I was so “geeked” last week to be presenting at Follett’s ReadingCon, which lived up to it’s bi-line-- The Literacy Event of the Year! The most exciting part of the day absolutely was hanging out with fabulous authors. They were all in Chicago for the ALA Annual Conference and the people at Follett were able to put together an intimate, education-focused event.
I have a bunch of things to share from the day. I thought I'd start with some intel about the three authors I co-presented with Gene Luen Yang, Jennifer Holm, and Eric Rohmann. Our sessions were about visual literacy, which fits each of their genres as picture book and graphic novel authors, but they each have super exciting things going on that I’m pumped up to share…
Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, the Secret Coders series, as well as, the Saints and Boxers graphic novels is serving as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
His keynote encourages teachers and librarians to participate in the Reading Without Walls Challenge which encourages readers to...
1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.
He’s hosting a podcast on his blog to talk about the challenge that’s worth checking out as well.
We went home with Reading Without Walls sway so we can host our own events. I’m super excited about mini button and I’m launching a summer reading program with students so this was just frosting! Here is a link to the Reading Without Walls Activity Guide if you want to check it out for your students.
We’ll be excited to get that review posted this summer - so check back for that!
The third author I presented with was Eric Rohmann who’s Giant Squid received a Sibert Honor Medal. I would love to figure out how to get him for a school visit. Yes, he is a picture book author and yes, I do teach secondary students, but his excitement about the creative process is so inspiring I think he would be amazing for my students to brainstorm with.
It was super cool to be a presenter with these three creatives who are each doing great things to promote literacy! I'd love to hear how their work is helping you be great for kids!