Don't miss Scholastic Trade author panels and book signings at NCTE

Alexandra Wladich  //  Nov 14, 2016

Don't miss Scholastic Trade author panels and book signings at NCTE

This week, Scholastic Trade authors including Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, and Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Shiver trilogy (ShiverLingerForever), will be among the more than 6,000 dynamic authors, advocates, and literacy educators from across the country, participating at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia (November 17-20).

During NCTE, Scholastic Trade authors will be speaking on panels including: hooking reluctant readers, social justice and teen literacy, fiction and nonfiction in the classroom and signing their books for attendees. Below is glimpse into the panels and signings for the week, for a full list of Scholastic Trade happenings, click here.

Friday, November 18

Author Signing: Dav Pilkey (Dog Man, Captain Underpants) 

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm  Location: Scholastic Booth, #512


Panel: Social Justice and Teen Literacy: Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper) will speak on a panel with other estemeed authors about social justice in the young adult novel. Recent media events have brought social justice into the spotlight. Each author will share a particular perspective on how teachers can use literature to make a difference in students’ lives.Time: 2:30pm-3:45pm  Location: Room A410


Saturday, November 19

Panel: Engaging Readers with High Stakes Fiction and Nonfiction in the Classroom: Neal Bascomb, Alan Gratz, Deborah Hopkinson, and Lauren Tarshis will talk about their new works and how teachers can use high-stakes narratives to engage young readers from elementary to young adult. Time: 1:15pm-2:30pm  Location: Room B309


Panel: Equity and Social Justice: To be effective advocates for causes they care about, students need to evaluate, process, and communicate information. These abilities encompass media and visual literacies. Literature and informational texts play a crucial role in providing readers with foundational and historical context and in helping to nurture empathy and awareness. Time: 4:15pm-5:30pm  Location: Room A314

Sunday, November 20

Author Signing: Maggie Stiefvater and Bill Konigsberg

Time: 10:00am-11:00am Location: Scholastic Booth, #512


Scholastic Literary Event: This event will highlight and feature authors using the Readers Theater format. After a 30 minute meet and greet, we will being the Readers Theater presentation. Time: 10:30am-12:00pm Location: Omni Hotel, International E&F

Featured Authors:

Ann Burg – Unbound

Mary Lambert – Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

Alyson Gerber – Braced

Peadar O’ Guilen – The Call

Jordan Sonnenblick – Falling Over Sideways

Christine Kendall – Riding Chance

In addition, Scholastic Education authors will be presenting, showcasing new programs and accepting distinguished honors at NCTE.

Two new professional books from Scholastic Education include:

Scholastic Education honors include:

  • Jeff Wilhelm is the winner--with co-author Michael Smith--of the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English for their professional book, Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them. Jeff recently posted on edu@scholastic about what he's reading lately, and the many important ways kids can (and should!) read for pleasure.
  • Laura Robb, winner of the Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educatoris a longtime Scholastic author and frequent contributor to this blog! Below, you can catch up on some of Laura's expert advice for educators: 

And finally, don't miss this panel.:

Expert-to-Expert on the Joy and Power of Reading: A Panel Discussion 

Ernest Morrell, NCTE’s immediate past president, Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner, and Pam Allyn, founder of LitWorld, sit down for a lively and thought-provoking conversation about the joy and power of literacy. Moderated by past NCTE president Kylene Beers, this panel of illustrious educators will offer its insights about the importance of independent reading, student book selection, and other pressing issues on teachers’ minds. Find out how the joy and power of literacy has transformed the lives of those four educators and what they are doing to assure that others reap the benefits of a rich and engaging life among books. The aim of the panel is to help teachers help students craft reading lives in which they make their own book choices and read deeply and with clear purpose. The right book is a key. It can open a world of profound understanding, empathy, and joy.

Presenters: Kwame Alexander, Scholastic Pam Allyn, Scholastic Kylene Beers, Reading and Writing Project/Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY Ernest Morrell, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 

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