Author Takeovers28 videos During our Author Takeover events we invite popular authors to candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans. Visit Follett Community often so you don’t miss registration for upcoming events.
Play video Gayle Forman Author Takeover
Gayle Forman Author Takeover
Gayle Forman dives into her debut middle grade novel “Frankie & Bug.” She shares how it came to be, why she decided to have it take place in the 80’s, and her approach to addressing the heavy topics in the story with a younger audience.
Play video Sharon M. Draper Author Takeover
Sharon M. Draper Author Takeover
Sharon Draper shares why it took her until after having an established teaching career to become an author and what was responsible for getting her there. We also get a sneak peek into "Out of My Heart", the long-awaited sequel to "Out of Mind."
Play video Teaching Verbal and Visual Literacy Through Comics with Françoise Mouly
Teaching Verbal and Visual Literacy Through Comics with Françoise Mouly
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.
Play video Speaking Up and Speaking Out- Using Your Voice to Demand Justice Author Panel
Speaking Up and Speaking Out- Using Your Voice to Demand Justice Author Panel
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.
Play video Kate Messner Author Takeover
Kate Messner Author Takeover
Hear beloved educator/author Kate Messner discuss tips on how to bring the fun mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels from the "History Smashers" series books into the classroom.
Play video Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat Author Takeover
Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat Author Takeover
Hear a sneak peek of the new picture book “A New Day.” Learn what day of the week each of these authors would consider themselves and how this duo came together to create this big-hearted story of kindness.
Play video Jerry Craft and Robin Ha Author Takeover
Jerry Craft and Robin Ha Author Takeover
Author-illustrators Jerry Craft and Robin Ha examine the value of graphic novels and discuss educators who fight misconceptions about this growing genre and advocate for the diverse storytelling power it offers.
Play video Tony DiTerlizzi Author Takeover
Tony DiTerlizzi Author Takeover
Tony DiTerlizzi takes a walk down memory lane, sharing pictures and recalling influential teachers and events that helped solidify his career as an author illustrator. He also explains how copying and tracing is a great learning tool for students.
Play video Mariama J. Lockington Author Takeover
Mariama J. Lockington Author Takeover
Mariama J. Lockington talks about her inspiration for writing “For Black Girls Like Me.” She makes suggestions for using music when teaching this book and shares the biggest takeaway she wants young people to have after reading this #ownvoices story.
Play video Joseph Bruchac Author Takeover
Joseph Bruchac Author Takeover
Joseph Bruchac gives us a thorough introduction and discusses the research involved for his middle grade, nonfiction book “One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker.” He even entertains us with some traditional music!
Play video DJ Corchin Author Takeover
DJ Corchin Author Takeover
DJ Corchin reads his picture book “A Thousand No’s” and further explores the themes found in the book. He also shares the expectations he had to let go of to get to the final version and will defend his use of the apostrophe in the title!
Play video Kwame Alexander Author Takeover
Kwame Alexander Author Takeover
Kwame Alexander shares why he thinks kids are reading more than ever right now, what persuaded him to start writing for kids, and the event that inspired the crossover musical celebration, “Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume.”
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