Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Because You Asked...Authors from the 2017 TLA Conference

How many can you name?

1. The Princess and the Warrior author

2. Author of The Dot and other books for children about creativity

3. Recent winner of the Newbery

4. Adult mystery writer

5. Winner of this year's Caldecott

6. Dinosaur vs. Bedtime author

7. Author and illustrator of children's nonfiction

8. Author of Newbery Honor book Afternoon of the Elves

9. Chrysanthemum author

10. YA speculative fiction author

11. Author of stories about Gandhi's grandson

12. Children's author and racial equality activist

13. Our current children's book ambassador

14. Hank the Cowdog author

15. YA mystery author

16. Author of the Princess in Black series

17. Author of over 45 books for kids

18. Illustrator and author of the Lola Levine series

19. Cartoonist and author of the wildly popular Hazardous Tales series

20. Poet, storyteller, children's author

21. Longtime edgy YA author

22. Mexican-born author of YA fiction

23. Author of the Mother Bruce series

24. Adult author of many books

25. Children's picture book author who lives in Austin

26. Children's and YA author including N.E.R.D.S.

27. Middle grade series author

28. To All the Boys I've Loved Before author

29. YA author from Jamaica

30. Author of YA historical fiction 

31. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind author

32. Author of middle grade books in verse

33. Children's picture book author and illustrator (who is, actually, not from Texas)

Answers: 1. Duncan Tonatiuh  2. Peter Reynolds  3. Kwame Alexander
4. Sara Paretsky  5. Javaka Steptoe  6. Bob Shea
7. Melissa Sweet  8. Janet Taylor Lisle  9. Kevin Henkes
10. Emily Henry  11. Bethany Hegedus  12. Don Tate
13. Gene Luen Yang  14. John R. Erickson  15. Sheryl Scarborough
16. Shannon Hale  17. Linda Joy Singleton  18. Angela Dominguez and Monica Brown
19. Nathan Hale  20. Janice N. Harrington  21. Gordon Korman
22. Adi Alsaid  23. Ryan T. Higgins  24. Greg Iles
25. Chris Barton  26. Michael Buckley  27. Margaret Peterson Haddix
28. Jenny Han  29. Nicola Yoon  30. Ruta Sepetys
31. Bryan Mealer  32. K.A. Holt  33. Jon Agee

How many did you get?

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  1. So much creative people in one room :-)

    1. One of the reasons I love to go to book conferences.

  2. How fun!! I recognized Sara Paretsky and Greg Iles right away. Would love to meet both of them sometime!!

  3. Wonderful impressions and fantastic portraits of the author. So beautiful !
    Best, Synnöve

  4. Wow! It's so fun to meet authors!

  5. Stumped me on all of them but noting like a mass book signing

  6. Such fun, I think I recognized about seven from their photo. Would love to go to a conference that Jonathan Stroud is at.

  7. So much fun to meet authors and get your books signed.

  8. I got none from the photos and only a few from the description. Very sad. But what a great group of authors!

  9. Super photographs and a super post. Unfortunately I don't recognize any of them, but it looks like everyone had a great time.

  10. How neat to have seen and met all these authors!

  11. Wow, that looks amazing, such a variety of talent! I know that you would have loved meeting them all. I got 6 from photo/description (not counting the ones that had their name on the sign..). There is a teeny error in your answer for #5. Jean-Michel Basquiat was an artist who died in the 80s, and is actually the subject of the book, not the author.

    1. Eek. Of course you are right. I will correct that right now.

  12. A total of ONE! My sixth graders loved Hank the Cowdog before sixth graders became the jaded creatures they sometimes are today. I would love to meet any of these authors, but Hank's "Daddy" looks like he could spin me a tale or two!

    1. It's crazy fun to hear John R. Erickson speak if you have heard the Hank the Cowdog audios!

  13. I got about five and knew another half dozen, just couldn't remember their names. I'm so glad you included an answer key! What a blast that must have been. The Oregon CTE conference is lucky to have one "big-name" author and a handful of local authors.


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