TLA 2021

We miss you, Texas librarians! While we can’t be with you in person, we are thrilled to be able to bring authors and resources to you virtually. Check out our author schedule and author read-alouds below, and be sure to visit our booth!

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Author Programs

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NCTE 2020

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Attend the Trevor Noah Keynote!

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Discover Teaching Tools and Free Materials

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Book Buzz! Find Classroom Library Favorites for the Virtual World

NCTE 2020 RHCB Classroom Library Giveaway


IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the NCTE 2020 RHCB Classroom Library Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”), presented by Penguin Random House LLC (“Sponsor”). By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules.  These Official Rules shall govern in the event of any inconsistency with other Sweepstakes-related materials.


ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to elementary school, middle school, and high school educators currently teaching at an accredited school, who are residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

ENTRY PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins at 8:00 AM (Eastern Time) on November 18, 2020, and ends at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on November 23, 2020.

HOW TO ENTER:  Online entry only. Enter by completing and submitting the entry form as instructed at

In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address used for entry. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of automated devices will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by entrants; lost or late entries or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic, technical malfunctions of any computer hardware, software, or any combinations thereof; or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to entrants’ systems. Incomplete or illegible entries will be voided. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.

PRIVACY POLICY: All information submitted in connection with entry to this Sweepstakes shall be governed by Sponsor’s privacy policy (at By entering this Sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy.


One (1) Elementary School Teacher will receive three books of Sponsor’s choosing to share with their classroom (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $42.00)

One (1) Middle School Teacher will receive three books of Sponsor’s choosing to share with their classroom (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $32.00)

One (1) High School Teacher will receive three books of Sponsor’s choosing to share with their classroom (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $45.00)

No transfer or cash or other substitution of all or part of a prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prize or prize component with another of comparable or greater value. Any and all taxes on the prize will be the responsibility of the winners. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any delays, damage in the delivery of the prize, and/or loss of any prize in connection with delivery of the prize via mail.  In the event that there is an insufficient number of eligible entries, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.

WINNER SELECTION:  One (1) Elementary School Teacher, One (1) Middle School Teacher, and One (1) High School Teacher will be selected in a random drawing on or about November 24, 2020 from all eligible entries received by the entry deadline. The odds of winning depend on how many eligible entries have been received. Winners will be notified via email and must respond to email notification within ten (10) days of receipt. Winners may also be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. Noncompliance with these conditions may result in forfeiture of the Prize, and Sponsor reserves the right to select alternate winners (in random drawing from other eligible entries received before the deadline) in such circumstance. If winner notification of the Prize is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select an alternate winner.

DISCLAIMERS:  By competing in this Sweepstakes and/or accepting the prize, entrants agree that Sponsor, and its respective parent companies, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and all of their respective employees, officers and directors will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by entrants for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prizes, or participation in this Sweepstakes. By accepting a prize, each Winner consents to the use of his/her name for publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of Sponsor with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law).

Any dispute arising from this Sweepstakes will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNERS LIST:  For a list of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by May 24, 2020 to Natalie Capogrossi, Random House Children’s Books, Attn: NCTE 2020 RHCB Classroom Library Giveaway, 1745 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10019

SPONSOR:  Random House Children’s Books a division of Penguin Random House LLC,  1745 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10019

SLJ Fall Day of Dialog 2020

Visit Random House Children's Books on October 15!

Join us in the Random House Children’s Books booth to discover books, download resources, request digital ARCs, and hear from our authors. We can’t wait to connect and answer your questions!

Register for SLJ Day of Dialog!

Request digital ARCs!

Featured Picture Books

Featured Middle Grade

Featured Young Adult

Hear from our authors!

David Levithan

In the Midst of It All Panel

10:05 AM EDT

Zetta Elliott

In Between Reads Panel

3:40 PM EDT

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Vanessa Brantley-Newton Booth Chat

11:00 AM EDT

Jennifer L. Holm

Jennifer L. Holm Booth Chat

12:40 PM EDT

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SLJTeen Live! 2020

Welcome to the Random House Teen Library!

Join us in the Random House Children’s Books booth to discover books, download resources, request digital ARCs, and hear from our authors!

Register for SLJTeen Live! Our Voice, Our Time

Discover these and many more titles in our booth!

Be inspired by our authors!

Acting Up Panel 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST

Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with over twenty years of experience. She is the author of two adult nonfiction books, as well as a young adult novel. She lives in Milwaukee with her family. Visit her at and follow @lizawiemer on Twitter and @lizamwiemer on Instagram.

Closing Keynote Conversation 4:00-5:00 PM EST

Kim Johnson

KIM JOHNSON held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She's now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. This Is My America was her debut novel. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim lives her best life in Oregon with her husband and two kids. Find her at KCJOHNSONWRITES.COM and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kcjohnsonwrites.

Nic Stone

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. You can find her on her website:

E. Lockhart Booth Chat 10:50-11:05 AM EST

E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars and the upcoming Genuine Fraud, a psychological thriller. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. She also wrote How to Be Bad with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @elockhart.

Candace Fleming Booth Chat 12:00-12:30 PM EST

 Why did I write Clever Jack Takes the Cake? Mostly for fun, but also because I wanted to try my hand at writing a fairy tale. I do that a lot as a writer—challenge myself to try new things—and tackling a fairy tale was definitely a new thing. So how to begin? 

I knew I wanted my story to have a classical feel, incorporating such wonderfully delicious fairy-tale elements as four-and-twenty blackbirds, enchanted forests, and hairy trolls. On the other hand, I wanted it to be totally original, a story like no other. I began writing, and within a few weeks had a tale. But let me tell you a curious truth about writers—they are the stories they write, the fictions they spin. And when I read back what I had written, I realized I had created a fairy tale about . . . me. Weird, but true! The story is filled with my favorite things—journeys and birthdays and cake. The princess, taking after my son Scott, is allergic to strawberries. And Jack? Just like me, he good-naturedly follows life’s road, gathering experiences he can spin into tales.

Spinning experiences into tales is what I did with The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, too. I visit lots of school, and there’s nothing I like better than talking with kids, watching them in the lunchroom or on the playground, reading their essays and stories, listening to them tell jokes. And all the while I’m doing these things, I’m thinking about how I can use them in a book. Let me give you an example. A few years ago, I was visiting a school in Tennessee when a fifth-grade boy came up to me and said, “Look what I can do.” He stuck out his tongue, crossed his eyes and wiggled his ears – first the left one, and then the right one. I was impressed—but I hadn’t seen anything yet! Within seconds, the rest of the fifth graders surround me. Everyone, it seemed, had some special body trick to show me—double-jointed fingers and toes, eyelids that folded, lips that could be pulled up over noses, knuckles that cracked to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” It was absurd and wonderful, and I knew I had to write about it. The result? Chapter five titled, “Hyper . . . Um . . . Hypermob . . . Um . . . Weird Body Tricks.”

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