This conference is both a fun event, as well as being very informative. The keynote speaker was Sue Bartle. This is the second time this year I have heard her speak. Her topic was again “Common Core.” Her focus was non-fiction titles and how to get kids to read more of it. She uses three criteria to divide non fiction to meet the needs of her readers. Narrative driven, data driven and books that help a student inquire more into a topic.
The second speaker was Steve Sheinkin who is a writer of non-fiction for young readers. He explained how he became a non-fiction writer, his background and his methods. A low-key kind of speaker, he was very interesting and genuinely enjoyed talking about his books and writing non fiction in general.
A very worth-while day.