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A set of unique sessions in the Exhibit Hall at the NCTE Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Each 20-minute session will feature authors and educators talking about their favorite books and how to use them in the classroom.

Learn more about the Build Your Stack here.



10:00 A.M.

Building Better Readers through Book Clubs!

Sonja Cherry-Paul, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Dana Johansen, Teachers College/Heinemann


10:30 A.M.

New York City Comes Alive in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Rose Brock, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX

April Whatley Bedford, Brooklyn College, NY


11:00 A.M.

YA Authors and Editors as Readers

Jennifer Buehler, Saint Louis University, MO

Caitlyn Dlouhy, Simon & Schuster

Jason Reynolds, Simon & Schuster


11:30 A.M.

Books That Inspire Compassion and Empathy in Students

Clare Landrigan, Heinemann

Kasey Short, Charlotte Country Day School, NC


12:00 P.M.

Contemporary + Classic Text Pairings

Kara Belden, Dublin Schools, OH

Beth Herchek, Dublin Schools, OH

Laura Matthews, Dublin Schools,OH

Rita Shaffer, Dublin Schools, OH

Diane Smeenk, Dublin Schools, OH


1:00 P.M.

Sparking Curiosity through the Years

Cameron Carter, Evening Street Elementary School, Columbus, OH

Jill Davidson, Oromocto, NB

Kitty Donohoe

Brent Gilson, Magrath Junior Senior High School, Magrath, AB

Suzie Rolander, New York, NY

Susan Vincent, Miami University

Regionals, Cincinnati, OH


1:30 P.M.

Classroom Library Favorites with Random House Children’s Books and Author Candace Fleming!

Candace Fleming, Penguin Random House

Kristin Schulz, Penguin Random House


2:00 P.M.

Books to Bring Native and Muslim Representation Into the Classroom

Jillian Heise, Kenosha Unified School District, WI

Traci Sorell, Charlesbridge/Penguin Young Readers

Jasmine Warga, HarperCollins


2:30 P.M.

Intersectionality in YA

Donna Bulatowicz, Montana State University Billings

Jennifer Vincent, Mundelein School District 75, IL


3:00 P.M.

Approaching Indigenous Literature with an Eye toward Structure of Story as Identity

Rachel Edwardson

Kathleen Fisher


3:30 P.M.

Using POV (Point of View) to Teach Perspective, Social Justice, and Acceptance in an Urban Third-Grade Classroom

Karen Carney, Campbell Elementary/Middle Schools, OH


4:00 P.M.

Simon & Schuster Book Buzz

Michelle Leo, Simon & Schuster

Sarah Woodruff, Simon & Schuster


4:30 P.M.

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes & Anecdotes from A to Z

Irene Latham, Lerner Publishing Group

Charles Waters, Lerner Publishing Group


5:00 P.M.

And Justice for All (Books around Justice, Equity, and Empathy)

Lee Rutherford, Westerville City Schools, OH

Kari Tucker, Westerville City Schools, OH


5:30 P.M.

Antiracism and Your Class

Tiffany Jewell, Montessori School of Northampton, MA


6:00 P.M.

Books to Support Writing Personal Narrative in Kindergarten

Antonia Adams, Common Sense Podcast

Jessica Ardelea, Dublin Schools, OH

Lauren Scott, Dublin Schools, OH



11:00 A.M.

Lessons from Home: Challenge Yourself to Speak Out and Expand Your World with the Ahmed Sisters

Sara Ahmed, NIST International School; Bangkok, Thailand & HMH/Heinemann

Samira Ahmed, LBYR


11:30 A.M.

Honoring Our Family Stories

David Bowles, Penguin Young Readers

Janet Wong, Pomelo Books


12:00 P.M.

YA Authors as Editors and Readers

Jennifer Buehler, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Andrew Karre, Penguin

Ibi Zoboi, HarperCollins


12:30 P.M.

Titles to Teach and Love for Classroom Libraries, Curriculum, and Beyond

JoEllen McCarthy, The Educator Collaborative

Julia Torres, Denver Public Schools, CO


1:00 P.M.

Stacks Supporting Conversations Around Mental Health

Beth Honeycutt, Dublin Schools, OH

Cortney Ingram, Dublin Schools, OH

Rachel Polacek, Dublin Schools, OH

Stephanie Stinemetz, Dublin Schools, OH


1:30 P.M.

Adding “Amazing Audiobooks” to Your Stack

Sarah Ressler Wright, RB Hayes High School, Delaware, OH


2:00 P.M.

Middle School Digital and Print Pairings

Jennifer Vincent, Mundelein School District 75, IL


2:30 P.M.

Celebrating Complexity in YA Literature

Daria Bliss, Traverse City High School, Bellaire, MI

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


3:00 P.M.

Resilience and Representation through Picture Books (Grades 2–8)

Gary Gray, Singapore American School

Narin Ramani, Singapore American School


3:30 P.M.

LGBTQIA #ownvoices (Middle Grades and YA)

Marshall George, Hunter College, CUNY

Jennifer Ochoa, The Patria Mirabel School, New York, NY


4:00 P.M.

Exploring Identity through Literature

Katie Kelly, Furman University, Greenville, SC

Lester Laminack, Peachtree Publishers/Scholastic, Inc


4:30 P.M.

Reading to Create Inclusive Citizens

Renee Rogers, Upstate Writing Project

Heather Sox, Upstate Writing Project


5:00 P.M.

What’s YOUR Perspective?:Books That Invite Readers to Find Their Own Voice and Viewpoint

Kekla Magoon, Wendy Lamb Books/Random House


5:30 P.M.

Short Film Digital Stacks

Lynsey Burkins, Dublin Schools, OH

Katharine Hsu, Newsela, Inc.

McKenzie Zimmerman, Dublin Schools, OH



8:30 A.M.

Providing Mirrors and Windows with Biographies in Elementary

Shannon Griffin, Olentangy Local Schools

Tina Lastrapes, Olentangy Meadows Elementary School, Lewis Center, OH

Khalila McCoy, Heritage Elementary School, Lewis Center, OH


9:00 A.M.

Buzz about Children’s Books with Bloomsbury, Disney Publishing Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Macmillan Children’s Group

Lucy Del Priore, Macmillan Children’s Group

Beth Eller, Bloomsbury

Rebecca McGuire, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Dina Sherman, Disney Publishing Group


9:30 A.M.

Bold and Brave Characters

Tony Keefer, Dublin Schools, OH

Mandy Robek

Aliza Werner, Glendale, River Hills School District, Wauwatosa, WI


10:00 A.M.

Literary Treats

Laura Haney

Mary Haney

Vivette Dukes


10:30 A.M.

Now That’s What Students Call Great Books!

Tricia Ebarvia, Educator

Collaborative, Dresher, PA

Josh Thompson, Blacksburg High School, VA

Lamar Timmons Long


11:00 A.M.

Remaking the Literary Canon

Scott Bayer, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

Joel Garza, Greenhill School