New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer will open ABC Children's Institute 2014 with a plenary talk about the need for real heroes in children's literature for both boys and girls beyond sports figures, princesses and franchise characters. I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln (Dial/Penguin Young Readers Group)—the first two titles in his Ordinary People Change the World series of nonfiction picture books—follow renowned American heroes from childhood and the particular character traits that led them to fame and achievement. In his talk, Brad will share his inspiration behind his books—his own kids—and discuss how all of us can discover the power of an ordinary person, and the power and potential in each of us.
Poolside reception to follow
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