MARISSA MOSS
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Featured Author Luncheon, Friday, 11:30 – 1:00 PM
Character Education through Literacy
Children’s books offer powerful ways to tackle difficult subjects: war, prejudice, justice, and injustice. Picture books demand special care with complicated subjects but the combination of words and pictures can be very effective in dealing with such issues. How do writers and illustrators deal with potentially painful concepts without talking down to or scaring young children? How do you balance information with what young minds can understand? What kind of writing exercises can be used to help students get the most out of these challenging stories, integrating their messages in meaningful ways?

DANNY BRASSELL
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Featured Author Luncheon, Friday, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Books for All Occasions: Creating Readers for Life
Finding just the right books to inspire students to read can be a challenge, but it does not have to be. Join Danny as he shares his insights on a wide range of books for every grade level that are sure to be a hit with all of your students. You’ll leave with a list of popular titles plus scores of exciting strategies you can use to motivate every student to read.