Story, Secrets, and Self: The Power of Shared Narratives in Building Empathy, Nurturing Readers, and Creating Citizens

Sat, Oct 12, 2019: 3:00 PM  - 4:00 PM 
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 
Room: New Orleans Theater A 
Capacity: 690 
In this panel, four notable authors will share high-interest novels for middle grade readers that spark discussion, build empathy, and help to create citizens. They'll model strategies for fostering classroom conversation and small-group sharing that allow students to make connections between the texts, their other reading, their own lives, and their understanding of the world outside the text.


Kate Messner, Bloomsbury


Ms. Megan Blakemore, Simmons SLIS
Renee Watson, Bloomsbury
India Hill Brown, Scholastic

Age Levels

Ages 9-11

Intended Audience

Beginning Teachers
Classroom Teachers
Librarians/Media Specialists
Reading Teachers/Specialists/Coaches
Teacher Educators
Undergraduate or graduate students