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Jess Keating

Author, Illustrator & Zoologist

Ontario, Canada
Jess Keating

As a zoologist, author, and illustrator, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and victim to the dreaded papercut. Her books blend science, humor, creativity, and curiosity, and include the acclaimed My Life is a Zoo middle grade trilogy, the picture book biography, Shark Lady, and the award-winning World of Weird Animals series, which launched with Pink is for Blobfish. Her new middle grade series, Elements of Genius releases in July 2019, starting with Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray. Her next nonfiction picture books, Ask Me Anything with Dr. Sugarpaws and Ocean Speaks both release in 2020. You can find her on Twitter @Jess_Keating, Instagram @JessKeatingBooks or on her website, where she shares free videos, art, other resources to spark curiosity and creativity. [More...]

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Mr. Schu

Ambassador of School Libraries

Scholastic Book Fairs
Mr. Schu

John Schu (AKA Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. Every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian! In fact, Library Journal named him "The Xtreme Librarian" for the high level of exertion — along with some gears and stunts — he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian. John served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named the title Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." John is one of the contributors to The Creativity Project: An Awesomeatastic Story Collection and blogs daily at He also co-edits the Reader Leader blog. Find him on Twitter - @MrSchuReads [More...]

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Conference schedule

Saturday, February 1

7:30 a.m. Registration begins

8:30 a.m. Welcome - Mike Oliver

Keynote Speaker- John Schu

10 a.m.  Breakout session 1

11 a.m.  Breakout session 2

Noon Lunch and Scholastic Book Fair

1 p.m.  Breakout Session 3

2 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Jess Keating

3 p.m. Professional Development Certificates Distributed

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