My Schedule for NCTE 2014

I’ll be at the NCTE Annual Conference in National Harbor from Thursday to Saturday.  I’ll be speaking on Friday and Saturday as well as signing books at my publishers’ booths and Andersons. (Book-lover tip: That includes some sneaky advance reader copies of books that won’t be out until January!) Here’s my full schedule:

Friday – 2:30pm-3:45pm

Knowing Stories: How Published Authors and Student Writers Improve Their Craft Through The Use Of Mentor Texts – Gaylord National Resort | National Harbor 2

Description: What’s the best way to become a stronger writer? Read. Read like a writer, studying mentor texts to learn the craft. In this session, five trade book authors and a renowned teacher- blogger come together to share their mentor text stories, from the writing room to the classroom, exploring the power of texts to teach us. We’ll share not only strategies but also specific mentor texts for teaching everything from nonfiction to poetry to persuasion. Presenters: Kate Messner (Scholastic), Linda Urban (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Sarah Albee (Bloomsbury), Erin Dionne (Penguin), Varian Johnson (Scholastic), Laurel Snyder (Random House)

Friday 4:00-5:00pm

Scholastic Signing with Varian Johnson  Booth #812 

I’ll be signing advance reader copies of RANGER IN TIME: RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL, the first title in my brand new chapter book series about a time traveling search & rescue dog, and Varian will be signing his awesome middle school mystery, THE GREAT GREEN HEIST.

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Friday 5:30-6:00pm

Anderson’s Bookstore Signing  Booth #153 (Signing MANHUNT from the Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries! This one is set in Boston and Paris.)


Saturday 9:30-12:15pm

Connecting Science & Math Concepts with Children’s and Young Adult Literature in a CCSS World – Gaylord National Resort | Woodrow Wilson A

Description: This session will bring together authors and illustrators of beautifully written and illustrated nonfiction and fiction children’s and young adult literature that features science and mathematics concepts and classroom teachers who have incorporated them into their teaching in deeply meaningful and informative ways.

Presenters: Jennifer Brown (Bank Street College of Education), Leslie Bulion (Peachtree Publishers), Jason Chin (Macmillan Children’s Books), Emily Jenkins (Random House), Kate Messner (Scholastic), Jon Scieszka, Melissa Stewart (Peachtree), Susan Stockdale (Peachtree)

Saturday 12:30-1:30

Bloomsbury Signing Booth #723

I’ll be signing  WAKE UP MISSING and advance reader copies of ALL THE ANSWERS, my newest MG novel (and my first with *magic*!!)


Saturday 3:30-4:00

Chronicle Signing Booth #629

I’ll be signing my Chronicle picture books here.


Hope to see some of you at the conference!