Children’s and Young Adults’ Programs

Opening Keynote, Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and always enjoyed writing. After graduating from Smith College, she became a teacher, and then an editor of children’s books before becoming a full-time writer. With 176 million copies sold to date, The Baby-sitters Club made her a household name.

In addition to The Baby-sitters Club series, Ann wrote the acclaimed novels-in-letters, P.S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, with author Paula Danziger. Ann wrote several novels set in the 1960s including Belle Teal, and A Corner of the Universe which won a Newbery Honor in 2003. Her novel, A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray, was a winner of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award.

Ann divides her time between New York City and upstate New York. She currently spends most of her time in her home in the Hudson Valley where she likes to write, go on long walks with her dog Sadie, watch old episodes of I Love Lucy, and make clothes for children, her favorite hobby.”

Young Adult Panels

Winning Writers: Recipients of Prestigious Literary Awards

Meet Laurie Halse Anderson, winner of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Significant and Lasting Achievement in YA Literature, Deborah Heiligman, winner of the first YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award (2010) and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award winner, and Charles R. Smith, Jr., winner of the 2010 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

Moderator: Erika Halstead, New York Council for the Humanities

Graphic Novels Unplugged

Explore the ever expanding world of visual expression through graphic novels.  Our panelists pursue this format to introduce a new breed of superhero, The Lunch Ladies (Jarrett Krosoczka), and to interpret older adventurers such as Greek gods and goddesses, and 17th Century Dutch explorer Harmen Meyndertsz von den Bogaert (George O’Connor).

Moderator: Erin Dineen, retired school librarian

Fantasy and Real Life

Many fantasy stories started with real events. These writers will discuss the process of transforming reality into fantasy: Sue Beckhorn, Julie Berry, Janine De Tillio Cammarata and Vivian Vande Velde.

Moderator: Mary Fellows, Youth Services, Upper Hudson Library System

Fiction 2 Film

The three writers on this panel, Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady), and Ned Vizzini (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), have had works adapted for the big screen and will share their experiences.

Moderator: Coleen Paratore, local (Troy, NY) best-selling children’s author of the Willa Havisham series

Writing for Teens

Share the success stories of these writers of teen fiction: Selene Castrovilla, Shannon Delany, Eric Luper, and Shari Mauer.

Moderator: Jan Cheripko, teacher, editor, and author of books for children and teens

Children’s Panels

Side by Side: Authors and Illustrators Collaborating

How do an author and illustrator work together successfully? Find out from these teams of collaborators: Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, and Elizabeth Levy and Mordicai Gerstein

Moderator: Candace Deisley, retired children’s librarian, Albany Public Library

Picture This!

Illustrators of picture books discuss their craft and the process of bringing a picture book to life visually, with Suzanne Bloom, Julia Gorton, Daniel Kirk, and Steven Petruccio.

Moderator: Karen Balsen, New York State Youth Services Librarian

Listen to This: Recorded Books for Children

Join the producers of Grammy and Odyssey Award winning audio books (Debra and Arnie Cardillo of Live Oak Media) and a Caldecott medalist, Mordicai Gerstein, as they present the process of transforming a work of art from print to sound.  They will discuss the considerations and choices (selection of material and narrator, music, sound effects, etc.) that illuminate and enhance the original book and the benefits of read-alongs in the literacy development of children.

Moderator: Ann Gainer, local school library media specialist

Words Come First: Writing Picture Books

Readers know that the foundation of a satisfying picture book experience lies in the strength of the text.  The wordsmiths on this panel, Amy Axelrod, Susanna Hill, and Iza Trapani, will share the process of creating and honing that perfect verbal underpinning to give structure and support to the illustrations.

Moderator: Candace Deisley, retired children’s librarian, Albany Public Library

Young Writers Workshop: Spilling Ink

Have you ever wondered where authors get their ideas? How does a creative brain work? Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter share some secrets about creativity and inspiration, and suggest fun ways for people to “catch” their own ideas.

Moderator: Meta Reid, children’s librarian, Albany Public Library

The Dirtmeister

Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek, award-winning science author, looks at stories of real scientists and their discoveries. Using some simple hands-on science activities, he will take his young audience “where no kid has gone before.”

Read Aloud Room

Come and hear stories read by their creators. Your chance to meet the authors and illustrators

11:45am               Robert Forbes, Liza Frenette, Rita Gray, Lena Roy

12:45pm               Jerry Davis, Katie Davis, Jason Edwards, Julia Gorton, Daniel Kirk

2:45pm                 Patricia Baehr, Rose Kent, Danette Vigilante

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