Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers 2019

June 17 - 20, 2019


Gain understanding of the unique needs of books for children who are beginning to read independently.

Do you remember the first time you read a book all by yourself? Was it The Cat in the Hat or Frog and Toad? Do you pause in front of library shelves featuring Mercy Watson and Ivy & Bean? Do you want to bring joy and confidence to readers who are picking up a book on their own for the very first time? If so, this workshop is for you.

In between the read-aloud world of picture books and the more challenging realm of chapter books lies an exciting spectrum of fiction and nonfiction for beginning readers. These early readers and first chapter books spark a love of independent reading and build confidence in brand-new readers.


Laurie Calkhoven

Special Guest Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for young readers ranging from award-winning nonfiction early…
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Wiley Blevins

Wiley has worked in publishing for almost 30 years. He has written several early readers, such as Max Has a…
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Debbi Michiko Florence

Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices…
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Katie Carella

Special Guest Katie Carella, Executive Editor, oversees Scholastic’s Acorn early reader line and Branches early chapter book line. Her career…
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Tracey West

Special Guest Tracey West has written more than 300 books for children, including the bestselling Dragon Masters series for Scholastic…
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Tamar Mays

Special SKYPE Guest Tamar Mays joined HarperCollins in 2005 to run Harper’s renowned I Can Read program. Previously she was…
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Siobhan Ciminera

Special SKYPE Guest Siobhan Ciminera has spent her career in children’s editorial and is currently the Editorial Director for Simon…
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Lisa Rao

Special SKYPE Guest Lisa Rao has worked in children’s publishing for over 20 years. She is currently a senior editor…
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All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport.

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workshop information

Begins on Monday, June 17 with dinner, and ends on Thursday, June 20, with lunch.