School Library Journal Day of Dialog Saint Paul, MN 2019

School Library Journal Day of Dialog, October 26, 2019
317 On Rice Park
317 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN


Join School Library Journal for a FREE Day of Dialog St. Paul, the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year! 

Be informed, inspired, and entertained by the industry’s leading authors, editors, and publishers. The program will take a deep dive into books and series that support social-emotional learning and engage striving readers, and attendees will explore the ways new authors and illustrators are bringing their unique points of view to 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 complementary 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.

9:00 AM 10:00 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast


10:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Keynote: Duchess Harris, PhD (ABDO)

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | Social Emotional Learning Panel

Social-emotional learning helps children recognize and manage their emotions, set positive goals, and develop lifelong interpersonal skills. In this panel, two authors and a children’s book editor will discuss how picture books can help support and extend social-emotional learning curricula.

Meg Bratsch (Acquiring Editor, Free Spirit)  
Nancy Carlson (I Like Me, Henry and the Bully, It’s Okay to Ask; Bellwether) 
Frank Murphy (A Boy Like You; Cherry Lake)

11:30 AM - 11:35 AM | Five-Minute Mindfulness, Presented by Free Spirit

11:35 AM - 12:05 AM | Book Buzz #1
Cherry lake
Free Spirit

12:05 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch

1:05 PM - 1:45 PM | Igniting Striving Readers

A perennial challenge for librarians and teachers is engaging readers—especially the kids for whom reading skills do not come easy, often referred to as “reluctant readers” or “struggling readers.” In this panel, a mix of experts will offer advice on connecting with readers—at whatever stage they may be—and discuss whether it’s time to reframe the conversation and adjust our definitions of what it means to be “a reader.”

Drew Ballanger (Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools) 
Blake Hoena (“MakerSpace Adventures,” “Jake Maddox;” Bellwether)
Jen Besel (Associate Publisher, Black Rabbit)
Liz Lee Heinecke (Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, STEAM Lab for Kids; Quarto)

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Book Buzz #2


2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | Keynote: Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics)

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM | Exploring Identity and Belonging in Stories for Youth

Whether it’s an interstellar space adventure, a poignant coming-of-age tale about surviving loss, or real-life stories from young immigrants, the depiction and construction of identity/identities in literature is crucial to connecting with and affirming the experiences of young readers. In this panel, three authors will talk about how they explore and uplift the perspectives of tweens and teens in their work.

J.N. Monk (Topside, Lerner) 
Jane O’Reilly (The Notations of Cooper Cameron, Lerner) 
Dr. Tea Rozman-Clark (Green Card Voices, Ingram)

3:30 PM - 3:35 PM | Five-Minute Yoga Stretch, Presented by JUMP

3:35 PM - 3:50 PM | Break

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM | Book Buzz #3


4:20 PM - 4:50 PM | Keynote

Bao Phi (A Different Pond, My Footprints;Capstone)

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Reception and Author Signing


Drew Ballanger

Brenda Boyer

Jennifer Besel

Cathi Furman

Meg Bratsch

Tonya Garcia

Nancy Carlson

Tonya Garcia

Dr. Tea Rozman-Clark

Amy Gazaleh

Duchess Harris

Julia Guthrie

Liz Lee Heinecke

Debra E. Kachel

Blake Hoena

Debra E. Kachel

J.N. Monk

Cecily Lewis

Frank Murphy

Cecily Lewis

Jane O'Reilly

Michelle Luthala

Bao Phi

Spike Trotman






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