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:

ALMA Visits Burton Barr Central Library

Join us at A Children’s Place as Author and Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal reads her new picture book “Alma and How She Got Her Name” and shares what inspired her to write the story. This is a charming tale about identity and family history.

A Children’s Place is the newly opened story time space on the first floor at Burton Barr Central Library. The Burton Barr Central Library is located at 1221 N Central Ave in Phoenix, Arizona. The event starts at 2:00 p.m.

Tucson Festival of Books

“Tucson Festival of Books” is held at the University of Arizona, located at 1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721. For more information visit:

Signings and Events
Sunday, March 3rd
10:00 – 11:00 am Panel: “Gentle Stories about Hope and Connection”
Education Room 353
Moderator: Hilary Tabar
Panelists: Zoey Abbott, Finn’s Feather (Enchanted Lion Books); James Howe, Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster (Candlewick Press); Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press)
In a hectic world, books that provide quiet, gentle stories for young children offer connection in ways that ground their lives and provide hope for their futures.

11:00 – 11:25 am Book signing to follow
Children / Teen Signing Area

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Storytime: Alma and How She Got Her Name
Story Blanket Tent
Enjoy a story read by an author as Juana Martinez-Neal shares her book Alma and How She Got Her Name.
An informal signing will happen at the end of the story, right on the blanket.

2:30 – 3:30 pm Illustrator Studio: “Mixed Media Demonstration”
Education Room 437
Moderator: Ray Martens
Panelists: Juana Martinez-Neal
Follow along as Juana Martinez-Neal shares the technique she uses to create the artwork of books like Alma and How She Got Her Name and La Princesa and the Pea. Matinez-Neal will demonstrate her creative process from idea to finished book with the help of slides and some live demonstrations, including her use of transfers.

3:30 – 3:50 pm Book signing to follow
Children / Teen Signing Area

4:00 – 5:00 pm Draw-Off: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw”
Education Kiva 211
Moderator: Adam Rex
Panelists: Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Suzanne Kaufman, All Are Welcome (Knopf Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press); Zeke Peña, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Harry N. Abrams); Booki Vivat, Frazzled #3: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties (HarperCollins)
This interactive session is a competition between illustrators to complete a drawing that incorporates suggestions from the audience.

5:00 – 5:30 pm Book signing to follow
Children / Teen Signing Area


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.

Celebrate Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros with Alma!

Celebrate Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros with Alma! Palabras Bookstore in conjunction with the Phoenix Public Library bring a fun Día event to Phoenix on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00am. This will also be the official Book Launch event for the Spanish edition of Alma, “Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre”. Stories, activities, and more!

Palabras Bookstore is located at 1738 East McDowell Road in Phoenix, AZ. For more info, visit Official Día Event

Author Storytime at Cellar Door Books

Join me for an Author Storytime at Cellar Door Books. I’ll be reading “Alma and How She Got her name”, drawing and signing copies of the book.

Cellar Door Books is located at 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 30A in Riverside, California. For more info visit:

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 by featuring artwork from local New York Times bestselling illustrators, including Caldecott honor winner Molly Idle (People Don’t Bite People), Chris Gall (The Littlest Train), and Juana Martinez-Neal (Alma and How She Got Her Name).

The exhibit will be up for the month of May, with a family friendly illustrator reception on Sunday, April 29th from 2pm to 4pm.

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:

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.

Las Vegas Book Festival

The Vegas Book Festival will be held at Historic Fifth Street School located at 401 South Fourth Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. For more info visit:

Signings and Events
Friday, October 19
4:00 – 5:00 pm Reading and presentation of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) – Story Room at Windmill Library located at 7060 W Windmill Ln, Las Vegas NV 89183.

Saturday, October 20
10:45 – 11:30 am Reading of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) and “La Princesa and the Pea” (Putnam) – Engaged Tent
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Signing of “Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) at Centennial Plaza.

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