Thursday, April 5, 2012

Educator Appreciation

The people in my life know that I get a rush out of planning things. Parties, trips, my food shopping list. Anything. However, the rush is intensified when the planning of things involves my career.

A HUGE thank you to Stephanie, the Community Relations Manager at the Exton, PA Barnes & Noble. We batted ideas around over lunch, and here's the magical goodness that came out of it:

Educator Reception, Educator Workshops & MEGA Booksigning

WHERE: Barnes & Noble
Main Street at Exton
301 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341
610-524-0103

Beautiful store.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

FUN TO BE HAD: 
  • Enter for a chance to win a NOOK Tablet or a $500.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Raffle prizes to be awarded throughout the evening. 
  • Pre K - to 12 educators enjoy 25% off classroom and personal purchases and 10% off music and movies.
  • "My Favorite Teacher" contest winner to be announced at 6 PM

SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTATIONS:
  • 5:00 PM K.M. Walton: HOW TO GET YOUR STUDENTS TO WRITE LIKE THEY MEAN IT
  • 5:30 PM Beth Kephart: STORY TOPICS THAT INVOLVE THE WHOLE CLASS AT THE SAME TIME
MEET THE FOLLOWING 8 AUTHORS! (This line up is incredible! Thank you to everyone below who said, "YES, count me in, Kate!")

K. M. Walton
CRACKED (YA)
TEACHING NUMERACY: 9 CRITICAL HABITS TO IGNITE MATHEMATICAL THINKING

Bio: K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher and teaching coach, she is passionate about education and ending peer bullying. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. You can find her online at KMWalton.com and on Twitter at @KMWalton1.

Elisa Ludwig
PRETTY CROOKED (YA)

Bio: Elisa Ludwig lives in Philadelphia. When she's not writing fiction for teens she writes about food for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. Pretty Crooked is her first novel, and the first of a three-book series.

Amy Garvey
COLD KISS (YA)

Bio: Amy Garvey is a former editor who now enjoys working from the other side of the desk. She grew up reading everything she could get her hands on and watching too much TV (which she still does, and now includes an obsession with the CW's Supernatural). Cold Kiss is her first novel for young adults, and the sequel, Glass Heart, will be out from HarperTeen in September 2012. 

Beth Kephart (YA):
UNDERCOVER
HOUSE OF DANCE
NOTHING BUT GHOSTS
THE HEART IS NOT A SIZE
DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS
YOU ARE MY ONLY

Bio: Beth Kephart is the author of five memoirs, including the National Book Award finalist A SLANT OF SUN and the BookSense pick GHOSTS IN THE GARDEN.  Her other eight books include the autobiography of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, FLOW, and such acclaimed young adult novels as UNDERCOVER, HOUSE OF DANCE, and YOU ARE MY ONLY.  SMALL DAMAGES, Kephart's seventh young adult novel, will be released by Philomel in the summer of 2012, and she is at work on two more Philomel books as well as a middle grade book about 1871 Philadelphia. Kephart teaches memoir at the University of Pennsylvania, reviews for the Chicago Tribune, has judged numerous literary contests, and has had her work translated into more than fifteen languages. She is the strategic writing partner in the boutique marketing communications firm, Fusion, and is a freelance reporter for Publishing Perspectives. Please visit Beth's blog, twice named a top author blog by the BBAW, at www.beth-kephart.blogspot.com

E. C. Myers
FAIR COIN (YA sci-fi)

Bio: E. C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at theviewscreen.com, plays video games, watches classic films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends too much time on the Internet. Fair Coin is his first novel. To find out more about E. C. Myers and his work, visit his website and blog at ecmyers.net or find him on Twitter: @ecmyers.

Monica Carnesi
LITTLE DOG LOST (picture book)

Bio: Mônica Carnesi is crazy about (in no particular order) books, art supplies, and animals. She works as a librarian, which allows her to combine her love of children's literature and her passion for illustration.  At home she draws, paints and doodles constantly and is happily building her own personal library of children's books from all over the world.  Her first picture book, Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic, was published in January 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group.  Mônica is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their own little dog

Ame Dyckman
BOY + BOT, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino  (picture book)
TEA PARTY RULES, illustrated by Keith Campbell

Bio: As a kid, Ame Dyckman always had her nose in a book.  (And usually, Band-Aids on her knees from running into stuff.)  Not much has changed now that she's a grown-up. But now, sometimes, Ame will put a book down long enough to write one of her own and she has a new project to announce soon!
Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets (including a demanding-but-adorable squirrel), book collection, and a big box of Band-Aids.  You can visit Ame at amedyckman.com

Dianne Salerni
WE HEAR THE DEAD (YA)

Bio: Dianne K. Salerni is an elementary school teacher, author, and online book reviewer.  She has previously published educational materials for teachers, as well as short stories.  We Hear the Dead is her first full-length novel.  With her husband and her two daughters, Salerni lives in Pennsylvania, where she is at work on her next novel. 

Anyone out there who knows teachers in the Tri-State area, please let them know of this wonderful event. THANK YOU!

* EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAYS run from April 14th - 22nd at ALL Barnes & Noble stores.