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LITapalooza 2023

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LITapalooza 2023

LITapalooza: A Literacy Love Fest for Educators & Authors, is coming to Naperville, Illinois June 20-21, right before the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago! We are bringing K-8 educators & #kidlit creators together for a day-and-a half of community, learning, and celebration of all things literacy! 

Registration is $30 per person. Educators, you'll be given $15 of your ticket purchase back in a coupon for books & merchandise purchase at the event!

Guess Who's Coming to LITapalooza!

Keynote Speaker: Jerry Craft
Gordon Korman, Raúl the Third, Kazu Kibuishi, Kwame Mbalia, Rajani LaRocca, Aisha Saeed, Huda Al-Marashi, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, S.K. Ali, Vashti Harrison, Derrick Barnes, Juno Dawson, Andrea Beaty, Matthew Cordell, Jarrett Lerner, Lauren Tarshis, Jasmine Warga, Sayantani DasGupta, Laurel Snyder, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Stephen Shaskan, Trisha Speed Shaskan, Shelley Johannes, Ann Braden, Barb Rosenstock, Katherine Roy, Kate Hannigan, Elly Swartz, Lisa Katzenberger, Cori Doerrfeld, Ashley Belote, Ruth Spiro, Jessica Lanan, Sarah Aronson, Janae Marks, Scott Reintgen, Lorien Lawrence, John Schu, Shirin Shamsi, Kristi Wientge, Kim Long, Jana Tropper, Alex Willan, Alan Katz, Erin Soderberg Downing, Lauren Magaziner, Michael Leali, Mary Winn Heider, Dave Scheidt, Julian Randall, Jean Reidy, Lindsay Currie, and Raj Haldar!

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DAY 1 SCHEDULE - Tuesday, June 20, 2023

7:30am - Register, t-shirt preorder pick up, shop the bookshop
8:30am - Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
9:45am - Session 1 panels
10:30am - Break, shop, transition
11:00am - Session 2 panels
11:45am - Lunch: Food trucks on campus, or restaurants off campus
1:15pm - Session 3 panels
2:00pm - Last chance shopping
2:30pm - Author signing
3:30pm - Rest, recover, see you tomorrow!

DAY 2 SCHEDULE - Wednesday, June 21, 2023

7:30am - Check-in & shop
8:00am - Unconference board creation - bring your best literacy ideas to share with the community, join panels or roundtables in areas of your expertise, or simply come to listen and learn
9:00am - Session 1 panels
9:40am - Break, shop, transition
9:55am - Session 2 panels
10:35am - Break, shop, transition
10:50am - Session 3 panels
11:30am - Shop and final author signing
12:30pm - Group goodbye photo outside!


An important note about your tickets:

To expedite the check-in process, please have your ticket(s) with the QR code(s) pulled up on your phone or printed out when you come to the event. Please check your confirmation, open the PDF with the ticket/QR code and reprint if needed from the EventCombo website or app.

Please read these Event Policies carefully:

Anderson’s Bookshop reserves the right to change the format of this event to a virtual one at any time if it becomes necessary. Please be advised that Anderson’s Bookshop assumes no responsibility or liability for any personal injury or other loss you may incur as a result of your decision to attend an event, including the transmission of Covid-19 or related illnesses. We expect that for the protection of everyone, all applicable Covid-related protocols will be followed.  Failure to treat all participants with courtesy and respect may result in your expulsion from the event.

LITapalooza Policies

Anderson’s Bookshops, LITapalooza, and YA Midwest are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.  In order to ensure the safety and comfort of all attendees, participants, panelists, speakers, authors, publishers, volunteers and employees, we expect everyone to maintain an atmosphere of respect and the following standards of behavior:

Your experience should be a positive one regardless of race; sex; national origin; religion (or lack thereof); age; ethnicity; color; gender; gender identity and/or expression; neurodiversity; sexual orientation; marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; physical, mental, or sensory disability; national, social, or ethnic origin; pregnancy; family or parental status and/or genetic information (including family medical history); or technology choices.

By registering for this event, you are agreeing to refrain from engaging in inappropriate behavior and harassment of any kind throughout the course of this event.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to, or that reinforce social structures of dominations related to, any protected category above

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Sexual propositions or images

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Off-color, obscene, racial and/or culturally insensitive jokes, remarks, or gestures

  • Any other words or conduct of a sexual nature that makes the recipient or observer uncomfortable

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Unwelcome photography or recording

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Please note that any participants who engage in inappropriate behavior or harassment of any kind will be immediately removed.  If you are being harassed, observe someone else being harassed, or have concerns about potential violations of this policy, please notify the event organizers immediately and all appropriate actions will be taken.


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