PM | Signings

Craig Battle has worked as a journalist, coach, and camp counselor. He is the former editor of OWL magazine, the former owner of a pretty solid jump shot, and the author of six books for middle-grade readers, including the Camp Average series. Now an editor of stories big and small at, Craig lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

Brenda Boyer

New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; You Go First, a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick; and Lalani of the Distant Sea. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines, and she now lives in Cebu.

Cathi Furman

Vita Murrow

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose work includes playing Jonathan on the critically-acclaimed television series 30 Rock, Sanjay on the hit series Weeds, and Neal on the comedy series Whitney. He is the voice of Baljeet on the Emmy Award–winning Phineas and Ferb and of Sanjay on Sanjay and Craig. In December, he returns to Broadway in Grand Horizons at the Helen Hayes Theatre. He is the recipient of an Asian American Arts Alliance Award and the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award, and he served on President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. While at the White House, he helped launch an anti-bullying campaign called Act to Change, which he continues to lead today. Maulik lives with his husband in Brooklyn, NY. The Best at It is his debut novel.

Cornelius Van Wright is an award-winning illustrator. He works with his wife, Ying-Hwa Hu (also an illustrator), on many assignments. Their work has been exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair and the Society of Illustrators’ “The Original Art” show. Cornelius lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.




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