TINT's Author and Illustrator Speaker Series 33

Join us as nationally recognized authors and illustrators of popular children’s books will join us LIVE via Zoom to share ways to use their books to motivate children in the literacy-rich classroom. For the 33rd year, featured speakers will bring their unique insights into the writing, illustrating and publishing process as well as a personal look into their backgrounds. This series offers educators engaging conversations about the world of publishing, insights for learning about the speakers' private and personal life and books and teaching strategies for using this material in the classroom.

Designed for K-8 teachers and media specialists.

All meetings will be held over Zoom.

Dates: Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Apr 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, 2023

Time: 6-7:30pm PST


3 Graduate Quarter Credits (60 PDUs): $540 TINT Tuition +$165 SPU

Non-Credit (30 PDUs): $540 TINT Tuition

Please note: Even if you have attended before you can take this class and earn credits again.


Gordon Korman is a Canadian American author. Korman has written 100 children's and young adult fiction books. Korman's books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide over a career spanning four decades and have appeared at number one on The New York Times Best Seller List. His books include Restart, The Fort, the Swindle series, Linked, Unplugged, The Unteachables, the Masterminds series, and Slacker. Gordon now lives in New York. (Speaking Feb 7) gordonkorman.com

Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of over forty children's and young adult books, including graphic novel memoirs Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever, and multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. She co-writes books with her husband Dean Hale, like the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and best-selling illustrated chapter book series The Princess in Black. They live near Salt Lake City, Utah. (Speaking Feb 21) shannonhale.com

Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020); the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Jerry was born in Harlem and currently lives in Connecticut. (Speaking March 7) Jerrycraft.com

Zetta Elliott was born in Canada, and earned her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Dragons in a Bag, a middle grade fantasy novel and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) named it a Notable Children’s Book. Its sequel, The Dragon Thief, was named a Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 by CBC Books. Zetta lives in Philadelphia. (Speaking April 4) www.zettaelliott.com

Stuart Gibbs is the author of five bestselling middle grade series: Spy School, FunJungle, Charlie Thorne, Moon Base Alpha and The Last Musketeer. He also writes for TV and film. He has won the Edgar award for best juvenile mystery book twice. Stuart lives in Los Angeles, CA. (Speaking April 18) Stuartgibbs.com

Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author author/ illustrator of over one hundred titles which include The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend which won the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2015. Other titles include, Are We There Yet? and After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California. (Speaking May 2)


Doreen Cronin is the author of many New York Times bestselling picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Bloom; and as well as The Chicken Squad series as well as Diary of Worm, Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. (Speaking May 16) DoreenCronin.com

Student Testimonials from 2022 Series 32:

Thank you again for all the work you put in to make this class so meaningful, positive and inspiring. I truly enjoyed each session and l look forward to taking the Author's class again in the future.

I’m so glad that my coworker introduced me to this class. It is absolutely amazing and I love it! I will be sure to pass the word on to other teachers.

Thank you so much for all that you do to make this class so inspiring and meaningful. I look forward to every class and really don’t want it end.

Thank you SO much for this AMAZING opportunity! I have enjoyed every presentation and have learned so much! I am inspired and motivated, things I had not felt in a while with the pandemic. I was humbled by every author who praised teachers! Sometimes we forget the impact we have on the lives of our students and they reminded me of it. I could be the teacher who inspires the next Grace Lin or Matt de la Pena! Thank you again, and I hope to take next year’s.

Thank you so much for another wonderful Author's Class! I really looked forward to the presentations and appreciate the thought-provoking, meaningful assignments.

Thank you so much for another wonderful class. I appreciate all that you do to organize, plan, and make this happen!

Thank you for another great series of authors. I really appreciated the wide diversity of authors that you brought in this year.

While this course is far from over, I’ve love every minute of it. Thanks so much for the opportunity, this experience has been such a motivator for me.

I am so appreciative of your inclusion and diversity this year for the class. I got to see my hero of a write, Kate DiCamillo, but also be inspired by Matt de La Pena whose I knew about as well and Rene Watson. Thank you for putting together this group of amazing writers for us this term.

I really enjoyed the class and will definitely be attending next year.

This was my first time taking the class and I have enjoyed it very much! I look forward to seeing you again in the next class.

Thank you so much for putting together this slate of speakers. It was a lot of fun, and very enlightening!

It was an EPIC lineup of authors. Thank you so much!

Thank you for a WONDERFUL class. The authors were inspiring and the class was so well organized. I learned a great deal in this course.

Thank you for making it possible for us to interact with some amazing authors!

Student Testimonials from 2021 Series 31:

I have loved this series so much and thank you both for coordinating all these amazing people to come and share their life stories and work! I will definitely look to join again next year!

Thank you again for such a fun, inspiring experience! It went far beyond my expectations and impacted me as an educator and a human in ways I did not expect :).

It's been a great class. I marvel over the noteworthy, engaging authors you round up.

As usual, it's been an absolute delight to take the class! You guys are the best!

I have been reading books presented through this lecture series with my second grade students. We have all been loving the stories. So glad this class was offered online.

I’ve really enjoyed this class and will definitely be signing up for more. I also appreciate being able to access the class online with Zoom. Since I’m out of the area, I wouldn’t have been able to participate in person, so thank you. I’ve enjoyed listening to the various authors.

I have been hoping to take this class for a very long time, but haven't because I could not get to the Portland area in the evenings. I was thrilled that my school supported me to be able to take this class. It has been very inspiring and has reignited some creative sparks in my teaching.

Thank you so much for such an enjoyable experience meeting all of the wonderful authors!

This online lecture series was fabulous. This year, teaching has been so hard. This author series has rejuvenated my desire to continue teaching using some wonderful new books.

Previous Author Class Presenters:

Tomie DePaola

Gary Paulsen

David Shannon

Mo Willems

Marc Brown

Steven Kellogg, Jr

Ed Emberley

Bill Martin Jr.

Laura Numeroff

Patricia Polacco

Jacqueline Woodson


Lois Lowry

Jeanne DuPrau

Kate DiCamillo

Peter Reynolds

Jane Yolen

Mem Fox

Linda Sue Park

Jack Gantos

Kwame Alexander

Todd Parr

Raina Telgemeier

Dan Gutman

Minh Le

Dan Santat

Jerry Pinkney

Brian Pinkney

Katherine Paterson

Vera Brosgol

Lauren Tarshis

Jerry Pallotta

Renee Watson

Grace Linn

Matt de La Pena

Julia Cook

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Andrew Clements

Sharon Draper

Sharon Creech

Renee Watson

Grace Linn

Matt de La Pena

Julia Cook

Megan McDonald

David Wiesner

Jerry Spinelli

Eric Kimmel

Gail Carson Levine

Heather Vogel Fredrick

Graham Salisbury

David Small

Gail Gibbons

Grace Linn

Matt de La Pena

Julia Cook

Gail Gibbons

Marla Frazee

Eve Bunting

Jean Craighead George

Kate DiCamillo

Grace Linn

Matt de le Pena

Vera Brosgol

Renee Watson

Julia Cook

Jerry Pollotta