What's New in Children's Books
In partnership with Lesley University

For a sense of the program, take a peek at last year's speakers:

  • Creating Picture Books: Searching, Discovering, Evolving, presentation by Caldecott winner Mordicai Gerstein
  • Tackling Social Issues in Children's Literature, presentation by Jo Knowles
  • Making History Come Alive: writing Nonfiction for Children, presentation by Winifred Conkling
  • The Wordless Book, presentation by Vita Murrow
  • Culture and Dual-Language in Graphic Novel Illustration, presentation by Raul the Third 
  • And, as always, the fan-favorite: Best New Books by Christian Porter of Park School and Terri Schmitz of Children’s Book Shop

Wondermore's high-quality, half-day conferences feature an amazing roster of children’s and young adult authors and illustrators.

These informal, fun mornings, entitled What’s New in Children’s Books, feature inspiring voices in the world of children’s books and are open to the public. We learn about great new books from expert selectors while connecting with speakers and  fellow participants over coffee, refreshments, and books signings. Many of our “What’s New?” authors and illustrators have also visited underserved Boston schools with Wondermore. Join us!

What Teachers and Librarians Are Saying about “What's New”?

“As always, Wondermore's programs reinforce my love and appreciation of children's literature and good conversation.”

“So many great new book ideas. True entertainment and inspiration to hear the speakers.”

“Where do I begin? Inspiring, informative, educational, enjoyable, a total high! Can't wait to read some of these new books--on my own and with my students.”

“The authors are varied and gave me lots of different ideas for lessons and materials, as well as great insight into the writing process.”

“All of the speakers were at the very top level. I learned so much and am so excited to read all the books mentioned!”

“This year's selection of speakers was excellent. All were strong on content and engaging. The variety was great, but the quality of presentations made the morning.”