Here is my schedule for this year’s NCTE and ALAN conferences.

Story As A Portal To Knowing & Engagement

When/Where:  Saturday 11/22 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM in Gaylord National Resort, Chesapeake 4/5

Details:  Award-winning authors and an illustrator will discuss the ways they use language and visuals to craft engaging books for middle-level readers. They will discuss their research, idea formation, writing and visual techniques, and they will share valuable insights for developing background knowledge and creating engaged, proficient, critical thinkers and readers.

Presenter(s): Chair: Donna Knoell educational consultant and author, Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Authors/Illustrator: Annie Barrows, Megan Frazer Blakemore, Rob Buyea, Cynthia Kadohata, Ann Martin, Peter Sis

My Thoughts: I was going to say that if you had told ten year-old me that I would one day be on a panel with Ann Martin, author of my beloved Babysitter’s Club books, I would not have believed you. But age ten was kind of peak confidence for me, so I actually probably would have been like, “Well, sure!” So let’s say that 20 year-old me would have been dumbstruck. And current me is completely in awe of the other people on this panel, and can’t wait to hear what they all have to say. You should come.

Signing with Annie Barrows at Bloomsbury Booth: Saturday 11/22 11:00-12:00

I think, though I’m not positive, there may be some early ARCs of my next middle grade, The Friendship Riddle.  Even if there’s not, come by and I’ll tell you about it. I’m super excited for this book!

ALAN panel on Historical Fiction:

The Details: This is part of the morning of author panels, when the attendees get all those stacks and stacks of books, and I get jealous. Historical Fiction has the 11:45-12:15 slot on Tuesday, November 25th.

Presenters: Moderated by Karin Perry with editor Wendy Lamb and author Dana Walrath.

My thoughts: We’ve been having great discussions to prep for this, and I think it’s going to be a terrific conversation.

In the spaces between, I will be doing a school visit, but also attending the conference. So if you see me, say hi, or tweet me @meganbfrazer.

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