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Thursday, August 10


Empowering Young Adult Readers: YA Authors Who Motivate Teens to Read
Sharon Draper, Nikki Grimes, Sharon Flake and Lamar Giles are successful young adult authors.  Teenagers of all colors gravitate to their books.  They speak in a voice that is real; they speak in a voice ground in truth, they speak in a voice teens understand.  Aren’t we fortunate that young black teens can turn to their books to help them make a way out of no way?  Hear these authors tell why they do what they do and are so successful at it.

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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... 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... Read More →
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Lamar Giles

YA Author
Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee FAKE ID, a second YA thriller ENDANGERED, a third, currently untitled YA novel from HarperCollins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel OVERTURNED from Scholastic Press... 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... Read More →


Creating Stories Black Boys Read: A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

Young black males think the world of books is not for them. It is crucial to get our young males reading.   Jason Reynold is doing just that.  He is crazy about cool real life stories and he has promised not to write boring books.   Here's what I know says Jason “I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading.  I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom.”   It is not surprising that main characters in his books are young black males.  Using some of his own personal experiences, he wants to tell stories about people, families and neighborhoods that not everyone knows, or even considers. Jason Reynolds reveals his personal journey from poet to novelist.  He also tells us about his inspiration and desire to write books that reflect young black lives.  

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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 (cowritten... Read More →

Friday, August 11


Presenting Kelly Starling Lyons and Evelyn Coleman

Here are two ladies that have produced children’s literature worthy of praise.  They will share their latest books with you.

Lyons will share her Jada Jones chapter book series which debuts in September, 2017, published by Penguin.  

Evelyn Coleman is the award-winning author of a dozen books for young readers will share"Freedom Train," a 2008 book for young readers, which was chosen in 2010 for inclusion on the Georgia Center for the Book's first list of "25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read".

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Evelyn Coleman

Evelyn Coleman is the award-winning author of a dozen books for young readers as well as numerous short stories, essays and a novel for adults published over a long writing career. A resident of Atlanta, she is the author most recently of "Freedom Train," a 2008 book for young readers.Her... Read More →
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Kelly Starling Lyons

Children's Author
Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott... Read More →


And They Worked Happily Ever After: The Successful Collaboration of James & Lesa Cline Ransome
"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who knows that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together." Barbara Cage
The Hudson Valley based married couple of James and Lesa Cline Ransome, have worked together to build a family, to create a home and join forces to create wonderful children books. James is the illustrator, and Lesa is in charge of the words. The couple has collaborated on books such as Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong, FreedomSchool, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass and Light in the Darkness. Be on the lookout for their fall release Before She was Harriet (Holiday House). Hear the couple talk about their working process. You will be surprised how it all comes together. The Ransomes' appearance is partially funded by Hoilday House.

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James & Lesa Cline Ransome

Children's Illustrator/Author
James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome collaborated on their first book together with the biography Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year. They later created Quilt Alphabet, a collection of alphabet poems, Quilt Counting... Read More →


Books As A Catalyst for Social Change - Gil Robertson
Gil Robertson is the author of a new book “Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past & Present” published by Just Us Books.    This collection of biographies on game-changing and pioneering elected political leaders is intended to introduce young readers especially to not only dynamic personalities but to the concept of individual and political leadership.   Robertson will lead a conversation with members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus on how literature can be used as a source for leadership development in the Black Community.

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Gil Robertson

For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution... Read More →


Collaboration: Words to Art

Awarding winning author Carole Boston Weatherford collaborated with her son Jeffery to bring the amazing story Tuskegee Airmen in You Can Fly.  How did Jeffery take his mother elegant poetic words and translate them to art for book?  Hear about this magically collaboration and how choosing the scratchboard black and white illustrations were a success. 

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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... Read More →
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Jeffery Weatherford

An award-winning children’s book illustrator, fine artist and poet, Jeffery Boston Weatherford is founder of the global online hip hop collective Triiibe Worldwide. His debut book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, received starred reviews and was selected among the year’s best books by Kirkus Review, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Cooperative Children's Book Cenyer, and New York Public Library. His fine art has shown in North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He designed and published the... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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