ALA Annual 2017

Perceive. Rise. Engage. – ALSC PREconference

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Perceive. Rise. Engage.” This summer the Association for Library Service to Children invites you to an ALSC PREconference celebrating the 2017 Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, and Sibert Honor Books. Seventeen authors, illustrators, and publishers of this year’s honor titles will be in conversation, considering the ways in which their very different books are connected along some interesting and compelling thematic lines.

The half-day PREconference is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017, from 11:30am to 4:00pm, prior to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The program includes three panels featuring our creative guests, a communal lunch with honorees seated at each table, Honor Book Trivia, signed book door prizes, and many opportunities to celebrate some of the best literature published for children with their creators and fellow enthusiasts.

A complete schedule, including participants, titles, and panel themes, is available on the ALSC Website .

Do you have questions for the honorees? Perhaps they have questions for you! Use #ALSCPRE to participate in the discussion on social media before, during, and after the program.

The PREconference is open to all and does not require registration for the ALA Annual Conference. The cost, including attendance and a box lunch, is $120 for ALSC members, $175 for ALA members, and $200 for the general public. The PREconference will take place at the McCormick Place West, Room W186, conveniently located for those moving on to the ALA Opening General Session in W375b/Skyline at 4:00pm and the Opening Reception on the Exhibits Floor at 5:30pm.

We encourage all registrants to read the 2017 honor books ahead of time in order to fully appreciate what is sure to be a day of insightful discussion and camaraderie.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn more about some of the best books published in 2016. Space is limited. Register today!

— ALSC Honor Preconference Committee

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