Conference Details

Keynote Speakers

  • Kathi Appelt picture

    Kathi Appelt


    Kathi Appelt’s books have won numerous national and state awards, including Children’s Choice Award, Teacher’s Choice Award, the Oppenheimer Gold Award, Parent’s Choice Award, Best Books for Young Adults, and a host of others. Her first novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award Finalist and a Newbery Honor Book.  She is married to Ken, a musician and all around nice guy. Together they have two grown sons, Jacob and Cooper. Both of them are musicians too. They also share their home with six cats: Jazz, Hoss, D’jango, Peach, Mingus and Chica. Kathi Appelt serves as a faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.


  • Linda Sue Park picture

    Linda Sue Park


    Linda Sue Park is the daughter of Korean immigrants, and was born in Chicago. She is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets.


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    Gary Schmidt


    Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He lives with his family on a 150-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.


  • Will Terry

    Will Terry


    Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 23 years. He was horrible at math, English, and science...luckily he found art. After finishing his BFA project at BYU he began working for magazines and newspapers not far from where he grew up in Washington D.C. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, Wall Street Journal and ads for Sprint, Pizza Hut, M&M Mars, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children's books for Random House, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Penguin, Klutz, and Albert Whitman. He has created several indie ebooks that have sold tens of thousands of copies and has started a story app series with Rick Walton beginning with Gary's Place. He also co-owns - online illustration classes for children's book illustrators selling in over 100 countries. 




  • Utah Valley University School of Education
  • Utah Valley University Bookstore
  • Utah Valley University Library
  • Utah Valley University University College
  • Dennis and Joan Norton Family Foundation
  • Scholastic Corporation