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Middle Grade Magic
FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit March 27, 2019

Time is running out to register for School Library Journal's Middle Grade Magic on April 8! This free virtual event starts in less than two weeks and will feature more authors and speakers than ever before. Plus, for the first time this year, you will be able to attend librarian-led sessions on services and programming for middle graders.

Join us for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—always fully virtual and free to attend! A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. Attendees will hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, ranging from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators. Visit the virtual exhibits hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources.

Get ready to go behind-the-scenes and glimpse some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from laugh-out-loud tales to eye-popping graphic novels to enveloping fantasy.

Keynote Speakers

Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park
Prairie Lotus 
(HMH)

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney
Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It
(Little, Brown)

Renee Watson

Renée Watson
Ways to Make Sunshine (Bloomsbury)

Speakers

Alane Adams

Alane Adams
The Eye of Zeus (SparkPress)

Rena Barron

Rena Barron
Maya and the Rising Dark
(HMH)

Cyn Bermudez

Cyn Bermudez
The "Brothers" series (Rosen)

Ally Carter

Ally Carter
Winterbourne Home for Vengeance and Virtue
(HMH)

Ellene Cudd

Ellene Cudd
Children's Librarian
Abilene Public Library
TX: 
Fandom Escape Rooms

Leigh Dragoon

Leigh Dragoon
Little Witches: Magic
in Concord
(Oni)

Saadia Faruqi

 Saadia Faruqi
A Place at the Table
(HMH)

Paul Greci

Paul Greci
Follow the River
(Move Books)

K.A. Holt

K.A. Holt
BenBee and the
Teacher Griefer
(Chronicle)

Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
(Penguin)

Kat Leyh

Kat Leyh
Snapdragon
(Macmillan)

Gina Loveless

Gina Loveless
The Friend Thief
(Andrews McMeel)

Demitria Lunetta

Demitria Lunetta
A
nti/Hero
(DC)

Janae Marks

Janae Marks
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
(HarperCollins)

Jenn Medved

Jenn Medved,
DREAM in STEAM: Hosting a Career Exploration Convention for
Tweens and Teens

Yehudi Mercado

Yehudi Mercado
Fun Fun Fun World
(Oni)

Zanib Mian

Zanib Mian
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet
(Penguin)

JMM Nuanez

J.M.M. Nuanez
Birdie and Me
(Penguin)

Claribel Ortega

Claribel A. Ortega
Ghost Squad
(Scholastic)

Jason Platt

Jason Platt
Middle School Misadventures:
Operation: Hat Heist!
(Little, Brown)

Kate Karyus Quinn

Kate Karyus Quinn
Anti/Hero
(DC)

Scott Reintgen

Scott Reintgen
Saving Fable
(Random)

Chad Sell

Chad Sell
Doodleville
(Random)

Lauren Shovan

Laura Shovan
A Place at the Table
(HMH)

Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat
A Wish in the Dark
(Candlewick)

Amanda Strong

Amanda Strong
Four Faces of the Moon
(Annick)

J Torres

J. Torres
Lola: A Ghost Story
(Oni)

Beth Vrabel

Beth Vrabel
The Newspaper Club
(Running Press)

Program

9:00 AM ET | Booths Open

9:30 - 10:00 AM ET | Early Bird Session 1: Debut Author Spotlight
Claribel A. Ortega, Ghost Squad (Scholastic)
Janae Marks, From the Desk of Zoe Washington (HarperCollins)
Moderator: Kimberly Fakih, Senior Editor, SLJ

10:00 - 10:40 AM ET | Early Bird Session 2: Super Heroics
Paul Greci, Follow the River (Move Books)
K.A. Holt, BenBee and the Teacher Griefer (Chronicle)
Kate Karyus Quinn & Demitria Lunetta, Anti/Hero (DC)
Moderator: Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, SLJ

10:40 - 11:00 AM ET | Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET | Morning Keynote with Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It (Little Brown)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET | Panel 1: Family Ties
Cyn Bermudez, The "Brothers" series (Rosen)
Ally Carter, Winterbourne Home for Vengeance and Virtue (HMH)
Leigh Dragoon, Little Witches: Magic in Concord (Oni)
J.M.M. Nuanez, Birdie and Me (Penguin)
Amanda Strong, Four Faces of the Moon (Annick)
Moderator: Ashleigh Williams, Middle Grade Editor, SLJ

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET | Panel 2: Funny Books
Jessica Kim, Stand Up, Yumi Chung! (Penguin)
Yehudi Mercado, Fun Fun Fun World (Oni)
Jason Platt, Middle School Misadventures: Operation: Hat Heist! (Little, Brown)
Chad Sell, Doodleville (Random)
Moderator: Mahnaz Dar, Graphic Novel Editor, SLJ

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET | Lunch Keynote with Renée Watson
Renée Watson, Ways to Make Sunshine (Bloomsbury)
Moderator: Ashleigh Williams, Middle Grade Editor, SLJ

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET | Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET | Panel 3: Fantasy, Folklore, and Reimagined Stories
Alane Adams, The Eye of Zeus (SparkPress)
Rena Barron, Maya and the Rising Dark (HMH)
Scott Reintgen, Escaping Ordinary (Random)
Christina Soontornvat, A Wish in the Dark (Candlewick)
J. Torres, Lola: A Ghost Story (Oni)
Moderator: Anja Webb, Assistant Editor, SLJ

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM ET | Fast Learning Session: Awesome Programs for Middle Graders
Ellene Cudd, Children's Librarian, Abilene Public Library, TX: Fandom Escape Rooms
Jenn Medved, MLIS, Campus Librarian, Milwaukee Area Technical College Oak Creek Campus Library: DREAM in STEAM: Hosting a Career Exploration Convention for Tweens and Teens
Moderator: Ashleigh Williams, Middle Grade EditorSLJ

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM ET | Panel 4: Friends and Friendship Stories
Kat Leyh, Snapdragon (Macmillan)
Gina Loveless, The Friend Thief (Andrews McMeel)
Zanib Mian, Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet (Penguin)
Laura Shovan & Saadia Faruqi, A Place at the Table (HMH)
Beth Vrabel, The Newspaper Club (Running Press)
Moderator: Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET | Closing Keynote with Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park, Prairie Lotus (HMH)
Moderator: Vanessa Willoughby, Associate Editor, Nonfiction, SLJ

We look forward to 'seeing' you on April 8, and don’t forget: the whole environment is available on-demand for three months. 

Have colleagues have would benefit from Middle Grade Magic? Forward this email to them so they can register.

Sponsors

AKJ Education
Alane Adams
Andrew McMeel Publishing
Bloomsbury
Candlewick Press
Chronicle Books
Crabtree Publishing Company
DC Comics
Harper Collins Children Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Junior Library Guild
Levine Querido
Macmillan Children Group
Move Books
ONI press
Penguin Random House
Rosen Publishing
Scholastics
Thorndike Press
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