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SLRI Conference 2015: Anchoring Partnerships for Smooth Sailing

Our Conference Day is Coming Soon

School Librarians of Rhode Island will hold their annual conference on Friday, April 10th at the Providence Marriott. Click here to register.

You will definitely want to be there for the opportunity to listen to an incredible panel of authors and illustrators who will talk about their craft and then have book signings immediately following the panel!

SLRI Annual Conference

Friday, April 10th, 8am-4pm

1 Orms Street

Providence, RI

Author Panel: Finding the ARC in Facts and Fiction

Moderator: Susannah Richards

Susannah Richards, PhD, is on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses in reading and language arts. She specializes in creating environments for highly able readers and writers. She has a strong background in content area literacy and differentiation strategies for integrating English Language Arts instruction to create high-level science and social studies curriculum. Her areas of expertise include literacy, literature and strategies to support the Schoolwide Enrichment Model-Reading, books for highly able students, and integrating technology to meet the needs of all students. She was on the 2013 John Newbery Award Committee and regularly reviews and presents on books for youth at international, national, state, and local conferences. In addition, she is After 11 years of teaching in public and private schools, she completed a PhD at the University of Connecticut where she studied and implemented curriculum differentiation strategies in reading language arts and the content areas. She has worked as curriculum consultant and professional development provider with large and small diverse urban, suburban and rural school districts in California, Oregon, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, Rhode Island, and more.
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Sarah Albee

Sarah Albee is the author of over one hundred childrenís books. She has had three of her books appear on the New York Times childrenís bestseller list. Her latest nonfiction, upper-middle grade books include Whyíd They Wear That? (National Geographic, February 2015), Bugged: How Insects Changed History (Walker/Bloomsbury, April 2014), and Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up (Walker/Bloomsbury, May 2010). She spent nine years as an editor at Childrenís Television Workshop, working primarily for Sesame Street. Before she began her career as a childrenís book writer and editor, Sarah was a newspaper cartoonist and semi-professional basketball player in Cairo, Egypt. These days she lives in Connecticut with her husband, who is a high-school history teacher and administrator, and their three children.
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Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for children, including Feathers: Not Just for Flying; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; Under the Snow; and Animal Grossapedia. She also maintains the blog Celebrate Science ( and offers school visit programs as well as teacher in-service programs that focus on nonfiction writing techniques, using children’s books to address Common Core standards, and creative ways to integrate science and language arts.
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Sarah Brannen

Sarah S. Brannen is the award-winning illustrator of over fifteen books for children. She is the author and illustrator of Madame Martine (Albert Whitman & Co.) and Uncle Bobby's Wedding (G. P. Putnam's Sons). Sarah also illustrated Feathers: Not Just For Flying, by Melissa Stewart, the 2014 Cybils winner, John Burroughs Riverby Award winner and an ALA notable book; At Home in her Tomb, A Junior Library Guild selection; and many other books. Forthcoming books include Madame Martine Breaks the Rules (Whitman, fall 2015).

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Erin Dionne

Erin lives outside of Boston, where she writes, reads, teaches, and juggles family life. She’s wanted to be a writer ever since she was six years old, and is happy to report that it’s just as awesome a job as she thought it would be. Some days, she even wears her pajamas while working!

Her books have been featured in Scholastic book fairs, on state lists, and in major magazines. Her books have gotten her on the radio, TV, and have been featured in newspapers—which is not as exciting as you might think, but was still pretty cool.

Erin has two young kids at home, so she writes most of her books in her local coffee shop or a local library. She’s also an associate professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s having dance parties with her kids, spending time with her husband, or managing the expectations of their disgruntled family dog.

photo credit: Aran Gilmore

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Meghan McCarthy

Meghan McCarthy grew up in Clayville, RI and now lives in NYC. She is the author of many outstanding children's books. Check out her website. A fun link she includes is about RI sayings.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (which made the front page of USA Today) and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which inspired a TED talk); upcoming titles includeThirty Minutes Over Oregon, A Spell for a Fairy, and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra. He has spoken at schools and conferences internationally (from India to Tanzania) and blogs about adventures in publishing (from research victories to promotional gambles) at Noblemania. Twitter: @MarcTNobleman.
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We Hope You'll Join Us!

Bring some of your titles to be signed right after the panel. Books will also be available for purchase at the conference that day. Please click on this link to register for the 2015 SLRI Conference: Anchoring Partnerships for Smooth Sailing. Hope to see you there!