During this special Author Takeover panel event moderated by Julia E. Torres, we will discuss how books can support race, culture, identity, and mental health.
Learn how comics offer an expanded array of multimodal supports to assist readers in visualization, decoding text, and comprehending narratives, and how they can be an effective on-ramp to grade-level text, particularly for reluctant readers.
Soman Chainani will give us a sneak peek into some of the reimagined fairy tales that are found in his new book, "Beasts and Beauty." He will discuss the book’s background and why he chose to respin old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era.
Diana Ma reads the first chapter of "Heiress Apparently." The first book in an epic and romantic YA series following the fictionalized descendants of the only officially recognized empress regent of China.
Kate DiCamillo reads the first chapter of her book “The Beatryce Prophecy,” a lyrical tale about fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world.
Jonathan Auxier talks about his book “Sweep” and what inspired his writing of that story. We also get to hear him read the first chapter of his new children’s series, “The Fabled Stables” and what parenting challenge led to the writing of this genre.