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.

The Carle Honors

Art Auction Artist

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction is held in New York City. At the heart of the Honors are four awards celebrating individuals whose creative vision and dedication are an inspiration to everyone who values picture books and their role in arts education and literacy.

The Carle Honors Art Auction, a key fundraiser for the event, features original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most celebrated artists. Bids can be place online in advance of the event, or in-real time that night on-site or via absentee bids. The auction ends at 9:00 sharp!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be held at Guastavino’s, located at 409 East 59th Street, New York, NY. For more information about the event and to reserve tickets, visit

Now and Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will honor childhood creativity and the art of illustrated literature in the upcoming exhibition Now and Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art.

Will you grow up to be an artist? Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka honor childhood creativity in the exhibition Now & Then, in which they display artists’ childhood drawings next to their published illustrations. The pairings inspire young visitors to make connections to their current creations—and future potential. In addition to Grace and Jarrett, the featured artists are Cece Bell, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Chin, Eric Fan and Terry Fan, Julie Flett, Jeff Kinney, Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Rafael López, Oge Mora, Juana Martinez-Neal, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, Evan Turk, and Tillie Walden.

This exhibit will be featured in The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s Central Gallery from December 14, 2019 through May 10, 2020. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located at 125 West Bay Road in Amherst, MA 01002. For more information visit

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

Children’s Book Week – Children’s Illustrator Exhibit Reception

Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to celebrate Children’s Book Week and Indie Bookstore Day by featuring artwork from local illustrators, including Lynne Avril (Amelia Bedelia: Under the Weather), Caldecott Honor Winner Molly Idle (Pearl), Stevie Lewis (Lost in the Library), Caldecott Honor Winner Juana Martinez-Neal (Babymoon) and Mikela Prevost (Let’s Have a Dog Party).

The exhibit will be up for the month of May, with a family friendly illustrator reception on Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 12pm.

Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

Changing Hands Bookstore is located at 300 W Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona. For more info visit:

Author Storytime at Bank Street Bookstore

Join me for an Author Storytime at Bank Street Bookstore. I’ll be reading Babymoon (Candlewick, written by Hayley Barrett) to celebrate it’s release. A signing will follow.

Bank Street Bookstore is located at 2780 Broadway (at West 107th Street) in New York, NY. For more info visit the event page on their website.

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.

WNY Children’s Book Expo & Kidslit Week

Buffalo’s premier literary event for children is composed of two parts: KidsLit Week, and EXPO Saturday and is FREE to the public.

During KidsLit Week, internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and other cultural venues. The visits, scheduled Monday, 11/4/19 – Friday, 11/8/19, aim at inspiring a love of books in students grades pre-K through middle school.

EXPO Saturday on Saturday November 9, 2019 is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, authors interact directly with children through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations. Educators too have a niche at EXPO Saturday. A four-hour, NYS-approved CTLE Workshop is held annually before the Expo opens to the public. Here, registered educators have the opportunity to interact with a panel of authors/illustrators featured at this year’s Expo as well as current trends in education. We hosted 127 educators from across Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. The workshop received excellent reviews from both the educators and the panel participants.

The WNY Children’s Book Expo is held at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo, New York. For more info, visit:

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.

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