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.


Food for Thought

Each full day of the Convention offers ticketed meals that also include talks by education luminaries, announcements of award winners in the various Sections and groups, announcements of the Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Children’s Book Award winners, and authors discussing current projects.

Meal functions are not included in the general registration and require a ticket and an additional fee. Please see the registration form to purchase tickets. No meal ticket fees will be refunded after November 11, 2019.


 Friday, November 22


Middle Section Luncheon

Ibi Zoboi is the author of the middle grade novel My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as novels for young adults, including Pride and American Street, a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $55.00


ELATE Luncheon

Rainbow Rowell is the award-winning and #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Carry On, Landline, Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments. She has two forthcoming books, Wayward Son (September 2019) and the graphic novel Pumpkinheads (with illustrations by Faith Erin Hicks) (August 2019). Rainbow lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $55.00

Saturday, November 23


ALAN Breakfast

Meg Medina’s books examine how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. She brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latinx culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her most recent book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, is the winner of the 2019 John Newbery Medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck Honor medal.

7:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Fee: $42.00


Children’s Book Awards Luncheon

The 2019 winners of the Charlotte Huck, Orbis Pictus, and NCTE Poetry awards will be honored and the 2020 awards will be announced. Confirmed speakers include Jonathan Auxier and Sandra Neil Wallace. Everyone with a ticket will dine at a roundtable with an award-winning author and/or illustrator (more than 30 attend every year!) AND receive one of their books.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $55.00


Secondary Section Luncheon

New York Times-bestselling and award-winning authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Renée Watson will be in conversation together about their new books, Shout and Watch Us Rise. Both authors’ writing spans young readers to new adults. Both use their platforms as authors and speakers to advocate around issues for which they are passionate. Anderson regularly speaks about combating censorship and the need for diversity in publishing. Watson is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $55.00

Sunday, November 24


Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast

Alfredo Celedón Luján is Vice President of NCTE. He is also the dean of students, an English teacher, and a basketball coach at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English and has also been assistant to the director at its Santa Fe campus. He has taught at both secondary and middle school levels.

7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m
Fee: $42.00


Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast

The Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) breakfast will feature celebrated author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Her newest picture book, Soñadores / Dreamers (Holiday House, 2018), will be highlighted. It is based on her immigrant tale that gives hope, imparts dreams, and passes book love on to others. Morales’s book awards include several Pura Belpré Medals and Honors as well as a Caldecott Honor.

7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Fee: $42.00


National Writing Project Brunch

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, National Writing Project Executive Director, will offer remarks about the state of the NWP network and their work this past year. She will be joined by Mary Buckelew and Janice Ewing, who will discuss recent research related to their new book, Action Research for English
Language Arts Teachers: Invitation to Inquiry.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Fee: $45.00