In addition to the scheduled programs, hundreds of authors will sign books and greet librarians at booths in the exhibit hall. Below are some picks and highlights, organized by date and time. As appearances are subject to change, please refer to the official ALA event schedule for final details.
Friday, June 28
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Susan Verde, author and Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator. As a girl twirls through the halls of the art museum in The Museum (Abrams, booth 2005), she is energized to create and express herself.
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Marla Frazee, illustrator. God lives among us in this collection of illustrated poems God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant (Simon & Schuster, booth 2312).
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Erica Lorraine Scheidt. Uses for Boys (Macmillan, booth 2103) follows Anna, who finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer.
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Stephanie Kuehn. Charm & Strange (St. Martin’s Griffin, booth 2103) is a debut novel where Andrew must battle both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.
6– 6:30 p.m.: Dianne Dixon. In The Book of Someday (Sourcebooks, booth 2331), Livvi encounters the stranger from her dream.
6–7 p.m.: Carla Killough McClafferty. Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment (Carolrhoda, booth 1820) explores the evidence showing that football as it’s played today may be detrimental to brain health.
6–7 p.m. Andrea Beaty. In Rosie Revere, Engineer (Abrams, booth 2005), quiet Rosie is an inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer.
Saturday, June 29
9–10 a.m.: Elisabeth Dahl. Genie Wishes (Abrams, booth 2005) follows fifth-grader Genie Kunkle through a tumultuous year.
9–10 a.m.: Richard Kadrey. Kill City Blues (HarperCollins, booth 2308) is the latest installment in the Sandman Slim Series.
9:30–10:30 a.m.: Melissa Sweet. Little Red Writing (Chronicle, booth 2231) retells Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little red pencil navigates the many perils of writing a story.
9:30–10:30 a.m.: To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Scholastic (booth 2505) will give away signed limited-edition lithographs featuring all-new cover art by artist Kazu Kibuishi to the first 300 people.
10–10:30 a.m.: Liesl Shurtliff. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (Knopf, booth 2212). How one boy spun a bale of straw into a mountain of trouble.
10–11 a.m.: Molly McAdams. Taking Chances (HarperCollins, booth 2308). College freshman Harper falls in love with two boys.
10–11 a.m.: Shannon Stoker. The Registry (HarperCollins, booth 2308) introduces a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold and freedom is the ultimate crime.
10–11 a.m.: J. Lynn. Wait for You (HarperCollins, booth 2308). Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago.
10–11 a.m.: Bryce Moore. A debut YA novel, Vodník (Lee & Low, booth 2305) is a fantasy adventure based on Slovakian mythology.
10–11 a.m.: Cory Doctorow. Homeland (Tor, booth 2203). A paean to activism, courage, and the drive to make the world a better place.
10–11 a.m.: Eric Barclay. I Can See Just Fine (Abrams Appleseed, booth 2005) offers an upbeat take on getting eyeglasses for the first time.
10–11 a.m.: Will Hillenbrand. Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story (Holiday House, booth 2220) follows Bear and Mole’s kite flying adventures on a windy spring day.
10–11 a.m.: Elly MacKay. If You Hold a Seed (Running Press Kids, booth 2631) is a serendipitous story of a little boy who holds a seed and makes a wish before he plants it in the ground.
10–11 a.m.: Holly Black. Doll Bones (S&S/McElderry, booth 2312). A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure.
10:30–11 a.m.: Jessie Hartland. Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child (Random/Schwartz & Wade, booth 2212) A picture book, as energetic and eccentric as the chef herself.
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Pranas Naujokaitis. The Radically Awesome Adventures of the Animal Princess (Blue Apple, booth 2218). Though Queen Mom and King Dad sometimes force her to wear frilly dresses, Animal Princess prefers magical pajamas, quests, and epic battles.
11 a.m.–noon: PW's starred review of Raina Telgemeier's Drama (Scholastic, booth 2505), cites “manga-infused art” and a "generally cheerful and affirming story should be eagerly devoured by her many fans."
11 a.m.–noon: Larry Watson. Let Him Go (Milkweed/PGW, booth 2531). In 1951 in the modern West, a couple tries to retrieve their only grandson from the boy’s mother after she remarries.
11 a.m.–noon: Tom Lichtenheld and Sherri Duskey Rinker. Steam Train, Dream Train (Chronicle, booth 2231) is the bestselling duo’s new bedtime story for budding train enthusiasts.
11 a.m.–noon: Pierce Brown. Red Rising (Del Rey, booth 2112) is a science fiction debut where young protagonists fight a repressive government.
11:00 a.m.–noon: Chris Raschka. Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle (Random/Schwartz & Wade, booth 2212) is a can-do book from the two-time Caldecott Medalist.
11:30-12:15 p.m. Stephanie Evanovich. Big Girl Panties (Morrow, booth 2308) is a romantic debut comedy about a grieving widow who winds up getting her groove back.
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.: The Gecko. You’re Only Human: A Guide to Life (GEICO, booth 1034) offers the humble lizard’s observations about the things that make us human.
Noon–12:30 p.m.: Daniel Kraus. Scowler (Delacorte, booth 2212). Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?
Noon–1 p.m.: David Finch. Journal of Best Practices (S&S, booth 2312) is a memoir of marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and one man’s quest to be a better husband.
12:30–1 p.m.: James Kennedy. The Order of Odd-Fish (Random House Children’s, booth 2212). Equal parts Monty Python and Roald Dahl.
1–1:30 p.m.: Claire M. Caterer. Key & the Flame (S&S/McElderry, booth 2312). A gutsy girl unlocks a magical universe—and the danger that lies within.
1–2 p.m.: Melissa Sweet. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Knopf, booth 2212). A picture-book biography of African-American painter Horace Pippin.
1–2 p.m.: PW found Steve Sheinkin's Lincoln's Grave Robbers a "meticulous and tremendously suspenseful account" that reads like a "smartly cast fictional crime thriller." *Scholastic, booth 2505). Deborah Hopkinson (Titanic: Voices from the Disaster) will also be on hand.
1–2 p.m.: William Alexander. Ghoulish Song (S&S/McElderry, booth 2312). A brave girl flees a ghoul while trying to save her town in this companion to NBA winner Goblin Secrets.
1–2 p.m.: Tim Federle. Better Nate Than Ever (S&S, booth 2312). A smalltown boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical.
1–2 p.m.: Matthew Cordell. Like Bug Juice on a Burger (Abrams/Amulet, booth 2005). Being at camp is worse than bug juice on a burger.
1–2 p.m.: Dianne Ochiltree. It’s a Firefly Night (Blue Apple, booth 2218) chronicles a little girl’s capture and release of fireflies, with a page of interesting firefly facts.
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Stephen Kiernan. The Curiosity (HarperCollins, booth 2308) is a debut novel about a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, who wakes up in the present day.
2–3 p.m.: Tom Angleberger. Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling (Abrams, booth 2005) aims to inspire origami Yoda and Star Wars fans.
2–3 p.m.: Two Caldecott winners grace the Scholastic booth (2505): Brian Selznick, whose book, Wonderstruc, PW found cemented the author's reputation "as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today.” Also appearing, 2012 Caldecott winner Chris Raschka will sign When Lions Roar.
2–3 p.m.: Claire Alexander. Back to Front and Upside Down! (Eerdmans, booth 2427). Frustrated when he can’t make his letters come out right, Stan is afraid to ask for help.
2 –3 p.m.: Gina Bellisario. The Twelve Days of Christmas in Illinois (Sterling, booth 1909). From sparkling boats on Lake Michigan to giant roadside statues along Route 66, Illinois has it all.
2–3 p.m.: Mike Mullin. Ashfall and Ashen Winter (Tanglewood/PGW, booth 2531) are two postapocalyptic YA titles.
2–3 p.m.: Laurie Halse Anderson. Chains (S&S/Atheneum, booth 2312) is a National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award winner for Historical Fiction.
2–3 p.m.: Lois Ehlert, illustrator. Mice (S&S/Beach Lane, booth 2312). The lights are out—and so are the impish house mice—in this nighttime cat-and-mouse adventure.
2–3 p.m.: Tamora Pierce. The Protector of the Small Quartet (Random House Children’s, booth 2212) is the winner of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award.
2:30–3:30 p.m.: Jane Barthelemy. Paleo Desserts: 125 Delicious Everyday Favorites, Gluten- and Grain-Free (Da Capo, booth 2631) makes desserts friendly to the Paleolithic diet.
3–4 p.m.: Janet Halfmann. Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? (Blue Apple, booth 2218). Ten spreads reveal the animals that hatch out of many kinds of eggs.
3–4 p.m.: Audrey Niffenegger. Raven Girl (Abrams, booth 2005) is a dark fairy tale exploring the bounds of transformation and possibility.
3–4 p.m.: Carla Mooney. Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation (Nomad Press, booth 2031) introduces kids to the world of collecting and analyzing evidence.
3–4 p.m.: Cornelia Maude Spelman. When I Feel Worried (Albert Whitman, booth 2000) addresses and soothes a child’s anxieties.
3–4 p.m.: Sesame Street star Sonia Manzano’s The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano follows a girl who finds new pride in her Puerto Rican heritage (Scholastic booth 2505).
3–4 p.m.: Jeffrey Brown. Darth Vader & Son and Vader’s Little Princess (Chronicle Books, booth 2231) reimagine Darth Vader as a father like any other.
3–4 p.m.: Tamora Pierce. Alanna: The First Adventure (S&S, booth 2312) is the first in the Song of the Lioness quartet.
3–4 p.m.: Paul O. Zelinsky. Toys Come Home (Random/Schwartz & Wade, booth 2212) is a prequel to Toys Go Out, written by Emily Jenkins.
3–4 p.m.: Pete Hautman. Godless (S&S, booth 2312) is a National Book Award winner about the power of religion.
3:30–4:30 p.m.: Catherine McCord. Weelicious (HarperCollins, booth 2308) provides dozens of recipes and tips to get kids eating happily and healthily.
4–5 p.m.: Deborah Lee Rose. The Spelling Bee Before Recess (Abrams, booth 2005) focuses on the annual school spelling bee.
4–5 p.m.: Paul Rudnick’s Gorgeous, “a feel-good story about getting what you want without letting beauty blind you to what’s real,” earned a PW starred review (Scholastic booth 2505). Tamora Pierce (Battle Magic) will also be on hand to sign.
4–5 p.m.: Deborah Hopkinson. The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel (Knopf, booth 2212) is part medical mystery, part survival story, part Dickensian adventure.
Sunday, June 30
9–10 a.m.: Lisa Greenwald. My Summer of Pink & Green (Abrams, booth 2005). Lucy has won the grant that will save her family’s pharmacy—and now the work begins.
9–10 a.m.: Gareth Jones. Constable & Toop (Abrams, booth 2005) is a funny ghost story aimed at fans of Eva Ibbotson and Neil Gaiman.
9–10 a.m.: Peter H. Reynolds. SPF 40 (S&S, booth 2312). The second book in the collaboration between Peter Reynolds’s FableVision and Children’s Hospital Boston.
9:30–10 a.m.: Mark Pett. The Boy and the Airplane (S&S booth 2312). A wordless tale of an airplane stuck on a roof, a clever little boy, and a generous act.
10–10:30 a.m.: Dan Krall. The Great Lollipop Caper (S&S, booth 2312). One cranky caper is about to learn that being salty might be just as good as being sweet.
10–10:30 a.m.: Abby Stokes. Is This Thing On? Revised Edition: A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming (Workman, booth 2020) reassures seniors how to use computers.
10–11 a.m.: Aaron Reynolds, author, and Peter Brown, illustrator. Creepy Carrots (S&S, booth 2312). A rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
10–11 a.m.: Lauren Myracle. Infinite Moment of Us (Abrams/Amulet, booth 2005) looks at first love.
11–11:45 a.m.: A.G. Howard. Splintered/Unhinged (Abrams/Amulet, booth 2005). Alyssa has been down the rabbit hole, crowned Queen of the Red Court, and faced the bandersnatch; now she must graduate high school.
11 a.m.–noon: Kadir Nelson. I Have a Dream (Random/Schwartz & Wade, booth 2212) illustrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal speech.
11 a.m.–noon: Tim Federle. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Perseus, booth 2631) combines classic novels with delicious drink recipes.
11 a.m.–noon: Bryan Collier, illustrator. I, Too, Am America (S&S, booth 2312) blends the poetry of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations.
Noon–1 p.m.: Peter Lerangis. WTF (S&S, booth 2312). A young soldier must put his life back together when he returns home from Iraq with a head injury.
Noon–1 p.m.: Jonathan Maberry. Fire & Ash (S&S, booth 2312) concludes the zombie series as the threat of death is given new life.
Noon–1 p.m.: Derf Backderf. My Friend Dahmer (Abrams, booth 2005). A disturbed young man struggles against morbid urges.
Noon–1 p.m.: Amy Gail Hansen. The Butterfly Sister (HarperCollins, booth 2308) is a debut novel about a young woman who must deal with the ghosts of her past.
Noon–1 p.m.: Eric Rohmann. Oh, No! (Random/Schwartz & Wade, booth 2212) is a sly, playful readaloud.
1–2 p.m.: Monique Demery. Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam’s Madame Nhu (Perseus, booth 2631) investigates the truth behind one of the most memorable figures of the Vietnam War.
1–2 p.m.: Michelle Edwards. A Knitter’s Home Companion (Abrams, booth 2005) explores the ways knitting helps people cope with problems, and the role of knitting in family life.
1–2 p.m.: Hannah Moskowitz. Teeth (Simon Pulse, booth 2312). Fragile love finds a stronghold in the wake of the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002.
1–2 p.m.: Ellen Hopkins. Smoke (S&S/McElderry, booth 2312) is the companion to Burned, the bestselling novel-in-verse.
1–2 p.m.: Mary Alice Monroe. The Summer Girls (S&S, booth 2312) reunites three sisters after years of separation in the first novel in a new trilogy.
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Brandon Mull (Scholastic booth 2505) charts a new course with Spirit Animals, a seven-book, middle-grade fantasy series. Mull will be signing for the first book in the series, Wild Born. Kat Falls (Inhuman) will also be on hand.
2–2:50 p.m.: Tonya Bolden. 12 Days of New York (Abrams, booth 2005). A group of students wins a trip to New York City and explores what makes it one of the greatest cities on Earth.
2–3 p.m.: Rachel Hartman. Seraphina (Random House Children’s, booth 2212) features knights, dragons, and the fair maiden caught in between,
2–3 p.m.: Patricia Polacco. The Blessing Cup (S&S/Wiseman, booth 2312). The prequel to The Keeping Quilt explores a family’s history through the powerful bond of their love.
2:30–3 p.m.: Jill McElmurry, illustrator. The Tree Lady (S&S/Beach Lane, booth 2312) is the true story, written by H. Joseph Hopkins, of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever.
2:30–3 p.m.: National Book Award winner Katherine Erskine will be on hand for her latest, Seeing Red (Scholastic booth 2505), along with Kirby Larson, author of Duke.
3–4 p.m.: Duncan Tonatiuh. Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote (Abrams, booth 2005) highlights the struggles faced by families who seek to make better lives for themselves and their children by illegally crossing the border.
3–4 p.m.: Brian Floca. Locomotive (S&S/Atheneum/Jackson, booth 2312) offers a sensory exploration of America’s early railroads.
3–4 p.m.: Brandon Mull. Chasing the Prophecy (S&S, booth 2312) concludes the Beyonders fantasy trilogy.
3:30–4 p.m.: Jill McElmurry. Mario Makes a Move (Random/Schwartz & Wade, booth 2212) is a humorous picture book about wanting to be special.
3:30–4 p.m.: In Gordon Korman’s Hypnotize Me (book one in The Hypnotists series) a boy with extraordinary powers finds himself at the heart of a conspiracy. Also on hand will be Jeffrey Brown, whose Star Wars: Jedi Academy takes place in a middle school far, far away.
4–5 p.m.: Trevor Pryce. An Army of Frogs (Abrams, booth 2005) pits frogs against scorpions in this new series by the professional football player.
4–5 p.m.: Kirby Larson. Hattie Ever After (Delacorte, booth 2212) is the sequel to the Newbery Honor–winning Hattie Big Sky.
Monday, July 1
9–9:45 a.m.: Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The Great Escape (HarperCollins, booth 2308). Lucy Jorik returns in this sequel to Call Me Irresistible.
9:30–10 a.m.: Alice Wood. Wealth Watchers (S&S, booth 2312) helps readers spend less and save more.
9:30–10 a.m.: Shannon Messenger. Keeper of the Lost Cities (S&S/Aladdin, booth 2312) is a contemporary middle-grade fantasy series from a debut author with a huge online following.
9:30–10:15 a.m.: Kristina Riggle. The Whole Golden World (HarperCollins, booth 2308) asks, “How well do you really know your children?”
10–11 a.m.: Mac Barnett. The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (S&S, booth 2312). Steve Brixton is underwater, undercover, and up to his Adam’s apple in three mysteries.
10:30–11 a.m.: Stacy Curtis. To Be a Cat (S&S/Atheneum, booth 2312). Barney thinks being a cat would be easier than being a 12-year-old boy—until his feline fantasy comes true.
11 a.m.–noon: Wally Lamb. We Are Water (HarperCollins, booth 2308) is a disquieting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy.