Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 - Children's Day for Seward Schools Friday, Sept 26, 2014 - Children's Day for commuting schools (download registration) Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 - Adult Conference Day (register online)
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Authors and illustrators for 2014
Nick Bruel, author and illustrator of the Bad Kitty series of books, which have been featured on the New York Times bestseller list.
Floyd Cooper, author and illustrator. Floyd is a three time Coretta Scott King honor award winner for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea (1994), Meet Danitra Brown (1995) and I Have Heard of a Land (1999). He is also the 2009 Caldecott award winner for The Blacker the Berry illustrations. Mr. Cooper has published over 60 books.
Jack Gantos, author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. After being awarded the Newbery Honor in 2000 for Joey Pigza Loses Control, Jack won the Newbery in 2012 for Dead End in Norvelt. Jack has authored over 40 titles for children, including the Rotten Ralph picture books, collections of Jack Henry stories and middle grades Joey Pigza novels.
J. Patrick Lewis, poet and author. Pat was honored as the 2011-2012 Children’s Poet Laureate. He was also given the 2011 NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children award, which honors a living American poet for his aggregate work for children 3-13.
Brian Lies, author and illustrator of over 25 picture books and chapter books, most notably “Bats in the…Library, Beach, Ballgame, Band” series. Brian has also illustrated a number of titles for other authors, including the Flatfoot Fox series.
Dandi Mackall, author of middle grade novels. Dandi has written over 400 books for children and adults. Her mystery title, The Silence of Murder, won the Edgar award. She also is quite a horsewoman, writing about them in early reader chapter books and longer novels for those voracious middle grade readers.
Jim Murphy, author of historical non-fiction books. Mr. Murphy is a two-time Newbery honor book recipient for The Great Fire and An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.
April Pulley Sayre, author and illustrator of non-fiction picture books. Ms. Sayre is a Theodor Geisel Honor Award winner for Vulture View. She has written over 55 natural history books for children and adults.
Jeff Kurrus, NEBRASKAland Magazine author and photographer of Have You Seen Mary, a fictional story of the Sandhill Crane migration.
Sectional leaders at the Adult Conference (to date):
- Linda Hoyt, author of Revisit, Reflect, Retell
- Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer
- Monica Burns, EdTech Blogger and Apple Distinguished Educator
- Tricia Parker-Siemers , Language Arts Director for the Nebraska Department of Education