AASL 2017 Authors in the Afternoon

Get a jumpstart on accomplishing your conference goals during AASL’s 2017 National Conference and Exhibition by making discoveries Beyond the Horizon!

You will want to do some pre-planning before you arrive in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, and peruse the Schedule at a Glance. One event you won’t want to miss is Authors in the Afternoon on Thursday, November 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. A ticket is required to attend this event, so be sure to purchase your ticket by adding it to your registration.

By attending Authors in the Afternoon on the official opening day of the conference, you can:

Hear from a best-selling and award-winning panel. There is no better way to kick off the official first day of the conference than spending time with some of your favorite authors: Sarah Dessen, Christian Robinson, and Jordan Sonnenblick. They are sure to serve up some savory conversations about their latest work as you enjoy a wonderful boxed lunch.

Sarah Dessen, Once and for All

“It’s about the courage to go for what you want, not just what you think you need. Sometimes we don’t even know what that is.” (sarahdessen.com)

Follow her blog at http://sarahdessen.com/news/ to keep up with her tour schedule.



Christian Robinson, PBS Newshour, September 8, 2016

“I actually struggled to read. And so, I was definitely drawn to books with pictures. I just loved that, you know, so much could be communicated with just an image.” (theartoffun.com)

Check out a poster Robinson created for Children’s Book Week earlier this year that affirms his passion for reading.


Jordan Sonnenblick, Falling Over Sideways 

“And that’s how we live: wandering endlessly, concentrically outward, seeking in others a kindling spark of the love which has long lain, dormant, dark, unstoked in our own deepest souls.” (jordansonnenblick.com)

Learn more about Sonnenblick’s latest book The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade and what questions you might have for the author.




Participate in a Q & A with the panel. Panel interviews will be conducted using questions submitted by attendees in advance. How often have you thought about questions for an author/illustrator after reading a book? Books stir up many emotions, so be in the room when authors/illustrators share the ingredients of their success.

Get FREE books. Who doesn’t love free books? Attendees will receive a book from each author and the dessert of the event will be a signing at the conclusion of the event.

Please join us on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Be ready to fill your plate with appetizing stories from Authors in the Afternoon, to share with your students and staff


Author: Schenell Agee

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