North Texas Teen Book Festival 2018

This post is a little late but I loved this day so much that I still want to share it with y’all! I had the opportunity to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival – Educator Day this year in April.

I usually attend the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin but I had a baby a few weeks before it this year so I was happy to get invited to the North Texas one! And while I like the setting at St. Edward’s in Austin for the Texas one better, I really liked the author lineup they had at this one.

And I was lucky enough to get to attend the author luncheon. I sat at a table next to authors such as Morgan Matson, Roshani Chokshi, and Holly Black! I was awestruck the entire time. I barely ate any of the $50 lunch I paid for. During the luncheon Leigh Bardugo, Dhonielle Clayton, Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh spoke about diverse books in YA and middle grade.

I got to meet Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh, Roshani Chokshi, Dhonielle Clayton, and Holly Black personally. It was such a neat experience. I forgot my Aru Shah and the End of Time book in the car but I stopped Roshani Chockshi while she was talking to some people and asked to take a picture with her because we were currently reading that novel in our book club at school and I knew the kids would think that was cool! They loved it. I sent the picture out to them on Remind and they were so excited. She is so sweet and humble. I loved all of them!

I definitely plan on going back next year. I got to connect with some librarians and English teachers across North Texas and hear some really cool panels about diverse books and needing broader representation for people of different cultures and for there to be more books written with LBGTQ representation. I also enjoyed all of the world building and setting panels. Those always fascinate me!

The books pictured above were the books that were given to me and the ones I got signed. I came home with a nice little stack. I fully plan on attending this even next year too, along with the one in Austin. I can’t wait!

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