Registration Opens to Speed Date Kids’ Authors and Illustrators at BEA

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ABA member booksellers can now register for “Speed Dating With Children’s Authors and Illustrators,” to be held on Tuesday, May 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Book Expo America.

This free 90-minute speed dating session, sponsored by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council, will give booksellers the opportunity to chat with up-and-coming authors and illustrators of children’s books, as they make their way around the room. The event will take place just prior to the ABA Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon.

Space at the event is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, send an e-mail to with the attending bookseller’s name, store name, street address, city, state, zip, and e-mail address.

Authors and illustrators scheduled to participate are:

  • David A. Adler, Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra (Holiday House)

  • Jane Hampton Cook, What Does the President Look Like? (Kane Miller)

  • James Dashner, The Death Cure (Random House)

  • Lisa Greenwald, Reel Life Starring Us (Abrams)

  • Laura Lee Gulledge, Page By Page (Abrams)

  • Jeff Hirsch, The Eleventh Plague (Scholastic)

  • Carrie Jones, After Obsession (Bloomsbury)

  • Alan Katz, Was Looking (Simon & Schuster)

  • Jon Klassen, I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick)

  • Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me (HarperCollins)

  • Kate McMullan, Myth-o-Mania series (Capstone)

  • Jennifer Roy, MindBlind (Marshall Cavendish)

  • Marie Rutkoski, The Jewel of the Kalderash (Macmillan)

  • Clete Smith Aliens on Vacation (Disney)

  • Ashley Spires, Kids Can (Spires)

  • Susan Stockdale Bring on the Birds (Peachtree)

  • Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown)

  • Linda Urban Hound Dog True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

  • Meg Wolitzer The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman (Penguin)

Speed Dating With Children’s Author and Illustrators will take place in Rooms 1E09 and 1E10 in the lower concourse of the Javits Center, next to the ABA Lounge.

Watch for details about the Tea With Children’s Authors and the Silent Auction and Reception, both to be held on Wednesday, May 25, in upcoming editions of Bookselling This Week.