Authors

The sessions listed below are current as of 8/1/21. The AASL mobile app and event guide website will launch in early October with any updates to the information listed below as well as date, time and room location for each session.

Concurrent Sessions

Powerful Voices

Authors: Susan & Lexi Haas, Sundee Frazier  |  Moderator: Ayn Frazee

What do you do when you’re searching for ways to communicate?

What do you do when you’re searching for ways to communicate? Join mother and daughter, Susan and Lexi Haas, and Sundee Frazier as they share about their books that feature characters who find a way to use their voice and learn to empower themselves.

Stronger Together: A Celebration of Family and Traditions

Authors: Meg Raby, NoNieqa Ramos  |  Moderator: Pamela Moore

Our world has shifted significantly. Mother, father, brother, sister, friend…

Our world has shifted significantly. Mother, father, brother, sister, friend… Now more than ever, we have come to realize how important every member of our family is to our happiness. Join us in celebrating the importance of family and traditions!

The Real Deal: A Conversation with Non Fiction Authors

Authors: Chris Barton, Traci Sorrell  |  Moderator: Esmeralda Majors

Children today have a myriad of nonfiction topics presented to them in many formats that they can choose from.

Children today have a myriad of nonfiction topics presented to them in many formats that they can choose from. Authors will discuss their inspiration, research practices, and writing process from start to finish. Most importantly, they will share how rewarding, exciting, and fun nonfiction can be!

Finding Your Place and Taking Charge

Authors: Tiffany Rosenhan, Donna Barba Higuera, Nicole LaRue  |  Moderator: Paige Battle

Who runs the world?

Who runs the world? Listen to three authors discuss how their fictional and real-life characters face challenging situations and prove more than capable of rising to the occasion.

Saving Our Earth: Books to Inspire Action

Authors: Patricia Newman, Mary Boone  |  Moderator: Amy Hermon

Taking care of the earth is important to everyone’s well-being.

Taking care of the earth is important to everyone’s well-being. Authors will share their message and present information that will help young readers develop into good stewards of our planet. Oh, and did we mention, saving our earth might involve crickets?

Figuring It Out! Developing Strong Character Leads in Fiction

Authors: Megan E. Freeman  |  Moderator: Liz Phillipi

What makes a memorable and relatable character?

What makes a memorable and relatable character? Are they funny, creative, or resourceful? Come learn how authors create, flesh out their characters, and develop them into strong character leads in their stories.

Everyone Loves a Hero!

Author: Brandon Mull  |  Moderator: Diana Colby

How does one set the stage for a hero?

Best-selling fantasy author, Brandon Mull, will discuss the development of his characters with a focus on the hero's journey. How does one set the stage for a hero?  What elements are needed in order to have a great hero?  What journeys can they undertake? This and more questions will be answered. Come learn with Brandon as he takes us on a hero's journey!

Confronting Your Fears

Authors: Frank Cole, Josh Allen  |  Moderator: Daniella Smith

Dragons and goblins and spooky things, oh my!

Dragons and goblins and spooky things, oh my! Find out how three authors help readers escape the real world through fantastical and paranormal stories.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Connecting Young Readers to Nature

Authors: David L. Harrison, Kate Coombs  |  Moderator: Amanda Jones

Encouraging children to be little naturalists and engage with nature through observations and explorations is highlighted.

Encouraging children to be little naturalists and engage with nature through observations and explorations is highlighted. Attendees will enjoy listening to animal poetry and learning about collecting nature’s treasures.

A Lens on the Natural World

Authors: Jan Drake, Julie Argyle  |  Moderator: Tom Bober

Join two long-time photographers as they describe animal behaviours they were able to witness through their cameras’ lenses.

Join two long-time photographers as they describe animal behaviours they were able to witness through their cameras’ lenses in both the wilderness of the greater Yellowstone area and the public lands of the Mountain West.