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 Virtual Literacy Events Connect Authors and Teachers

Free virtual literacy events coordinated through the San Diego County Office of Education will connect young readers and teachers with authors throughout the fall. 

First up is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, and Julia Torres, a teacher librarian in Denver Public Schools and The Educator Collaborative book ambassador, who will participate in SDCOE's first Literacy Leader series webinar from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. 

SDCOE is also partnering with the Barnes & Noble Innovation program for an Author Talk series. This week will feature author Max Brallier, whose recent novel in the Last Kids on Earth series is The Last Kids on Earth and the Doomsday Race. Brallier will be speaking from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 17 so students can join with their teacher. 

Brailler’s series appeals to readers who love action and adventure and have dreamed of starring in their own comic book or video game. For individuals who cannot attend the live webinar, the recording will be available for one month following the event.

You can also catch up with author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham who created a graphic novel titled Friends Forever. The book is geared toward middle school students and explores social and emotional learning themes such as the importance of kindness, dealing with depression, and learning to love yourself exactly as you are. It is the third title in the Real Friends graphic memoir series, but can also be read as its own story. 

Through SDCOE's partnership with Barnes & Noble, Hale and Pham spoke with SDCOE’s Librarian of Record Jonathan Hunt about the book and Pham also held a drawing demonstration. You can watch the recording on YouTube through the month of September. 

The Author Talk series continues next month with author Victoria Kann, creator of the Pinkalicious and Peterrific books on Oct. 1. 

Next up in the Literacy Leaders series is author Torrey Maldonado, of Secret Saturdays, and teacher and author Pernille Ripp on Oct. 14. Creator of The Adventures of Library Girl blog Jennifer LaGarde will speak on Oct. 26. 

For the full fall series of free virtual events, visit the SDCOE Library Media Services professional development webpage for details and to register to attend.