January 20: ALCS Mini Institute, Atlanta, GA
9:30am Panel: Why is it so Difficult to Talk about Race, Culture, and Other Marginalizations in Children’s Literature?
Participants: Aisha Saeed, Ellen Oh, K.T. Horning, Tim Tingle, Edith Campbell, Sarah Park, Oralia Garza de Cortez
11:00am Panel: Passing the Mic Muslim Voices in Children’s Literature and Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Equity and Inclusion
Participants: Aisha Saeed, Zareen Jaffery, Hena Khan
January 21: American Library Association, Atlanta, GA
11:30am: Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) Teen Pizza Party
3:00pm: Understanding Differences: Using Books to Illuminate The Immigrant Experience
Participants: Aisha Saeed, Ruth Behar, Hena Khan, Nancy Paulsen
February 11: Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Washington D.C.
3:00pm: Celeberating Diversity in Children’s Literature
Participants: Aisha Saeed, Ellen Oh, Heidi Heilig
April 20: April is for Authors
9:00am-3:00pm: Multiple panels
Participants: Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Jason Reynolds, Greg Schmidt, Aaron Hartzler
July 7-10: Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators, Los Angelos, CA
Keynote Panel with Alex Gino, Kim Turrisi, and Ruta Septys
Breakout panel: Lessons Learned My Debut Year
September 22: Barnes and Noble Teen Fest, Atlanta, GA
2pm: Panel with Becky Albertalli, Gina Ciocca, Laura Silverman, Rachael Allen
October 19-20: Virginia Children’s Book Festival, Farmville, VA
Multiple day panel with several breakout sessions and workshops including a workshop featuring: Meg Medina, Lamar Giles, and Dhonielle Clayton.