PopTop Stage

Visit the PopTop Stage featuring your favorite topics with readings, discussions, panels and tips

 

Time: Friday, June 23 Saturday, June 24 Sunday, June 25 Monday, June 26
9:15am-10:00am  

Strong Female Voices in Publishing for MG and YA

WNDB Presents: Spooky Tales for Middle Grade Readers

WWII Fighter Pilot Shares His Powerful War Story

10:00am-10:50am  

Crafting Kid-Lit Anthologies

Celebrate 25 Years of The Rainbow Fish with Marcus Pfister

 

Spotlight on #OwnVoices titles from ABRAMS

 


11:00am-11:50am
 

Socially & Politically Oriented Fiction for YA Readers

Location, Location, Location:  When Setting Becomes as Important as Character

One Million Abolitionists

12:00pm-12:50pm  

The Art of Narration - Giving voice to youth and teen audiobooks with adult narrators

Subverting Gender Stereotypes in YA Romance

 

1:00pm-1:50pm  

YA authors dish about YA!

Science Fiction/Fantasy Adult Books with YA Appeal

 
2:00pm-2:50pm  

Unlocking Ideas:  Donning Our Thinking Caps and Embracing our Mistakes in the Name of Picture Book Art

Reading Outside the Box: Reaching “Undiscovered” Young Readers with Hi/Lo Novels

 
3:00pm-3:50pm  

Tools of Engagement: Inspiring younger readers, and the adults who guide them.

Blending Video Games and Curriculum in Middle Grade/YA Fantasy-Adventure

 
4:00pm-4:50pm  

Random House Children’s Books Presents the Future of YA Literature

Zines out Loud: Zine Reading

 
5:45pm-6:35pm

Author Sue Macy Presents Motor Girls

     

Friday, June 23

5:45pm-6:35pm

Author Sue Macy Presents Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century

Come along as award-winning author Sue Macy takes you on a joy ride through women’s history by way of the automobile. Macy tells inspiring stories of the daring women who got behind the wheel and paved the way for change. She introduces us to the first generation of female motorists, who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women.

"...like the early motor car itself, women’s history with this new technology was full of stops and starts...but eventually moving forward."

Saturday, June 24

9:15am-10:00am

Strong Female Voices in Publishing for MG and YA

Hear from four strong female voices in middle-grade and young adult publishing—authors Hena Khan, Christa Desir, Sandhya Menon, and Amy Reed. Panel moderated by Liesa Abrams, VP, Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

 

10:00am-10:50am

Crafting Kid-Lit Anthologies

YA author and literary agent Eric Smith (author of Inked, Bloomsbury and Welcome Home, Flux) and celebrated book blogger and author Kelly Jensen (editor for Book Riot, author of the anthology Feminism for the Real World), will lead a discussion about the challenges of putting together an anthology with multiple writers across genres. They will be joined by YA author Amy Reed (Our Stories, Our Voices, Simon Pulse), author Kate Watson (Seeking Mansfield and contributor to Welcome Home, Flux) and author and Scholastic rep Preeti Chibber (contributor to Legendary, Greenwillow).

 

11:00am-11:50am

Socially & Politically Oriented Fiction for YA Readers

Join us for an in-depth conversation with 3 YA authors (Paolo Bacigalupi, Jennifer Latham & Brandy Colbert) as they discuss the social & political themes in each of their thought-provoking books.

 

12:00pm-12:50pm

The Art of Narration - Giving voice to youth and teen audiobooks with adult narrators

Audiobooks continue to prove a popular resource in youth and teen library collections.  Research has shown that students have different learning styles, and the use of audiobooks for auditory learners and dyslexic students improves reading comprehension.  But how do you represent voices that a younger generation can relate to when utilizing adult narrators?  Join this panel discussion with professional narrators Johnny Heller and Amanda Leigh Cobb who will discuss their preparation process and demonstrate some examples of successful voice over by sharing samples of popular youth and teen titles.

 

1:00pm-1:50pm

YA authors dish about YA!

Meet authors from Blink, HarlequinTEEN, and Balzer + Bray as they discuss some of the newest trends and topical issues facing YA authors and books today. The panel will be moderated by Alice Rush, host of Rush Hour on Paperback Radio.

Our panelists include:

• McCall Hoyle, author of The Thing with Feathers (Blink)

• Alison Gervais, author of In 27 Days (Blink)

• Amanda Foody, author of Daughter of the Burning City (HarlequinTEEN)

• Gregory Scott Katsoulis, author of All Rights Reserved (HarlequinTEEN)

• Jen Lancaster, author of The Gatekeepers (HarlequinTEEN)

• Angie Thomas, author of The Hate You Give (Balzer + Bray)

Paperback Radio will live-broadcast this panel. Questions from the audience are welcomed. A group book signing will follow.

 

2:00pm-2:50pm

Unlocking Ideas:  Donning Our Thinking Caps and Embracing our Mistakes in the Name of Picture Book Art

Meet 6 creative minds, illustrators Judy Schachner, Kadir Nelson, Corinna Luyken, Greg Pizzoli, and Duncan Tonatiuh and moderator Elizabeth Bird, who will discuss the importance of imagination, creativity, and accidents in art-making as they relate to their books and the writing & illustration process.

 

3:00pm-3:50pm

Tools of Engagement: Inspiring younger readers, and the adults who guide them.

Laurie Arnold and Sally Sanford explore how to use modern media and traditional tools to help teachers and librarians connect children to books appropriate to their reading levels.

Laurie Arnold has been a scriptwriter for animated television and has created interactive children’s computer games. She is the author of middle grade novels Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You! and Hello There, Do You Still Know Me? In this presentation, Laurie shows how to reach reluctant readers with the joy, humor and magical power of fiction. "It always begins with the story… "

Sally Sanford uses modern media to enhance young readers’ engagement around her new picture book, Henry and the Huckleberries (illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Ilse Plume), to support librarians, educators, and parents as they introduce children to Thoreau and nature.
Author signing to follow.

 

4:00pm-4:50pm

Random House Children’s Books Presents the Future of YA Literature - a Debut Author Panel!

Bestselling author E. Lockhart will moderate a panel of up and coming YA authors - David Barclay Moore, author of THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET, Jared Reck, author of A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, and Nic Stone, author of DEAR MARTIN. The authors will discuss their books,  publishing experience and how they are a part of the future of YA literature. Each of these authors has a unique and diverse perspective and each of their books are important and compelling. The session will end with a brief reading from each of the books, a Q&A, and a short book signing.

Sunday, June 25

9:15am-10:00am

WNDB Presents: Spooky Tales for Middle Grade Readers

Some of the best stories have a scary element, traces of the other-wordly, or even ghosts and mermaids! For this PopTop Stage event We Need Diverse Books brings together middle grade authors Ellen Oh, National Book Award winner Will Alexander, Dan Poblocki, and Ronald L. Smith. In their books young readers experience the vastness of spooky stories in the world where they can also see themselves as the hero(ine). From folk tales to contemporary horror stories the authors discuss their books, their fears, and how to bring dark stories to a young audience to uplift them--and make them check under their bed at night.

 

10:00am-10:50am

Celebrate 25 Years of The Rainbow Fish with Marcus Pfister

Twenty five years after publication, The Rainbow Fish is more timely than ever. Being a friend, sharing, and kindness are the central themes of this classic series.  Join Marcus Pfister and NorthSouth Books as we celebrate as we celebrate the positive message that  The Rainbow Fish has spread in the USA and beyond.   Topics of discussion include:

-How The Rainbow Fish was conceived and created.

-The Rainbow Fish’s innovative production qualities

-A look at the creative ways teachers, parents, and librarians have used the book to teach empathy.

-How The Rainbow Fish has been embraced around the world and Marcus Pfister has traveled to the far points of the globe meeting readers.

-A short media presentation of The Rainbow Fish around the world will be included.

 

11:00am-11:50am

Location, Location, Location:  When Setting Becomes as Important as Character - 2017 Debut Middle Grade Authors Discuss How Where a Story is Set Shapes the Narrative, Helps Readers Relate, and Brings Their Books to Life in Unique Ways.

Three 2017 Debut Middle Grade Authors explore the importance of setting in books for middle grade readers.They will discuss how a fully-developed setting shapes the story, helps readers relate to a variety of characters and themes, and brings books to life across a range of genres.

Attendees will enjoy sneak peeks of how a focus on setting enhances several recent and upcoming releases.

 

12:00pm-12:50pm

Subverting Gender Stereotypes in YA Romance

Join Tor Teen authors Kathleen Baldwin and Jessica Pennington, along with Julie Halpern from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for a lively discussion on how they challenge gender stereotypes and romance tropes in their YA fiction.  Moderated by senior editor Susan Chang.        

 

1:00pm-1:50pm

Science Fiction/Fantasy Adult Books with YA Appeal

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst will discuss her mesmerizing entry into adult fantasy with her new ALEX award winner, THE QUEEN OF BLOOD and its sequel, THE RELUCTANT QUEEN.  New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Cranor returns to the world of WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE with IT DEVOURS!, a mystery exploring faith and science.

Both of these books are adult titles with YA appeal.

 

2:00pm-2:50pm

Reading Outside the Box: Reaching “Undiscovered” Young Readers with Hi/Lo Novels

Challenging to the label “reluctant”  as assigned to young readers, panelists discuss Hi/Lo novels – high interest novels for children and teens which use lower grade reading level but age appropriate, often edgy topics. The session will introduce several hi/lo series including Orca Soundings, Orca Sports and Orca Limelights, along with recent and upcoming titles. Topics covered include: what is a hi/lo novel? Who are the target readers of hi/lo novels? How can hi/lo novels be integrated in library/classroom practice? The session will also include examples of feedback from educators and readers about the efficacy of using hi/lo books with undiscovered readers.

 

3:00pm-3:50pm

Blending Video Games and Curriculum in Middle Grade/YA Fantasy-Adventure

Meet Starscape author P.J. Hoover in conversation with senior editor Susan Chang as they discuss their favorite protagonist, Tut!—boy king and former pharaoh—now an immortal middle-schooler living in Washington, D. C.

P.J. will be talking about hooking readers with Scratch, programming, and video games while providing solid curriculum for educators tied into her King Tut books, including her latest second book in the series, "Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World."

 

4:00pm-4:50pm

Zines out Loud: Zine Reading

Hear about the upcoming fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books publishing this Fall from IPS, PGW, and Perseus Distribution and Consortium.   Julia Cowlishaw and Elenita Chmilowski will be joined by Judy Hottensen, who will present upcoming Grove Atlantic titles.

Monday, June 26

9:15am-10:00am

WWII Fighter Pilot Shares His Powerful War Story

93-year-old Captain Jerry Yellin, a World War II veteran who served as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945, tells the incredible true story of the final combat mission of WWII. Nine days after Hiroshima, on the morning of August 15th, 1945, Yellin and his wingman 1st Lieutenant Phillip Schlamberg took off from Iwo Jima to bomb Tokyo. By the time Yellin returned to Iwo Jima, the war was officially over—but his young friend Schlamberg would never get to hear the news. In The Last Fighter Pilot, a new book coming out in July, Yellin tells his incredible story to author Don Brown. A frequent speaker on post-traumatic stress disorder, Yellin is open and honest about his experience in the last days of the war -- and his struggles to return to civilian life afterwards.

 

10:00am-10:50am

Spotlight on #OwnVoices titles from ABRAMS

A spotlight on new diverse titles from ABRAMS. Authors include 2017 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Duncan Tonatiuh, middle grade mystery writer Sheela Chari, and debut YA author F.C. Yee.

 

11:00am-11:50am

One Million Abolitionists

This is a literacy and civic engagement initiative.  The project is built around the publication of the special Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave with Introduction by Bryan Stevenson. The goal is to print and give away one million copies of the book to celebrate the coming 200th birthday of Douglass.  By getting the book into the hands of one million children, ages 12-18, across the country, leading up to and throughout 2018, we hope to initiate conversations and actions to address human trafficking, mass incarceration and systemic racism.