The First Chapter

2017 NCTE Annual Convention

St. Louis, Missouri

Join thousands of educators, experts, authors, administrators, publishers, and others in St. Louis, Missouri, for the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention! November 16-19, 2017



 Thursday, November 16

11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Preconvention Workshops (*additional registration required)

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 
Thursday General Session:  “Our Family Gathering: A Conversation with Students and Educators”

5:45 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Section Get-Togethers

 Friday, November 17

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m. 
Friday General Session:  Poet and Writer Jimmy Santiago Baca

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
A Sessions

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
B Sessions

11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 p.m–1:45 p.m.
Ticketed Luncheons


Sherman Alexie, Middle Level Section Luncheon
Angie Thomas, CEE Luncheon

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
C Sessions

2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
D Sessions

3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
E Sessions

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Annual Business/Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Evening for All Attendees: Join NCTE and Astronaut Leland Melvin for an evening of Chasing Space and pursuing our shared passion in spite of adversity

 Saturday, November 18

6:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m. 
Ticketed Breakfast


Rick Riordan, ALAN Breakfast

7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Awards Session

9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. 
Saturday General Session: Jacqueline Woodson

10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
F Sessions

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
G Sessions

12:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Ticketed Luncheons


Marilyn Nelson, Jason Reynolds, and Melissa Sweet, Children’s Book Award Luncheon
Daniel José Older, Secondary Section Luncheon
Laurie Gries, CCCC/College Section Luncheon

1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
H Sessions

3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
I Sessions

4:30 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
J Sessions

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Special Interest Group Events

 Sunday, November 19

7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. 
Ticketed Breakfasts


Kevin Henkes, Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast
Franki Sibberson, Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
K Sessions

9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
Sunday General Session:  Author Gareth Hinds

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
L Sessions

12:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
M Sessions

2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
N Sessions

CEL Convention (*additional registration required)

 Monday, November 20

CEL Convention (*additional registration required)

ALAN Workshop (*additional registration required)

 Tuesday, November 21

ALAN Workshop (*additional registration required)