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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Marley Dias (@iammarleydias) made headlines as a sixth grader when she initiated the #1000BlackGirlBooks project to collect and donate 1,000 titles that featured black girls as the central character. Marley's drive has since yielded more than 9,000. Her first book, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, was published by Scholastic the same month she turned 13.

Marley Dias

Lunch Keynote

Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) is a fifth-grade teacher and cofounder of the online community Nerdy Book Club and its conference offshoot, Nerd Camp, as well as two popular monthly Twitter chats (#Titletalk and #SharpSchu) and The Yarn, a podcast about bookmaking and the creative process. Colby's first book, The Creativity Project, is due from Little, Brown in Spring 2018.

Colby Sharp

Closing Keynote

Kwame Alexander (@kwamealexander) is a poet, educator, and the New York Times best-selling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include the picture books Animal Ark and Out of Wonder and the novels Solo and Booked. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch; the director of the LEAP for Ghana initiative; and the founding editor of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

Kwame Alexander

Please note: Presenters, dates, times, and topics are subject to change.