Events

2018 Events and School Visits

April

It’s National Poetry Month! Order your free NPM poster here.

4/3, 1-5 pm: Texas Library Association (TxLA), Poetry Rodeo, “Winning with Poetry Across the Curriculum,” Dallas, TX. Ticketed session.

4/4, 11 am: Texas Library Association (TxLA), Signing at Random House Children’s Books Booth.

4/10: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary paperback is available today!
Pre-order at Indiebound. Signed copies available from The Ivy Bookshop.

4/10, 7-8:30 pm: Wilde Readings, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD. Literary and open mic reading series.

4/21: Laura guest posts at No Water River!
Stop by to check out all of the poets in Renee LaTulipppe’s National Poetry Month series of classroom-ready writing prompts.

4/25: West Towson Elementary School, Towson, MD
Fifth grade author visit and poetry workshop.

4/28: Independent Bookstore Day
Come celebrate Indie Bookstore Day at The Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD.  Laura is signing from 11-12. Visit the Curious Iguana’s Facebook page for a full line up of the day’s featured authors.

May

5/1: Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, MD
Fourth grade author visit.

5/3-23: Northfield Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD
Annual third grade poetry residency. Look for student poems on Laura’s blog!

5/10, 7-8:30 pm: Wilde Readings, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD. Literary and open mic reading series.

5/13, 2-4 pm: DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading and Open Mic, Gaithersburg Library, Gaithersburg, MD
Please join us on Mother’s Day, May 13th for another excellent afternoon of poetry with Laura Shovan, Paulette Beete, and Jay Hall Carpenter, upstairs at the Gaithersburg Library, 2-4 pm. The reading will be followed by an Open Mic. The reading will be hosted by Lucinda Marshall. Information at DiVersePoetry.com.

5/13, 7-8 pm: Booked for Review Twitter Chat
Join @BookedforReview and Laura for a chat about novels-in-verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, and her new middle grade book, Takedown. Use the hashtag #B4RTalks to be part of the conversation.

5/20, 5:30 pm: Reston Readings, Reston’s Used Bookshop, Reston, VA
Featuring Laura Shovan and other readers. Bring work to share at the open mic. More details to come.

June

6/4: Burning Tree Elementary School, Bethesda, MD
Fourth grade poetry celebration.

6/11: Northfield Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD
Third grade Poets’ Tea.

6/12, 7-8:30 pm: Wilde Readings, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD. Literary and open mic reading series.

6/13, 7-8 pm: In the Loop Program Twitter Chat
Join @ITLPrograms and Laura for a chat about her new middle grade novel Takedown and the power of sporty girl books. Use the hashtag #20ReasonsWhy to be part of the conversation.

6/16, 10 am-3 pm: Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, Waterfowl Building, Easton, MD
2018 has been declared the official 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, born in Talbot County, and this year’s event will honor him. We will be hosting over 30 children’s book authors and illustrators. A full listing of authors and illustrators is here.

6/19: Happy publication day to Lev and Mikayla! Takedown is out today.

6/24, 12 pm: Takedown Launch Celebration, The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD
Join Laura and friends at the Ivy Bookshop for an epic book launch event. Got headgear? There will be a live wrestling demonstration, a reading from the book, and DONUTS. More details to come (including a surprise guest!)

July

7/9-10: NerdCampMI and NerdCamp Junior, Western High School, Parma, Michigan
Check out some of this year’s faculty here. Details on Laura’s panel sessions to come.

7/22, 5-6 pm: International Literacy Association Conference, Austin, Texas
Panel Discussion, “A Sense of Place: Middle-grade Novels on Loss and Connection,” Austin Convention Center, 08AB Theater. With educator Ruth Freeman (One Good Thing about America), and middle grade authors Janet Johnson (The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society), Laura Shovan (The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary), and Tricia Springstubb (What Happened on Fox Street, Every Single Second). Author signing information to come.

Are you ready to wrestle? Takedown launches on June 19!


Stay tuned! More events to be announced.