World of Words Mini-Conference

WOW at University of Arizona
WOW at University of Arizona

Transformations of Culture and Image through Picturebooks

6:30 – 7:30 pm Text Sets and Invitations around Transformation
7:30 – 8:30 pm Juana Martinez-Neal
8:30 – 9:00 pm Autographing, Conversation and Snacks

Juana Martinez-Neal is an illustrator and author who was born in Lima, Peru, and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, two sons, daughter, and puppies. She paints with acrylics, colored pencils, and graphite on handmade papers to create textures and depth in her paintings. She illustrates for other authors, including La Princesa and the Pea, which won the 2018 Pura Belpré medal for illustration, and her newest book, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. Her author/illustrator debut, Alma and How She Got Her Name, won a 2019 Caldecott Honor, and is based on her own story about how our identities are unique as well as embedded in our families.

The World of Words Mini-Conference will be held at Worlds of Words in Room 453 in the College of Education of the University of Arizona1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721.

The World of Words Mini-Conference is for Undergraduate students of the Department of Education – University of Arizona.

SCBWI 48th Annual Summer Conference

Registration for the Summer Conference opens Thursday, April 25 at 10am PST. Register for a weekend of keynote presentations; industry panels; manuscript, portfolio and social media consultations; craft and business-related breakout sessions; and optional full-day intensives for writers, illustrators, and published authors.

Once again, the Conference will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s lineup features keynotes from some of the most renowned names in children’s literature, including Mem Fox, Meg Medina, Renée Watson, Christian Robinson, Yuyi Morales, and Raúl the Third. Six mainstage panels featuring authors, illustrators, editors, and agents, as well as 72 breakout sessions round out the spectacular program.

A full day of sought-after intensives will be offered on Monday, August, 12.

Conference Panels and Events
Saturday, August 10
10:00 – 11:00 am
Author Panel: Birth of a Picture Book
Main Stage
Alice Faye Duncan, Suzanne Kaufman, Corinna Luyken, and Juana Martinez-Neal moderated by Melissa Manlove

Sunday, August 11
2:45 – 3:45 pm
Drawing from Life Experience to Create Compelling Picture Books
Breakout Session
Juana shares how she uses family experiences to write and illustrate picture books.

Illustrators Intensive
Monday, August 12
11:30 – 12:30 am
Balancing Act: Life+Work
Walking the Tightrope of Gutter Cleaning, Deadlines, PT Meetings, Promotion, Aging Parents,… and Art

Monday, August 12
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Panel: Parting Words
Corinna Luyken, Ben Clanton, Juana Martinez-Neal and Christian Robinson moderated by Peter Brown

2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. As the world’s biggest library event, the conference brings together librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held from Thursday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Conference Panels and Events
ALSC Preconference: Celebrate the 2019 ALSC Honor Books
Join us in conversation with authors, illustrators, and publishers as we celebrate and explore the 2019 Batchelder, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, Pura Belpré, and Sibert Honor Books. The ALSC Preconference will be held at Washington Hilton, International Ballroom East at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Friday, June 21
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Welcome & Introductions

12:30 – 1:15 pm
Lunch with Creators
One author per table around the room for casual conversation with participants.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Author Panel “Who am I?”
“Who am I?” is the question that defines our relationships with others. Juana Martinez-Neal, David Bowles, Leo Espinosa, Claudia Bedrick, and Catherine Gilbert Murdock discuss identity exploration and formation and how their books model the process for young readers.

2:45 – 4:00 pm
Join this year’s honor illustrators for a lighthearted round of off-the-cuff art.

Saturday, June 22
4:00 – 4:30 pm
Signing early copies of “Fry Bread” at Macmillan – Booth 1504-1505.

Sunday, June 23
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Signing at the Candlewick – Booth 1448.

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet
The Banquet will be held at Marriott Marquis – Marquis Ballroom, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

10:00 – 11:00 pm
Receiving Line

Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros

El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros is a national day of tribute to children, literacy, and culture most often celebrated through local events in Southwestern communities. It is a celebration of children and the importance of advocating literacy for youth of every language and every ethnic background.

The purpose of the event is to create a space for elementary and high school students to partake in a variety of multicultural and multilingual literacy-based reading and writing activities, while enjoying stories from their favorite storytellers and authors. This is a true celebration of culture, language, and literacy.

The Department of English presents the Ninth Annual Día De Los Niños / Día De Los Libros celebration of kids, language, and culture. Special guests include Duncan Tonatiuh (keynote), Austin Aslan, Ryan Dalton, Tom Leveen, Juana Martinez-Neal, Amy Nichols, Aprilynne Pike, Amy Nichols, and Reyna Grande.

The event is for kids in 6-12th grades and attendees must be sponsored by their schools (teachers must register and accompany their students).

More details to come.

Taking Your Writing & Art to New Places – Published Authors and Illustrators at Work 2019

You’ve launched your career – now what? Discuss, dissect, collaborate, and grow.

This workshop is for published authors and illustrators to have time to talk about their careers, challenges, deadlines, and upcoming projects. With this workshop, we are aiming for meaningful conversation about how to continue to push the boundaries of our work. How do we acknowledge the power of our recurring themes and at the same time find ways to break new ground and find innovation?

Please note that there is an application process for this workshop.
After you register and pay your $200 deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the application you will need to fill out.

Authors and illustrators interested in this retreat must list the following when applying:
– Two or more titles of your own published work.
– A short paragraph indicating ways in which you hope to grow as a writer or illustrator.

The application deadline is July 1, 2019. Decisions will be made soon after the application deadline.

Faculty: Jennifer Jacobson, Nikki Grimes, Juana Martinez-Neal, Gareth Hinds, Padma Venkatraman, Neal Porter and Kathleen Merz.

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, please visit the Highlights Foundation‘s Workshop event page.

KWELI Conference

The Color of Children’s Literature Conference

Join us at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan as we prepare to honor Walter Dean Myers’ legacy with a conference that celebrates and supports our voices, our stories, our truth. Kweli’s spring conference is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous and POC writers and illustrators to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry.

Early Bird Registration is open now and ends on November 15th! REGISTER NOW

For more information, please visit The Color of Childrens Literature Conference.

Panels and Events
Saturday, April 6
9:15 – 10:00 am
C. Illustrated Books and Nonfiction Track
Picture This
Three internationally recognized illustrators and one photographer talk about their distinct approach to telling powerful stories with an arsenal of 2B pencils, oil paint, and a sharp camera eye. Featuring: Rafael Lopez, EB Lewis, Juana Martinez-Neal, Neela Vaswani; moderated by Jasmin Rubero.

10:15 – 11:00 am
C. Illustrated Books and Nonfiction Track
Trusting the Process: Picture Book Writers & Illustrators
Featuring: Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade, Kevin Mailliard & Juana Martinez-Neal and Andrea Loney; moderated by Connie Hsu.

Reading Week Reimagined

The Reading Week Conference has a long history in Northern Nevada. This year, UNR was asked to take responsibility for the conference. We are excited to share our vision of the Reading Week Conference, now a symposium. Our goals are to provide participants with exceptional professionals who will stir their imagination, open up the venue for conversation, and extend the community to all professionals supporting literacy.

The Reading Week Conference is held at the Univeristy of Nevada, Reno. Registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, please visit:


Join thousands of educators, experts, authors, administrators, publishers, and others in Houston, Texas, for the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention, November 15–18. Preconvention workshops and special events take place November 15 and November 18–20.

All sessions and events will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston.

For more information, please visit:

Signings and Events
Friday, November 16
9:30 – 10:45 am Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Panel
The committee will present the entire list (30 titles, including “La Princesa And The Pea”) followed by discussion with the authors participating. Kwame Alexander, Juana Martinez-Neal and others.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Developing Identity, Empathy, and Community through Daily Picture Book Read Alouds
Location: Grand Ballroom B
Chair & Presenter: Jillian Heise
10 Educators/Roundtable Leaders
Authors/Illustrators: Minh Lê, Jess Keating, Juana Martinez-Neal, Il Sung Na, Molly Idle, Daniel Miyares, Hena Khan, Susan Hood, Shawn Harris, Chris Barton.

12:30 – 1:00 pm Signing “La Princesa and the Pea” at Penguin – Booth# 700.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m Policy and Governance: Teachers as Advocates, Creating Change from the Ground Up
Location: 352 DEF
Event with Meg Medina, Juana Martinez-Neal and Cindy Rodriguez. Tiffany L. Rehbein, Associate Chair, Secondary Section Steering Committee roundtable.

3:30 – 4:30 Signing “Alma and How She Got Her Name” at Candlewick Booth – Booth# 223.

Texas Book Festival

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

The Texas Book Festival is held in and around the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Austin. The event will be held Saturday, October 27th, and Sunday, October 28th. It is a FREE event open to the public.

For more information, details on transportation, parking, and more visit:

Signings and Events
Saturday, October 27
12:00 – 12:30 pm Reading and presentation of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press), Read Me A Story Tent, Congress Avenue.
12:30 – 1:00 pm Signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press), Kids Signing Tent, Congress Avenue.
2:30 – 3:00 pm Signing of “Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre” (Candlewick Press), “La Librería” – Booth 201.

Sunday, October 28
11:00 – 11:45 am “2018 Pura Belpré Award Winners!” with Pablo Cartaya at Latinx Tent, Congress Ave.
11:45 – 12:15 am Signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press), Kids Signing Tent, Congress Avenue.

2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. As the world’s biggest library event, the conference brings together librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held from Thursday, June 21 through Tuesday, June 26 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit

Signings and Events
Sunday, June 24
10:00 – 10:30 AM PopTop Stage Panel: The Yarn LIVE: The 2018 Pura Belpré Authors/Illustrators, Unraveled. El Yarn Podcast EN VIVO: Los autores Pura Belpré de 2018, desarmados! with Ruth Behar, Juana Martinez-Neal, Pablo Cartaya, and Celia C. Pérez. 30-minute discussion/interview.
11:00 – 12:00 AM Book signing of “La Princesa and the Pea” with Penguin Young Readers Signing Area, Table 4.
1:00 – 3:30 PM Pura Belpré Celebración

Monday, June 25
9:00 – 10:00 AM Book signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” with Candlewick Press in Exhibit Hall, Booth# 1439.

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