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SLJ Day of Dialog Round Up

I wasn’t able to attend this year’s School Library Journal Day of Dialog. Instead, I followed along on Twitter and read some of the SLJ recaps:

Keeping Middle Schoolers EngagedMiddle school students are a “hormonally charged” bunch who are “full of complex contradictions” and just “want a voice,” say authors who participated in SLJ’s 2012 Day of Dialog on June 4 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.” From that panel: Video: ‘Middle School Snake Charmers’ Hold Forth at SLJ Day of Dialog The prospect of working with adolescents may inspire fear in some, “but for a small, dedicated group of us, middle school is where it’s at,” said librarian Jennifer Hubert Swan, who gleaned some insight on engaging young readers from panelists Sharon Creech, Eoin Colfer, Rebecca Stead, Joan Bauer, and James Dashner.”

Stellar Debuts: Wonder (Knopf, 2012) by R.J. Palacio; The Miseducation of Cameron Post (HarperCollins) by Emily Danforth; The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Chronicle) by Ellis Weiner; and The Wicked and the Just (Houghton Harcourt) by J. Anderson Coats. (Of these, I’ve already read The Miseducation of Cameron Post; of the others, I have to confess to picking a favorite; Coats’ takes place in 13th-century Wales. I can’t wait to read it!)

Walter Dean Myers Vows To Close The Reading Gap “Our nation faces a huge reading gap—but most people are unwilling to talk about it because the bulk of illiterate kids are minority and poor, says Walter Dean Myers.”

Dynamice Nonfiction for Kids and TeensWhat’s the secret to creating riveting nonfiction for young readers? It begins with passion, says kids’ book author Candace Fleming, one of the participants in SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog, on June 4, at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “If I’m going to spend five years working on a book, it has to be something I’m interested in.” The best nonfiction books also aren’t afraid to show a strong point of view, says author-editor Marc Aronson, another member of the panel.”

Walter Dean Myers’s Keynote Address A video of the address

Pushing the Picture Book EnvelopeThe picture book isn’t dead—in fact, it might be entering a golden age, say some of the most talented and innovative children’s book creators during SLJ’s Day of Dialog.” Moderated by Betsy Bird. Included Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, D.B. Johnson, & Mac Barnett.

Pictures and more pictures

And some blog posts from people who were able to attend:

Monica Edinger at Educating Alice “Yesterday I attended School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, a day-long Book Expo pre-conference.  It was outstanding. My thanks and congratulations to all involved especially SLJ’s uber-organizer Luann Toth.  Below is a brief recap of the day.  You can also get a sense of it by checking out tweets from me and many others who attended here.”

Venn Librarian “Libba Bray, our luncheon speaker, talked about her research process for the upcoming The Diviners.  She visited libraries… scoured archives… looked at ads (to get a real sense of what popular culture was like back then)… read and read and researched some more.  She said she could evangelize for research all day – and I just wish we could get that message to our students!”

Please leave links to your posts in the comments!

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. I’m all over this for next year!

  2. Michelle, I’ve only been able to go twice. They do a spectacular program that is quickly sold out; this year, I thought “oh I’ll blog about it tonight” and it was already sold out, I believe, so didn’t mention it pre-BEA. There is also LJ’s Day of Dialog (the original Day of Dialog) geared towards adult books.