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TINT's Author and Illustrator

Speaker Series: 33

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Info about last year's class which started January 2021:

TINT's Author and Illustrator Speaker Series: 32

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 32nd 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: Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, Apr 5, April 19, May 3, 2022

Time: 6-7:30pm PST


3 Graduate Quarter Credits (60 PDUs): $525 TINT Tuition +$165 SPU

Non-Credit (30 PDUs): $525 TINT Tuition

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


Kate DiCamillo is a writer of children's fiction for all reading levels, usually featuring animals. She is one of six people to win two Newbery Medals, recognizing her novels The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and Flora & Ulysses (2013). Her best-known books for young children are the Mercy Watson series. In 2012, Because of Winn-Dixie was ranked number 30 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal. (Speaking Jan 25) katedicamillostoriesconnectus.com

Grace Lin was born to Taiwanese immigrants in New Hartford, New York. She and her sisters were the only Asian students at their elementary school. After graduating from RISD, Lin pursued her dream of being a children’s book author and illustrator. Lin has published over 25 books, (many of which she illustrated herself) including the 2019 Caldecott Medal Honor Book: A Big Mooncake for Little Star; 2010 Newbery Honor Book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, OBOB book: When the Sea Turned to Silver and The Year of the Dog. Lin resides in Somerville, Massachusetts with her family.

(Speaking Feb 8) gracelin.com

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and six picture books (including Milo Imagines the World and Last Stop on Market Street which won the 2016 Newbery Medal). He currently resides in Southern California.

(Speaking Mar 8) mattdelapena.com

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1989. She is the author of the 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book Leave Me Alone!, as well as the graphic novel Anya’s Ghost and Be Prepared. She has storyboarded for Laika on their feature films and lives in Portland, Oregon.

(Speaking Feb 22) verabee.com

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and community activist. She is best known for her young adult novel Piecing Me Together, for which she received the John Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Watson's first picture book A Place Where Hurricanes Happen was inspired by her work with students who had experienced Hurricane Katrina. She also writes the Ryan Hart middle grade series. Her book Some Places More Than Others is a current 2022 OBOB book! Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

(Speaking April 5) reneewatson.net

Jerry Pallotta has written over 90 books that include 20 alphabet books, 20 math books, and over 25 books in his newest series: Who Would Win? that shows what would happen if animals faced off in the wild. Icky Bug Alphabet Book, has sold more than 1 million copies. Pallotta has four children, and 31 nieces and nephews. He lives in Massachusetts. (Speaking April 19) jerrypallotta.com

Julia Cook has millions of books in print. She is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into a national award-winning children’s author, parenting expert, and inspirational speaker. She now travels the world encouraging students and educators to become lifelong problem solvers. Bestselling titles include: My Mouth is a Volcano! (interrupting), Bubble Gum Brain (growth mindset), A Flicker of Hope (depression and youth suicide), and Uniquely Wired (autism). Julia lives in Fremont, Nebraska.

(Speaking May 3) juliacookonline.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