NapervilleREADS 2016 Presentation and Booksigning

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Location: Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, IL 60540
Start Date/Time: December 07, 2016 - 7 pm
End Date/Time: December 07, 2016

The theme for this year’s citywide reading celebration, NapervilleREADS, is “United Through Story…What’s Yours?” focuses on the works of children’s authors spanning many subjects. A total of 14 authors and illustrators make up an incredible panel of talent for area young readers.

Two free events that will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at Wentz Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville on the campus of North Central College.

There will be a special educator event starting at 5:30 PM which will be led by Miranda Paul, one of the founding members of We Need Diverse Books. Miranda will moderate a panel of authors and illustrators and share with educators how to incorporate diverse books into their classrooms. 1 PD Hour will be awarded for attending this session. Educators who remain for the main presentation are eligible for 1 additional PD Hour.

At 7 p.m., community members will get an opportunity to see the authors & illustrators and hear more about their books and their passion for children’s literature. Books will be for sale, and autographing will follow the 7 p.m. event.


In addition to the centerpiece program on Wednesday, December 7, children in local schools will get a chance to meet the authors as they traveled around Naperville between Tuesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 8. All first- and second-grade students in both Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 are taking part in these very special targeted events. An author and illustrator pair will visit each school: Bethany Hegedus (Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story), Dean Robbins (Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), Miranda Paul (Whose Hands are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book), Tonya Bolden (Beautiful Moon), Matt de la Pena (Last Stop on Market Street), Kathryn Otoshi (Beautiful Hands), Sean Qualls (Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanual Ofosu Yeboah), Ruth Chan (Mervin the Sloth is about to Do the Best Thing in the World), Christian Robinson (School’s First Day of School), Duncan Tonatiuh (The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes), Selina Alko (The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage), E. B. Lewis (Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis), W. Nikola-Lisa (Bein’ With You this Way), Sally Walker (Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown).


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