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Meet the Creators 2022 Webinars

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Get to know the 2022 Read Local Challenge KidLit Creators

Overcome Obstacles | Friendships and “Fitting In” | Explore Your World | Conquer Challenges | Animal Adventures | Community Connections | Science Sensations

If you missed one of our webinars, or you just want to watch it again, you can access the recordings here until the end of the challenge year (May 31, 2023). We love to hear from you and welcome your questions! Is there anything you would like to know about our KidLit Creators that wasn’t answered in the webinars? Submit your questions at https://tinyurl.com/rlc-ask-us and we will answer as many as possible on our social media feeds!


Overcome Obstacles

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/03/2022
There are all kinds of obstacles and challenges in life! In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 4 KidLit Creators who have written middle-grade books about ways to overcome these obstacles and come out stronger on the other side.

Get to know authors Claire A.B. Freeland, Ph.D. (What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake), Steven Clark Cunningham, M.D. (Your Body Sick and Well: How Do You Know?), Danielle Joseph (Sydney A. Frankel’s Summer Mix-up), and Kathy MacMillan (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World). Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

What obstacles are you experiencing? Choose these Read Local Challenge books to help you face them!

 


Friendships and “Fitting In”

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/06/2022

Friendships come in a variety of forms. In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 4 KidLit Creators who have written and illustrated picture books that celebrate the joy of finding true friends and learning to accept ourselves.


Get to know authors Madelyn Rosenberg (Cyclops of Central Park), Veronica Bartles (The Princess and the Frogs), and Laura Gehl (The Hiking Viking), and author/illustrator Rebecca Evans (Alone Like Me). Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

How do your friends help you? What can you do when you are lonely? Or when your happily-ever-after doesn’t fit the status quo? Choose these Read Local books to help you celebrate yourself, whether you want to fit in or stand out.

 


Explore Your World

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/07/2022

We have a big, bright, beautiful world full of opportunities and adventures–and a whole lot of challenges that sometimes make us question where we belong. In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 4 KidLit Creators who have written young adult books, ranging from poetry to historical fiction, about exploring the world around us and finding our places within it.


Get to know authors Joan C. Benson (His Gift), Steven Clark Cunningham, M.D. (It’s Considerate to be Literate: About Religion), Michelle Coles (Black Was the Ink), and Ann McCallum Staats (High Flyers: 15 Inspiring Women Aviators and Astronauts). Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

How can you make a difference in the world? How is your voice important to the global narrative? Choose these Read Local Challenge books to help you navigate your role.

 


Conquer Challenges

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/11/2022

There are awesome adventures all around us. Whether these adventures take us on epic, world-changing quests or through imaginary journeys across the playground, these adventures are ours to explore.  In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 4 KidLit Creators who have written middle-grade books full of adventures and challenges to conquer.


Get to know authors Madelyn Rosenberg (One Small Hop), Shawn K. Stout (The Impossible Destiny of Cutie Grackle), Barbara Carney-Coston (To the Copper Country: Mihaela’s Journey), and Terry Catasús Jennings (Definitely Dominguita: Knight of the Cape). Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

What adventures have you faced this week? What challenges have you conquered? Choose these Read Local Challenge books to remind you that your voice matters.

 


Animal Adventures

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/14/2022

Animals are an important part of our world. As pets and companions, they help to shape our relationships and the way we see the world. In the wild, they help to shape the ecosystems in which we live. In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 3 KidLit Creators who have written and illustrated picture books that center around some of these amazing animals.


Get to know authors Tracy C. Gold (Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat), Cindy Trumbore (Butterfly for a King), and author/illustrator Joan Waites (A Bone for Bo: Painting with Georgia O’Keeffe)Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

How have animals played an important role in your life? Do you have a pet that you love? Choose these Read Local Challenge books to help you think about the way animals influence the world around us.

 


Community Connections

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/25/2022 ***REGISTRATION CLOSES: 12 PM, October 23, 2022.***

Family. Friends. Neighbors. The communities we live in are an important part of who we are. In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 4 KidLit Creators who have written picture books that explore the meaning of community and how these relationships shape us.

Get to know authors Danielle Joseph (I Want to Ride the Tap Tap), Tricia Elam Walker (Dream Street), Laura Renauld (Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers), and Terry Catasús Jennings (The Little House of Hope)Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Find your place in the community! Choose these Read Local Challenge books to help you think about the ways that your community shapes who you are.


Science Sensations

Meet the KidLit Creators webinar: original air date 10/26/2022 ***REGISTRATION CLOSES: 12 PM, October 24, 2022.***

Plants, animals, and fungi shape our ecosystems in fascinating ways. In this Meet the KidLit Creators virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet 4 KidLit Creators who have written and illustrated picture books that explore these connections and make scientific exploration fun!

Get to know authors Chiêu Anh Urban (ABC Roar), Debra Kempf Shumaker (Freaky, Funky Fish: Odd Facts About Fascinating Fish), June Smalls (He Leads: Mountain Gorilla, the Gentle Giant), and Laura K. Zimmermann (Mushroom Rain)Learn about their books, their writing journeys, and their favorite things to talk about with their readers.

What plants, animals, and fungi do you see in your area? Choose these Read Local Challenge books to help you think about the ways that your ecosystem depends on the plants, animals, and fungi around you.