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Sunday, May 7 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Four Authors on Research & Writing: Nonfiction Panel

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How does a fact, an observation or a news article find its way into a book for youth? This session will showcase four talented and highly recognized nonfiction authors, Sarah Albee, Loree Griffin Burns, Susan Hood, and Melissa Stewart, who as a group have published over 200 books for young audiences. This informational session will provide insight into their writing process and suggest strategies to use their books for reading and writing with elementary and middle school students.

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Susannah Richards

Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University
Susannah Richards is an associate professor of education with a specialty in literacy and literature for youth. She was a member of the 2013 Newbery Medal and 2017 Geisel Committees as well as other award and literacy event committees at the state and national level. She regularly... Read More →

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Loree Griffin Burns

Loree Griffin Burns has written several titles in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s popular ‘Scientists in the Field’ series, including Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion and Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It. Her next title... Read More →
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Melissa Stewart

Author, Acton, MA
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, including Seashells: More than a Home, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, and Can an Aardvark Bark. She is the co-author, with Nancy Chesley, of Perfect Pairs... Read More →
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Sarah Albee

Sarah Albee is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books for kids, including recent nonfiction titles Why’d They Wear That? (National Geographic) and Bugged: How Insects Changed History (Walker/Bloomsbury). She enjoys visiting schools and presenting to kids of... Read More →
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Susan Hood

Susan’s first picture books were published in fall 2012, but she’s not a newcomer to children’s publishing. Susan was the Children’s Content Director of Nick Jr. Magazine, where she edited original stories by the winners of the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Book... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Orleans 1st Floor