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Opening General Session with Steve Sheinkin
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several riveting books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, with his family. Sponsored by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Breakfast for Bill program with Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Tim Federle, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Gene Luen Yang
Join some of your favorite authors for a very special Breakfast for Bill. This event will feature Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Tim Federle, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Gene Luen Yang. The breakfast will honor the memory of William C. Morris, former vice-president and director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books by bringing librarians together with children’s book creators. Morris was a long time ALSC member and friend, recipient of the first ALSC Distinguished Service Award, and an advocate for children’s librarians and literature.
Fairyland Presentation featuring Mac Barnett, Daniel Handler, and Jennifer Holm plus Breakout Sessions and Reception
On Friday evening, the Institute will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Oakland's own Fairyland! The event will begin with a presentation by Daniel Handler. Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, Why We Broke Up. Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies and was the basis of a feature film. After the presentation, attendees will take part in breakout sessions on topics related to youth services. A reception will follow, giving attendees the opportunity to enjoy the park.
Closing General Session with Andrea Davis Pinkney
Finish your Institute experience with a Saturday morning experience unlike any other. Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20 books for children and young adults including picture books, novels and nonfiction. During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company. Sponsored by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.