Program Description


Reading On The Veranda

In this lively one-day seminar, Kathleen Odean will introduce you to the very best recently published books for young adults in grades six through twelve. She will also share practical strategies, activities and tips for promoting the books and integrating them into your program.

In addition to great fiction titles, this seminar will introduce top-notch informational books, with a special emphasis in the handbook on nonfiction that meets Common Core criteria. Today’s YA nonfiction is the best ever: lively, well-researched narratives and expository writing with great visual elements. These excellent nonfiction books work well in the curriculum and for independent reading.

An Enjoyable Day All About Books

Spend an enjoyable, valuable day celebrating the best new books for grades six through twelve. Preview outstanding new titles and hear about ways to add them to your program and promote them to teens. Examine many of the books themselves, which will be on display. Learn about activities, strategies, display ideas, and websites to motivate teens to read these and other books. Chat briefly with fellow educators about their ideas and experiences. Take home a highly practical handbook to share with teenagers and your fellow teachers and librarians. Steep yourself in the most exciting area of book publishing today: the novels, nonfiction, and poetry aimed at teens.

Seminar Highlights

  • The top new recently published young adult books
  • Outstanding nonfiction including history, science, and more
  • The best new biographies for classroom use and independent reading
  • The newest poetry collections aimed at teenagers
  • New titles in favorite genres of fantasy, humor, mystery, and romance
  • Innovative formats like verse novels and multiple narrators

Practical Resources and Activities

  • Useful websites that tie in with the best new books
  • An array of activities to promote books to teens
  • Recommended books and strategies to reach reluctant readers
  • Catchy display strategies to attract teens’ attention
  • Short periods of time to share stimulating ideas with colleagues
  • Most of the seminar’s new books on display for you to see

100-Page Handbook of Booklists & Resources

  • Many fiction booklists to share with colleagues and students
  • Extensive nonfiction booklists & resources across the curriculum
  • Carefully chosen websites to make your work easier
  • The latest award-winning books and resources about them
  • Resources for keeping up with graphic novels
  • Links for finding books published for adults to use with teens