2019 NCTE Annual Convention

Baltimore, MD
November 21-24, 2019

This fall, when we come together in Baltimore, let’s inquire together. Let’s dare to wonder, to be bold and creative in our curiosity. Let’s reawaken our own spirit of inquiry as teachers, leaders, writers, readers, and thinkers.



A set of unique sessions in the Exhibit Hall at the NCTE Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Each 20-minute session will feature authors and educators talking about their favorite books and how to use them in the classroom.

Learn more about the Build Your Stack here.



10:00 A.M.
Building Better Readers through Book Clubs!
Sonja Cherry-Paul, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Dana Johansen, Teachers College/Heinemann


10:30 A.M.
New York City Comes Alive in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Rose Brock, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX
April Whatley Bedford, Brooklyn College, NY


11:00 A.M.
YA Authors and Editors as Readers
Jennifer Buehler, Saint Louis University, MO
Caitlyn Dlouhy, Simon & Schuster
Jason Reynolds, Simon & Schuster


11:30 A.M.
Books That Inspire Compassion and Empathy in Students
Clare Landrigan, Heinemann
Kasey Short, Charlotte Country Day School, NC


12:00 P.M.
Contemporary + Classic Text Pairings
Kara Belden, Dublin Schools, OH
Beth Herchek, Dublin Schools, OH
Laura Matthews, Dublin Schools,OH
Rita Shaffer, Dublin Schools, OH
Diane Smeenk, Dublin Schools, OH


1:00 P.M.
Sparking Curiosity through the Years
Cameron Carter, Evening Street Elementary School, Columbus, OH
Jill Davidson, Oromocto, NB
Kitty Donohoe
Brent Gilson, Magrath Junior Senior High School, Magrath, AB
Suzie Rolander, New York, NY
Susan Vincent, Miami University
Regionals, Cincinnati, OH


1:30 P.M.
Classroom Library Favorites with Random House Children’s Books and Author Candace Fleming!
Candace Fleming, Penguin Random House
Kristin Schulz, Penguin Random House


2:00 P.M.
Books to Bring Native and Muslim Representation Into the Classroom
Jillian Heise, Kenosha Unified School District, WI
Traci Sorell, Charlesbridge/Penguin Young Readers
Jasmine Warga, HarperCollins


2:30 P.M.
Intersectionality in YA
Donna Bulatowicz, Montana State University Billings
Jennifer Vincent, Mundelein School District 75, IL


3:00 P.M.
Approaching Indigenous Literature with an Eye toward Structure of Story as Identity
Rachel Edwardson
Kathleen Fisher


3:30 P.M.
Using POV (Point of View) to Teach Perspective, Social Justice, and Acceptance in an Urban Third-Grade Classroom
Karen Carney, Campbell Elementary/Middle Schools, OH


4:00 P.M.
Simon & Schuster Book Buzz
Michelle Leo, Simon & Schuster
Sarah Woodruff, Simon & Schuster


4:30 P.M.
Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes & Anecdotes from A to Z
Irene Latham, Lerner Publishing Group
Charles Waters, Lerner Publishing Group


5:00 P.M.
And Justice for All (Books around Justice, Equity, and Empathy)
Lee Rutherford, Westerville City Schools, OH
Kari Tucker, Westerville City Schools, OH


5:30 P.M.
Antiracism and Your Class
Tiffany Jewell, Montessori School of Northampton, MA


6:00 P.M.
Books to Support Writing Personal Narrative in Kindergarten
Antonia Adams, Common Sense Podcast
Jessica Ardelea, Dublin Schools, OH
Lauren Scott, Dublin Schools, OH



11:00 A.M.
Lessons from Home: Challenge Yourself to Speak Out and Expand Your World with the Ahmed Sisters
Sara Ahmed, NIST International School; Bangkok, Thailand & HMH/Heinemann
Samira Ahmed, LBYR


11:30 A.M.
Honoring Our Family Stories
David Bowles, Penguin Young Readers
Janet Wong, Pomelo Books


12:00 P.M.
YA Authors as Editors and Readers
Jennifer Buehler, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Andrew Karre, Penguin
Ibi Zoboi, HarperCollins


12:30 P.M.
Titles to Teach and Love for Classroom Libraries, Curriculum, and Beyond
JoEllen McCarthy, The Educator Collaborative
Julia Torres, Denver Public Schools, CO


1:00 P.M.
Stacks Supporting Conversations Around Mental Health
Beth Honeycutt, Dublin Schools, OH
Cortney Ingram, Dublin Schools, OH
Rachel Polacek, Dublin Schools, OH
Stephanie Stinemetz, Dublin Schools, OH


1:30 P.M.
Adding “Amazing Audiobooks” to Your Stack
Sarah Ressler Wright, RB Hayes High School, Delaware, OH


2:00 P.M.
Middle School Digital and Print Pairings
Jennifer Vincent, Mundelein School District 75, IL


2:30 P.M.
Celebrating Complexity in YA Literature
Daria Bliss, Traverse City High School, Bellaire, MI
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


3:00 P.M.
Resilience and Representation through Picture Books (Grades 2–8)
Gary Gray, Singapore American School
Narin Ramani, Singapore American School


3:30 P.M.
LGBTQIA #ownvoices (Middle Grades and YA)
Marshall George, Hunter College, CUNY
Jennifer Ochoa, The Patria Mirabel School, New York, NY


4:00 P.M.
Exploring Identity through Literature
Katie Kelly, Furman University, Greenville, SC
Lester Laminack, Peachtree Publishers/Scholastic, Inc


4:30 P.M.
Reading to Create Inclusive Citizens
Renee Rogers, Upstate Writing Project
Heather Sox, Upstate Writing Project


5:00 P.M.
What’s YOUR Perspective?:Books That Invite Readers to Find Their Own Voice and Viewpoint
Kekla Magoon, Wendy Lamb Books/Random House


5:30 P.M.
Short Film Digital Stacks
Lynsey Burkins, Dublin Schools, OH
Katharine Hsu, Newsela, Inc.
McKenzie Zimmerman, Dublin Schools, OH



8:30 A.M.
Providing Mirrors and Windows with Biographies in Elementary
Shannon Griffin, Olentangy Local Schools
Tina Lastrapes, Olentangy Meadows Elementary School, Lewis Center, OH
Khalila McCoy, Heritage Elementary School, Lewis Center, OH


9:00 A.M.
Buzz about Children’s Books with Bloomsbury, Disney Publishing Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Macmillan Children’s Group
Lucy Del Priore, Macmillan Children’s Group
Beth Eller, Bloomsbury
Rebecca McGuire, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Dina Sherman, Disney Publishing Group


9:30 A.M.
Bold and Brave Characters
Tony Keefer, Dublin Schools, OH
Mandy Robek
Aliza Werner, Glendale, River Hills School District, Wauwatosa, WI


10:00 A.M.
Literary Treats
Laura Haney
Mary Haney
Vivette Dukes


10:30 A.M.
Now That’s What Students Call Great Books!
Tricia Ebarvia, Educator
Collaborative, Dresher, PA
Josh Thompson, Blacksburg High School, VA
Lamar Timmons Long


11:00 A.M.
Remaking the Literary Canon
Scott Bayer, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD
Joel Garza, Greenhill School