As someone who once spent his honeymoon at the TLA annual conference (as did, coincidentally, My Favorite Author in the Whole Wide World), you better believe that I’ll be attending this year’s conference — it would take an awful lot to get me to miss it.

The details of my schedule are still coming together, but here’s what I have so far. If there are updates, you’ll see those here, so bookmark this page and stay tuned…

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024
9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 214A

Advocacy: The Importance of Leveraging Community
How can we work better together to advocate for school libraries? Librarians, bookstore owners, and authors join the FReadom Fighters to share insights on the impacts of building an informal advocacy community. Hear about their experience advocating with legislators. Learn how to create your own informal support network, work together to increase impact, and build a community that can sustain us during difficult advocacy work.
Presenters: Carolyn Foote, Becky Calzada, Lucy Podmore, Charley Rejsek, and me

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 217C

From Facts to Fascination: Nurturing Curiosity with Nonfiction in Libraries
Join us for a discussion featuring esteemed nonfiction authors and experienced elementary librarians, who will delve into the effective use of nonfiction books for read-alouds in the school library setting. The panelists will share insights directly from the source, offering invaluable perspectives on their own books and the best lessons they have witnessed tied to their works. Attendees will gain practical knowledge and inspiration on how to utilize nonfiction books effectively in their library programs.
Presenters: Kristen Shaheen, Sarah Day, Traci Sorell, Don Tate, and me

1 – 1:30 p.m., Authors Area Aisle 13
Charlesbridge signing

2 – 2:30 p.m., Booth 1613
Perma-Bound Books signing

6 – 8 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel
Follett signing event

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024
8:30 – 9:30 a.m., 214D

Books Modeling Conflicting Points of View in Respectful, Engaging and Entertaining Ways
Disagreement doesn’t have to be disagreeable! A trio of authors whose newest books show readers how to bring balance to topics that might otherwise polarize offer entry points into discussions in which readers learn about listening respectfully and giving fair consideration to opposing viewpoints. Sometimes these disagreements are caused by a rush to judgment, solution, or resolution. A lack of information or understanding may be a primary factor. Authors who may spend years crafting a text and use dozens of sources in their research along the way have insights to share which can help school librarians better equip their students to navigate such conflicts.
Presenters: Becky Calzada, Crystal Allen, Ali Terese, and me