Educator Sessions at TBF

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We’ve put together special sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival with a focus on the interests of teachers, librarians and educators and the task of teaching students about our ever-changing world through literature. These sessions are free and open to the public. In addition to these conversations, we hope you’ll join us in our picture book, middle grade and YA tents on Congress Avenue for two days of sessions and signings with beloved and emerging authors. Check our full schedule for details on more authors to see and discover at this year’s Texas Book Festival!


Saturday, November 4

10:00- 10:30 Texas Bluebonnet Award Announcement
Location: Texas Tent, 8th Street and Congress Avenue
Moderator: John Trischitti

Join Texas book Festival, the Texas Library Association, and a team of local young readers for the highly anticipated announcement of the 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Master List! Please note that the Bluebonnet announcement will take place at a NEW and bigger location this year, the Texas Tent, located at 8th Street and Congress Avenue! We’re kicking off the Fest with one of the most exciting children’s book announcements of the year!


10:45-11:45: Celebrating Caldecott Winners!
Location: Capitol Extension Room 2.028
Moderator: Liz Garton Scanlon
Author(s): Javaka Steptoe, Dan Santat, Brian Floca

We’re very fortunate to welcome several Caldecott Medal honorees to this year’s Texas Book Festival! We’ve gathered some of them together to share their stories of success and their brilliant new picture books. Don’t miss this all-star panel of artists who have been honored with the biggest award in picture book illustration!


12:30 to 1:15: Katherine Paterson and Peter Sís in Conversation
Location: First United Methodist Church
Bethany Hegedus
This is a Friends Pass Session. 

Honored with Newbery Medals, a National Book Award, Caldecott Medals, a Sibert Award, Hans Christian Anderson Awards, and many other recognitions, Katherine Paterson, bestselling author of Bridge to Terabithia, and acclaimed illustrator Peter Sís are two of the most recognized and highly acclaimed creators of books for young readers. Join them for a discussion of their work, their careers, and their new books, which each explore global journeys and adventures.


2:30-3:15 Illustrating American History with Kadir Nelson and Don Tate
Location: Capitol Auditorium

Award winning artists and illustrators Don Tate and Kadir Nelson have each built phenomenal bodies of work that render important stories of American history in unforgettable artwork and verse for young readers. Join them as they sit down to discuss the stories they’ve uncovered, the process of their work, and their must-read new books, Strong as Sandow and Blue Sky, White Stars.


Sunday, November 5


11:00-11:45:  Educator Focus: Teaching History Through Reading
Location: Capitol Extension Room 1.012
Moderator: Diane Collier
Author(s): Chris Barton, Cynthia Levinson, Don Tate

Visualization is one of the best ways to help understand history. Hear from our local authors, Don Tate, Chris Barton and Cynthia Levinson about how they distill memorable and age appropriate facts for students of all ages.


1:00-1:45:  Educator Focus: Identity and Growth
Location: Capitol Extension Room 1.012
Moderator: Arturo Agüero
Author(s): Paige Britt, Lesléa Newman

There are so many labels out there. How can educators ensure that every child feels welcome in their classroom? How can we ensure that children begin to understand and celebrate each other’s differences?  Hear from authors Lesléa Newman and Paige Britt about constructing identity for kids and ways to incorporate texts and activities that promote acceptance and understanding.


3:00-3:45 Educator Session: Reading Without Walls
Location: Capitol Extension Room 1.012
Moderator: Dr. Kefferlyn Brown
Author(s): Gene Luen Yang

A culturally responsive classroom recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning. Gene Luen Yang, who has spearheaded the new nationwide reading initiative Reading Without Walls, discusses where to start and best strategies on promoting books, stories and narratives that provide mirrors for students to see themselves as they are and the windows that we need into others’ lives to build empathy and understanding. The first 50 people to arrive in the session will receive a Reading Without Walls Activity Kit!