Upcoming Events


July 10-11, 2017

Day 1: Session 1, 1:15-2:05 pm
Voices and Verses: Crafting Poetry that Invites Readers In with Caroline Starr RoseHelen Frost, and Laura Shovan
MS 815

Novels in verse are often voice-driven, making characters accessible to young readers, whether the book is set in the past or the present day. Three verse novelists will discuss how novels made out of poems are structured, why poetry was the right form for their books, and how they each build a character’s voice in the small space of a poem.

Day 1: Session 2, 2:20-3:10 pm

Turning Arcs into Sparks with Melanie Conklin, Laura Shovan, Carter Higgins, and Stacey Riedmiller
MS Cafeteria

Following an individual character’s story arc through a novel is more than a simple tracking task. It can spark students’ interest in understanding the emotional growth of a book’s hero, sidekick, or villain. Practical methods for this exercise combine visual and organizational elements, encourage close-reading, and model a great revision method students can use in their own writing process.

Day 2: Unconference and nErDcampJR

Ready for some down time? I’ll be offering a knitting/crochet circle. Bring your WIP. We’ll have time to talk about how and why to start a knitting club for students.

Also… the members of #BookExpedition plan to host a session. Come to learn more about distance book groups for educators.

Find the full nErDcamp schedule here.


Baltimore Book Festival

September 24, 2017
3-4 pm

YA/Adult Crossover Panel
Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

Baltimore Book Festival website and schedule.


Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
Harbor Springs, MI

September 29-October 1, 2017

More details to come.

Festival website and schedule.


Maryland Association of School Librarians

October 20, 2017

Back to School Stories
As the school year begins and students get to know each other, there’s one thing they all have in common: School. In some middle grade novels, school is more than a setting — it propels the story. Books by panelists Lee Gjertsen Malone (THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S), Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY), and Monica Tesler (the BOUNDERS series)
provide a jumping off point for readers to discuss how school impacts their own lives.

Stay tuned! More events to be announced.