Opening KeynoteChristina Soontornvat, Author
Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of over a dozen books for children of all ages. Her picture books include The Ramble Shamble Children, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, and Simon at the Art Museum, illustrated by Christine Davenier. She is the author of the beloved Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series. Her recent works include the middle-grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, which was named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book, and was chosen as Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, which has received numerous nonfiction awards and was also named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book.
Closing KeynoteColby Sharp, Author
Colby Sharp is a fifth-grade teacher who finds tremendous joy in helping kids find the books that help them fall in love with reading. Colby Sharp has been a classroom teacher since 2006. In 2011 he started the Nerdy Book Club blog with friend Donalyn Miller. Colby co-hosts The Yarn podcast with Teacher Librarian Travis Jonker and also serves on the Nerd Camp Michigan team. Nerd Camp is a free literacy event that takes place in Parma, Michigan each summer.
Colby Sharp lives in Parma, Michigan with his wife have and their five children.