On Monday, your children’s librarians attended the School Library Journal 2011 Day of Dialog. This day-long event was fun, informative, and yes, exhausting.
The day began with Katherine Paterson, author of many children’s books, and currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Ms. Paterson spoke about the process of writing her new book, The Flint Heart.
There were several author panels, too. First, there was a discussion called Diversity in YA Literature
featuring Cindy Pon (Fury of the Phoenix), Malinda Lo (Huntress), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), and Paul Griffen (Stay With Me).
We also heard about The Children’s App Landscape and learned about the many books for children that are going to be published this year.
After lunch, we had the pleasure of a talk by Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, the author of The Series of Unfortunate Events books.
We learned what goes into making a picture book biography. The panel included Matt de la Peña (A Nation’s Hope), Melissa Sweet (Balloons Over Broadway), Patrick McDonnell (Me…Jane), and Meghan McCarthy (The Incredible Life of Balto).
Last but not least was a panel of debut authors, featuring Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Thanhha Lai (Inside Out and Back Again), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm), and Julie Kagawa (The Iron King).