2014 Children's Literature Conference

Workshops and Faculty

July 16-20, 2014

Picture Book – Award-winning author/illustrator Dan Yaccarino (Oswald, Five Little Pumpkins, Doug Unplugged) 

From Inspiration to Publication: The Essentials of A Picture Book
A picture book isn’t just drawings depicting text, but images and words uniquely intertwined to create a story. This presentation teaches the fundamentals of picture books, from format, character development to basic storytelling. 

DAN YACCARINO is an internationally acclaimed artist, writer, and producer who has created many children’s books and commercial illustrations as well as his own animated television series. He has exhibited his work in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna. Dan has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most notably, Doug UnpluggedThe Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, and Every Friday. Dan’s work in children’s books has garnered a host of prestigious awards and many of Dan’s books have been translated into foreign editions including Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, and French. Dan’s animated television series, Oswald, premiered on the Nickelodeon network to high praise and ratings as well as a Parent’s Choice Award Recommendation. His animated series, Willa’s Wild Life, won an Emmy. Dan is also the designer behind Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, The Backyardigans. Dan had the honor of being invited to the White House to read his books and participate in the annual Easter festivities. Dan lives in New York City with his wife and two children and vintage toy collection.

Middle Grade Fiction – Award-winning/NY Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis (The 39 Clues, The Seven Wonders series)

Driving Parents Crazy: The nexus of voice, plot, setting; how to propel your middle-grade novel from page one so even “reluctant” readers will refuse to put it down when it’s time for dinner/homework/practice/bed.

PETER LERANGIS has written more than 160 books, which have sold more than 5 million copies and been translated into 33 languages, including six New York Times–bestselling titles: The Colossus Rises and Lost in Babylon in The Seven Wonders series; The Sword ThiefThe Viper’s Nest, and Vespers Rising (the latter co-authored with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson) in The 39 Clues series, and The Dead of Night in the Cahills Vs. Vespers series.  Other titles includeSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written with Harry Mazer (American Library Association’s 2013 Schneider Award “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for adolescent audiences,” Best Fiction for Young Adults list, Junior Library Guild); Smiler’s Bones (N.Y. Public Library Best Book for Teens, Bank Street Best Book, Junior Library Guild); wtf; and theDrama ClubSpy XWatchersAntarctica, and Abracadabra series.  With R. L. Stine and Marc Brown, he traveled as guest of the White House to represent the U.S. in the first Russian Book Festival.  Peter has spoken in thirty-two states, Canada, Russia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore and has conducted workshops for the National Book Foundation, PEN, SCBWI, and the Highlights Foundation.  He graduated Harvard with a degree in biochemistry, acted on Broadway, ran a marathon, and went rock-climbing during an earthquake (but not on the same day). He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their sons, Nick and Joe.  And he loves chocolate.

Young Adult Novel – NY Times bestselling/Michael L. Printz Award-winning YA author Libba Bray (Going Bovine, The Gemma Doyle trilogy)

Hitting a Vein – Writing raw, quirky, wreckless YA

A fearless exploration of what it takes to write singular fiction for young adults. Question assumptions, subvert stereotypes and unlock your innermost secrets in pursuit of your authentic voice.

LIBBA BRAY is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible BeautyRebel AngelsThe Sweet Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going BovineBeauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.