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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)
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Wednesday, August 9 • 9:00am - 3:00pm
Coretta Scott King Book Award PreConference "Using Coretta Books"

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Join us for this rare pre-conference activity.  We will be traveling to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. In the morning, attendees will at participate in a Coretta Scoot King Pre-Conference in the King Center Freedom Hall and engage in a conversation with Coretta Scott King Book Award winning authors and illustrators about the relevance of having diverse books.   Attendees will be greeted by Lev and Joyce Mills.  Lev Mills designed the Coretta Scott King Book Award seal and will explain its uniqueness.  Joyce Mills is a former children literature professor at the Atlanta University Library School and early Coretta Scott King Committee member.   Participates will learn how to apply these books in innovative ways with children and take away exciting ideas. 

In the afternoon enjoy a sack lunch in the atrium of Freedom Hall and then you will be free to explore the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center campus and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. You may visit the bookstores, Dr. & Mrs. King’s Crypt, The Eternal Flame, Dr. King’s Birth Home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Heritage Sanctuary). Most of the park is self-guided; therefore, you able explore at your own pace.  However you must register to tour the Birth Home of Dr. King and there is no advance registration, it must be done on the day at a first come first serve bases. 

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R. Gregory Christie

Children's Illustrator
R. Gregory Christie is an Atlanta-based commercial artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience and over 50 books to his credit. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements). Most recently he won a Coretta Scott King... Read More →
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Sharon Draper

YA/Chldren's Author
Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. She also won CSK honor awards in 2008 for November Blues and 2004 for The Battle of Jericho. Ms. Draper lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at... Read More →
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Sharon Flake

YA Author
Sharon G. Flake exploded onto the literary scene with her novel The Skin I'm In, in 1998, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and won the CSK John Steptoe New Talent Award. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winner, in 2005 for Who Am I without you?and 2002 for Money Hungry. She has been hailed as the voice of middle-grade youth and a Rising Star by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Many of Sharon’s novels have received ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. Her writing has been applauded for its on-point narrative that explores issues affecting teens from all walks of life. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visit her at... Read More →
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Nikki Grimes

YA Author
Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey's Choice, ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, Words with Wings, and The Road to Paris. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit her at... Read More →
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Joyce and Lev Mills

Joyce Mills is an early CSK committee and jury member/former Atlanta University Library School professor.  Lev Mills is the designer of the CSK book award official seal
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Jerry Pinkney

Children's Illustrator
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most highly acclaimed children’s book illustrators in America. A native of Philadelphia, he studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's b... Read More →
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James Ransome

Children's Illustrator
James E. Ransome was named by the Children's Book Council as one of 75 authors and illustrators everyone should know. Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book The Creation (Holiday House Inc). He has also received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for Uncle Jed's Barbershop (Simon & Schuster), which was selected as an ALA Notable Book and is currently being shown as a feature on Reading Rainbow. Visit him at... Read More →
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Jason Reynolds

YA Author
Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. He is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (co... Read More →
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Carole Boston Weatherford

Children's Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including Voice of Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor; Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and Becoming Billie Holiday, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at... Read More →

Wednesday August 9, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
The King Center 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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